Doppler Radar Gave Advanced Warning As Dangerous Weather Developed In Iowa


Tornado warnings Thursday in central Iowa gave some residents plenty of lead time to take shelter from the dangerous weather.  As you’re about to see, the technology to track the tornadoes worked.

Marshalltown, Iowa had the largest tornado of the day.  Two separate storms merged into one large supercell just west of the city.  That storm interaction played a big role in the severity of that particular storm.  However, the threat was quickly identified on Doppler Radar as the main hook echo took a direct path into Marshalltown.  You can even see the donut hole in the middle of the hook showing the eye of the tornadic circulation.

The Pella, Iowa storm had a long history of producing tornadoes to the northwest.  It too had a very pronounced hook echo, a region of the storm where tornadoes are most likely to form.

Here at KELOLAND TV, we want you stay safe when storms strike, whether your home or traveling through places like central Iowa this summer.  If you haven’t downloaded  our KELOLAND Stormtracker app, we strongly encourage that you do.  When you do, make sure that you click on the Baron Safety net alerting button, then go to the settings tab at the top of the screen, and make sure you enable safety net alerts.  We encourage you to check mark the dangerous storm approaching and twisting storm approaching boxes that allows VIPIR to push critical severe weather information to your mobile device.

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