U.S. Tornado Count “Average” So Far

With eastern Iowa experiencing its first tornado of the year, I thought it was important to take a look at exactly how this year is shaping up, at least so far.  The Storm Prediction Center in Norman...

Severe Threat Easing

I wanted to say that the weather is turning quiet, but with several rounds of rain possible I didn’t think that was the right way to word it.  Although rain remains in the forecast, the threat ...

400 Miles & Nothing to Show For It

Anyone that thinks meteorology and forecasting is easy, Sunday was a day Mother Nature again established her dominance over our knowledge of weather.  All signs pointed to a major severe weather outb...

Chase Day Updates Below!

2:40pm: west of Des Moines now.  Trying to determine how much further west we wanna go before moving south, looks like we will make the turn soon and wait for new development. 2:10pm: Running into mo...

WXALERT: Tornado Watch Issued

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK has issued a TORNADO WATCH for southwest and central Iowa.  Atmosphere in region will grow unstable and cap could break sometime after 2pm.  Tornadic cells w...

Mother Nature Throws a Curveball

So a tough decision must now be made.  The risk for severe weather remains the same as it was last night.  The trouble is an unexpected line of strong thunderstorms is pushing through central Iowa at...

Stormy Sunday, Chase in the Works

Sunday is here and the severe threat remains.  That does not mean that all questions are answered, but I will certainly do my best.  The Storm Prediction Center is holding firm on the slight risk wit...

Saturday Night Noise

The Storm Prediction Center is watching a portion of eastern Iowa for a possible watch this evening.  While there is not a major threat of severe weather, the atmospheric conditions are favorable for...

Chase Debrief and Regroup

Well the first chase of the year was an all-around dud.  Some nice lightning, but an overrunning and low cloud deck ahead of the storms prevented us from getting any decent shots of the lightning str...