Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

May 7, 2013

Storms forecast, but not a washout

MATT MILNER
CNHI

OTTUMWA — Storms are back in southeast Iowa's future, but forecasters don't expect the kind of washouts we've seen in recent weeks.

The National Weather Service calls for a chance of thunderstorms through Friday, with the greatest chances on Wednesday night and Thursday. This is not forecast to be the kind of widespread rains that fell in the past two weeks. Rainfall is expected to be minimal as a cold front moves through, except for those areas that get caught under a thunderstorm.

That's good news for area farmers. While the rains have broken the drought conditions they faced in 2012 and early 2013, they have also delayed planting. Both corn and oats are well behind schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

These storms aren't expected to be severe, either. The Storm Prediction Center shows a chance of severe weather nationally over the next several days, but those areas aren't particularly close to Iowa.