Record Flooding in Kalona

The English River at Kalona is near record level this evening. The forecast shows the water receding.

Apr 19 Kalona

Here are a few photos of the flooding at Kalona taken by Bill Gatchel.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 19, 2013

Weather Hot Shot on Fri. April 19

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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 April 19, 2013

Near Record Lows Tonight


UPDATED at 4:00 PM

Tonight: Decreasing clouds with near record cold. Low: 24-26. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High: near 50.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. High: mid-upper 50s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/storms. High: mid-upper 50s.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and windy (NW 15-25 mph) with a 20% chance of showers. High: upper 40s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High: low 50s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: low-mid 50s.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: low 50s.

The wind and the cold temperatures made it feel more like winter than spring today. The wind chills at 3 pm today were in the 20s. Normal highs this time of year are in the low-mid 60s.

The wind will diminish this evening by 9 or 10 pm followed shortly behind with the clouds clearing. This will set the stage for a COLD night. Record or near record lows are expected by Saturday morning. Here are the record low temperatures in jeopardy:

Waterloo: 24 in 1956
Dubuque: 26 in 1956
Cedar Rapids: 27 in 1928
Iowa City: 25 in 1953

High pressure will quickly move through the Midwest with a clear sky later tonight and into Saturday morning. Clouds will increase Saturday afternoon as we track the next chances of rain forecast to arrive Sunday.

A warm front will lift north across Iowa with a few light showers Sunday. Here is the rain forecast for Saturday evening through Sunday evening.

Apr 19 QPF
A cold front is forecast to push through Iowa Monday with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. High temperature Sunday and Monday will be close to 60 degrees. It turns a bit colder Tuesday behind the cold front. A few rain showers may linger as the wind increases from the northwest.

Below normal temperatures continue through the rest of the week with more clouds than sun and another chance of showers/storms Friday.

Here is the 8-14 day outlook (Apr 27-May 2) from the Climate Prediction Center. Temperatures are forecast to remain below normal and precipitation to be below normal as well.

Apr 19 814temp_newApr 19 814prcp_new

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This post was written by Schnack on April 19, 2013

April 19

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
1988
: Unseasonably cold weather settled across Iowa for several days with the lowest temperatures generally reached on the morning of the 19th when many stations established daily record lows, including Waterloo where the temperature bottomed out at 20 F. In several areas temperatures fell all the way into the teens with the lowest readings including 18 F at Carroll, Mason City, and Pocahontas, 17 F at Chariton, Grinnell, and Webster City, 16 F at Audubon, Guthrie Center, and Sioux Center, and 15 F at Atlantic, Cherokee, and Sheldon.

  This Day in National/World Weather History …
 19 April 1775 → The first engagement of the Revolutionary War took place in clear, crisp weather at Lexington-Concord.
 19 April 1968 → An F4 tornado struck Sebastian County, AR leaving 14 dead and 270 injured. Much of Greenwood was reduced to a sea of rubble.
 19 April 1976 → An F5 tornado swept a frame home away near Brownwood, TX. The owner had sought refuge in the bathtub, and he and the bathtub were all that remained after the tornado blew the house away. Several children caught in the open were blown nearly three quarters of a mile. Several hangars and planes were destroyed at the town’s airport.
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This post was written by Schnack on April 19, 2013