Big Plains Storms Saturday & Sunday

The Plains states were hit with a major tornado outbreak Saturday.

NOAA / NASA Satellite Image Early Sunday (4/15/12)

Storms stretched from Texas to Iowa.

Source: National Weather Service

The map above shows where the severe weather reports have been concentrated. Kansas seems to have been hardest hit.

Source: National Weather Service

The image above shows one NWS radar image from Wichita, KS, just before midnight Central Time. I have annotated where the signature is for a tornado in this particular storm cell. The red and green shades indicate winds moving toward and away from the radar. The red/green couplet at the tip of the arrow indicates a possible tornado with wind rotation on the southwest flank of a storm cell.

Atmospheric conditions may provide the right conditions for another round of storms on Sunday, just to the east of Saturday’s storms. Parts of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota may be especially hard hit.

John Collins

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