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The weather, currently.
Light rain returns tomorrow but the clouds get kicked out on Wednesday
Light rain returns tomorrow but the clouds get kicked out on Wednesday
Do you hear it? It’s the sound of trumpets playing in honor of our gloriously sunny day today, and we have more on the way this week… but not tomorrow. Rain-on-our-parade will return late tonight as a cold front drops out of BC, however, this system will be lacking in the moisture department thus any periods of rain that persist into tomorrow night will remain light. A few rain/snow showers are possible Wednesday morning, but then doooo doo doooo, sunny skies reclaim their rightful throne Wednesday afternoon, and we stay mostly sunny through the rest of the workweek with highs climbing into the upper 50s by Friday.— Lauren Casey
What you need to know, currently.
NWS Des Moines
🌪️ Winterset/Newton Tornado

Peak Intensity: EF-4 (170 MPH)
Path Length: 69.5 miles
Max Width: 800 yards
5 Injury, 6 Fatality
A deadly tornado outbreak over the weekend spawned the farthest north EF4 tornado recorded so early in the year in US history, after close analysis from meteorologists on Monday. A team of meteorologists from NWS Des Moines confirmed wind speeds up to 170mph over a path length of nearly 70 miles through the southern suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa.
The winter of 2021-2022 is now one of the deadliest on record in terms of tornadoes, following a trend that scientists have been tracking in recent years as winter shrinks in duration and more violent storm systems in fall and spring happen more frequently.
In fact, March is the month that has warmed the most in the US over the past 75 years. Large parts of the central and western US, including Iowa, have warmed more than 4°F during March in that amount of time
Tornadoes require warm, moist air in addition to other meteorological ingredients and are difficult to predict how they will change in a warming climate. In recent decades, tornado outbreaks (when 30+ tornadoes happen on the same day) have been getting more frequent, even as total numbers of tornadoes have remained about the same. Tornadoes have also been shifting further northward and eastward as the western megadrought expands into the central United States. This weekend’s tornadoes in Iowa fit all these trends. — Eric Holthaus
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