Weather Hot Shots on Tue. April 15

April 15, 2014

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Cooler Than Normal Temps This Week

April 14, 2014

Forecast Bar

UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Sprinkle or flurry early then clearing and cold. Low: 19-24. Wind: N 5-10 mph.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: 40-46. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. High: 28-34. Wind: SE 10-20 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and windy (S 15-30 mph) with a stray shower across far northern Iowa. High: upper 50s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. High: near 50.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. High: near 50.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: mid 50s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: near 60.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: low-mid 60s.Weather Extra Bar

It is still hard to believe that we were in the 80s Saturday and then just last night…light snow fell. Followed by that, wind chills were in the 20s today. Speaking of snow, Waterloo received 0.4” of snow bringing the grand total to 58.0” for the winter. That means this winter now holds the second place spot as the snowiest winter. The record snowfall is 59.4” in 1961-62.

Apr 14 Satellite

Tonight…The clouds will clear this evening giving us a chance to see the International Space Station (ISS):

Time: 8: 27 PM
Duration: 3 min
Path: NNW to NE

Time: 10:04 PM
Duration: 2 min
Patch: NNW to NNE

After the space station, you might want to set your alarm for this, a Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible.
Apr 14 Lunar

Tuesday…The morning will be cold with temperature in the low 20s. Looks like another day for the winter coat…at least to start the day.

Wednesday… We are tracking an area of low pressure forecast to move across the Iowa/Minnesota state line. An isolated shower is possible across far northern. Despite a mostly cloudy sky, the gusty south wind will push afternoon highs into the 50s.

Apr 14 Wed AM Sfc Map

Thursday/Friday… A weak area of low pressure will bring us the best chance of showers during this time with temperatures near 50.

Saturday/Sunday… High temperatures continue to warm reaching near 60 degrees. Isolated showers are possible each day.

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Lone Tree Tornado Rating EF0

April 14, 2014
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NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/13/14 TORNADO EVENT…

 

A SEMI-ISOLATED STORM ON THE SOUTHERN END OF
A LARGER THUNDERSTORM COMPLEX PRODUCED A BRIEF TORNADO.

 

LONE TREE TORNADO…

 

RATING:                 EF-0

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    65 MPH

PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1 MILE

PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   25 YARDS

FATALITIES:             0

INJURIES:               0

 

START DATE:             APRIL 13…2014

START TIME:             5:56 PM CDT

START LOCATION:         .5 MILES WEST OF LONE TREE (JOHNSON COUNTY)

 

END DATE:               APRIL 13…2014

END TIME:               5:58 PM CDT

END LOCATION:           .5 MILES NORTH OF LONE TREE

 

SURVEY SUMMARY: A TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES FORECAST OFFICE SURVEYED THE AREA AROUND LONE TREE LATE THIS MORNING.  NO DAMAGE WAS FOUND.  PATH IS ESTIMATED FROM WITNESSES AND RADAR. SEVERAL WITNESSES DESCRIBED A FUNNEL THAT WENT UP AND DOWN NUMEROUS TIMES. PHOTO AND VIDEO DOCUMENTATION SHOW THAT THE TORNADO DID TOUCH DOWN AT LEAST BRIEFLY TO THE WEST AND NORTHWEST OF TOWN.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING

CATEGORIES.

EF0…WEAK……65 TO 85 MPH

EF1…WEAK……86 TO 110 MPH

EF2…STRONG….111 TO 135 MPH

EF3…STRONG….136 TO 165 MPH

EF4…VIOLENT…166 TO 200 MPH

EF5…VIOLENT…>200 MPH

 

