Saturday, March 31, 2007

Watching for storms

7:17 p.m.: A line of storms has quickly moved through the area, prompting several tornado warnings for Vernon, Richland, and Grant counties. No confirmed tornadoes or damage yet. This was a very complex situation and any tornadoes or funnel clouds that may have formed would likely have been weak and short-lived, and may have even gone unnoticed. The severe weather threat should now be over, but rain could continue for a few more hours.

5:58 p.m.: Tornado Watch in effect this evening. A line of storms is moving north-northeast out of Iowa. Large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain will be the biggest threats, but there is still a chance for an isolated tornado or two.

Link to tornado watch:

12:21 p.m.: Am keeping an eye on the weather picture this afternoon for the potential for some strong/severe storms. Isolated storms are developing across the area right now. A more concentrated area of storms is expected to develop over Iowa as the afternoon progresses, and this is where the greatest threat for severe weather will be. However, a warm front is expected to be located across the region by later this afternoon, and it is not out of the question that severe storms could develop along it as well. Overall, there will be a very narrow window for severe weather development, generally between 3 and 10 p.m. If all the conditions come together, severe storms could be more widespread than currently predicted. I will eagerly await the 3:00 p.m. severe weather outlook.

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