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Storm reports, 5/21/24 (will be updated)

News, Weather

May 21st, 2024 by Ric Hanson

0345 PM     Tornado          Greenfield              41.31N 94.46W
05/21/2024                   Adair              IA   Emergency Mngr

            Heavy Damage in Greenfield.

0340 PM Tornado 3 E Fontanelle 41.30N 94.51W 05/21/2024 Adair IA Public Reported by Trained Spotter.
0330 PM     Tstm Wnd Dmg     6 ESE Bridgewater       41.20N 94.57W
05/21/2024                   Adair              IA   Public

            Corrects previous tstm wnd dmg report from 3
            N Williamson. Damage reported Vehicles
            flipped, windmills on ground. 1 windmill on
            fire.

0333 PM     Tornado          1 ENE Carbon            41.05N 94.81W
05/21/2024                   Adams              IA   Public

            Social media report of tornado damage,
            windmill knocked down and on fire.

0330 PM     Tornado          2 WSW Cromwell          41.03N 94.50W
05/21/2024                   Adams              IA   Trained Spotter

            Confirmed tornado on the ground just SW of
            Cromwell.
0325 PM Tornado 1 NW Prescott 41.03N 94.63W 05/21/2024 Adams IA Storm Chaser
0318 PM     Tornado          .5 SW Corning           40.99N 94.75W
05/21/2024                   Adams              IA   Public

            Tonado near highway 34 at the corner of 240
            St and Kentucky. Damage reported.

0317 PM     Tornado          3 ESE Corning           40.97N 94.69W
05/21/2024                   Adams              IA   Storm Chaser

            Confirmed tornado on the ground by storm
            chaser (former media).
0317 PM     Tornado          2 WNW Corning           41.01N 94.78W
05/21/2024                   Adams              IA   Storm Chaser

            Confirmed tornado on ground by storm chaser.

0317 PM Tornado 3 ESE Corning; confirmed tornado on the ground by storm
chaser (former media).

0316 PM     Tornado          5 S Corning             40.92N 94.74W
05/21/2024                   Adams              IA   Trained Spotter

            Damage from the Tornados spotted in Corning.
            Down trees.
0315 PM     Tstm Wnd Gst     3 WSW Glidden           42.05N 94.79W
05/21/2024  M77 MPH          Carroll            IA   AWOS

0315 PM     Tstm Wnd Dmg     1 S Carroll             42.06N 94.87W
05/21/2024                   Carroll            IA   Law Enforcement

            Dispatch relayed wind and hail in Carroll
            with trees and powerlines down.

3:11-p.m.    Tornado observed in the Corning area by a trained spotter moving northeast  toward the Cromwell & Orient areas.

3:13-p.m     Campground hit in Montgomery County, injuries reported.

0310 PM     Hail             4 S Cumberland          41.22N 94.86W
05/21/2024  M1.00 Inch       Cass               IA   Trained Spotter

3:00-p.m.   Tornado 3 miles N. of Villisca confirmed by video, crossing Hwy 34 just east of Hwy 71

2:48-p.m.   Funnel cloud 4 miles west of Hepburn in Page County

0237 PM Tornado 2 W Red Oak Tornado on the ground near the Red Oak airport. Reported by the Emergency Manager.

0233 PM Funnel Cloud 5 ESE Emerson; Emergency Manager reported another funnel developing to the southwest of Red Oak.

2:32-p.m.   1.25″ diameter hail 4 miles w. of Red Oak.

0225 PM Funnel Cloud 3 ENE Imogene Trained spotter reported a funnel cloud and rotation in the far northwest corner of Page County.

0216 PM Funnel Cloud 3 SSE Imogene Funnel cloud reported by broadcast media extending halfway to the ground. This was
just south of Imogene.

0212 PM Hail Imogene  1.00 Inch Fremont IA Public

7:19-a.m.    Thunderstorm wind damage in Lewis; numerous power poles and branches down throughout town.