NOTE: THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO

CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS

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24 Hour Rain & Snow Totals

April 14, 2014

7 AM Sunday to 7 AM Monday

Location County 24-Hr Rain 24-Hr Snow
Waterloo Black Hawk 1.69 0.4
Dubuque Dubuque 2.31 0.7
Cedar Rapids Linn 3.00 0.0
Iowa City Johnson 2.06 0.0
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington 1.81
Amana 4.7 W Iowa 3.36
BELLE PLAINE, IA Benton 2.10
Calamus 2.0 NE Clinton 2.04
CASCADE, IA Dubuque 2.98
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW Linn 3.39
CHARLES CITY, IA Floyd 1.05 1.0
Clayton Center Clayton 1.85 1.5
Clinton 1.7 W Clinton 0.98
COGGON, IA Linn 2.67 T
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 1.48 1.5
Decorah 6ESE, IA Winneshiek 1.33 T
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek 1.60 1.5
Dubuque #3, IA Dubuque 2.73 0.7
Dubuque L&D 11, IA Dubuque 2.70
Earlham 2.0 W Madison 2.10
Eldora 1.2 ENE Hardin 1.30
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Clayton 2.35 1.7
FAIRFIELD, IA Jefferson 1.25
FAYETTE, IA Fayette 2.07 0.7
GILMAN, IA Poweshiek 4.10
GRINNELL 3 SW, IA Poweshiek 2.42 T
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 1.80 0.5
Harpers Ferry Allamakee 2.30 1.0
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson 2.45
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson 2.08
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin 1.42 1.0
LADORA, IA Iowa 4.22
LOWDEN, IA Cedar 1.83
Marquette Clayton 2.00 1.5
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson 2.57
Marengo 5.3 SSE Iowa 3.45
Marshalltown 1.4 ENE Marshall 2.07
MARSHALLTOWN, IA Marshall 1.79 T
Monona WWTP, IA Clayton 1.65 1.5
MONTEZUMA 1 W, IA Poweshiek 4.42 T
Monticello, IA Jones 3.14
MUSCATINE 2 N, IA Muscatine 1.42
NASHUA 2SW, IA Floyd 1.59 1.0
New Hampton 0.4 SW Chickasaw 1.36 0.8
NEW HAMPTON, IA Chickasaw 1.57 1.0
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE Floyd 1.12 T
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Fayette 3.10 1.0
Osterdock Clayton 2.75
Parnell Iowa 3.20
ST ANSGAR, IA Mitchell 0.90 0.5
Salem 1 S, IA Henry 0.76
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson 2.14
STANLEY 4 W, IA Buchanan 1.70 1.3
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA Clayton 2.25 1.5
SWISHER, IA Johnson 3.32
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Tama 1.79 1.0
TRAER, IA Tama 2.12 1.0
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 1.38 1.0
VINTON, IA Benton 2.26
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton 2.32 1.3
WASHINGTON, IA Washington 1.10
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 2.15 0.5
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24 Hour Rain Totals

April 13, 2014

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7 AM Saturday to 7 AM Sunday

Location County 24-Hr Rain
Waterloo Black Hawk 2.09
Dubuque Dubuque 1.34
Cedar Rapids Linn 0.91
Iowa City Johnson 0.13
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington 0.17
Amana 4.7 W Iowa 0.96
BELLE PLAINE, IA Benton 1.27
Calamus 2.0 NE Clinton 0.12
Cedar Rapids 2.0 ENE Linn 1.46
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW Linn 1.36
Central City 6.7 W Linn 1.11
CENTRAL CITY, IA Linn 1.10
CHARLES CITY, IA Floyd 0.08
CLUTIER, IA Tama 1.41
COGGON, IA Linn 1.29
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 0.11
Decorah 6ESE, IA Winneshiek 0.63
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek 0.27
Delmar 2.3 NW Clinton 0.19
Dubuque #3, IA Dubuque 1.34
Dubuque L&D 11, IA Dubuque 0.98
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Clayton 1.41
FAYETTE, IA Fayette 2.21
GRINNELL 3 SW, IA Poweshiek 1.22
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 1.10
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA Clayton 1.50
HAMPTON, IA Franklin 0.74
IONIA 2W, IA Chickasaw 0.22
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin 0.46
KESLEY 3 NNE, IA Butler 0.58
Latimer 1.9 NE Franklin 0.73
LOWDEN, IA Cedar 0.14
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Delaware 1.23
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson 0.37
Marengo 2.6 SSW Iowa 0.68
Marion 1.2 NE Linn 1.49
Marshalltown 1.4 ENE Marshall 1.09
Marshalltown 1.7 NW Marshall 1.50
MARSHALLTOWN, IA Marshall 1.58
Monona WWTP, IA Clayton 2.21
MONTEZUMA 1 W, IA Poweshiek 0.76
Monticello, IA Jones 1.16
NASHUA 2SW, IA Floyd 0.18
New Hampton 0.4 SW Chickasaw 0.62
NEWTON, IA Jasper 1.15
Rose Hill 4.0 NNW Mahaska 0.23
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson 0.59
ST ANSGAR, IA Mitchell T
TRAER, IA Tama 1.60
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 1.16
VINTON, IA Benton 1.17
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton 1.47
WASHINGTON, IA Washington 0.30
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 1.18
Waterloo 3.0 NNW Black Hawk 1.63
Waucoma 0.2 N Fayette 0.77
Waucoma 3.2 S Fayette 0.49
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Hail Photos

