We all remember 2013 has being a drought in more than one way in Iowa. No rain, no storms, and not much weather to speak of. Well other than the heat and lack of the already mentioned. 😉
So far in 2014, we’ve seen a couple of “Moderate” risk days that although we had storms, weren’t really much for alarm. Tomorrow however looks to be another story. There have been several tornado outbreaks this year and Iowa could be one of a few states involved in one as early as tomorrow. Both the NWS and Storm Prediction Center already have very strong wording in their forecast products. “Strong, long track tornadoes” has been used by both agencies.
A warm front will lift north from MO tomorrow and put Iowa into the warm sector. Numerous meteorological indices will come into play and may very result in a scenario ripe for supercells and tornadoes.
I urge everybody who reads this to review their emergency plans and make sure their NWS weather radio’s are up and running. Tomorrow could be a very bad day across the region weather wise.
SPC Outlook for Mother Day 2014 (Day 2 outlook issued on Saturday)
A quote from the NWS Des Moines Forecast Discussion Saturday afternoon:
"ALL RESIDENTS OF IOWA SHOULD BE ON ALERT AND MONITOR THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION CLOSELY TONIGHT AND SUNDAY INTO SUNDAY NIGHT."