August Rainfall Update

August 15, 2017

It’s been an unseasonably cool start to the month of August, and the first half of the month has been a bit dry.  Fortunately, we do have some beneficial rain on the way for Wednesday, and a couple more chances in the next 7 days.

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24 Hour Rain Totals

August 14, 2017

Here are your 24 hour rain totals as of noon Monday, August 14, 2017:

Waterloo 0.41
Dubuque 0.21
Cedar Rapids 0.18
Iowa City 0.10
Ackley 9.2 NNE 0.51
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.01
BELLE PLAINE, IA Trace
CALMAR, IA 0.2
CASCADE, IA Trace
Cedar Falls 0.4 WNW 0.6
Cedar Falls 0.6 N 0.64
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW Trace
Center Junction 2.6 W 0.03
Center Point 0.6 NNW 0.02
Central City 6.7 W 0.02
CHARLES CITY, IA 0.8
CONRAD, IA 2
CRESCO 1NE, IA 0.3
Decorah 4.9SE 0.13
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.19
Dysart 3.1 N 0.39
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.95
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.07
ELMA, IA 0.43
Ely 0.5 SE Trace
Fairfax 4.0 NW Trace
FAYETTE, IA 0.14
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 0.21
FULTON, IA Trace
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 0.26
Grundy Center 1.78
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 1.45
HAMPTON, IA 0.8
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW Trace
IONIA 2W, IA 0.5
IOWA FALLS, IA 2.68
Latimer 1.9 NE 0.54
LOWDEN, IA Trace
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Trace
MARENGO, IA 0.02
Marion 1.2 NE 0.01
Marion 1.7 NNW Trace
Marion 2.3 ENE Trace
Monona WWTP, IA 0.04
Monticello, IA 0.02
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW Trace
NASHUA 2SW, IA 0.5
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.41
NEW HAMPTON, IA 0.35
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.44
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Trace
OSAGE , IA 0.58
Protivin 4WSW, IA 0.3
Solon 0.3 ESE Trace
ST ANSGAR, IA 0.7
STANLEY 4 W, IA 0.2
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 0.06
SWISHER, IA 0.01
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.05
TRIPOLI, IA 0.25
VINTON, IA 0.13
VOLGA 1NE, IA 0.03
Waterloo 1.0 SW 0.29
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.31
WAUCOMA , IA 0.25
Waucoma 3.2 S 0.31
WEBSTER CITY, IA 0.92
West Fork Cedar River 3 NNE Kesley, IA 0.31
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Latest Drought Monitor

August 10, 2017

The latest Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, and through August 8th, 12.49% of Iowa is experiencing a Severe Drought, which is up from 7.05% last week.   Only 28.53% of the state is not experiencing some sort of drought at this time, which is down from 33.00% last week.

The latest rainfall forecast from the Weather Prediction Center doesn’t show much rain over the next 7 days across eastern Iowa.  Any rain, however, would be great news.

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Eclipse Timing for Eastern Iowa

August 9, 2017

A Total Solar Eclipse will cross the US from coast to coast on Monday, August 21. We will be on the north side of the path of totality.

So it will not be a total eclipse for us but, about 90% of the sun will be blocked by the moon for a short time. Here is a look at some of the times for specific towns in eastern Iowa or an average for all of eastern Iowa.

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Perseid Meteor Shower this Weekend

August 8, 2017

Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend. Good viewing weather is expected. Mostly clear to partly cloudy sky is expected both nights with low temperatures in the mid to upper 50s.

 

If you have seen this on the web it is not true. “Best in 96 years” …..nope.

Click here for more details.

 

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Funnel Clouds Sunday Afternoon

August 6, 2017

For the most part, the weekend was pretty calm weather wise, with cooler temperatures and tolerable humidity levels.

Sunday brought us a mix of sun and clouds, with temperatures in the lower to upper 70s.  Most of the rain has stayed north and south of Iowa.  However, an area of rain and storms developed along a weak boundary in northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin, which lead to a few funnel clouds developing.

Fortunately, these types of funnel clouds don’t last very long, and do not lead to the formation of tornadoes since the environment is not favorable.

Craig Schmidt (north of Monona)

Pam Schultz (near Monona)

Carol Johnson (near Postville)

Rod McLane and Lana Troester (near Monona)

Carley Looney (south of Waukon)

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Clouds on August 21

August 4, 2017

It is still too early to know where the clouds will be on August 21 for the total solar eclipse this year. Here is a look back at where the clouds were for the last 10 years on August 21.

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Latest Drought Monitor

August 3, 2017

Here’s a look at the latest Drought Monitor released Thursday.  This takes into account the rainfall through Tuesday, August 1st.  Unfortunately, the drought has worsened a bit in south central Iowa, where there is a severe drought in place.

 

Here’s a look at July’s rainfall departure across the Midwest.  You’ll notice that northeast Iowa had a surplus of rainfall, which is where there is no drought.

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July 2017 Review

August 1, 2017

July was all about the haves and “haves and have nots” when it came to rainfall.  The map below shows the departure from average July rainfall for 2017.  Notice, northeast Iowa received several inches more rain than usual.

Here are the statistics from Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

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Smoke

July 31, 2017

There is a lot of smoke from several wildfires across parts of the US and Canada.

The first image shows a few fires across Idaho and western Montana.

More widespread fires are in southwest Canada.

The winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere are moving from west to east so the smoke extends east of the actual fire.

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