Three Weak Landspout Tornadoes Confirmed in Delaware, Linn & Jones Counties

The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes touched down in Delaware, Linn and Jones counties on Sunday afternoon.

Thunderstorms developed ahead of a cold front, producing three brief “landspout” tornadoes – prompting the National Weather Service to issue several tornado warnings.

The first tornado moved through the Masonville area around 4 pm. It was on the ground for about 7 miles.


The second tornado moved through rural areas northeast and east of Central City around 4:30 pm. It was on the ground for about six and a half miles between Central City and Prairieburg.


And the third and final tornado was on the ground for about a mile in rural areas south of Anamosa around 5:15 pm.

The National Weather Service says all three tornadoes were weak, producing only 50 mile per hour winds – winds that aren’t even considered severe. The tornadoes were only about ten yards wide and did not cause any damage.

All three of Sunday’s tornadoes were captured through photos or videos:

Masonville photo courtesy of NWS/Amy Lyness




Between Lamont and Winthrop photo courtesy of NWS/Shannon Lambson




Central City photo courtesy of Logan Graham


Martelle photo courtesy of Dan Lambertsen