Four Hundred Seconds

March 22, 2017

Take four hundred seconds and watch the video that NASA has released from cameras attached to booster rockets on the Space Shuttles.  And make sure your sound is up… this is awesome to watch and hear!

 

 

 

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Weather Photos

March 21, 2017

These are the photos shown on the Tuesday evening newscasts.

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Breezy First Day of Spring

March 20, 2017

Welcome to spring, the new season begins with above normal temperatures and breezy winds. We warm into the 50s and 60s today. Clouds begin to track back in late tonight and increase into Tuesday morning. A cold front from the north brings a slight chance of showers Tuesday, but many will stay dry for the first full day of spring tomorrow. It’ll be cooler tomorrow, with highs only in the 40s and 50s (which is normal for this time of year).

A pair of cooler days comes Wednesday and Thursday. Another system, which will track to our south, brings another chance of rain Thursday and storms on Friday. We’ll warm to near 60° late week for a brief warm up before some cooler – yet near normal – temperatures settle in for the weekend.

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Another Breezy Day with a Chance of Storms Late

March 19, 2017

Breezy winds continue today. Expect milder conditions across eastern Iowa to close the weekend. Highs today warm into the 50s with some 60s possible, as well. Clouds increase (mainly along and south of highway 20) this evening. A few showers and isolated storms quickly track through tonight. The risk of severe weather is low, but any storms have the potential for hail and lightning.

Monday stays dry with mostly cloudy skies. The first day of spring tomorrow will feel more like early April with many more 60+° high temperatures. A few showers move through Tuesday along with cooler air. Warm air returns Friday, but not before another chance of rain Thursday and a chance of storms Friday.

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Breezy Saturday, Milder Sunday

March 18, 2017

Overall, the weekend will be mild, if you don’t mind breezy winds. After a windy night, expect winds Saturday to come from the northwest, bringing in cooler air. Highs today reach the 40s. Winds calm briefly but also shift overnight…and the wind shift will be vital to how tomorrow will feel in eastern Iowa. Southeasterly winds Sunday bring in much warmer air. Expect a 10° difference between highs Saturday and highs Sunday for many towns.

However, a chance of rain with isolated storms tracks in late Sunday night/early Monday morning. An isolated thunderstorm is possible. At this point, the risk for severe weather is low with any storms Sunday into Monday.

Showers look like they end by midday Monday (the first official day of Spring), leaving a mild day with highs in the mid-50s. Tuesday and Wednesday will be slightly cooler. Another storm system tracks in late week, bringing rain Thursday and a better chance for more widespread storms Friday.

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Snow near New York

March 16, 2017

The map shows where the snow is on the ground near New York and New Jersey today.

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Snow Cover on March 15

March 15, 2017

The snow cover on March 15 is 37.2%. The last time there was more than 30% snow cover on this date was in 2006 with 30.5%.

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Record Lows Broken Wednesday Morning

March 15, 2017

On Wednesday morning, both Cedar Rapids and Waterloo approached record low temperatures. Waterloo broke the 92 year record by 6 degrees, while Cedar Rapids broke its record by 1 degree.

 

Warmer air moves in for the rest of the week.

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Record Cold Tonight

March 14, 2017

Record or near record low temperatures are expected by morning. The sky is clear tonight with a gentle breeze from the northwest. Wednesday is cold again with highs in the 20s under a mostly sunny sky. The wind switches from a light northwest wind to southwest wind. Clouds increase Wednesday night with low temperatures not as cold (teens).

Thursday and Friday will have a lot of clouds around. A slight chance of a rain/snow shower is possible Thursday and a rain shower Friday. High temperatures warm into the low-mid 40s both days. The wind is breezy from the southeast Thursday and from the northwest Friday.

The weekend temperatures are near or slightly above normal with a partly to mostly cloudy sky.

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Snowfall Totals and Forecast Verification

March 13, 2017

The latest winter storm brought a wide range of snowfall totals across eastern Iowa.  Generally there was a 2 to 10 inch swath across the KWWL viewing area.  The map on the left was the snowfall forecast Sunday evening, compared to actual snow totals on the right. (Click the image to make it bigger)

Here are the snow totals reported to the National Weather Service:

Town Amount
Waterloo 10.6
Dubuque 4.5
Cedar Rapids 5.3
Iowa City 4.2
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3 NNE Kesley, IA 6.0
Ainsworth 7.4 N 2.5
Amana 4.7 W 3.2
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 5.2
BELLE PLAINE, IA 5.0
CALMAR, IA 3.8
CASCADE, IA 4.7
Cedar Falls 0.4 WNW 6.1
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 9.0
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 4.2
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 5.5
Center Junction 2.6 W 5.0
Central City 6.7 W 7.5
CHARLES CITY, IA 7.8
COGGON, IA 9.5
CONRAD, IA 4.5
CRESCO 1NE, IA 5.5
DECORAH 5.0
Decorah 4.9SE 5.3
Decorah 7.9 ENE 5.4
Dubuque #3, IA 4.3
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 3.0
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 4.4
ELMA, IA 5.6
Fairfax 0.0 NW 5.0
FAYETTE, IA 6.3
FULTON, IA 3.0
HAMPTON, IA 8.0
IONIA 2W, IA 8.0
IOWA CITY, IA 3.0
IOWA FALLS, IA 6.0
Kalona 7.3 NNW 4.5
LOWDEN, IA 7.0
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 6.7
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 5.5
Marion 1.2 NE 5.2
Marquette 0.2 NNE 4.0
Monona WWTP, IA 3.8
Monticello, IA 7.0
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 6.0
NEW HAMPTON, IA 10.0
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 8.0
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 1.0
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 7.1
OSAGE , IA 7.4
Quasqueton 1.8 S 7.7
Robins 0.4 SSE 6.0
Sigourney, IA 2.0
Solon 0.3 ESE 4.1
ST ANSGAR, IA 8.2
STANLEY 4 W, IA 9.5
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 4.4
SWISHER, IA 4.4
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 4.0
TRAER, IA 6.0
TRIPOLI, IA 7.6
VINTON, IA 5.5
VOLGA 1NE, IA 4.5
WASHINGTON, IA 1.8
Waterloo 1.4 ESE 8.3
WAUCOMA , IA 6.0
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 3.0
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