Here Comes the Humidity

After a few sprinkles yesterday, today will be completely dry. The clouds have mostly moved out and leave us with plenty of sunshine through the mid-week. A lighter breeze from the northwest dominates today under mostly sunny skies.

Overnight clear skies continue with the chance of some patchy fog. Lows tonight: 48-52. We start Thursday with sunshine, as well. A warm from to the southwest tomorrow pushes in some warmer air. Highs tomorrow reach the mid to upper 70s. We could see a few showers and isolated storms later in the day Thursday.

The chance of storms returns again for Friday and Saturday. Humidity increases Friday and stays higher into Saturday, as well. Friday features  highs in the 80s and eastern Iowa will be a couple of degrees cooler on Saturday.

Sunday is dry with highs in the mid-70s and partly cloudy skies. Expect more sunshine than clouds Sunday through at least next Tuesday.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 31, 2017

Iowa’s First Photographed Tornado – 118 Years Ago

The first tornado to ever be caught on camera in the state of Iowa was captured on May 30, 1899.  It was taken in Kingsley around 7:30 in the evening. There were five tornadoes across the state that day.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on May 30, 2017

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Windy with Spotty Showers

We have a couple of “cool” days ahead before things warm up again. Highs today reach the mid-60s to low 70s from north to south. Breezy winds come from the west.

An area of low pressure tracks southeast over the area today and showers develop along the area as it moves through.

Similar to yesterday, today will be a mainly rain event.

A stray shower is possible overnight.

Isolated areas of fog are possible as lows fall to the mid to upper 40s with plenty of moisture in the air after the day’s rain. Mild conditions return tomorrow with mostly sunny skies and highs on either side of 70°.

 

 

 

 

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 30, 2017

Hot Shot Photos Monday Evening.

The photos below were shown on the Monday evening newscasts.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 29, 2017

Northern Lights

The Northern Lights were seen Saturday night from Hubbard (Hardin County) .Video taken by Paul Brooks.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 29, 2017

Scattered Showers Monday

Cooler air is temporarily moving into the area for this Memorial Day. A cold front that swept across the state brings two major changes from Sunday. Number one – cooler air. Highs today reach the mid-60s to mid-70s from north to south. Number two – chance of rain. Scattered showers develop later today, mainly in the afternoon. Thunderstorm chances are low this afternoon.

The rain moves out for the overnight. Partly cloudy skies and cooler than average lows are expected overnight. Lows tonight: 47-50. Even on the back side of the system today, more showers may wrap around and into the area Tuesday as well.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 29, 2017

May 27-29, 1947 Winter Storm

It has been 70 years since a major winter storm rocked parts of the Midwest, including Iowa, during the last few days of May in 1947.

A strong low pressure system tracked through Missouri into the Great Lakes Region, putting Iowa on the northwest side of the storm system.  As many of you probably know, 100 miles northwest of the center of low pressure is generally where the heaviest snow band falls.

A strong Canadian high pressure system to the north brought down the unseasonably cold temperatures, which allowed for snow to fall.

6-12 inches of snow fell from Wyoming, into Nebraska and far northwestern Iowa.  Closer to home in eastern Iowa, a few towns came in with some hefty snow totals:

Waukon: 7.5″
New Hampton: 4.0″
Decorah: 3.2″
Osage: 1.5″
Cresco: 1.0″

For more information, here’s a link from the National Weather Service in La Crosse, WI.

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on May 28, 2017

24 Hour Rain Totals as of Sunday Morning

Here are the 24-hour rain total reports from across eastern Iowa as of Sunday morning, May 28, 2017:

 

Waterloo 0.08
Dubuque 0.15
Cedar Rapids 0.13
Iowa City 0.27
Amana 4.7 W 0.19
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.38
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.37
CALMAR, IA 0.03
CASCADE, IA 0.29
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 0.16
Central City 6.7 W 0.63
CHARLES CITY, IA 0.03
CLUTIER, IA 0.12
COGGON, IA 0.70
Decorah 4.9SE 0.03
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.04
Dubuque #3, IA 0.26
Dubuque 1.4 WSW 0.72
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 0.34
Dysart 3.1 N 0.25
EDGEWOOD, IA 0.15
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.45
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.04
ELMA, IA 0.05
Ely 0.5 SE 0.17
Fairfax 4.0 NW 0.66
FAYETTE, IA 0.03
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 0.16
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 0.42
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.06
HAMPTON, IA 0.15
IONIA 2W, IA 0.04
Iowa City 1.4 W 0.58
Iowa City 4.5 N 0.32
IOWA CITY, IA 0.23
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.40
LOWDEN, IA 0.19
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.23
Marion 1.2 NE 0.23
Marion 1.7 NNW 0.33
Monticello, IA 0.14
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 0.92
NASHUA 2SW, IA 0.03
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.03
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.03
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 0.20
Parnell 0.1 SSW 0.04
Peosta 2.9 E 0.83
Sigourney, IA 0.16
Solon 0.3 ESE 0.31
ST ANSGAR, IA 0.01
STANLEY 4 W, IA 0.06
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 0.15
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.26
TRAER, IA 0.40
TRIPOLI, IA 0.07
VINTON, IA 0.37
VOLGA 1NE, IA 0.03
WASHINGTON, IA 0.05
Wellman 4.0 E 0.17
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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 28, 2017

Nice Sunday, Breezy and Wet for the Holiday

After some storms this morning, quieter weather is in store for the second part of this holiday weekend. Clouds clear quickly behind the line of showers/storms. Skies become mostly sunny by the afternoon. Winds may become breezy for a brief period, but it will be a mild day across eastern Iowa.

Clouds slowly begin to return overnight. Lows: 51-54. Expect more clouds for the Memorial Day holiday. Along with the clouds comes another chance for rain. Monday is not a “washout” day as the showers will be scattered across the area. If you’re heading out today and tomorrow, you’ll definitely feel the difference, especially in northern counties.

Breezy winds also track in for the holiday (and unofficial start to summer).

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 28, 2017

Double Rainbow

Several KWWL viewers spotted a double rainbow across parts of eastern Iowa Saturday evening.  Here are some of the photos submitted.

Photo: Allyson Crotty near Dike

 

Photo: Jessi Bakker in Dike

 

Photo: Kevin Sawyer in Dike

 

Photo: Mary Butterfield in Wellsburg

 

Photo: Kevin Sawyer in Dike

 

Photo: Mindy Peters in Grundy Center

 

Photo: Missy Duncan in Wellsburg

 

Photo: Taylor Fevold – near Gladbrook

Photo: Meteorologist Denice Pelster near Grundy Center

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on May 27, 2017