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CNHI/Southeast Iowa

May 31, 2013

Dry weather returns to forecast

OTTUMWA — The bad news? There's a decent chance of severe weather again today in southeast Iowa.

The good news? This looks like the last major threat for a little while.

The Storm Prediction Center places the eastern third of Iowa in the slight risk category for severe weather Friday. It's the same category the region has been in for several days. High winds are the main threat, with a 15 percent risk of large hail.

Iowa's risk is harder to predict this time than for other areas being hit by the same storm system. Morning storms in northern Missouri helped, since the atmosphere needs time to recharge before being able to spawn major storms. Forecasters weren't sure how quickly that would be able to take place this time.

The greatest risk of severe weather is parked over the area of the country that needs it least: Oklahoma.

Chances of severe weather, and even rain for that matter, drop off significantly once the southeast Iowa gets past Friday night. While storms are possible Saturday, forecasters don't think they're likely. Both Sunday and Monday are expected to be mostly sunny. The area needs the break. May has seen more than twice the average rainfall, with nearly two-thirds of it falling in the past week alone.

Storms return to the forecast Tuesday and Wednesday.

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