Sunset

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This post was written by Schnack on September 7, 2018

Cedar Rapids Tornado Update

NW SIDE OF CEDAR RAPIDS, IA...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   30 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             SEP 03 2018
START TIME:             908 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         NW SIDE OF CEDAR RAPIDS / LINN COUNTY / IA
START LAT/LON:          41.9709 N / -91.7393 W

END DATE:               SEP 03 2018
END TIME:               914 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           NW SIDE OF CEDAR RAPIDS / LINN COUNTY / IA
END LAT/LON:            41.9934 N / -91.7096 W

SURVEY SUMMARY: A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF
SKYLINE DR. NW AND MEADOWLARK LANE NW NORTHWEST PORTION OF CEDAR 
RAPIDS, AROUND 908 PM MONDAY EVENING. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST
THROUGH RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS. THE TORNADO DESTROYED A 
GARAGE, UPROOTED AND SNAPPED LARGE TREES AND POWER POLES, AND 
CAUSED MINOR DAMAGE TO ROOFS. THE TORNADO LIFTED NEAR THE 
INTERSECTION OF 29TH ST. NW AND Q AVE. NW AROUND 914 PM. THE 
STORM ALSO CAUSED STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE AT A BUSINESS NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF COLLINS ROAD NE AND I-380. WINDS ESTIMATED AROUND
80 MPH CAUSED A PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF A METAL POLE BARN.

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 September 7, 2018

2018 Iowa Tornadoes (Through September 7)

It has been an active year for tornadoes across the state of Iowa.  Through September 7, 2018, National Weather Service in Des Moines reports 47 tornadoes touching down across the state.

But how does this compare to average?  We are a little ahead.  Take a look at the graphic below, it shows the number of confirmed tornadoes from 1980 through 2017 (a 28 year period, including 1980).  If you average the number of tornadoes (1,772) out, we get an average of 47 per year.  So, we are ahead in the number of tornadoes for the year.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 7, 2018