Albeit a small threat, today kicks off at least four consecutive day in which severe weather will be possible across the central United States. Today’s threat should be confined to portions of Kansas and Oklahoma, but a rapidly changing atmosphere over eastern Iowa could yield a severe thunderstorm or two. Take a look at the radar forecast for late this afternoon below.
As you can see, the forecast models are trying to bring in a line of thunderstorms through eastern Iowa sometime after 4pm this afternoon. Current forecasts indicate enough shear will be possible to produce a strong thunderstorm or two. It is possible some of these strong storms could produce large hail and a few brief but strong wind gusts.
This situation will have to be closely monitored and we’ll do just that.
A more organized threat for severe weather lies across the Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma tri-state area. All modes of severe weather are possible in this area, but we expect the threat of tornadoes to remain quite low.
Beyond today, there are several threats of severe weather, all south of Iowa across the Great Plains. Just like last week, our chase teams will be deploying to the south and tracking these storms for our fans outside of Iowa. We’ll have more on their plans later this week. And we’ll bring you updates throughout today on this severe weather threat.