April 12, 2014

Here are a few photos from the storms this afternoon. They developed very quickly in the Severe Thunderstorm Watch across northeast Iowa.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 10 PM

April 12, 2014
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 70
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   320 PM CDT SAT APR 12 2014

   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
     CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST IOWA
     EXTREME NORTHWEST ILLINOIS
     SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN

   * EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 320 PM UNTIL
     1000 PM CDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     WIDESPREAD LARGE HAIL LIKELY WITH ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL
       EVENTS TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
     SCATTERED DAMAGING WINDS LIKELY WITH ISOLATED SIGNIFICANT GUSTS
       TO 75 MPH POSSIBLE

   THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60
   STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 25 MILES SOUTH
   SOUTHWEST OF DENISON IOWA TO 10 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF MADISON
   WISCONSIN.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
   ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
   FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
   AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
   THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
   AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
   DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

   &&

   DISCUSSION...THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON
   AND EVENING ALONG A SURFACE BOUNDARY EXTENDING FROM
   CENTRAL/NORTHEAST IOWA INTO SOUTHERN WISCONSIN.  STORMS THAT FORM
   WILL LIKELY BECOME INTENSE WITH A RISK OF VERY LARGE HAIL AND
   DAMAGING WINDS.  ACTIVITY SHOULD SPREAD SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS THE
   WATCH AREA THROUGH THE EVENING.

   AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT
   TO 3 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 65
   KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 500. MEAN STORM
   MOTION VECTOR 25030.
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Weather Hot Shots on Fri. April 11

April 11, 2014

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Wet and Windy Weekend

April 11, 2014

Forecast Bar

UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Low: 44-47. Wind: SS 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy and windy with a 60% chance of showers/storms. High: 67-75. Wind: S 15-25 mph.

Saturday Night: Cloudy with an 80% chance of showers/storms. Low: 48-53. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Cloudy and windy (N 15-30 mph) with an 80% chance of showers. High: low 50s.

Monday: Decreasing clouds and windy (N 10-20 mph). High: low-mid 40s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 40s.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and windy (S 15-25 mph) with a 20% chance of showers. High: near 50.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: low-mid 50s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High: mid 50s.

Weather Extra Bar

Tonight…The gusty wind will diminish this evening again and remain light overnight. The clouds are forecast to increase, but it looks like we will be mostly clear to see the space station this evening.

ISS

We get another chance to see the International Space Station (ISS) this evening at 9:15 PM for 3 minutes it will travel from NNW to NE.

Saturday/Sunday…Low pressure is forecast to track east and bring a chance of showers/storms to the area Saturday and Saturday evening. Isolated severe storms are possible in the afternoon and evening. This will depend on the type of weather that happens in the morning. The wind increases again from the south pushing highs back into the 60s and 70s.

Apr 11 Sat Storms

Saturday night the threat for storms diminishes as the next area of low pressure tracks northeast toward Iowa. Rain becomes widespread overnight and continues through Sunday and Sunday night. The second low will now be east of Iowa Sunday with a gusty wind front the north pulling much colder air south.

The temperatures continue to fall Sunday night to near freezing. The rain will mix and/or change to light snow before tapering off as the sun comes up Monday morning. The heavier rain is more likely Saturday night through Sunday night. Here is the breakdown of the rain this weekend.

Apr 11 QPF2

Monday/Tuesday…It will be a chilly start to the week with temperatures about 15 degrees below normal for highs. The wind will gradually diminish Monday evening. Tuesday and Wednesday morning will be cold with temperatures in the 20s.

Wednesday/Thursday…There is a chance for a few showers both days as temperatures slowly warm back into the 50s by Thursday.

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Weather Hot Shots on Thu. April 10

April 10, 2014

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