RUDD, Iowa – Last Wednesday was a day many people will never forget, especially for those who live in a community that was hit by one of the many tornadoes that erupted as part of the serial derecho, such as Rudd.
Last week’s serial derecho sweeping through the Midwest caused 92 tornadoes in four states; 43 of them were in Iowa, a new state record.
National Weather Service meteorologist Brooke Hagenhoff noted the amount of data analyzed several days in advance. She says the staff at the Des Moines office were impressed with this type of weather event.
“To have something of this magnitude, that would be historic regardless of what time of year it happened. For it to be in December, puts it in a league of its own. It’s not something that we usually see in December at all. “
Could such an event be repeated in December and other winter months? Hagenhoff says it’s too early to tell.
“As long as this is a signal that this is something that is going to be more common, there is really no way of knowing if it is going to be common or not because this is the first time that it has happened. product. But being prepared and keeping in mind that it’s a possibility is going to be something important. “
To determine the strength of a tornado, the National Weather Service sends teams of analysts to study the damage, as well as to collect imagery, drone footage, and radar and satellite data. Hagenhoff says the NWS is still investigating other reports of derecho tornadoes.