Hazy Sky in Eastern Iowa

UPDATE at 8:00 PM: The smoke has become more widespread this evening and is the result of the poor air quality across parts of eastern Iowa.

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Did you notice the haze in the sky across portions of eastern Iowa?  It’s being caused by smoke from wildfires in western United States and western Canada.  The smoke was brought down with help from a cold front that moved in from north to south across the area.

 

Here is a satellite view from the high resolution GOES-16 satellite.

Here is another vantage point from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Here’s an explanation from the National Weather Service in Milwaukee.  The new satellite allows us to analyze different products.

A KWWL viewer reported smelling smoke in Dubuque, where the haze was most prominent in our area Thursday afternoon.  The Air Quality Index is in Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range, which means most of us won’t be affected.  Those with lung diseases, older adults and younger children may be affected.

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 31, 2017

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Latest Drought Monitor

The latest US Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, and it still paints a severe to extreme drought for portions of southern Iowa.

Some good news, 51.85% of the state is not experiencing drought conditions, which is up from just 44.31% last week.

Some bad news, there is not much rain in the forecast over the next week, and even the next two weeks.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 31, 2017

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Some Harvey Information as of Tuesday Evening

Here is an satellite image as Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm with wind of 130 mph.

On the map below show the path of the storm as it made landfall near Corpus Christi, TX Friday evening. It also shows the center of the storm stopping and them move back southeast. It took a few days to do that. The storm moved back out into the Gulf of Mexico and only weakened to a Tropical Storm. It than turned back northeast Tuesday.

This map below shows the radar estimate  rain totals for those 4 days.

All of the numbers on the map below are rain totals of 30″ or more in and around Houston.

If you compare the record amount of rain from Harvey with the wettest years on record at Waterloo and Dubuque…it is hard to imagine what it was like when the rain was falling and how long it fell that hard.

 

The image below shows some blue sky Tuesday evening in Houston as Harvey finally starts to slowly move away from that area. Heavy rain continues to fall in eastern Texas and Louisiana.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on August 29, 2017

Rain Totals in Texas

Here is good link to take a look at rain totals in Texas. The map is 72 hr rain totals in Houston

 

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This post was written by Schnack on August 28, 2017

Sunday Evening Storms

A weak cold front tracked through eastern Iowa Sunday, which sparked a couple stronger storms across portions of the KWWL viewing area, mainly in a scattered line from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids.  That made for some picturesque scenes.  Here are some viewer photos:

Mammatus clouds in Dubuque – Danny Murphy

 

Mammatus clouds in Dubuque, looking toward Wisconsin – Robert Shade

 

Mammatus clouds and a sunset in Kieler, WI – Angela Beauchamp

 

Mammatus clouds in Dubuque – Amanda (@fanofthearts on Twitter)

 

Hickory Hills Park – Waterloo. Jessica Selleck

 

South of Hudson – Shawn Caslavka

 

Rain shaft near Dubuque – Amanda (@fanofthearts on Twitter)

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

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Hurricane Harvey as a Category 4 Storm

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This post was written by Schnack on August 25, 2017

Needed Rain

The recent rain fell in an area where drought conditions were getting worse by the day. The heavy rain fell in the southwestern half of Iowa. This is the area under a severe and extreme drought conditions. The next updated Drought Monitor will be released Thursday morning. It should probably show some improvement.

Now lets talk about eastern Iowa. We have started seeing the drought conditions move east across the state. Some of the recent rain might help a little. Despite the recent rain in eastern Iowa it is still dry when you look at the numbers for the month of August. Rainfall departures are more than two inches below normal in some locations.

The rain forecast through early next week doesn’t bring much rain to eastern Iowa. See map below.

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This post was written by Schnack on August 22, 2017

The Eclipse as a Satellite saw it

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This post was written by Schnack on August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2024

Here was a look at the eclipse at different stages across eastern Iowa Monday afternoon.

Now that the eclipse across the US today is over…it is time to look ahead at the next one to cross the country. The next one will cross the US from Texas to Maine on Monday, April 8, 2024 around 2 PM central time.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on August 21, 2017

August Rainfall Update

It’s been an unseasonably cool start to the month of August, and the first half of the month has been a bit dry.  Fortunately, we do have some beneficial rain on the way for Wednesday, and a couple more chances in the next 7 days.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 15, 2017