Looking at the radar Monday night, we are shocked at how impressive this line of thunderstorm activity is east of Kansas. The Storm Prediction Center has over 30 reported tornadoes and at least 3 fatalities from the storms in Missouri. It is not unheard of to get tornadoes in January, but an outbreak like this is rare. This radar image is from 9:30 Monday night and the storms extend from Oklahoma into Michigan.
This type of weather system is something that is more common in March or April as we make the transition into spring. However, with the unprecedented warmth we have had the last few days, it is no surprise that we are getting some severe weather in the central US.
The weather will quiet down some later in the week, but it will not be as warm.
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