A Nice Weekend…Rain Chances Next Week

August 1, 2014

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UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Clear. Low: 57-60. Wind: Calm.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: 82-84. Wind: Light and variable.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 60-62. Wind: S 5 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: low-mid 80s.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: low-mid 80s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: low-mid 80s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

Friday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: upper 70s.

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The July numbers are in when it comes to the temperatures. Most locations were in the 3 coldest July. The graphic below breaks it down for you.

Aug 1 July Temp Ranking

The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) for August favors below normal temperatures across the Midwest and equal chances of above/below normal precipitation. Nothing is there to lean one way or the other.

Aug 1 Monthly Outlook

 

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Weather Hot Shots on Thu. July 31

July 31, 2014

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Slowly Warming…More Storm Chances Next Week

July 31, 2014

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UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 57-60. Wind: W 5 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance of an afternoon shower. High: 80-82. Wind: W 5-10 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 58-61. Wind: Calm.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: low 80s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: low-mid 80s.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 80s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: low 80s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: upper 70s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: upper 70s.

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Here are the number of days of 55 degrees or colder in July:
Waterloo: 14 days
Dubuque: 12 days
Cedar Rapids: 10 days
Iowa City: 7 days

Not much going on across the Midwest. There is a lot of clear sky again. Just few areas with rain.

July 31 Vis Sat

It has been a dry month. Take a look at the big contrast from the June and July numbers.

July 31 Rain

 

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The latest Drought Monitor was released today. Despite the lack of rain this month Iowa is in good shape. Don’t get me wrong, would could use some rain. We are just not too concerned about drought conditions here in Iowa right now.

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Weather Hot Shots on Wed. July 30

July 30, 2014

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Milky Sky is Smoke From Canada

July 30, 2014

Did you see the milky white sky this afternoon/evening? It had that appearance due to smoke from fires in Candada. You can see the light grey color over Iowa and extending north into Canada…that is the smoke

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Slightly Warmer Temperatures

July 30, 2014

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UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight:  A stray shower this evening otherwise clear and cool. Low: 55-57. Wind: W 5 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with a 10% chance of a shower in the afternoon. High: 79-82. Wind: W 5-10 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 57-60. Wind: W 5 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny with a 10% chance of an afternoon shower. High: near 80.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: low 80s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: low-mid 80s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: low 80s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: upper 70s.

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Here are the number of days of 55 degrees or colder in July through the 30th:
Waterloo: 13 days
Dubuque: 11 days
Cedar Rapids: 10 days
Iowa City: 7 days

Through the 29th, the July average temperature at Dubuque is 67.3 degrees (3rd coldest July). The coldest is 65.5 degrees in 2009.

Just a few clouds this afternoon will clear this evening.

July 30 latest_MSP_vis

Temperatures will warm slightly into the low 80s this weekend. The 8-14 day outlook is leaning toward the cooler than normal temperatures (below left) to linger through August 13. The precipitation will be near normal (below right).
July 30 814temp_newJuly 30 814prcp_new

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Weather Hot Shots on Tue. July 29

July 29, 2014

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Dry and Cool Conditions Continue

July 29, 2014

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UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Clear and cool. Low: 54-56. Wind: NW 5 mph.

Wednesday: AM: Sunny. PM: Partly cloudy. High: 77-79. Wind: NW -5 mph.

Wednesday Night: Clear and cool. Low: 56-59. Wind: NW 5 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Friday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: near 80.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

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The clouds we have this afternoon will fall apart as the sun sets this evening.

July 29 Vis Sat

A clear sky will give you a chance to look SW and see the planets of Mars and Saturn during the evening hours. Here is where they will be at 9:15 pm.

July 29 Eve Sky

I probably don’t need to tell you that our July has been cooler than we typically have around here. Here is just another stat to back that up. The average number of days where the temperature reaches 55 degrees or colder at Waterloo in July is 4.1 days. So far, through July 29, Waterloo has reached 55 degrees or colder 12 times.
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Here are the number of days of 55 degrees or colder in July:
Waterloo: 12 days
Dubuque: 10 days
Cedar Rapids: 9 days
Iowa City: 7 days

 

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Not So Hot

July 29, 2014

It has been a cooler-than-normal summer so far, and it looks like that trend will continue through much of August.

The average temperatures have been below normal for July.

Here is the data from July 1-27:

- Waterloo: 69.2 degrees (4.6 degrees below normal)

- Dubuque: 67.6 degrees (4.4 degrees below normal)

- Cedar Rapids: 68.7 degrees (4.3 degrees below normal)

- Iowa City: 69.9 degrees (5.0 degrees below normal)

Dubuque and Cedar Rapids have not had a high temperature of 90+ so far this year. Waterloo and Iowa City have only done it once so far.

There is hot weather out there, but just not where we are. It has been hot in the western part of the U.S. north into western Canada. The atmosphere is always trying to balance itself out. Usually when one part of the country is cooler than normal, another part is warmer than normal.

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When you get these big ups and downs in the upper air pattern, it takes a while for conditions (the pattern) to change.

The outlook, through the first two weeks of August keeps our temperatures below normal and precipitation below normal as well.

If this pattern keeps up, we might be at least in one of the top 10 coolest summers on record.

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Weather Hot Shots on Mon. July 28

July 28, 2014

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