12:00pm UPDATE: Wind Risk Greatest for Southeast Iowa

day1otlk_1630Some minor changes to the current thinking for today.   Showers are making their way across Iowa, but we expect new development this afternoon that could lead to a modest outbreak of severe weather.  The Storm Prediction Center has placed central and eastern Iowa under a slight risk for severe weather today.  Although an isolated tornado is possible, strong damaging winds are the primary threat.

With temperatures already in the 80’s over the noon hour and plenty of energy in the atmosphere, there should not be a problem for storms to get going later this afternoon.  The best dynamics can be found in southeast Iowa.  day1probotlk_1630_windAs a result, the SPC has posted a higher risk for strong winds in this area.  You can see that in the graphic to the right.

Another bit of concern for southeast Iowa today is heavy rain.   As a result, a Flash Flood Watch is posted for the southeast quarter of Iowa.

Overall not the biggest outbreak of severe weather today but something to keep an eye out for as many begin their weekend.  We’ll keep an eye on the conditions here and will launch our live chat if warranted.

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