Despite a rumble or two of thunder overnight, the severe weather threat stayed south of Iowa. Strong storms developed all night long and rode along a nearly stationary frontal boundary. The setup dumped several inches of rain over portions of Missouri and southern Iowa.
Radar estimates from the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities shows more than six inches of rain fell over parts of southeast Iowa in the Burlington area. This could lead to some flooding issues especially to our south. Numerous communities in northern Missouri reported flash flooding problems overnight, but no serious problems were reported.
Turning to the next threat for Iowa, there really isn’t one. Today’s posted threat from the Storm Prediction Center keeps the threat to our south and east. The primary threat in portions of southern Illinois and points east is strong winds as ongoing storms continue to spread east and intensify.
Looking further ahead, temperatures will begin warming up today closer to normal for this time of year. That slow warm-up will continue through the weekend until another storm system enters the Upper Midwest on Sunday. Current models forecast the track of the storm to push further south than this week’s, meaning rain and little else is possible in Iowa.
Long range models remain muddled, but overall quiet weather is in store for the state next week. The good news is that warmer weather is in store, closer to normal. How warm we get remains in doubt, but 70’s are certainly possible as we move into the second half of next week.