Radar Down

September 25, 2017

Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico causing significant wind and flooding damage across much of the island. Winds in excess of 100 mph destroyed the National Weather Service Radar at San Juan, Puerto Rico. The radar is expected to be down for at least a few months. Hopefully there will not be any storms in this area anytime soon. Here is a look at what the radar looks like after the hurricane.

Here is a where the radar is positioned on the island.

A closer shot of the location.

 

Here is a map to show how much rain fall on the island.

 

 

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Another Record High

September 25, 2017

It was 91° in Moline, IL today. This tied the record high set in 1920.

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Record Breaking Heat

September 24, 2017

It was a record breaking weekend as far as the warm temperatures went across portions of eastern Iowa.  Record high temperatures were broken both Saturday and Sunday. (September 23rd and 24th).

Record highs will not be in jeopardy Monday, but it will still be much warmer than average.  More fall-like temperatures are forecast by the middle of the work week.

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More Hot Temperatures

September 22, 2017

Happy fall.  Don’t tell that to Mother Nature, though.  We are in store for another hot weekend with temperatures in the upper 80s to near 90°. These will be very close to record territory once again on Saturday.

After this weekend, a slow moving cold front will track through the area Monday and Tuesday, which will provide scattered rain and storms, and behind the front there will be cooler temperatures.  Here’s the Climate Prediction Center’s outlook for September 28th through October 2nd, showing a good chance at near normal to below normal temperatures.

Speaking of fall, you may be curious about the peak of the leaves changing colors.  We got an early start this year in portions of eastern Iowa due to the dry conditions.  But, normally it usually peaks around the middle of October.

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Near Record Highs Friday

September 21, 2017

We are ending the summer on a HOT note, with high temperatures in the 80s and 90s across eastern Iowa over the last few days.  In fact, Cedar Rapids tied the record high for September 21st at 93°, which was last reached on this date in 1920.  The Autumnal Equinox is at 3:02 PM Friday.  However, it’s going to still feel like we are in the middle of summer.  High temperatures will be very close to record for September 22nd.

There seems to be a better chance at tomorrow being the warmest start to Fall ever across eastern Iowa.  Keep in mind, each year the Autumnal Equinox may vary between September 22nd or September 23rd.

However, if you are one of those people ready for fall-like weather, we don’t have to wait too long.  The long-term trends point to cooler temperatures by the middle of next week, and at or below normal temperatures as we head into the first week of October.  This is from the Climate Prediction Center.

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24 Hour Rain Totals

September 21, 2017

Heavy rains fell across the southern part of the KWWL viewing area. Flash flood warnings were posted for portions of Keokuk and Washington counties.

Location County 24-Hr Rain
Waterloo Black Hawk 0.11
Dubuque Dubuque 0.52
Cedar Rapids Linn 0.00
Iowa City Johnson 0.16
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington 2.09
Bellevue LD 12, IA Jackson 0.82
Brighton, IA Washington 2.30
Cedar Falls 0.4 WNW Black Hawk 0.11
Decorah 4.9SE Winneshiek 0.15
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek 0.12
Dubuque #3, IA Dubuque 0.26
Dubuque L&D 11, IA Dubuque 0.06
FAIRFIELD, IA Jefferson 5.81
FAYETTE, IA Fayette 0.48
FULTON, IA Jackson 0.91
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 0.07
Iowa City 1.4 W Johnson 0.26
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson 0.60
Kalona 7.3 NNW Johnson 0.24
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson 1.45
Monona WWTP, IA Clayton 0.01
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW Benton 0.60
New Hampton 0.3 NNW Chickasaw T
NEW HAMPTON, IA Chickasaw 0.05
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Fayette T
Peosta 2.9 E Dubuque 0.23
Quasqueton 1.8 S Buchanan 0.02
Sigourney 1.1 W Keokuk 1.10
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson 0.09
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Tama 0.01
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 0.08
WASHINGTON, IA Washington 1.55
Waterloo 1.0 SW Black Hawk T
Waucoma 3.2 S Fayette T
Wellman 4.0 E Washington 1.66

 

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24 Hour Rain Totals

September 17, 2017

A line of showers and storms brought us needed rain Saturday night into Sunday morning. Here are your 24 hour rainfall reports:

Waterloo 0.37
Dubuque 0.47
Cedar Rapids 0.21
Iowa City 0.27
Ackley 9.2 NNE 1.24
Ainsworth 7.4 N 0.30
ALLISON, IA 0.70
Amana 4.7 W 0.36
Anamosa 1.9 SE 0.07
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.09
Asbury 0.4 SW 0.18
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.64
Brighton, IA 0.41
CASCADE, IA 0.07
Cedar Falls 0.4 WNW 0.49
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 0.42
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 0.30
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 0.21
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 0.25
Center Point 0.6 NNW 0.17
Central City 6.7 W 0.13
CHARLES CITY, IA 0.38
CLUTIER, IA 0.64
COGGON, IA 0.09
CRESCO 1NE, IA 0.27
Decorah 4.9SE 0.07
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.05
Dubuque #3, IA 0.53
Dubuque 1.4 WSW 0.12
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 0.10
Dysart 3.1 N 0.73
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.48
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.07
Ely 0.5 SE 0.27
Fairfax 4.0 NW 0.31
FAYETTE, IA 0.31
FULTON, IA 0.02
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 0.48
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.03
HAMPTON, IA 0.31
IONIA 2W, IA 0.39
Iowa City 1.4 W 0.30
IOWA CITY, IA 0.18
IOWA FALLS, IA 1.22
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.50
Latimer 1.9 NE 0.51
LOWDEN, IA 0.03
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Trace
Marion 1.2 NE 0.18
Marion 1.7 NNW 0.18
Marion 2.3 ENE 0.16
Monona WWTP, IA 0.45
Monticello, IA 0.04
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 0.89
NASHUA 2SW, IA 0.77
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.64
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.42
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 0.30
PARKERSBURG, IA 0.55
Parnell 0.50
Protivin 4WSW, IA 0.22
Quasqueton 1.8 S 0.30
Shellsburg 2.9 S 0.23
ST ANSGAR, IA 0.46
STANLEY 4 W, IA 0.43
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.55
TRAER, IA 0.76
TRIPOLI, IA 0.48
VINTON, IA 0.32
WASHINGTON, IA 0.50
Waterloo 1.0 SW 0.40
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.42
WAUCOMA , IA 0.30
Waucoma 3.2 S 0.36
Wellman 4.0 E 0.78
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 0.47
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Sunsets and Rain?

September 14, 2017

Sunset Thursday evening.

 

Also BREAKING NEWS…what is that? Can it be? I looks like a few rain showers.

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Drought Conditions Expand in Iowa

September 14, 2017

With no rainfall in the last week across the majority of Iowa, the drought conditions have worsened.  The latest US Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, showing that much of the state is experiencing some sort of drought.  Last week, 50.32% of the state was not experiencing at least “Abnormally Dry” conditions, but this week that number is down to 29.33%.

Moderate Drought conditions have also expanded in portions of eastern Iowa.  It’s been a dry past couple of months, compared to what it was the beginning of June.

The good news is that there are several chances for rain in the forecast over the next week.  While they don’t look like heavy rain makers, any rain is good news at this point.

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80 Degree Days in September

September 13, 2017

Here is a look at how many days the high temperature has reached 80+ so far this month. The chart compares the numbers to previous years during the same time.

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