The severe risk today is like it was yesterday and should be for the next couple of days and that is along the front range of the Rockies. The only threat we would have upcoming would be if a little shortwave coming through the flow made it here and was relatively strong and came by in the heat of the day. The potential for all of that is probably best on Saturday, though Friday and Sunday I suppose are possible. Snow White and I are going sculling today. She wants to go all the way to 12 Mile Island….not sure I want to go quite that far.
There has been talk on the internet that this photo is of the tornado that hit the Boy Scout camp (Little Sioux Scout Camp) in Iowa. It is not. It actually came from a photo run in the Mitchell County Press of what it calls a tornado from June 10, 2008 in Orchard, Iowa. I have seen on a website that several Meteorologists have viewed this photo along with other pictures and video and determined that it was a Mesocyclone with a wall cloud. It seems rather odd to me that the winds are not stronger with the inflow given the location of the system and that a tornado on the ground would have stronger inflow. But, it’s difficult to determine distances. In any event it’s a cool photo.
Here is the original posting from the Orchard, IA photo from the Mitchell Press. Check out the Midwest flooding photos from the previous post and you will find some pretty amazing video. I think it updates frequently so you can get new stuff every time you click. From data I’ve seen, it would appear that on the Mississippi River, river levels are expected to be at or near the 1993 levels with many locations forecast to be just below the 1993 flood. Down river, so far, projections are only for moderate flooding.