Thunderstorm wind damage in Crawford County

News, Weather

May 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Strong thunderstorms which crossed the Missouri River from Nebraska into western Iowa, Wednesday evening caused some minor tree damage in Crawford County. The National Weather Service said today (Thursday), a number of trees in a grove north of Ricketts where either downed, or lost large limbs, when estimated winds gusting up to 65-miles per hour blew through the area. The winds, which occurred at around 7:10-p.m, also caused the formation of a “gustnado,” a short-lived, low-level rotating cloud. They typically last for anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, and are often confused with tornados. The difference is, the rotating column of air does not extend upward, into the thunderstorm cloud base.

The storm also produced nickel-sized hail a few minutes after the winds occurred.