Weird spring weather wallops Story City, surrounding area

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Weird spring weather wallops Story City, surrounding area

Residents in Story City were beginning the clean-up Saturday as what started as strong thunderstorms Friday night turned to sleet and snow as a powerful spring storm rolled across the area.

Although some residents reported seeing a funnel cloud develop, officials with the National Weather Service in Des Moines said the damage was the result of straight-line winds that struck just before 7:30 p.m. Friday. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect at the time for damaging winds.

“One thing we are really trying to message is that this was not a tornado,” said Alex Krull, a forecaster with the weather service. “Several people reported on social media that they had seen a tornado or that the damage indicated a tornado, but there was no tornado with this event.”

Large trees and limbs were scattered across city streets, sheds were blown over, barn roofs were torn free and a semitrailer was toppled on Interstate 35 near mile marker 119, south of Story City. A large section of a wall on a building at the city’s industrial park was also blown out.

A severe thunderstorm has winds of at least 58 miles per hour. Although wind speeds in the Roland and Story City storms have not yet been calculated by the Weather Service, Krull said the storm in Jefferson, to the west in Greene County, generated straight line winds between 70 and 80 miles per hour. Damage was also reported to a farm machine shed between Ames and Boone.

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Ski Resorts Fight Climate Change With Snow Guns and Buses

After a wimpy winter, spring break has arrived, and skiers and snowboarders from Maine to Mammoth Lakes are stoked. More than 18 feet of snow has dropped at Squaw Valley, Calif., in March; Utah’s famed powder resorts have finally broken the 100-inch mark; and New England has been pummeled by four big storms pushing closing dates to late April.

At the same time, there are warning signs about the future of the sport. Climate change has already made winters warmer and shorter, while a March study by researchers at Oregon State University found North America’s snowpack has declined up to 30 percent in the past century. By 2050, climate change will cut ski resort winter seasons by 50 percent, with the hardest-hit in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Upper Midwest, according to a 2016 study by the University of Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency, and consulting firm Abt Associates.

Mountain snow isn’t just important for shredding; it also provides drinking water for urban dwellers and irrigates farmers’ fields. Those issues are front of mind for many municipalities, but after years of inaction, the ski industry itself is starting to take climate change seriously. Resorts are deploying new snow-making technology to adapt to unpredictable conditions, reducing the energy skiers use to get up the slopes, and even trying to alter customers' habits.

‘Our snowpack has decreased, but I don’t think it’s going to disappear,’ says Maura Olivos, sustainability coordinator at Utah’s Alta, which opened 80 years ago. In the future, Olivos says skiers might not be floating on as much fluffy pow. ‘There will be less powdery snow and more dense snow,’ Olivos says. ‘Our skier expectations may have to change so they are not anticipating powder every time they come here. We are going to have to be appreciative of what we get.’

But that shift might not be easy. For generations of skiers, Alta’s calling card has been fluffy powder. Tons of it. Skiers flock to big open bowls like the Ballroom or tree-lined ridges like High Traverse because the snow is forgiving and the turns are steep, soft, and fun. Alta and its neighboring resorts of the Wasatch Range receive powder snow because of the drying effect of the nearby Great Salt Lake on moisture-laden storms moving west from the Pacific Ocean. Alta’s snow has an average moisture content of 8.4 percent, compared to the 12 percent average US snow, or man-made snow's 24 to 28 percent.

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College Football Games Now Affected by Weather in April, Not Just in the Fall

00:22Threat of Severe Storms Moves Towards Atlantic CoastIt has been a stormy past couple of days in the South, and the threat for severe storms moves towards the Atlantic Coast today.

Fall college football games often feature some strange weather, but the spring games are typically more tranquil. That's not the case this year, as at least eight games have been either canceled or rescheduled so far due to hazardous conditions, according to SB Nation.

Home games at the University of Wisconsin,’University of Michigan, Northwestern University‘and Iowa State University‘originally scheduled for this weekend have all been canceled.

Thunderstorms are expected to rumble through much of the Midwest this weekend, and these schools do not want to risk playing football with the possibility of lightning striking near their stadiums.

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