The Storm Prediction Center is monitoring an area of northwest Iowa for the potential of severe weather. At this time it’s a toss up whether storms will become organized enough to warrant a Severe Thunderstorm Watch later this afternoon and evening.
The area of interest highlighted in the image above focuses on a wind shift axis where conditions are more favorable for organized severe thunderstorm development. Any storms that can reach severe limits will be capable of strong winds and large hail.
Of more concern is how much rain these storms could bring to drought stricken areas. We are hoping for some sizeable rain totals, but the scope of this system appears to small to give us the rain we need. At any rate, any place that can get under a downpour will certainly take it. But widespread heavy rain appears unlikely, especially over eastern Iowa where the drought conditions are now severe.
We will continue to monitor the severe weather threat today and bring you updates throughout the afternoon and evening.