Severe weather is of great concern today for much of Nebraska. The Weather Channel is taking notice, sending Meteorologist and storm chaser Mike Bettes to Grand Island, just in case. Bettes says that Nebraskans in the eastern two-thirds of the state should pay close attention to today’s weather forecasts, with a higher chance for strong winds, heavy rain, large hail, and even tornadoes possible in some areas
“It really does look like for Nebraska, one of the roughest days you’ve had so far this year,” according to Bettes. “Every time I look at the data, nothing persuades me that it’s not going to be. If anything, it looks like it may in fact be worse than we thought and I hope everyone takes this seriously.”
Bettes says that he and other Weather Channel meteorologists often go to probable locations of extreme weather because their viewers like to see them on the scene when conditions worsen.
“It shows an entire storm and how it works and how a super cell looks,” Bettes says. “There are some people who’ve never seen one before. It’s a fairly common occurrence for people that live in this part of the country, but our viewers that live in the northeast or on the west coast in California, these things are foreign to them.”
Early June is considered an active period for tornadoes in Nebraska. The state had at least 16 confirmed tornadoes in southeast Nebraska on Mother’s Day back in early May.
Storms are expected to start popping up in the early afternoon hours and could remain in the area until midnight. The line of storms could stretch all the way from North Platte to the Iowa-Illinois border to the east.