Today Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 101. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9pm. Increasing clouds, with a low around 72. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. South southwest wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.
Friday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
KJAN Studios- .42″
Massena (Ardell McCunn)- .32″
N. of Atlantic (Lavon Eblen)- 1″
(Update as of 3:40-a.m. from the NWS in Des Moines)
EARLY THIS MORNING…WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE DAMAGING WIND…LARGE HAIL AND HEAVY RAINFALL. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS NEAR 100 PERCENT.
TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MID MORNING. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 20 PERCENT. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. WARMER. LOW IN THE MID 70S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 THROUGH MIDNIGHT.
WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HOT AND HUMID. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 90S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. HIGHEST HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100 IN THE AFTERNOON.
THURSDAY…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. HIGH 85 TO 91. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 60 PERCENT. HEAT INDEX READINGS AROUND 100.
FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 80S.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL IOWA…SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA…SOUTHWEST IOWA AND WEST CENTRAL IOWA. WHILE RAIN WILL CONTINUE FOR A FEW HOURS, OFFICIALS SAY THE THREAT FOR HEAVY RAINFALL HAS ENDED.
AS OF 3:30-A.M., THERE WERE NO WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR WESTERN AND SOUTHWEST IOWA.
Thousands of people were without power early this (Tuesday) morning, as storms dropped tornadoes, created damaging wind and large hail, and left copious amount of rain that resulted in street flooding in some areas. As of 4:45-a.m., just under 43,300 people were without power across Iowa (down from more than 60,000 an hour earlier), with about two-thirds of of the customers located in Des Moines and the surrounding area. MidAmerican Energy reported a total of 31,014 customers who were without power, Alliant reported 11,452, while the Rural Electric Cooperatives fared much better. Only 840 customers were without energy statewide, with most being in Franklin County.
The Des Moines Register reports tornado sirens sounded, falling trees snapped power lines and heavy rain battered the Des Moines area It was a night of severe weather statewide. Storm spotters reported at least seven tornadoes throughout the evening and into the early morning, including twisters near Plover, Goodell, Laurens, West Bend, Clear Lake, Mason City and Tripoli. At least two of those — West Bend and Tripoli — were confirmed by the weather service on Monday.
Authorities in Nebraska say dual tornadoes that touched down in a small town about 100 miles northwest of Omaha killed a 5-year-old and injured at least 19 people, some of them critically. It happened in Pilger, a community of about 350. The National Weather Service says the twin twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other. A county commissioner says more than half the town was wiped out. Many homes were damaged and the structures that were demolished including the co-op grain bins. A sheriff said a school is beyond repair.
The injured had to be taken to three regional hospitals, including a trauma center in Omaha. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman declared a state of emergency. The National Guard is preparing to assist local emergency responders and help with the cleanup.
AREA COUNTIES: CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-
FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT THIS MORNING…
* STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA PRODUCING RAINFALL OF 1 TO 2 INCHES WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 4 INCHES.
* RAPID RISES ON AREA STREAMS AND CREEKS AND URBAN FLOODING IS QUITE LIKELY…AS WELL AS FLOODING FROM WATER FLOWING OUT OF FARM FIELDS AND OVERFLOWING DITCHES.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
The National Weather Service has cancelled Severe Thunderstorm Watch #309 for Harrison, Shelby & Monona Counties in Iowa. The Watch remains in effect until 4-a.m., for:
ADAIR AUDUBON CARROLL CASS CRAWFORD DALLAS GUTHRIE HARRISON and MADISON Counties.
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
955 PM CDT MON JUN 16 2014
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 309 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 400 AM CDT
IOWA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE: ADAIR AUDUBON BOONE BUENA VISTA CALHOUN CARROLL CASS CHEROKEE CRAWFORD DALLAS GREENE GUTHRIE HAMILTON HARRISON IDA JASPER MADISON MAHASKA MARION MARSHALL MONONA PLYMOUTH POCAHONTAS POLK POWESHIEK SAC SHELBY STORY TAMA WARREN WEBSTER WOODBURY.
AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL- AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-UNION
STRONG SOUTH WINDS HAVE DEVELOPED OVER WESTERN IOWA. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS HAVE INCREASED TO BETWEEN 25 AND 35 MPH WITH WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 45 MPH. THESE STRONG WINDS WILL BE CAPABLE OF SNAPPING SMALL TREE BRANCHES AND MOVING LOOSE OBJECTS. THESE WINDS ARE NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THUNDERSTORMS BUT IF STORMS DO APPROACH YOUR AREA WIND GUSTS COULD EASILY EXCEED 55 MPH. BE PREPARED TO ACT QUICKLY IF STORMS APPROACH YOUR AREA TODAY. LARGE HAIL…DAMAGING WIND…HEAVY RAINFALL AND TORNADOES ARE ALL POSSIBLE WITH THUNDERSTORMS.
TORNADO WATCH 303 CONTINUES UNTIL 10 PM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: HARRISON SHELBY MONONA.
TORNADO WATCH 305 IS IN EFFECT (EXTENDED) UNTIL 1200 AM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: AUDUBON CARROLL CRAWFORD DALLAS GUTHRIE AND SAC.