Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech moved indoors due to thunderstorm threat

President Barack Obama’s Democratic National Convention (DNC) speech Thursday is changing venues due to “possible severe weather”.

“... aides say the entire program also will take place inside, including Vice President Joe Biden’s speech,” the AP reports.

The venue will move from the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte (where the Carolina Panthers play) to Time Warner Cable Arena says the Post’s Election 2012 Blog.

But in reality, the risk of thunderstorms and severe weather isn’t particularly high.

Brad Panovich, chief meteorologist for WCNC, the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, is questioning the decision.

“Severe threat is almost zero Thursday night & chance of rain is 20%” he tweeted.

He added: “It’s a simple question.. if you had a Panthers game, Concert or Soccer match with a 20% chance of storms would you cancel 24 hrs prior?”

The change in venue means means 65,000 people who had planned to attend the event won’t be able to do so.

“Feel horrible for all the people who had tickets to go see #POTUS speak,” Panovich tweeted.

NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center places Charlotte in broad area where “general” thunderstorms are possible and the risk of severe storms is not elevated.

The National Weather Service predicts a 30-40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.

It cautions: “CELLS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL IN THE HIGHER CAPE [CONVECTIVE AVAILABLE POTENTIAL ENERGY] ENVIRONS TO BE QUITE A BIT STRONGER THAN THEY/VE BEEN IN RECENT DAYS...AND A HANDFUL OF ISOLATED PULSE SEVERE/MICROBURST PRODUCING STORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE.”

The weather disruption to DNC events follows the cancellation of events on the opening day of the RNC last week due to hurricane Isaac.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.

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