A GOOD DRINK OF WATER....
After three weeks of little to no rain we finally got a system to bring widespread rain to the area. The rain did not come alone, but with a few strong storms last night. There were a few Tornado Warnings but there was one report of damage in Illinois so we'll look for confirmation today of a twister.
Rainfall totals weren't off the charts, but a good half an inch to inch and a half fell in the local area:
We still have a little more to go as the storm system exits today. On the backside there will be some scattered showers and storms, particularly in southeast Iowa into Illinois between 1 to 8 pm:
A storm or two may be strong with gusty winds, hail and heavy rain. The SPC once again has a marginal (1 out of 5) risk for severe weather today in parts of the area:
Some spots could pick up a quick half an inch of rain where thunderstorms occur.
Temperature wise we'll be in the 60s and 70s, still below normal but not by much:
The storm system will then gradually exit the region today into Friday:
And that area of low pressure will be replaced by a ridge of high pressure for the upcoming holiday weekend:
Temperatures will be near 70° Friday under sunny skies and then spring and summery weather kicks in. We'll be in the upper 70s Saturday:
Back to the 80s on Sunday:
And pushing 90 on Memorial Day:
Looks like a pretty good weekend to me! We'll be mostly dry too with a slim chance for a pop up shower or storm across those three days.