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Must See: A Wild Weekend in Weather (8/10/15)

10 Aug 2015, 4:18 pm

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It was a water-logged commute to start the weekend in parts of Utah. Heavy rain fell over the Wasatch Range and caused street flooding in Bountiful.

On Saturday, severe storms rolled into Arizona and just as the sun went down, the storms developed, fueled by a return of the moist monsoonal winds. The storms dropped plenty of rain and lit the sky with another beautiful, albeit dangerous lightning display in Tucson.

A little later Saturday evening, it was Nebraska’s turn and this storm dropped a large tornado in Elk Creek, south of Omaha. It was a large funnel that developed near 9pm CDT on Saturday, but luckily it formed over fields and stayed out in the open country.

Sunday, we saw big storms in Lindsay, Nebraska. High winds tossed aluminum sheets around like paper. The storms also dropped torrential rain and hail upwards of golfball size for a short time.

In Missouri, they were watching lightning bolts as storm passed through St. Louis. And a little further east, lightning was a real threat in Illinois. This strike in Bloomington was a classic ‘flashbang’ bolt, hitting way too close for comfort and giving us another prime example of why we should follow the main lightning safety rule, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!”


For WeatherNation: John Van Pelt

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