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals Reported at 7:00 am Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

May 21st, 2024 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .12″ (we received another 1.08″ between 7:00 am and 8:00 am)
  • 7 miles NNE of Atlantic  .36″
  • Elk Horn  1.69″
  • Exira  1.6″
  • Audubon  3.3″
  • Guthrie Center  3.12″
  • Logan  3.7″
  • Missouri Valley  5.5″
  • Carroll  1.75″

Numerous trees and power lines down in Cass & surrounding counties; Roads flooded

News, Weather

May 21st, 2024 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – Officials with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office this (Tuesday) morning, said there are several reports of trees and power lines down throughout the County and in many cities. There is also centralized flooding in many areas. This is sure to cause potentially hazardous situations. Give yourself extra travel time if you must travel and be safe!!

KJAN listener Joe Lybarger sent us this picture of tree and power lines down on W 10th between Palm and Hazel, in Atlantic.

Other storm reports include:

  • Power lines down on the northeast side of Audubon at 1:39 a.m. today, along with several tree branches down in the city limits. A personal weather station recorded a 64 mph wind gust in Audubon around 1:38 a.m.; Rainfall was in excess of 3.5″, with some homes sustaining basement flooding.
  • A funnel cloud was reported by the public southwest of Harlan near 900th and Juniper Road at 12:52 a.m. There were reports of two inch hail north of Harlan and one inch hail northeast of Harlan Monday evening.
  • One inch hail was reported by a trained spotter north of Minden at 12:50 a.m.
  • 1.75 inch hail was reported north of Council Bluffs at 6:06 a.m.
  • At 6:38 a.m., 160th Street in the Springbrook State Park area in Guthrie County was closed due to water over the road. There were also washed out gravel roads and road closures due to water over the road.
  • At 7:30 a.m. Responders were called to Lewis and the Lewis curve for trees and power lines down.
  • At 7:45 a.m. 7th and Walnut in Atlantic Impassable due to heavy rain and water in the road
  • At 7:59 a.m., 79 mph wind gust measured by personal weather station northwest of Fontanelle.
  • At 8:30 a.m., 70 mph wind gust reported by Emergency Manager south of Stuart.
  • At 8:35 a.m. it was reported that there was no power north of Exira, rural areas by Highway 44, on Guthrie REC

Other photos of water over the road in downtown Atlantic just before 8-a.m. today

 

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the Nishna Valley: Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Weather

May 21st, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Today: **Flash Flood Warning for Northern Cass County until 9:30-a.m.; Flood Watch until 7-p.m.**Showers & thunderstorms, some of which could be severe & produce heavy rainfall. High near 80. Winds SE-S @ 15-35 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy w/a showers ending this evening. Low around 48.W/NW winds 20-35 mph decreasing after midnight.
Tomorrow: Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 78.
Friday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 75.

Monday’s High in Atlantic was 84. The Low was 63. We received .12″ rain at KJAN, overnight (as of 4:45-a.m. today). Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 78 and the Low was 43. The Record High for May 21st was 97 in 1939. The Record Low was 27 in 1895. Sunrise: 5:55. Sunset: 8:37.

Clarinda Police Chief warns of storm hail damage chasers

News, Weather

May 20th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

(Clarinda, Iowa) –  Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers is cautioning residents about hail damage contractors who have swarmed into the area following Sunday night’s hail storm, that dumped hail the size of ping-pong balls. Chief Brothers said “Numerous contractors have arrived in Clarinda seeking business for roof, siding, window, gutter repair.”

He offered this advice: “If you are “cold call” solicited, ask to see the contractor’s city permit to solicit, their bonding & insurance information, and speak with your property & casualty insurance carrier before entering into an agreement or contract to have any work performed or pay for any services. There is no reason to act in haste.”

Brother says “A good decision is an informed decision. The phrase ‘buyer beware’ is applicable in this situation.”

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals Reported at 7:00 am on Monday, May 20, 2024

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

May 20th, 2024 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .26″
  • Massena  1.06″ (Tornado reported…see video)
  • Elk Horn  .21″
  • Anita  .43″
  • Avoca  .3″
  • Oakland  .22″
  • Neola  .23″
  • Earling  .12″
  • Corning  1.32″
  • Bedford  1.25″
  • Clarinda  1.62″ (large hail reported)
  • Creston  1.07″

Iowa’s had 43 tornadoes so far this year. How many more will there be?

