Weather Service Was Unaware Of Sheldon Tornado So Couldn’t Issue A Warning

Sheldon, Iowa — A tornado in Sheldon on Friday left significant damage in its wake, destroying RVs at an RV dealership, ripping roofs off of buildings, and more. Yet there were no tornado watches or warnings issued for the EF0 tornado.

We talked to National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Peter Rogers, and asked him how this happened.

Sometimes we hear about “cold air funnels,” so we asked Rogers if that’s what hit Sheldon.

Rogers says they’re glad no one was hurt, and they were saddened to hear of the property loss. But unfortunately, in these kind of cases, they had no way to warn about the tornado.

Rogers tells us that’s one reason they tell people to remain weather-aware. Being up-to-date about the forecast and watches and warnings is certainly part of the picture, but sometimes tornados and other hazards can pop up before there’s a chance to issue a warning. He also reminds people that if they see severe weather, to call law enforcement and/or the National Weather Service to report it, especially if there is not a warning in effect.

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