Cool Weather, Flooding, Severe Weather: Thoughts On The Week Ahead


Over the past week, the weather in Iowa has been very interesting. Last Sunday we were talking about the potential for severe weather that would be the most active we had seen in over two years, too flooding and below average temperatures today. From the image to the left, you can see the areas that have seen the heaviest accumulated rainfall totals in the past week. These are the areas that have flood warnings in place to due the fact that steams and rivers are starting to crest out of their banks because of these excessive rainfall totals.

Tomorrow we are looking at the potential for more rainfall and some of these storms could be severe in the southwest quadrant of the state in the afternoon. The main threats for severe weather are large hail, damaging winds and even an isolated tornado. Rain will be likely before 1pm tomorrow then a break in the rain after 1pm. The rain will then increase around 6pm and will then continue through the night.

On Tuesday, we will continue to see showers sticking around throughout the day, however it will not be a washout as showers will be isolated. On Tuesday afternoon, we are expecting some thunderstorms to develop and a few of these could become severe. Large hail, damaging winds are possible with these storms.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the chance for severe storms increase.  All modes of severe weather including the chance of a tornado or two is possible. The chance of rain will continue through the day on Saturday with temperatures this week in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

On top of the chance for severe weather, something else to consider is flooding. With many streams and creeks near or already above flood stage, any more rain we receive will continue to make the flooding situation worse. We will continue to keep an eye on the severe weather and flooding risk right here at and on facebook.

Zach Sharpe

My name is Zach Sharpe. I am the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. You can find me on Twitter @Stormchaserzach and on Facebook at:

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