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This post was written by Schnack on August 2, 2012
Tonight: Mostly clear with 10% chance of a shower. Low: 67-69. Wind: NE 5-10 mph.
Friday: Mostly, hot and humid. High: 91-96. Heat Index: 95-100. Wind: E 5-15 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear. 72-74. Wind: SE
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/storms. High: mid-upper 80s.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: low 80s.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High: low 80s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 80s.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 80s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 80s.
It has been another hot afternoon with temperatures in the 90s and plenty of sunshine. Here is the satellite image from this afternoon.
Not a whole lot going on in the weather during the next seven days. It will remain mainly quiet. Friday is going to be another hot day with high reaching into the 90s and sunshine. Saturday I am still tracking a cold front forecast to cross the state with a chance of showers/storms. Right now the best time of day to see the rain would be in the afternoon and evening. Here is the forecast position of the front Saturday morning.
After the front pushes through, cooler and less humid air is expected for Sunday and Monday. Both of these days will also be mostly sunny. Tuesday through Thursday will have a mix of sun and clouds with highs near or slightly above normal…unfortunately it will be dry.
There are no changes to any of the counties under a burn ban.
The updated Drought Monitor was released this morning. Not much has changed across Iowa. Iowa has gone from 28% to 31% considered in extreme drought.
1929: Slow moving thunderstorms produced very heavy rain in a swath from north central through east central Iowa on the night of August 1-2. The highest reported overnight rainfall amounts included 3.75 inches at Cedar Rapids, 4.50 inches at Tipton, 4.97 inches at Marshalltown, 6.46 inches at Belle Plaine, and 8.35 inches at Toledo where nearly all of that amount fell in just two hours. Local rivers and streams, including the Iowa River and its tributaries, quickly jumped out of their banks and resulted in significant flooding across the area. Many homes and buildings were flooded and there were widespread reports of ‘highway and railway bridges washed away, stretches of track washed out, highways damaged, and much shocked grain carried away and farm animals drowned. Miles of railway were under water and many trains had to be detoured or suspended temporarily.’
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