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Impressive Tornadoes, Persistent Severe Weather Threat, & Soaking Rains

19 May 2013, 10:42 am

Happy Sunday! We’ve been tracking strong storms across the Central Plains, and have incredible tornado photos to share with you. These storms touched down in rural areas of Nebraska and Kansas last night, doing relatively minimal damage, and resulting in no injuries or fatalities. It was a storm chaser’s dream!

In total, there were over 100 reports of hail damage, with hail stones ranging from 1″ – 2.75″ in size.  We saw 20 reports of tornadoes touching down, and over two dozen reports of wind damage as well after these cells swept through the plains.

More storms will be firing later today through the Central Plains. Plenty of components of the atmosphere will need to fall into place to touch off more severe storms, but we’re looking at a very good chance for strong winds, damaging hail, and some tornadoes through the highlighted regions below. The orange region is the primary threat zone, with the best chance of seeing the strongest storms.

This set-up creates a multi-day severe weather threat. As the jet stream and surface low pressure system continue to slowly chug along eastward, expect the threat for strong storms to follow. Here is your threat zone for Monday, including another area of Moderate Risk.

These storms don’t just produce hail and tornadoes, but also torrential rains. Check out some of these record-breaking rain totals from Saturday in the Midwest:

With more rain on the way through Monday, Flood Watches have been issued for most of the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains. Here are the affected areas:

This is going to set farmers back even farther with spring planting season here across the north, where they are already behind schedule due to the unseasonably cold spring weather this year. How’s the end of May looking? Well, things will remain dry across the Southwest and warmer than average for most of the nation. Get ready — summer is fast approaching!

Stay tuned to WeatherNation throughout the day for the latest updates on our severe weather threats. Also keep your NOAA Weather Radios handy if you are in today’s severe risk zone as conditions will change rapidly. And as always, don’t forget to share your weather scene with us! Head over to www.facebook.com/WeatherNation and upload your weather photos to see them on the air later today. Thanks in advance!

Have yourself a safe and fun Sunday, and a pleasant week ahead! -Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers

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