Records Broken

November 24, 2017

It is hard to believe were are at the end of November and highs today reached the 70s. Records were not broken by one or two degrees….they were shattered easily.

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Not Too Often

November 23, 2017

High temperatures are forecast to reach 60° or warmer Friday. The chart below shows the number of times each day has had high temperature of 60 degrees or higher. The outlined area shows just a couple times during this time of the month.

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Record Highs Possible Friday

November 23, 2017

Quiet weather continues tonight under a mostly clear sky. Lots of sunshine and a gusty south wind is on the way Friday morning.

During the afternoon, clouds and a few sprinkles are possible as the wind switches to the northwest. High temperatures are in the upper 50s and low 60s. There are near record levels.

The weekend is mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 40s. Monday is warmer with a gusty south wind and sunshine. Dry weather continues through the rest of the month.

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Thanksgiving Forecast

November 23, 2017

A mild next few days are in store for eastern Iowa. We warm to slightly above normal for today.

With a warm front tracking through the area into Friday, even milder temperatures are expected beginning tonight. That’s great news for any shoppers later tonight or early Friday morning. 

Winds today stay on the calmer side tonight, but shopping near sunrise Friday may come along with breezy winds. Winds stay breezy through much of the day tomorrow as a cold front tracks through.

Once the front pushes through, cooler air returns to eastern Iowa. High temperatures however stay above normal through the middle of next week.

From the Storm Track 7 weather team, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

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Really Dry or Really Wet

November 22, 2017

The total rainfall for the last three months has gone back and forth. September was really dry. October was really wet and now November is going to wind up really dry.

Here are the rain totals for the last three months in Waterloo.

The chart below shows when and how much rain fell during the above mentioned months.

The latest drought monitor from last week shows there are still some dry locations across parts of Iowa.

 

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“Snow”vember Stats

November 21, 2017

We are getting to that time of year where snow is more and more possible. The last measurable snow at Waterloo was on March 13, 2017 when 1.8″ of snow fell and at Dubuque 1.5″ on the same date. The average monthly snowfall at Waterloo is 3.1″. The most snow was 15.9″ in 1991 at Waterloo and at Dubuque 13.9″ in 1986.

Here is a look at November snow totals in Waterloo and Dubuque back through 2013.

The map below shows the snow cover today.

 

No snow is in the forecast through the rest of November and there is a potential for above normal temperatures into early December.

 

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GOES-16 Satellite to Move into Place

November 20, 2017

It has been just over a year since the GOES-R satellite launched near the end of last year. On November 19, 2016, the satellite took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

After many tests and running in a preliminary and non-operational mode, things are about to change for what is now known as GOES-16.

Beginning on November 30, 2017, most of the tools used to collect data on the satellite will temporarily cease to collect or send out data. This will be done so that the entire system can move into its operational location. This date also marks exactly one year since GOES-R became GOES-16.

GOES-16 will move to 75° west longitude and take over the GOES-East position. The current satellite in the east position, GOES-13, will be moved into “orbital storage”. GOES-14 is currently in storage and both of these satellites will be available for use if needed. GOES-13 will be used to collect data while GOES-16 is down.

GOES-16 will be able to see and thus collect data for the entire United States once it is in its new position. Normal operation for GOES-16 (soon to be known GOES-East) is anticipated to return December 20, 2017.

For more information on the move, click here.

For more on the launch of GOES-16 from 2016, click here.

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Thanksgiving Travel Weather

November 19, 2017

It’s one of the busier travel weeks of the year, as Americans head to their Thanksgiving destination to enjoy a good feast.

Here in eastern Iowa, the last couple years of weather on or around Thanksgiving have not been ideal.  Last year, we had rain the day before Thanksgiving, and on Thanksgiving itself it was pretty chilly with temperatures in the 30s and 40s and not much sunshine.  Two years ago in 2015, we had some heavy rainfall across the region the day before Thanksgiving, and even Thanksgiving itself.

This year, however, our weather is looking a little more tame.  Here’s the travel forecast for eastern Iowa if you’re hitting the road in eastern Iowa.  It will be a little chilly Wednesday, with seasonable temperatures on Thanksgiving itself.

If your travels take you elsewhere across the United States, overall, the weather shouldn’t be much of an impact.  Of course, if you’re flying, you’ll want to check in with your airport and airline ahead of time.

  

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Third Time’s The Charm for JPSS-1

November 18, 2017

The new polar orbiting satellite, JPSS-1, successfully launched Saturday morning.

After two previous attempts, the satellite took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 3:47 am CST.

To view the liftoff video, click here.

For more information on JPSS-1, click here.

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Good Night Sun….See You Next Year

November 17, 2017

Once the sun sets in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska tomorrow (18th) the next sunrise will not be until Jan 22, 2018.

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