Monitoring Tornado Risk in NE Iowa

day1otlk_1630We are keeping tabs on a growing tornado risk for northeast Iowa today.  With showers and thunderstorms moving out of the area, the atmosphere near the frontal boundary is expected to destabilize once again this afternoon and evening.  Once storms develop, we could see a few supercells in northeast Iowa capable of producing tornadoes.  Strong winds are also a key threat in this area with a smaller risk of large hail.

Storm chase teams will be out in this area today.  Pending the condition of my eye, we hope to deploy which would limit our coverage here.  But we’ll do out best to give you the very latest as storms develop.  If we do not have the live chat up and running this evening, you can find the latest watches and warnings on the right side of our web page.  That’s where you’ll find a real-time twitter feed from the area National Weather Service offices.

day1probotlk_1630_tornAs of this morning, the overall risk for tornadoes was somewhat on the low side, but it is there and it certainly bears watching over the next few hours.  Riding along a frontal boundary is somewhat of a good thing for storms chasers, helps narrow down the area where tornadoes can form and gives you a good idea of their direction and speed once they develop.  Here’s hoping for safe chasing and no damage today to eastern Iowa.

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