Although still there, the overall threat for widespread severe weather today remains pretty small. In western Iowa though, there stands to be a better chance of strong storms developing this afternoon. The satellite image to the left was captured early this afternoon. It shows clouds breaking up over western Iowa, giving the atmosphere over that part of the state a chance to reenergize after this morning’s storms.
With moderate instability and a marginal amount of shear, some large hail and strong wind gusts could be possible with storms that develop in this area later this afternoon. As for the rest of the state, similar development is possible, but the overall risk of severe weather is hard to nail down. It’s likely we’ll see a few severe storms today as part of a disorganized complex. Those storms will push across the state as we move into the evening hours.
The graphic on the right shows the risk area for severe weather today remains largely unchanged. Risks for hail, wind and tornadoes are all on the low end of the spectrum today. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and bring you updates when/if needed later this afternoon.