24-Hr Rain Totals

Location County 24-Hr Rain
Waterloo Black Hawk 0.08
Dubuque Dubuque T
Cedar Rapids Linn 0.03
Iowa City Johnson T
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington T
Anamosa 3SSW, IA Jones 0.02
BELLE PLAINE, IA Benton 0.08
Calamus 2.0 NE Clinton T
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE Black Hawk 0.10
Cedar Rapids 2.0 ENE Linn 0.01
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW Linn 0.02
Central City 6.7 W Linn 0.02
CHARLES CITY, IA Floyd T
CLERMONT, IA Fayette 0.03
COGGON, IA Linn T
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 0.16
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek 0.02
Dubuque #3, IA Dubuque T
FAYETTE, IA Fayette 0.04
GRINNELL 3 SW, IA Poweshiek 0.11
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 0.13
IONIA 2W, IA Chickasaw 0.07
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin T
Latimer 1.9 NE Franklin T
LOWDEN, IA Cedar T
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson T
Marshalltown 1.4 ENE Marshall 0.22
MARSHALLTOWN, IA Marshall 0.19
Monona WWTP, IA Clayton 0.02
Monticello, IA Jones 0.03
New Hampton 0.4 SW Chickasaw 0.01
NEWTON, IA Jasper 0.29
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Fayette T
Osceola 2.5 WSW Clarke T
Salem 1 S, IA Henry T
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson T
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 0.02
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton T
WASHINGTON, IA Washington T
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 0.12
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA Iowa 0.01
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This post was written by Denice Pelster on March 31, 2013

March 31

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
1993
: Heavy rain fell over much of Iowa on March 30-31 with as much as 3.5 inches falling in some central sections. At Grinnell a total of 2.24 inches of rain was recorded which is the highest 24 hour total on record so early in the year at that location. The heavy rain combined with the melting of a deeper than normal snow pack to produce record or near record flooding along much of the Cedar and Iowa River basins, with nearly all rivers in Iowa rising above flood stage. This set the stage for the historic floods that would follow later that summer.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 31 March 1807 → Nearly a foot of snow fell on Vincennes, IN.
 31 March 1933 → A massive F4 tornado cut a devastating 25-mile swath across Jones, Jasper, and Clarke Counties in Mississippi. The tornado left 37 dead and 170 injured.
 31 March 1942 → Puu Kukui, HI recorded 107 inches of rain in March 1942.
 31 March 1962 → Seventeen people were killed by a tornado at Milton, FL. It is the worst single tornado in the history of the Sunshine State.
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This post was written by Schnack on March 31, 2013

March 30

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
1982
: Strong winds spread across Iowa as an intense low pressure system moved nearby with wind speeds of 60 to 80 mph reported. A police officer was injured in Cedar Rapids when part of a skywalk roof blew off, a Cessna plane was flipped onto its back at the Des Moines airport, two light aircraft were blown around at the Fort Dodge airport, and a semi truck was flipped over near Des Moines. Damage to trees, roofs, siding, road signs and traffic signals was widespread.

 This Day in National/World Weather History …
 30 March 1805 → Snow rollers measuring 24 inches in diameter that are made when strong winds blow across a wet snow pack were seen in Battery Park in New York City.
 30 March 1938 → 10 people were killed and 200 injured when an F4 tornado devastated Columbus, KS. Near Hollow, OK a school was destroyed, but all the students were uninjured.
 30 March 2011 → Rainfall in Thailand reached 50 inches over a 5-day period, compared to a normal monthly average of 2 inches, killing 40 people.
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This post was written by Schnack on March 30, 2013

March Animal Photos

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This post was written by Schnack on March 29, 2013

The Moon and Saturn

If the sky is clear where you are later this evening…

Mar 29 Moon

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This post was written by Schnack on March 29, 2013

Weather Hot Shots on Thu. March 29

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One photo is shown on the 5 pm newscast and one on the 10 pm newscast.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 29, 2013

Tracking Rain for Saturday


UPDATED at 4:20 PM

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Low: 34-38. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Cloudy with a 90% chance of rain. High: 48-55. Wind: S 10-15 mph.

Saturday Night: Rain ends in the evening and remaining mostly cloudy overnight. Low: 32-36. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy (NW 10-20 mph). High: mid-upper 40s.

Monday: Partly cloudy, breezy (NW 10-20 mph) and colder. High: upper 30s.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High: near 40.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High: upper 40s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. High: low 50s.

Friday: Partly cloudy with a20% chance of rain. High: mid 50s.

It is finally feeling like spring across eastern Iowa with most locations in the 50s this afternoon. Here are the temperatures at 3 pm.

