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Friday has the potential for the first severe storm of the season in the Quad Cities

Is it too early for severe weather here in the QCA? Let's have a look!
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MOLINE, Ill. — Editor's note: The video above is the latest forecast as of this article's publishing. Make sure to check our forecast for the latest updates. 

The start of this week is looking to be pretty quiet for most folks, however, this Friday could bring an active finish to it with the first severe weather event of the season

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has the entire Quad Cities and its surrounding hometowns in a 3 out of 5 threat level for severe weather. At the time of this publishing, we do not know the timing and the exact hazards that will be impacting us. 

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Tornadoes in March are not uncommon, in fact, tornadoes can occur at any time of the year if the ingredients need to create one are met. Those ingredients are moisture, instability and lift. 

Illinois experiences 80% of tornadoes in April, May, and June. But in the past few years about half of them occurred in the fall or winter.

Iowa and Illinois experience the most tornadoes from April to June, but Illinois experiences a higher amount than Iowa.

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When it comes to the timing of tornadoes, they usually occur in the afternoon to evening time. This time of the day is common due to the heat that is in the air from the sun being the strongest in the afternoon and that heat lingers into the evening time. 

In Iowa between 4-5 p.m. is the time of the day when it has experienced the most tornadoes. In Illinois, between 5-6 p.m. is when it has experienced the most tornadoes.

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