Tornado Outbreak Possible, Iowa’s Role Uncertain

day1otlk_1200A moderate risk of severe weather is posted for extreme northeast Iowa for today.  The primed area is a bit smaller than the highlighted area yesterday, but the threat remains.  A storm system will bring a cold front through Iowa during the afternoon and evening hours.  Showers and thunderstorms are expected to begin to our north in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Eventually more storms will take shape in northern Iowa with the capability of producing all kinds of severe weather.

To the right is today’s tornado risk, As you can see the highest risk lies north of Iowa, but a strong risk still exists over much of the state.  We’ll also have to keep an eye out for strong, damaging winds and large hail.

day1probotlk_1200_tornOne the atmospheric cap that will prevent storm development in the afternoon erodes, it will not take long for the first supercells to take root.  Storm chase teams will undoubtedly focus on areas of Minnesota as a starting point.  For our purposes, we’ll likely start the day somewhere in the Mason City area to get a read for what’s going to happen and when storms might begin to fire.  We’ll continue to follow any changes in the forecast throughout the day, and will attempt to bring you as much coverage from the field as possible.  We’ll have limited internet capability but hope to do what we can.

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