Residents in eastern Nebraska are preparing for another round of potentially dangerous weather. A tornado watch is in effect for parts of eastern Nebraska until 7 p.m. Suzanne Fortin is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service and says temperatures cooled down yesterday but heated back up today causing this disturbance.
Fortin says, “This time of year things recover pretty quickly. One little system moves through and then enough clearing happens in terms of sunshine came out and a lot of atmospheric moisture still in place. You get warm temperatures and sun and a lot of moisture it is like a pressure cooker and it starts to simmer and boil. That is what is going on right now. In addition to that there is a lot of wind in the atmosphere that is turning a bit more than it was yesterday. We have an upper level storm system that is helping with that. That kind of sets things up for potential tornadic activity.”
Counties in the tornado watch include Burt, Cass, Cuming, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Thurston and Washington Counties are included in the watch. There is also a risk of flash flooding, large hail and strong wind.
Portions of Kansas, Iowa and Missouri are included in this tornado watch.