Late May Severe Storms

Several rounds of severe storms have brought dangerous wind, hail, and tornadoes from the Plains, across the Midwest, to the East Coast.

On May 21, 2024, a destructive line of storms brought several intense tornadoes to Iowa. Greenfield, IA took a direct hit where dozens of structures were destroyed and multiple fatalities were reported.

Detailed severe storm forecasts and reports can be found via the Storm Prediction Center.

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Contributions by: Kim Erickson, Dakota Smith and Josh Reiter

Satellite imagery of this event:

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Supercell Near Midland, Texas

Description:

An impressive supercell thunderstorm erupts near Midland, Texas.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Severe Storms Fire Up Along Outflow Boundary and Dryline

Description:

As severe storms producing large hail and strong winds bulldoze through Texas, an outflow boundary races southwest, colliding with a dryline east of the Rockies where thunderstorms fire up. This imagery was captured in high-resolution yesterday by polar-orbiting satellites.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: NOAA-20 NOAA-21

Product: Day Cloud Phase Distinction

Instrument: VIIRS

Thunderstorms Stretch Across North America

Description:

Thunderstorms form a line that stretches from central Canada to central Mexico. Some of these storms produced large hail and a few tornados.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Hail Blankets the Ground of Marathon, Texas

Description:

Last night, a severe thunderstorm in the Big Bend region of Texas rained hail on the town of Marathon. The hail measured several inches deep in some places, and blanketed enough of the ground to be seen from satellite once the storm moved east.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Hail

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Nighttime Microphysics

Instrument: ABI

Storms Across the North American High Plains

Description:

A line of thunderstorms moved across the North American High Plains overnight.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Thunderstorms Pop Up Over the High Plains

Description:

Thunderstorms begin to pop up over the High Plains of the US.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

More Severe Weather for Eastern Texas

Description:

Severe thunderstorms move over eastern Texas.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 13) Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Southern Plains Wakes up to Severe Storms

Description:

Just following the end of the holiday weekend, many across the southern plains are waking up to severe thunderstorms producing damaging wind gusts and large hail this morning. Severe storms will threaten many of the same locations, including much of the state of Texas, later this afternoon and evening.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Wind

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor Infrared (band 13)

Instrument: ABI

Line of Storms Charges Across the Midwest

Description:

A line of severe storms charges across the Midwest.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms Hail Tornadoes Wind

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Tornado Rips Across Western Kentucky

Description:

A damaging tornado rips across western Kentucky.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Severe Storms Roll Through the Heartland and Eastern US

Description:

Severe thunderstorms and supercells ripped through the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys yesterday and last night, producing several tornadoes, large to very large hail, and damaging wind gusts across multiple states.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Supercell Produces Destructive Tornado in North Texas

Description:

A powerful supercell produces a damaging tornado in North Texas.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 13)

Instrument: ABI

Tornadic Supercell Treks Across Northern Texas

Description:

Lightning can be seen within a tornadic supercell in northern Texas.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Severe Storms Take Off Across Texas and Oklahoma

Description:

A cluster of severe storms take off across Oklahoma and Texas.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Above Anvil Cirrus Plumes Overshooting Tops

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Active Memorial Day Weekend for the US

Description:

Round after round of severe weather moves through the eastern half of the US over Memorial Day Weekend.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

MCS Moves Through the Central Plains and Into the Midwest

Description:

A mesoscale convective system moved from the Central Plains into the Midwest overnight.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor Infrared (band 13)

Instrument: ABI

Severe Thunderstorms Fire up Along a Dryline

Description:

In the southern plains, severe thunderstorms fire up along a dryline situated in west Texas and western Oklahoma. Several tornado warnings have already been issued from these storms.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Multiple Rounds of Storms for US South

Description:

Multiple rounds of thunderstorms move across the US South.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms Above Anvil Cirrus Plumes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Severe Weather Erupts Across the Southern US

Description:

Severe weather erupted across the southern US this afternoon and evening, producing large hail and a couple tornadoes in west and central Texas.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Overshooting Tops

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Day Land Cloud

Instrument: ABI

Thunderstorms Form Cloud Canopies Over the Southern Plains

Description:

Strong and severe thunderstorms darken the skies above the southern plains, with frequent lightning providing instances of illumination. Large hail and a few tornadoes were reported across portions of Texas.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Storms Move Through Eastern Oklahoma and Northeastern Texas

Description:

Severe storms move through eastern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Sunrise on Severe Storms Over Oklahoma

Description:

As the sun rises on Oklahoma, severe thunderstorms cross the state.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 13) Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Severe Storms Bring Strong Winds to Wisconsin

Description:

The line of thunderstorms that produced tornadoes in Iowa continued to generate gusty, damaging winds as they moved into Wisconsin and Illinois during the evening hours,


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Tornadic Storms Trample Across Iowa

Description:

Intense supercells are trampling across the state of Iowa this afternoon. Destructive and life-threatening tornadoes have been, and continue to be, produced from these storms.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 13) Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Severe Thunderstorms from VIIRS Satellites

Description:

Polar-orbiting satellites were in good position to capture the thunderstorms and supercells that afflicted the Midwest and southern plains over the last couple of days.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Overshooting Tops

Satellite: NOAA-20 NOAA-21 S-NPP

Product: Infrared (band I5) Visible (I1)

Instrument: VIIRS

Storms Spawn Destructive Tornadoes in Iowa

Description:

A powerful line of storms racing across the Midwest produce destructive tornadoes in Iowa.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Severe Storms Initiate Over Nebraska

Description:

Severe thunderstorms initiate over eastern Nebraska and move over Iowa.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Storms Carve a Wide Path Through the Central Plains

Description:

Severe storms carved a wide path across the Central Plains last night.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM