It’s no secret that Iowa needs rain, and lots of it. Look at the farm fields, look at the lawns and look at the rivers and lakes. In a matter of weeks, and just months after flooding, two-thirds of the state is now under moderate or severe drought conditions.
There are no drought busting rains coming to save the day anytime soon. And current forecasts call for the drought to spread and worsen over the next 4-6 weeks. With that in mind, there is a small chance Iowa could see showers and thunderstorms on Saturday, perhaps even a strong thunderstorm or two.
As you can see in the graphic above, the Storm Prediction Center has posted a very small risk for strong storms across much of Iowa. This is in connection to a cold front that will cross the state on Saturday. With plenty of heat and instability in place, there is certainly the potential for some strong storms. But without a lot of support, it appears any such threat will remain isolated even if it materializes at all.
If storms do develop, large hail and strong wind gusts would be the primary threats. With college football now in full swing this is something that everyone venturing out should take serously, even if the threat is low. We’ll keep you posted and you can find updates throughout the day both here on our website and on our Facebook page.