DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Severe thunderstorms were expected throughout the midsection of the country on Saturday, but many in Iowa are likely happy to see the rain after a summer of drought. The National Weather Service says much of the state will get at least some rain, with some areas in south central Iowa getting as much as 2 inches by today (Sunday). Iowa has struggled with record drought this year. As late as Thursday, three-fourths of the state remained in extreme or exceptional drought — the two worst classifications.
TODAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 35 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COLDER. LOW AROUND 40. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
MONDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. WEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON.
MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. WARMER. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 50S.
WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. BREEZY…COOLER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S.
FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES….
AREA COUNTIES COVERED: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON….
THERE IS A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT. SEVERE WEATHER IS NOT EXPECTED…BUT A FEW OF THE STORMS MAY PRODUCE LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN. FLASH FLOODING IS NOT EXPECTED.
SPOTTER ACTIVATION NOT EXPECTED.
The forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area:
Today: Showers and occasional thunderstorms. High 74. S @ 15-30.
Tonight: Scattered showers & thunderstorms. Low 53. S-SW winds becoming NW @ 10-15.
Sunday: Rain ending in the morning; Becoming Partly Cloudy. High 68. NW @ 10-20.
Sun. Night: Mostly Clear. Low 43.
Mon. & Tue.: Mo Sunny. High’s in the mid-70′s.
Friday’s High in Atlantic was 73. Our 24-hour Low ending at 7-a.m. Saturday will go down as 33-degrees. 24-hour Rainfall (ending at 7-a.m. today) was .87″.
CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS AND CASS COUNTIES
423 AM CDT SAT OCT 13 2012
THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NUMEROUS TODAY AND THIS EVENING…ISOLATED AFTER MIDNIGHT. SOME SMALL HAIL IS POSSIBLE WITH A LOW PROBABILITY OF HAIL UP TO PENNY SIZE THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING.
SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT LIKELY.
ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR AND RINGGOLD COUNTIES
THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NUMEROUS TODAY AND THIS EVENING…ISOLATED AFTER MIDNIGHT. SOME SMALL HAIL IS POSSIBLE THIS MORNING. THERE IS A CHANCE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITH LARGE HAIL THE MAIN THREAT. HIGH WINDS WILL BE A SECONDARY THREAT. AN ISOLATED TORNADO IS POSSIBLE NEAR THE MISSOURI BORDER.
SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE NEEDED BETWEEN 400 PM AND 800 PM TODAY.
MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT and PAGE COUNTIES….
356 AM CDT SAT OCT 13 2012
THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA TODAY. THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER WITH THESE STORMS…WITH LARGE HAIL THE MAIN HAZARD AND ALSO A RISK FOR A FEW DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. ALSO AN ISOLATED TORNADO CAN’T BE RULED OUT.
340 AM CDT
TODAY…OCCASIONAL THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING…THEN THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 90 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING… THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS OVERNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE WEST WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 50 PERCENT.
SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY IN THE MORNING THEN CLEARING. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COLDER. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. WEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
MONDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – The Storm Prediction Center says severe thunderstorms are possible Saturday across the southern and central Plains as a cold front rolls out of the Rockies. Humid air could extend well into the Mississippi and Missouri valleys, making the atmosphere ripe for storms. The forecasters say the greatest chance for bad weather is from eastern Oklahoma to northeastern Iowa, including parts of Kansas and Missouri, but that storms are also possible from Texas into Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Supercells with hail and possibly tornadoes could occur, especially before the storms form a squall line. After a squall line forms, high winds could be worrisome. The prediction center, based in Norman, Okla., categorizes the area from Austin, Texas, to Minneapolis and Milwaukee and Chicago as having a slight risk of severe storms.
The (podcast) Freese-Notis forecast for the KJAN listening area, and weather data for Atlantic….
The latest forecast shows severe weather making its way into Iowa tonight (Friday). National Weather Service Meteorologist Craig Cogill said late Thursday afternoon, that the initial primary threat will be heavy rain and hail, but the system has the potential to cause more serious damage on Saturday. “Right now, it looks like the best threat of severe weather is going to be across western Iowa where damaging winds, large hail and possibly a few tornadoes – especially during the late afternoon and evening hours – will be possible,” Cogill said. The much needed rain could range from one to two inches. If tornadoes touch down over the weekend in Iowa, it wouldn’t be unprecedented.
“Usually we see tornadoes in the fall about every other year or every third year,” Cogill said. “Certainly, it’s not a tornado season like we see from late April through June, but it’s not totally out of the question to see fall tornadoes.” The storm system is expected to leave Iowa Saturday night. The forecast for Sunday calls for highs mainly in the 60s.