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Significant Severe Weather Outbreak Likely Today

A significant severe thunderstorm outbreak is likely for portions of the Midwest this afternoon and evening, especially from eastern Iowa into northern and central Illinois. The threats include tornadoes, a few which may be significant, large to very large hail, and damaging winds. A powerful system near the Central Plains will lift north and clash with a warm and humid air mass over the region. Read More >

NOTICE

The graphical surf zone forecast is experimental and may not be available at all times. For additional information please contact the webmaster.

 

NOTICE TO ALL USERS - The graphical surf zone forecast is experimental and may not be available at all times. For additional information please contact the webmaster.

 

 

Risk Level Description Click on the icons for more detail
Low
The risk for rip currents is low, however, life threatening rip currents often occur in the vicinity of inlets, groins, jetties, reefs, and piers.


The map above is color-coded to indicate the forecast rip current risk level. Click on the beach area of your choice for more information.

Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves.

If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the beach and you will eventually swim out of the outgoing current. Remember to heed the advice of the local beach patrol and flag warning systems.

 

 

Moderate
Life threatening rip currents are possible in the surf zone.
High
Life threatening rip currents are likely in the surf zone.
                                Rip Current Safety Videos Click here for the Surf Zone Forecast

 

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