NSSL retired scientist Don Burgess pioneered the concept of "nowcasting" by using radar to direct an NSSL research team during a tornado intercept and lead the discovery of the "tornado vortex signature" seen in radar displays. Burgess leads the NO-XP mobile radar team. Nebraska, Omaha. 2009 May 31.  Photographer: Susan Cobb, NOAA/OAR/NSSL.  Credit: VORTEX II

NSSL retired scientist Don Burgess pioneered the concept of "nowcasting" by using radar to direct an NSSL research team during a tornado intercept and lead the discovery of the "tornado vortex signature" seen in radar displays. Burgess leads the NO-XP mobile radar team. Nebraska, Omaha. 2009 May 31. Photographer: Susan Cobb, NOAA/OAR/NSSL. Credit: VORTEX II

OMAHA, NE -  More than 100 tornadoes were reported across the central United States Saturday afternoon and into the night.    Kansas and Iowa were hit particularly hard, with more tornadoes reported across Nebraska and northwest Oklahoma. Officials at NOAA reported 103 tornadoes in all by midnight Saturday.    A tornado emergency was issued for Wichita, Kansas late Saturday night.

More than 100 tornadoes strike Plains states Saturday

High severe weather threat in Tornado Alley Saturday PM into Sunday AM. Conditions are ripe for a tornado outbreak.

Severe threat has shifted east today, stretching from Wisconsin through northeast Arkansas, with the main concern being damaging wind gusts. The tornado threat is primarily confined to northern Illinois and central and southern Wisconsin.

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The 1886 square-rigged ship Balclutha at San Francisco Maritime NHP's Hyde Street Pier is a National Historic Landmark.

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