Fire Danger Wednesday

March 31, 2015

 

 

In advance of an approaching front, Wednesday, the weather conditions are favorable for grass fires to get out of control easily. 
Elevated Fire Danger

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Warm and Windy Wednesday….Showers/Storms Wed Night

March 31, 2015

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.

There is a slight risk of severe weather west of I-35 Wednesday/Wednesday night.
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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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Viewer Question

March 27, 2015

QUESTION:
Can you show me where tornadoes have been in Black Hawk, Buchanan, Dubuque, Delaware and Grundy counties?

ANSWER:
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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Snow Northeast

March 26, 2015

The heavy snow Sunday and Sunday night is still visible on the satellite image this morning.

Snow on DMA Vis Black

 

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Tuesday Evening Weather Update

March 24, 2015

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.

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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.

Here are a couple of photos of freezing rain near Stanley Tuesday evening.
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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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Snow Totals 7 AM Sunday to 7 AM Monday

March 23, 2015

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15.0″ Fennimore, WI
15.0″ Woodman, WI
13.0″ Prairie du Chien, WI
12.o” Waukon
12.0″ Marquette
11.5″ Decorah
11.0″ Lancaster, WI
10.8″ Monona
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
5.8″ Cresco
4.5″ New Hampton
4.0″ Riceville
3.8″ Waucoma
3.3″ Volga
3.0″ Cuba City, WI
2.9″ Elma
2.8″ St. Ansgar
2.6″ Osage
2.5″ Mona
2.5″ Dubuque
2.4″ Fayette
2.0″ Ionia
1.8″  6 mi SSW of Elkader
1.5″ Wadena
1.5″ Sinsinawa, WI
1.5″ Cassville, WI
1.5″ Charles City
1.5″ Noar Springs
0.7″ Guttenberg Dam 10
0.7″ Nashua
0.7″ Lowden
0.3″ Manchester
0.2″ Denver

 

 

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Northern Lights Time Lapse From Iowa

March 19, 2015

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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Drought Monitor and Spring Outlook

March 19, 2015

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Straight Lightning

March 18, 2015

You don’t see this very often. This is very rare. The lightning strike is not “zig zag”.

 

Here is the still image.

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Last Day Of Winter Coming Up

March 18, 2015

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.


Time to say good by to winter and welcome spring with open arms. The transition will occur quietly with no pomp and circumstance.  The official start to
Astronomical Spring is at 5:45 PM CDT. Temperatures Friday will be a little warmer as we approach 60 degrees in some locations and we will have more sunshine.

Snowfall
With winter ending tomorrow here are your snow totals:
Waterloo: 28.7″
Dubuque: 31.1″
Cedar Rapids: 24.1″
Iowa City: 24.8″

 
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.
Mar 18 QPF FCST MAP

As our crew was on the way to Seattle, to cover the NCAA basketball tournament, they took this photo from the plane flying over the snow covered mountains.
Mar 18 Mtns

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