24 Hour Rain Totals

May 26, 2016

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7 AM Wednesday to 7 AM Thursday

Town Rain
Waterloo 0.68
Dubuque 0.03
Cedar Rapids 0.30
Iowa City 0.03
Ainsworth 7.4 N 0.04
Amana 4.7 W 0.35
Anamosa 3SSW 0.17
BELLE PLAINE 0.47
Bellevue LD 12 0.01
BURLINGTON 0.34
CALMAR 0.56
CASCADE 0.11
Cedar Falls 0.6 N 0.57
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 0.81
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 0.71
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 0.63
Center Point 0.6 NNW 0.09
Central City 0.30
Central City 6.7 W 0.08
Clarksville 0.2 NW 0.65
COGGON 0.11
COLWELL 0.62
CONRAD 0.52
Coralville 1.8 NW 0.13
CRESCO 1NE 0.77
Decorah 6ESE 0.77
Decorah 7.9 ENE 1.00
Dubuque #3 0.05
Dubuque L&D 11 0.00
Dysart 3.1 N 0.30
EDGEWOOD 0.11
Eldora 1.2 ENE 1.02
ELKADER 6SSW 0.15
ELMA 0.97
Ely 0.5 SE 0.05
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 0.63
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 0.58
GRUNDY CENTER 0.90
GUTTENBERG L & D 10 0.18
HAMPTON 0.85
HUBBARD 0.55
Independence 1.2 N 0.38
IONIA 2W 0.82
IOWA FALLS 1.15
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.11
KESLEY 3 NNE 0.75
Latimer 1.9 NE 1.10
LOWDEN 0.25
MANCHESTER 0.14
MAQUOKETA 4 W 0.03
Marengo 2.6 SSW 0.16
Marion 1.7 NNW 0.31
Marquette 0.2 NNE 0.18
Monona WWTP 0.69
Monticello, IA 0.10
NASHUA 2SW 0.45
NEW HAMPTON 0.62
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.58
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.65
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.71
NORTH ENGLISH 0.22
OELWEIN 1E 0.53
PARKERSBURG 0.75
Peosta 2.9 E 0.10
Quasqueton 1.8 S 0.16
Robins 0.4 SSE 0.24
Sigourney 1.1 W 0.28
Solon 0.3 ESE 0.47
STANLEY 4 W 1.00
STRAWBERRY POINT 0.20
TOLEDO 3 N 0.27
TRAER 0.40
TRIPOLI 1.06
VINTON 0.14
VOLGA 1NE 0.35
WASHINGTON 0.10
Waterloo 1.4 ESE 0.50
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.36
Waterloo 3.0 NNW 0.67
WAUCOMA 1.10
Waucoma 3.2 S 0.89
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE 0.39
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24 Hour Rain Totals

May 25, 2016

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Here are the 24 hour rain totals from 7am Tuesday May 24, 2016 to 7am Wednesday, May 25, 2016:

Waterloo 0.02
Dubuque 0.08
Cedar Rapids 0.05
Iowa City 0.02
Gilbertville 1.0 NW Trace
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.05
Waterloo 1.4 ESE Trace
Quasqueton 1.8 S 0.01
Clarksville 0.2 NW 0.05
Ackley 9.2 NNE 0.09
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW Trace
Latimer 1.9 NE 0.05
Robins 0.4 SSE Trace
Central City 6.7 W Trace
Belle Plaine, IA Trace
Manchester No. 2, IA Trace
Cascade, IA 0.07
Dubuque #3, IA 0.05
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 0.02
Hampton, IA 0.02
Conrad, IA 0.12
Williamsburg 3 SE, IA Trace
Maquoketa 4 W, IA 0.02
Toledo 3 N, IA Trace
Washington, IA 0.10

There is a chance for more showers and storms through Memorial Day weekend.

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24 Hour Rain Totals

May 24, 2016

7 AM Monday to 7 AM Tuesday

Town Rain
Waterloo 0.02
Dubuque 0.00
Cedar Rapids 0.05
Iowa City 0.02
Ainsworth 7.4 N 0.02
Amana 4.7 W 0.05
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.01
BELLE PLAINE, IA 0.07
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 0.03
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 0.04
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 0.04
Center Junction 2.6 W 0.01
Center Point 0.6 NNW 0.04
Central City 6.7 W 0.05
COGGON, IA 0.04
CONRAD, IA 0.16
Coralville 1.8 NW 0.05
Dysart 3.1 N 0.08
ELKADER 6SSW, IA T
Ely 0.5 SE 0.05
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 0.02
HAMPTON, IA 0.35
Independence 1.2 N 0.02
IONIA 2W, IA 0.38
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.10
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.07
Latimer 1.9 NE 0.57
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA T
Marengo 2.6 SSW 0.24
MARENGO, IA 0.06
Marion 1.7 NNW 0.04
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.04
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.03
NEW HAMPTON, IA 0.02
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.02
OELWEIN 1E, IA T
Quasqueton 1.8 S 0.02
Sigourney 1.1 W T
Solon 0.3 ESE 0.05
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA T
Swisher 0.4 NNE 0.05
TRIPOLI, IA T
VINTON, IA 0.07
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.05
Waterloo 3.0 NNW 0.03
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Tornado in Northwest Iowa this Afternoon

