August Tornadoes

Now that we changed the calendar to a new month, I thought I would show you what the average number of tornadoes is for each state in August.

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This post was written by Schnack on August 3, 2016

2 Tornadoes Saturday

NWS Damage Survey Information for July 23, 2016 Tornadoes

Tornado #1 Delhi, IA

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    90 mph
Path length /Statute/:  0.25 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   10 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             July 23, 2016 
Start time:             418 PM CDT
Start location:         3.5 SW Delhi / Delaware County / IA
Start Lat/Lon:          42.4108 / -91.3930

End date:               July 23, 2016
End time:               419 PM CDT
End location:           3.5 SW Delhi / Delaware County / IA
End_lat/lon:            42.4084 / -91.3908

A tornado moved across the southwest portion of Lake Delhi
resulting in downed trees along the shoreline.

Tornado #2 Worthington, IA

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    70 mph
Path length /Statute/:  0.8 mile
Path width /Maximum/:   25 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             July 23, 2016 
Start time:             443 PM
CDT Start location:     1.9 NNW Worthington / Dubuque County / IA
IA Start Lat/Lon:       42.4235 / -91.1265

End date:               July 23, 2016
End time:               445 PM
End location:           2 N Worthington / Dubuque County / IA
End_lat/lon:            42.4234 / -91.1112

A tornado damaged crops and blew off the roofing material
of several farm outbuildings.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies
Tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 To 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph
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This post was written by Schnack on July 25, 2016

Saturday Severe Weather

It was quite a busy afternoon across eastern Iowa, mainly north of Highway 30 where we had multiple Severe Thunderstorm, Tornado, and Flash Flood Warnings Saturday afternoon.  In fact, as of Saturday night, more than 40 reports have come in to the National Weather Service.  A few reports of wind gusts estimted between 50 and 80 miles per hour in parts of Buchanan County near Independence.

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

At least two tornadoes were reported, one near Worthington and one near Farley in Dubuque County.  We should get more detailed information on these reports from the National Weather Service in the next day or two.

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED2

Here are just a small portion of the many photos viewers sent into us today. As always, we appreciate them.

Storm Pics3

 

Viewer Photo Basic 2

Viewer Photo Basic 1

Storm Pics

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on July 23, 2016

4 Tornadoes in Iowa Sunday Morning

 

Confirmed Tornadoes on Map
NWS Damage Survey Information for July 17, 2016 Tornadoes

Tornado #1 Andrew, IA

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    100 mph
Path length /Statute/:  1.0 mile
Path width /Maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             July 17, 2016 
Start time:             603 AM CDT
Start location:         0.6 SW of Andrew / Jackson / IA
Start Lat/Lon:          42.1471 / -90.6023

End date:               July 17, 2016
End time:               605 AM CDT
End location:           0.4 E of Andrew / Jackson / IA
End_lat/lon:            42.1541 / -90.5853

Tornado crossed the southern parts of the town of Andrew.  
A building at the ag coop was destroyed and numerous trees 
were snapped.

Tornado #2 Park View, IA

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    80 mph
Path length /Statute/:  1.0 mile
Path width /Maximum/:   10 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             July 17, 2016 
Start time:             625 AM CDT
Start location:         1.7 SSW Parkview / Scott / IA
Start Lat/Lon:          41.6739 / -90.5489

End date:               July 17, 2016
End time:               626 AM CDT
End location:           2.0 SSE Parkview / Scott / IA
End_lat/lon:            41.6700 / -90.5295

Limbs were snapped from a tree and corn crops were damaged.

Tornado #3 Vinton, IA

Rating:                 EF-2
Estimated peak wind:    135 mph
Path length /Statute/:  1.62 mile
Path width /Maximum/:   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               5

Start date:             July 17, 2016 
Start time:             501 AM CDT
Start location:         South side of Vinton / Benton / IA
Start Lat/Lon:          42.1531 / -92.0327

End date:               July 17, 2016
End time:               503 AM CDT
End location:           Southeast side Vinton / Benton / IA
End_lat/lon:            42.1587 / -92.0025

Tornado tracked across the southern parts of Vinton, damaging
buildings, trees, power poles, and other structures. The tornado
first damaged trees, then hit the ball field where it destroyed
fencing, the score board and a large light pole. It then tracked
across several multi-family housing buildings, where it mainly
removed the roof structures. From there the tornado intensifed
as it struck a brick apartment building, when was unroofed and
had parts of the walls blown out. The tornado then felled a cell
phone tower and apparently began to weaken as it continued across
a large field. The roofs of another eight homes were damaged as
the tornado finally exited Vinton and continued into farmland
where it dissipated.



