Many storm chasers roll their eyes at this. A “see text” threat in today’s Storm Prediction Center Outlook. What “see text” means is that there are some parameters for severe weather, but the risk is extremely small. Certainly not a day to go storm chasing, but the threat exists for isolated events of damaging wind and large hail.
At some point today, a cold front will push its way through the state. The reason for the threat of severe weather likely comes from our abnormally warm conditions. It’s possible a thunderstorm could tap into that and quickly reach severe levels. Either way, it’s extremely unlikely Iowa and the rest of the Upper Midwest will see an organized outbreak of strong storms.
Again, nothing to really get excited about today. In fact, what we’re seeing now is more like a standard summer-time thunderstorms chance. But with a lot of cold air to our north, the threat of hail and wind exists and it’s something to be on the lookout for if you have any outdoor plans.