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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
555 PM CDT Fri Aug 18 2017

Would you believe me when I say there was a roughly 20 degree
difference between northeast Iowa and southern Iowa this afternoon?
While there were no big weather making systems moving through, cloud
cover and some morning showers kept highs in the northeast in the low
70s, while ample sunshine allowed parts of southern Iowa to hit 90! In
fact, there was quite the difference from just Des Moines to Ames, at
around 89 and 81 respectively. By early this evening, not much had
changed with temperatures right around their daytime highs and just a
bit of cloud cover remaining over parts of northeast and southeast
Iowa.

The main concern tonight will be two fold. The first being the
potential for some strong to severe storms entering northwest Iowa and
working their way into central and eastern Iowa during the night. The
main concern will be for severe winds along with small hail. After the
storms move on through, clouds should quickly clear and allow for fog
potential with high pressure and light winds as well.

Looking through the weekend, dry conditions will prevail Saturday then
give way to shower and storm chances Sunday and into early next week.
Temperatures will not be anything spectacular, but by Sunday highs
will be back into at least the low to mid 80s state wide with some
areas in central and southern Iowa possibly hitting the low 90s.

Lastly, eclipse day 2017. Unfortunately, news remains fairly status
quo. Clouds appear fairly likely in the area, blocking out the view
for at least some of the state. For those traveling into the total
eclipse path, the best opportunity for clear skies looks to be
westward into Nebraska versus southward into Kansas and Missouri,
though Nebraska is not out of the woods yet either.

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CURTIS



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