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The sky will remain mostly clear this evening, but late tonight the clouds will increase as a cold front approaches from the west. Saturday will be cloudy with scattered showers developing late in the morning and continuing on and off through the evening hours before tapering off. Future Track shows the progression of the rain and cold front Saturday afternoon.

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The rain will taper off by 10 pm Saturday with a mostly cloudy sky remaining through the overnight. Rain amounts are still expected to be less than 0.50”. Here is the rain forecast from the WPC from Friday evening to Sunday evening.

Mar 29 QPF

Sunday will be mostly cloudy and breezy behind the cold front from Saturday. There will be another cold front moving across Iowa from north to south Sunday late afternoon and evening. There might be a sprinkle or flurry possible Sunday night. The cold front will usher in colder air for Monday and Tuesday. Here is the WPC forecast position of the cold front Sunday evening.

Mar 29 Sun Eve Sfc
Sunday and Monday will be breezy (NW 10-20 mph) behind each cold front. High pressure Tuesday and Wednesday will bring plenty of sunshine and once it moves east of the Mississippi River Tuesday night temperatures will warm back into the 50s by the end of the week. There is a weak cold front forecast to bring a chance of light showers Thursday. Friday afternoon a warm front will begin to lift north across Missouri and a few showers are possible in Iowa.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 29, 2013

March 29

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
1986
: Unseasonably warm weather produced a high temperature of 92 F at Glenwood which tied the all-time March high temperature record for Iowa. The temperature also reached 91 F at Des Moines making this the earliest calendar date of a 90 F or higher reading on record at that location. A high temperature of 91 F was also reported at Jefferson, Onawa, Red Oak, and Sidney and the temperature peaked at 90 F at Atlantic, Audubon, and Newton. The warm air even reached into northern Iowa with temperatures reaching 89 F at Sioux City and Webster City and 87 F at Elkader and Waterloo.

1979: Four tornadoes struck Iowa including an F4 that almost totally destroyed the small town of Braddyville in southern Page County. Large hail was also reported with stones the size of golf balls falling at Logan and Fort Dodge. At least 22 people were injured across Iowa with about 15 of those injuries occurring in and around Braddyville. Five counties from south central into southwestern Iowa were declared disaster areas.

 This Day in National/World Weather History …
 29 March 1848 → An ice dam on Lake Erie near Buffalo, NY stopped the flow of water over Niagara Falls for 30 hours.
 29 March 1935 → A severe duststorm blanketed Amarillo, TX, for 84 hours. During one six hour period the visibility was near zero.
 29 March 2000 → A boater was killed by softball sized hail on Lake Worth, TX.
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This post was written by Schnack on March 29, 2013

Weather Hot Shots on Thu. March 28

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This post was written by Schnack on March 28, 2013

We are Tracking Rain for the Weekend


UPDATED at 4:20 PM

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 25-29. Wind: SE 5 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: 48-54. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

Friday Night: Increasing clouds. Low: 32-35. Wind: S 5 mph.

Saturday: Cloudy with a 70% chance of rain. High: upper 40s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy (NW 10-20 mph). High: mid-upper 40s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, breezy (NW 10-20 mph) and colder. High: mid-upper 30s.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and breezy (NW 10-20 mph). High: near 40.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 40s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: low 50s.

There are a two storm spotter training classes left this week.

Thursday March 28 6:30 p.m. Grant Fennimore, WI Fennimore Fire Station
Thursday March 28 6:30 p.m. Hardin Alden Public Library

Training from surrounding NWS offices:

It is nice to see some locations today reach a high in the low 50s. High temperatures tomorrow will be a few degrees warmer than today. Clouds will increase Friday night as we continue to track the chance of rain for Saturday. Scattered rain showers are expected mainly in the afternoon. Here is the rain forecast from Friday evening to Saturday evening.

Mar 28 QPF
Sunday will be mostly with a gusty northwest wind behind the cold front. The colder air will start to move south during the afternoon with temperatures slowly falling in the afternoon. Monday will be much colder. So much for spring weather sticking around more than week. Monday and Tuesday will be cold with high temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. Monday will be the colder of the two days. The gusty northwest wind will make it feel that much colder. Take a look at the 850 mb map for Monday afternoon. The temperatures at about 5,000 ft will be 15-16 degrees Celsius below zero. That is some cold air for this time of year.

Mar 28 850 mb temps
After this cold bump in the road temperatures will rebound back to the mid 40s Wednesday and low 50s Thursday. The temperatures bouncing up and down from day to day in the spring is normal.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 28, 2013