Two tornadoes were reported in central Iowa this afternoon, yet no warnings were issued. Well, there is a reason behind this and it’s called the landspout.
The landspout (an example is seen in the image to the right) is a slang term used by the National Weather Service to describe a tornado not associated with a severe thunderstorm. Such an event occurred in central Iowa this afternoon. Although often weak and cause little in the way of damage, forecasters classify them as tornadoes just like waterspouts.
But because these land spouts are short lived and, more importantly, don’t show a recognizable signature on a radar return, it is difficult and impractical to issue a tornado warning when one is spotted.
The National Weather Service in Des Moines did a fantastic job in not only refraining from issuing the tornado warning, but also issuing a detailed statement explaining the situation.
As for the rest of the country, there were tornadoes reported to our south and west. The storm system that threatened to bring severe weather to Iowa never made it far enough to produce a threat to the area. Instead, strong storms remained primarily in Kansas and Missouri.
The weather pattern will remain active. Tomorrow morning we’ll update our chances for severe weather for the rest of the week.