Sunday, September 21, 2008

Some Rain...

Although there is rain in the forecast for the first half of the week, the weather looks to remain quite nice for the state through the next week. Temperatures should remain near or above normal through the week, with only a few scattered showers or thunderstorms possible as a cold front moves through the state. A look at the entire week ahead is just below:

Upper 70s to lower 80s today for high temperatures, with mostly clear skies throughout the state. Lows overnight tonight should drop into the mid 50s in the east, and only the lower 60s in the west. Moisture begins to increase in the western third of the state, just ahead and along a warm front that will give some of the first shower/thunderstorm chances for the state this week. These chances enter the western third of the state for Monday morning into the afternoon as the front quickly moves off to the north. Highs on Monday should be in the upper 70s and lower 80s throughout the state, with clear to cloudy skies from east to west. Monday night lows should be in the upper 50s to lower 60s from east to west, as increased moisture and clouds keep the west warmer. Through the day on Monday you will also have to watch for the winds, as they increase from the south at 15-25 mph, with some gusts likely above 30 mph.

A fairly diffuse cold front will begin to affect the state on Tuesday, bringing the continued chance of showers and thunderstorms to the state. Tuesday into Tuesday night will see the best threat of thunderstorms, with all but the southeast corner likely to see the chance of rain. Tuesday highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s from north to south; with lows overnight in the lower 50s to lower 60s from northwest to southeast as the cold front affects the temperatures in northwest Iowa.

Small chances of a lingering shower continue for eastern Iowa on Wednesday, but highs should be in the mid to upper 70s across the state. Wednesday night lows in the mid to upper 50s across the state. Thursday and Friday remain just above normal for temperatures, with highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s across the state; Overnight lows in the mid 50s to near 60 across the state. We look to continue the nice weather into next weekend and potentially even through the entire next week as well!

The next weather update is likely Monday evening, as the potential for thunderstorms is bringing up the potential for an isolated severe storm. Details on that threat will be the topic of that discussion.