CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) – Hot weather will expand across the Plains and Rockies as the week goes on. We won’t be in the thick of it, but that puts eastern Iowa in the possible path of a few rounds of rain and thunderstorms.
As the heat builds, the jet stream will be sent north, then down around the eastern side of the heat. After storms develop in the Plains in the afternoons or evenings, the jet stream will basically steer them – this whole pattern is called the Ring of Fire. In this case, the jet stream will send storms to us or near us. The timing of most of the storms here should be during the night or into the morning hours, depending on where and when they first develop. There is the potential for strong storms and locally heavy rain from each round.
While there is a chance of storms Thursday through Saturday, it’s not likely everybody will get rain each of those days. Even when there is a complex of storms that goes through a particular place, it won’t be raining all day. We’ll have many dry hours during that few-day stretch.
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