When the skies to the west darken and the temperature drops, most Midwesterners know a storm is coming. But not all thunderstorms are the same.
We spoke to experts at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Valley, Neb., for some insight, and information about severe weather. In 2022, the number of tornadoes reported in Nebraska was down from the 30-year average of 49, according to the NWS. There were 26 tornadoes reported in the state last year, with 10 occurring in April.
Beyond tornadoes, severe thunderstorms can also be destructive this time of year. Below is a graphic outlining the anatomy of a thunderstorm system.
What exactly is a “severe thunderstorm”? The weather service applies specific criteria to storms of this level.
A thunderstorm is severe when it produces:
If you live in the Midwest, you’ve heard about the difference between a watch and a warning since childhood. But it’s always a good idea to refresh your knowledge about severe weather.
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