Torrential Rain Producing Thunderstorms Return Tonight

It’s been a very pleasant last few days as we managed to squeeze out some much needed drying time after all of the recent heavy rains. Unfortunately later today that threat for heavy rainfall returns as a cold front and strong disturbance approach our area from the northwest.

Most of our day will remain dry with the shower and storm threat holding off until later in the evening. Most forecast projections develop a cluster of showers and thunderstorms across central Iowa and then move them east southeast with time tomorrow evening. A few of these storms could be on the strong side with damaging winds the main threat. A slight risk for severe storms exists across the entire area today with the timing between 6pm Wednesday and 2am Thursday.

Last week our area was bathed in precipital water values over 2 inches and it appears we will see similar numbers today meaning any storms that move in will likely produce some torrential rainfall at times. Thankfully unlike last week, this week these storms will be moving much quicker and are not expected to move over the same areas repeatedly.

You will notice the humidity again today with highs reaching into the middle to upper 80s. Heat index values in the 90s are likely.

Some excellent news in the long range forecast in that we have a nice dry and cool stretch all the way through the beginning of next week! Sure looks like a really nice period of comfortable temperatures and humidity. Get outside!