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Active Weather for the Plains and Mississippi Valley

A developing storm across the Southern Plains is forecast to bring severe weather that includes large hail and damaging wind gusts, heavy rainfall that could result in flash flooding across portions of the Plains and Mississippi Valley. The effects of this storm will continue through the middle of this week. The Four Corners area will continue to see elevated to critical fire weather conditions. Read More >

Overview

Fast Facts:

  • Numerous storms moved south through northern Illinois Tuesday evening, producing scattered downbursts of 35+ mph winds, and in isolated locations these reached to 50+ mph causing damage.
  • Downbursts are concentrated areas of rain and rain-cooled air from thunderstorms, and this more dense, cool air hits the grounds and rushes out, at times causing damage.
  • The thunderstorms also produced heavy rain resulting in localized flash flooding, including in parts of the Chicago and Rockford metro areas.   
Downburst
Animation from College of DuPage webcam showing downburst.
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