May 23, 2016

There was a tornado reported in northwest Iowa Monday afternoon with a few severe storms.
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This is just one of two tornadoes reported today.
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DON’T FORGET

May 23, 2016

UPDATE: since my original post there has been another child left in a hot car to die. An 11 month old girl was left in a car Monday, in Hialeah, FL. It was 88° outside. Total is now up to 8 children. PLEASE PLEASE pay attention to your children.
Here is some of the story. Click here.

ORIGINAL:
Don’t forget your precious cargo in the backseat. Yes, I am talking about your children and pets. So far seven children has died because they were left in a hot car. I will be reminding you all summer long about this. As you walk through the parking lots take a quick at any car seat to make sure there is no child in there. If you do see a child call 911 IMMEDIATELY.

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Storms and Higher Humidity Ahead

May 20, 2016

The weather lately has been comfortable and dry. Temperatures have been cooler than normal through much of May. All of this is about to change starting Monday. The humidity level increases (it will be humid next week) with a chance of rain/storms each day.

The chart below shows different computer model plots of forecast dew point temperatures. The green, straight horizontal, line marks the dew point temperature of 60 degrees. Once we start to see this value and above it is uncomfortable to some degree. The higher it is the more uncomfortable you will feel. This past week and this weekend to come, the dew point have been low…dry atmosphere. The change comes Monday. A south and southwest flow will bring more moisture north Monday and increase the humidity level. It remains humid all week until, potentially, next weekend.

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The dew points of 60+ degrees will be the first time this year that threshold has been reached. The chart below shows the high and low dew point for each day so far this year. The lines in red are the days (8 days) where the dew-points has been 55 degrees or higher. It has not reached 60 degrees yet. So enjoy the comfortable humidity levels this weekend since it will be more humid all of next week.

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Now that there is more moisture in the air, we have a better chance of getting thunderstorms through Iowa compared to recently. There is a front to our west most of the week. The map below shows the position of the front Wednesday morning.

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More moisture in the atmosphere means heavier rainfall amounts are possible. We could be dealing with a few rounds of storms this week dropping locally heavy rain.
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Not Many Warnings…So Far

May 19, 2016

The temperatures have been cooler than normal so far this month (warmer weather returns this weekend into next week). The cooler than normal temperatures are part of the reason why we have not had much severe weather so far this year. May and June are typically the months with the most tornadoes reported in Iowa.

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Severe weather has pretty much missed us so far this year. The charts below are separated by the three National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices that cover the KWWL viewing area. The map shows the counties each office covers. The chart to the side of each map shows the number of tornado and severe thunderstorms warnings issued through May 18…going back to 2003. You can see there are some years with a lot of warnings to this point and then you have this year. We are on the low end of the scale.

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There is a chance of thunderstorms next week with Monday and Wednesday days to watch for any severe storms. We will continue to track the severe weather potential.

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Photos on TV Today

May 18, 2016

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Fireball Over Northeastern US and Southeastern Canada

May 17, 2016

A fireball raced through the sky around 12:50 AM ET Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The American Meteor Society has 450 reports of the fireball across New England and southeastern Canada. Most of the reports came from Maine. A few reports were as far west as Toronto, Canada. The map below shows the locations of the reports viewing the fireball. Click here for updated stats. There were also some reports of a “sonic boom” from some witnesses.
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The video below is from the Plattsburgh Police Department (New York).

The video below is from the Portland Police Department (Maine).

The video below is from the Burlington International Airport in Vermont.

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A Chilly May…so far

May 16, 2016

It hasn’t been the warmest of days lately. The last time Waterloo had high temperatures near normal was May 8. We had just one day with temperatures above 75° and it was 87°. The 87° reading is also the warmest temperature so far this year. Through May 15th, the average monthly temperature at Waterloo is 3.8° below normal. The chart below shows the high temperatures (red bar) and the low temperatures (blue bar) for the month of May through the 16th. The pink dots are the normal highs for that day and the light blue dots are the normal lows for that day as well.
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The map below, issued at the end of April, shows the temperature outlook for May. In eastern Iowa there was a low chance of above normal temperatures.
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The 6-10 day outlook (below) issued today,  for May 22-26, shows above normal temperatures are likely. High temperatures get back into the 70s Saturday and close to 80 Sunday and Monday.

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