Regional Weather Summary
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA
AWUS83 KDMX 192228
Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
528 PM CDT Fri Aug 19 2016
Scattered showers and thunderstorms were rolling across portions
of northern, western, southwestern and central Iowa this evening.
A few storms were strong and produced winds of up to 60 mph along
with marble sized hail. More storms produced heavy rainfall and
continue to produce heavy rainfall, leading to flash flooding
concerns. The heaviest rainfall through early this evening was in
northern Wright County where 3.5 to 4.5 inches of rain fell.
Elsewhere, 3 to 4 inches of rain fell across portions of Hancock
and Kossuth Counties. Skies ranged from mostly cloudy across the
northwest two-thirds to partly cloudy across the southeast third.
High temperatures this afternoon ranged from the lower 70s in
northeast Iowa to near 90 across portions of central and southwest
Iowa. Normal high temperatures for this time of year range from
the upper 80s to lower 90s. Winds across the southeastern half of
the state were out of the south at 5 to 10 mph, and were out of
the north at the same speeds across the northwestern half.
A seasonably strong cold front will continue sweeping through
Iowa tonight...bringing with it continued shower and thunderstorm
chances. Some of the storms may be locally severe this evening,
with the main threats being localized damaging wind gusts and hail
to 1 inch in diameter. Heavy rain will be a greater threat with
more of the storms, leading to potential localized flooding or
flash flooding concerns. Behind the front, temperatures will peak
out Saturday in the upper 60s to middle 70s along with lower
humidity values. in the mid to upper 70s across northern Iowa.
Seasonably cool temperatures will continue into Saturday night and
Sunday. Low temperatures on Saturday night will range from the
middle 40s across northwest Iowa to the middle 50s in southeast
Iowa. High temperatures on Sunday will range from the lower 70s
across northeast Iowa to the middle 70s in southwest Iowa. Skies
on Saturday will begin mostly cloudy, with decreasing cloudiness
across the southwest half of the state by evening. Clouds will
decrease elsewhere Saturday night and mostly sunny skies are
expected on Sunday. A gradual warm up will ensue beginning on
Monday, with the next opportunity for widespread rainfall coming
late Tuesday into Wednesday.