News, Weather

May 20th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – We’re just past the halfway point for Iowa’s tornado season, and while twisters can strike during any month of the year, April, May and June are considered the three prime months for tornadic activity. Meteorologist Mike Fowle, at the National Weather Service in Johnston, says it’s been a very active season so far.  “Our preliminary numbers suggest we have seen 43 tornadoes,” Fowle says. “Interestingly enough, all of those have occurred in the month of April. We are still investigating some reports back from our previous events, say from April 26th, we’re still investigating so it’s possible we could still add a tornado or two from some of these events.” While the tornado tally doesn’t set an Iowa record, Fowle says it -is- an impressive number.

“For 43 tornadoes for a month, that’s pretty darn high,” Fowle says. “We go back generally to about 1950 and forward as our more accurate trend of record, so that would have been the fourth highest number of tornadoes we’ve seen in any month, the highest being May of 2004 with 57.” We do live in tornado alley and some years they’re plentiful, while we’re spared in others. “In 2023, we had a total for the whole year in the state of Iowa of 72, while in 2022, we only had 42 for the entire year, so we obviously surpassed that in one month this year,” Fowle says, “and then if we go back even just one more year to 2021, we had a total of 114 tornadoes.”

The bulk of the 2021 tornadoes occurred on December 15th of that year, in a highly unusual late year outbreak. There were 63 tornadoes in Iowa that day, along with the first-ever December derecho anywhere in the U-S.

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the Nishna Valley: Monday, May 20, 2024

Weather

May 20th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. High near 80. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: A 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms late. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low 61.
Tuesday: Showers & possible thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 80. SE @ 15-35 mph.
Tue. Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low around 49.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 71. The Low was 56. We received .26″ rain at KJAN, Sunday. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 73 and the Low was 37. The Record High for May 20th was 95 in 1925. The Record Low was 26 in 1894. Sunrise: 5:56. Sunset: 8:36.

Video taken of tornado near Massena

News, Weather

May 19th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

(Massena, Iowa) – Volunteer Firefighter Levi Lank captured video of a tornado located three-miles southwest of Massena off of Victoria Road, this (Sunday) evening. The twister touched down at around 7:58-p.m.  There were no reports of damage or injuries. (Still frame images from the video, Photo credit: Levi Lank). While the National Weather Service had issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southeastern Cass and southwestern Adair Counties just before 8-p.m., there was NO TORNADO WARNING issued. The Cass County Communications Center set-off the sirens in Cumberland and Massena when spotters observed the twister.

The Weather Service one quarter-size hail (1″ diameter) was observed by emergency management at around 8:46-p.m., south of Stuart, and five-miles southeast of Greenfield, at around 8:36-p.m. The NWS in Omaha reports thunderstorm winds of 53-mph were recorded at 10:15-p.m. two-miles S/SE of Clarinda. Thunderstorm wind damage was reported five-miles East of Hepburn, in Page County, at around 8:05-p.m., along with golf ball-size hail (1.75″).

Shelf cloud near Elliott (3 photos) – Submitted to KJAN by Megan Glasgo.

58-mph winds were recorded in Villisca at 7:41-p.m., Sunday. Ping-pong ball size hail fell one-mile SE of Clarinda at 7:55-p.m.  Half-dollar size hail (1.25″) fell in Clarinda at 7:49-p.m.

Tornado dissipating

Tornado on the ground

Skyscan Forecast for Atlantic & the Nishna Valley: Sunday, May 19, 2024

Weather

May 19th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Today: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers & thunderstorms, mainly after 5pm. High near 80. E/NW winds 10-20 mph. A few storms this afternoon and evening may be strong to severe, especially over southern Iowa. Strong winds, hail and locally heavy rainfall will be the primary concerns, but a tornado can`t be ruled out.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy w/a 60% chance of showers & thunderstorms. Low around 62.

Monday: Cloudy to partly cloudy, w/a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. high near 81. S/SW @ 5-10 mph. There is the potential for more strong to severe storms in the afternoon and evening hours. Main threats will again be strong winds, hail and locally heavy rainfall, with the potential for a tornado or two as well.

Monday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Low around 62.

Tuesday: Windy. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 82. SW winds 15-30 mph. Severe storms with damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall and tornadoes are possible, but more details on this system will be  provided in the coming days.

Tuesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorm. Low around 49. Breezy.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 85. Our Low this morning, was 51. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 67 and the Low was 34. The Record High for May 19th was 94 in 1934 & 1975. The Record Low was 22 in 1894. Sunrise: 5:58. Sunset: 8:36.