Severe Weather Plagues the Midwest This Week

The severe weather that the Midwest has been experiencing this week, including tornadoes, did not slow down on Tuesday. A supercell, which has been quite dangerous, rolled through northeastern Nebraska on Tuesday night. It produced large and slow moving tornadoes, and storm chasers even spotted a large twister near Coleridge, Nebraska, where several homes has reportedly been damaged.

In addition to the ongoing threat of tornadoes, heavy rain and flash flooding has continued to make its way through parts of the Plains states. Many roads have become impassable in Minnesota early on Wednesday morning as a large cluster of scattered and severe thunderstorms rolled through. Sadly, more severe weather is predicted in the days ahead.

The Midwest will not see any let-up on the severe thunderstorms on Wednesday. These severe thunderstorms are developing along a long front that stretches from the Northern Plains, all the way into the Mid-Atlantic States. Strong to severe weather is a definite possibility again father south into the Central and Southern Plains, such as Sioux Falls, Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia.

This severe weather will continue into Thursday with no means of letting up. In addition to the severe threat, strong to severe thunderstorms are definitely possible farther south into the Central and Southern Plains, especially throughout the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas, including the major cities of Minneapolis, Omaha, and Kansas City being the largest cities to be impacted.

Heavy rainfall has been prominent over the past weekend. The ground has been left saturated in parts of southern Minnesota, northeast Nebraska, northwest Iowa, and southeast South Dakota due to the heavy rainfall over the weekend and the soaking torrential rains earlier this month.

In Minnesota, the Rock River crested at an all-time high last Sunday. Sioux Falls received about 4.71 inches of rain over the past weekend, pushing them to an all-time monthly rain record of almost 10 inches through June 15th. Another heavy thunderstorm and rain cell brought almost an inch of rain to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 5 minutes time. Parts of the Interstate 29, located south of the city, were impassable and blocked by floodwaters on Monday evening.

Within 24 hours between Monday morning and Tuesday morning, Canton (South Dakota) picked up a whopping 8.43 inches of rain. If the heavy rainfall keeps up, it will quickly runoff. This will only lead to additional flash flooding of any fields, roads, and there is a definite possibility of rivers and streams rising. Unfortunately a complex of severe thunderstorms will bring heavy rainfall to parts of this region each evening throughout Thursday evening. Lightning is also a dangerous component to any thunderstorm, and keep this in mind if you have any outdoor plans.
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