Pella Chronicle

CNHI/Southeast Iowa

June 17, 2014

Storms could threaten Tuesday, Wednesday

DES MOINES — Southeast Iowa generally got of easier Monday than areas farther to the north, but the threat of severe weather will persist through Tuesday and Wednesday.

Overnight storms did bring a severe thunderstorm warning to Wapello County, but the area generally avoided damage. The overnight temperatures tell the story, with Ottumwa’s official readings going from 80 at 11 p.m. to a still muggy 70 at 2 a.m. An hour later the temperature had dropped to 65, lower than forecasters anticipated.

Ottumwa received about a quarter-inch of rain overnight and saw winds that gusted up to 51 mph.

Knoxville and Pella saw about the same amount of rain. National Weather Service records show similar wind gusts to Ottumwa, though they arrived earlier in the morning. Centerville saw light rain, but not much else.

Iowa could see a return of severe weather today. All but a small portion of southern Iowa along the Missouri border is in the slight risk category, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

The chances of severe weather aren’t all that high for Tuesday, but the state will see a significant heat wave. Highs in southeast Iowa will top 90 degrees.

The threat persists Wednesday, as the SPC places the entire state in the slight risk area. Temperatures will again be above 90 degrees.

What worries forecasters is the fact the heat arrived so suddenly, giving people little time to adjust. They urge people to use common sense, stay hydrated and take breaks when needed to avoid heath risks in the heat.

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