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We are tracking a cold front and it is forecast to push though eastern Iowa Wednesday night. We will have a warm and windy (S 15-30 mph gusts 35 mph) Wednesday. High temperatures will be in the 70s and could be pushing 80 across southern Iowa.
Any severe storms to our west will weaken before making it into eastern Iowa Wednesday night. The showers/storms (non-severe) will end by noon Thursday. Some beneficial rains are possible. Some locations could see more than 1″ of rain.
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Can you show me where tornadoes have been in Black Hawk, Buchanan, Dubuque, Delaware and Grundy counties?
Here are a few maps to show where the tornadoes have been in the above counties. The colors correspond to the tornado rating and the year next to the line is when it happened.
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The weather profile of the atmosphere this evening is set for rain/freezing rain/sleet/snow. It just depends on where you are in eastern Iowa. In parts of central and eastern Iowa (roughly along Highway 20) sleet and freezing rain is falling. The vertical profile of the atmosphere typically looks like this for freezing rain to occur. Similar profile for sleet.
In northern Iowa, there is not much of a warm layer, so light snow (around 1″) is still possible tonight. In parts of central and east central Iowa there is a warm layer aloft and it doesn’t look like it is going to cool off very much while the precipitation is around.
Here is the temperature profile of the atmosphere this evening roughly over the area near Highway 20..
27° 700 mb (cold)
36° 500 mb (warm)
31° Surface (cold)
Areas south of Highway 20 are most likely to be just rain.
Precipitation is still forecast to taper off between 1 and 3 AM, from west to east. Use caution on the roads since some of the roads will be icy. Elevated surfaces have the best chance of icing up later tonight. Temperatures will hold steady near freezing all night.
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15.0″ Fennimore, WI
15.0″ Woodman, WI
13.0″ Prairie du Chien, WI
11.0″ Lancaster, WI
10.0″ Steuben, WI
10.0″ Lynxville, WI
9.5″ Muscoda, WI
8.8″ Mount Zion
8.8″ 6 miles SE of Gays Mills, WI
5.9″ North Washington
4.5″ New Hampton
3.0″ Cuba City, WI
2.8″ St. Ansgar
1.8″ 6 mi SSW of Elkader
1.5″ Sinsinawa, WI
1.5″ Cassville, WI
1.5″ Charles City
1.5″ Noar Springs
0.7″ Guttenberg Dam 10
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This was taken in Wilton on March 17, 2015 by Paul Brooks. Too bad we had clouds increasing through the evening. You can see them blocking some of the sky towards the end of the video. The video runs from sunset to 10 pm.
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Did you get a chance to see the Northern Lights last night? Here are few images to enjoy.
Click here for some other photos from around the world.
It has been a dry month so far. Here are the rain totals so far vs. normal to this date:
Waterloo 0.06″ (normal 1.06″)
Dubuque 0.21″ (normal 1.25″)
Cedar Rapids 0.05″ (normal 1.14″)
Iowa City 0.18″ (normal 1.32″)
Not much rain is in the forecast through Monday evening. There is a chance for a little moisture Sunday evening into early Monday morning. There is a little better chance of some more rain Tuesday and Wednesday as a storm tracks east across Iowa. We are still 6 and 7 days out, and things can change, but this is how it looks right now.
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