TORNADO # 4 Walford, IA

Rating:                EF-2
Estimated peak wind:   115 MPH 
Path length /Statute/: 4 miles 
Path width /Maximum/:  75 yards
Fatalities:            0 
Injuries:              4

Start date:            July 17, 2016
Start time:            515 AM CDT 
Start location:        1.5 miles SE Norway 
Start Lat/Lon: 40.8912/-91.8966

End date:              July 17, 2016
End time:              5:21 AM CDT
End location:          0.7 miles SE Walford
End_lat/lon:           41.8767/-91.8215

A tornado touched down southeast of Norway and tracked southeast
to Walford. It damaged two farmsteads before reaching Walford.
In Walford, it damaged the roofs of several homes. One home was 
completely destroyed when it collapsed on itself, apparently aided 
by wind-blown debris. 

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies
Tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 To 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph
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This post was written by Schnack on July 18, 2016

Sunday Severe Weather

Eastern Iowa saw a very active period of weather during the overnight hours Saturday into Sunday morning.  At least 21 reports of damage were reported to the National Weather Service.

storm report

Just outside our viewing area in Hardin County, an 88 mph wind gust was reported in Steamboat Rock just after 4 O’Clock in the morning.

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Here are a few satellite and radar images as the storms tracked through eastern Iowa.

storm 1 storm 2 storm 3

The bowing segment is indicative of some very strong winds, and that was realized in many areas as the storm tracked through.

As of Sunday night, two tornadoes were confirmed in extreme eastern Iowa; Jackson County and Scott County early Sunday morning. (Click the link for details on the two tornadoes).

Confirmed Tornadoes on Map

Two areas in the KWWL viewing area that were especially hard hit are Vinton and Walford.  The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities will be sending out a team to survey those areas in Benton and Linn counties to determine whether the damage was caused by straight-line winds or a tornado.  Expect that report out sometime on Monday.

Several photos came in from KWWL viewers.  Here is a slideshow of some of those photos.

Storm damage in Vinton

   Storm damage in Vinton

grundy center evansdale

Storm damage between Raymond & Gilbertville

Storm damage between Raymond & Gilbertville

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on July 17, 2016

Wednesday Afternoon Storm Reports

A few strong/severe storms moved across our southern Iowa, (south of I-80) Thursday afternoon. Heavy rain and strong winds caused some tree damage. Here are some of the reports…so far. I will update this link as the reports come in.
KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

South English: power was knocked out
Sigourney: 3 trees down
Washington: 62 mph wind gust with trees down
Iowa City: 50 mph wind gust

 

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This post was written by Schnack on July 13, 2016

Monticello Storm Damage

The storms last night produced damaging winds. Here is the result of those winds in Monticello. Some of the reports were gusts of 60-65 mph. The photos were taken by Jeff Baker at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Monticello. There were 43 trees blown over and the good news…no injuries.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on July 6, 2016

Strong Storm in West Union Tuesday Night

Video was taken by Danny Murphy

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This post was written by Schnack on July 6, 2016

A Few Rounds of Severe Storms Possible

We are tracking a few rounds of severe storms possible through Thursday night. The first round would be very late tonight. Storms are possible after 3 AM Thursday into mid morning, about 10 AM. The primary threat would be damaging wind and heavy rain.

 

Severe Wx Risk for web

The second round of possible severe storms would be after 5 PM Thursday to about midnight. All forms of severe are possible with this round including tornadoes, high winds, hail and heavy rain.

Severe Wx Risk for web2

 

The humidity level remains high through Thursday night and becomes a bit more comfortable Friday through the weekend. Dry weather and cooler temperatures are expected during this time as well. The humidity level and temperatures increase early next with with a few storm chances.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 6, 2016

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for northern Iowa until 11 PM.
KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

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This post was written by Schnack on July 5, 2016