Good Saturday afternoon Weather2020 bloggers,
Before Wednesday the United States was at a low tornado total for the month of March, but this did not become a record low tornado total. There were at least three tornadoes in California Wednesday and three more in Missouri on Thursday as a storm moved quickly from the western states into the plains states before reorganizing over the eastern United States. Take a look at this tornado, one of the tornadoes in California:
California does average getting around ten tornadoes per year. They are much more common in Missouri. Thunderstorms formed just west of Kansas City on Thursday and one supercell thunderstorm formed just east of St. Joseph, MO early by mid-afternoon and produced three tornadoes.
The map above shows the storm reports from Wednesday and Thursday. The map below shows the interesting and varying tracks north of Sacramento, CA. One of the three tornadoes, took a traditional path, while the other two took rare southwest and southeast tracks as they rotated around a wall cloud, the rotating lowering underneath the cumulonimbus cloud:
The tornado producing supercell in Missouri, one day after the California tornado producing thunderstorms, was ahead of a line of thunderstorms moving across northern Missouri. Here are the severe weather reports from March 27th, and you can read a more detailed report here: National Weather Service Pleasant Hill Report
Two of the three Missouri tornadoes were analyzed as EF-2 tornadoes. Here is a look at their tracks:
Severe weather has occurred sporadically during this cold winter, but severe weather season is now getting started. There is a bigger storm system that we have been forecasting to arrive during the first few days of April and it is showing up for sometime later this week. The computer models have been all over the place on how this will set-up, so let’s try not to analyze too early. The European Model actually fits the LRC well, so we are strongly favoring that medium-range model. There will likely be that second stronger storm system later in the week, so hang on.
We will update this blog sometime Sunday.