The National Weather Service has confirmed 13 tornadoes hit central Iowa on July 19th. According to their storm survey, an EF-3 rated storm traveled approximately 10 miles from three miles north of Pella all the way to rural Mahaska County south of Highway 163. It was on the ground from 4:03 to 4:27 p.m. and had a maximum width of 400 yards. The tornado intensified as it crossed 228th Place near Thunder Ridge Road, where it caused crop, tree, and structural damage to numerous rural areas just northeast of Pella, including sliding a house off of its foundation. The storm had an estimated peak wind speed of 144 MPH when it tore through the Vermeer Mile. In total, 13 tornadoes were confirmed to be on the ground July 19th, with two rated EF-3 (including the storm in Marshalltown), two EF-2, one EF-1, and one EF-0. Touch downs were reported near Monroe and Prairie City as well.
Visitors to Nelson Pioneer Farm on Saturday and Sunday will experience a bit of time travel. The farm and museum are once again hosting the Dog Hollow Rendezvous this weekend. Nelson Curator/Administrator Margaret Spiegel said the Rendezvous are historically where fur traders came together to barter their pelts after the long winters season and get supplies for the rest of the year; The Timberwolves Rendezvousers are an independent non-profit group who specialize in re-enacting this fur trade era.