Iowa in Severe Weather Drought

by Brian Wilson
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State Climatologist Justin Glisan says a tornado outbreak is unlikely this month because Iowa is in a severe weather drought.

So far this year in Iowa there have been 63 confirmed tornadoes.

The mid-Atlantic and southern states are getting a lot of rain right now during hurricane season, but Glisan says those storm systems rarely bring beneficial rainfall to Iowa.

Glisan says what he calls the “moisture gate” from the Gulf of Mexico is blocked off right now, preventing the development of thunderstorms. Glisan warns, though, that tornadoes occur in every month of the year.

Temperatures are expected to cool off after today, with slight chances of precipitation into next week, but no mention of severe weather.

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