April 6, 2010 Supercell
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Malcom, IA
Malcom to Cedar Rapids, IA
2010-04-06 3:48 PM MDT
2010-04-06 10:03 PM MDT
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tornado-warned supercell
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We had our first real chase of 2010 today in central Iowa! We had concerns about the expected fast storm motions (50+ mph) and veered low-level winds - it's still the early-season for chasing in Iowa after all. Itching for a chase we headed out anyway in the late afternoon and blasted east on I-80 to try to catch supercells as they formed near the triple-point and interacted with the warm front. We were in perfect position and got on the tornado-warned cell of the day as it blasted out of Grinnell towards Cedar Rapids. It became more isolated and we thought it might finally have a shot at putting down a tornado but it did not. There were a few reports of funnels but with all the low-hanging scud typical of a setup like this it was tough to make anything out (and likely the reports were false anyway). We stopped in Cedar Rapids for some dinner and sampled torrential rain and pea-sized hail a couple of times as the cold front caught up with us. Later we saw several semis and other vehicles that had been blown off of I-80 in the Grinnell area.

 
 

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