ICYMI Sep 29…Balloon/Lightning/Spacecraft Selfie

Time-lapse image of NOAA weather balloon over the South Pole. Click here for more details about the photo.

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On Sunday, woman was killed on a hiking trail after being struck by lightning in Austin, TX. She is the 36th person to die from a lightning strike. Click here to get more facts and figures about the lightning deaths this year.
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The Rosetta spacecraft took at photo of a comet. You can call it either a “selfie” or the comet photobombed Rosetta as it was taking a photo. Either way it is a great image. Click here for the specifics on the photo.

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Flooding during Tropical Storm Matthew in St. Lucia

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This post was written by Schnack on September 29, 2016

Northern Lights Tonight

The sky is clear tonight giving us a chance to see the northern lights. Northern lights might be visible at any time tonight. Look north…low in the sky and away from any lights. Areas north of the green line on the map below, could see the northern lights low in the sky. The areas shaded in green have a better chance of seeing the lights higher in the sky.

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Northern Lights

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This post was written by Schnack on September 29, 2016

ICYMI Sept 20…Fog/Flooding Debris/Italy

It was a foggy start across parts of the KWWL viewing area Tuesday, especially northeast Iowa.  Dense Fog caused several school districts to delay the start of school for two hours early this morning.  Here’s the view from early this morning in Coralville and Dubuque on our Storm Track 7 Live Weather Network cameras.
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This is the result of the Upper Iowa River flooding at the end of August. The debris field is located in the Big Slough in Pool 9, right across from Blackhawk Park near New Albin (Allamakee County). These photos were taken by Mike Brennan on Sunday.

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Suomi NPP #VIIRS Day/Night Band.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison posted the snapshot of moonlit fog.  This was revealed from the  Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band.  (VIIRS stands for Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite).

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The photo below is a view of the southern tip of Italy from the International Space Station on September 16, 2016.
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This post was written by Schnack on September 20, 2016

ICYMI- Sept 17….Harvest Moon/Tropical Storm Karl/Sunset

The “Harvest Moon” officially rose at 2:05 PM (CDT) on Friday, and could be seen Friday night and early Saturday morning across eastern Iowa, as clouds cleared out.  The Harvest Moon is the last full moon before the Autumnal Equinox (first day of fall), which happens on Thursday, September 22nd.

This photo was taken by KWWL viewer Steve Kofron near Hudson:

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Here’s a nice time lapse of the moon rising, recorded in Arizona.

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The eleventh named tropical storm of the season is churning out in the Atlantic Ocean.  Tropical Storm Karl formed Friday night, and is forecast to become a hurricane.  While the track takes the storm northeast in the short term, the storm is forecast to turn more northwest, away from the United States.  It may affect Bermuda by next weekend.

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And, finally today, a couple nights worth of great sunsets across eastern Iowa.  This sunset photo was taken by Danyce Zegarac-Jasper near Dunkerton on Friday, September 16th.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 17, 2016

ICYMI- Sept 16….Comet Breaks Up/Tropics/Lightning Strikes

It’s not you, it’s me.  The breakup of a comet

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Over a three day period in January of this year, Hubble Space Telescope took pictures of a comet breaking up a mere 67 million miles from Earth.  There is still plenty of material for the comet to last another few trips around the sun, but these images are giving insight to the violent forces that can tear comets apart as they approach the sun.  One of the paragraphs from the main article (which you can read by clicking here):

The observations suggest that the roughly 4.5-billion-year-old comet, named 332P/Ikeya-Murakami, or Comet 332P, may be spinning so fast that material is ejected from its surface. The resulting debris is now scattered along a 3,000-mile-long trail, larger than the width of the continental U.S.

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Another tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic. This one is named Karl and is forecast to become a category 1 hurricane by Wednesday. The good news is that models are keeping Karl away from the US coast.

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A group of experts from the World Meteorological Association released two new world records regarding lightning.  One is the longest reported distance for a single flash of lightning, and the other is for the longest duration for a single flash of lightning.  As you can see, the longest duration happened in France, and the longest distance happened in Oklahoma.

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“Dramatic improvements in lightning remote sensing techniques have allowed the detection of previous unobserved extremes in lightning occurrence and so enabled the WMO committee to conduct a critical evaluation.”  View the entire article by clicking here.

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Speaking of lightning, The Des Moines Register reports a bolt of lightning struck the clock on top of the Polk County Courthouse in Des Moines around 3:50 AM Wednesday.

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The clock is expected to be fixed “very soon.”

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This post was written by Eileen Loan on September 16, 2016

ICYMI- Sept 12…Snow/Tropics/Rosetta

“Rosetta” sets its sights on comet landing this month

So what is Rosetta? Rosetta is a NASA spacecraft who’s mission is to collect information about comets. It was launched on March 2, 2004 and is planned to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in September 30. Rosetta has been moving closer to the comet in elliptical orbits since August 9, 2016.

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To track Rosetta’s locations during it’s voyage, click the image.

Where is Rosetta?

For more on Rosetta’s planned landing, click here.

If you want to follow Rosetta on Twitter, click here.


The ninth storm has been named in the Atlantic Basin. Tropical Storm Ian developed earlier today
Here is the list of names for the Atlantic basin.
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The storm is forecast to remain over open water.

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Super Typhoon Meranti is heading toward Taiwan this week. 
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Click here for more information about the above image.

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Snow in Montana this morning.
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This post was written by Eileen Loan on September 12, 2016

ICYMI Sep 9 Flooding/Shelf Cloud/Canada/ISS

Another round of flooding rain today across northern Iowa. There are some isolated higher amounts of 4-5″ of rain.

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The Turkey River is flooding and up around the Inwood Ballroom again in Spillville.

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Photo taken by Paul Leo Wermers

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The map below shows the Inwood Ballroom in relation to the Turkey River.
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There was a line of storms pushing east this afternoon. Ahead of the line of storms was a shelf cloud. Here photos taken from many different angles of the shelf cloud as it moved across eastern Iowa.

Here is a brief explanation of what a shelf cloud is and how it forms from the NWS.
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Photo was taken in Alberta, Canada
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Here are two views from the International Space Station this evening flying over the Pacific Ocean.
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Click here to see the LIVE feed from the International Space Station

 

 

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on September 9, 2016

ICYMI Sep 8…Sunset/Rocket/Hurricane/Leaves/Rain

Here is a look at the rainfall in September through the 8th.
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A nice Iowa sunset on Thursday. Here are few photos capturing the moment.

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Click here to view the launch from Thursday.

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On this day in 1900 a powerful hurricane made landfall in Texas. Back then, they have no way of knowing what was going to happen.  Because of that more than 8,000 people lost their lives.
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WOW look at the map below from the Minnesota DNR
The leaves are starting to change color.
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This post was written by Schnack on September 8, 2016

A Spectacular Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

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This post was written by Schnack on August 23, 2016

Total Solar Eclipse occurs August 21, 2017

One year from today (Monday, August 21, 2017) will be “Eclipse Day,” where a solar eclipse will be visible from all 50 states between approximately 1 PM and 1:30 PM in eastern Iowa.  The last time a total solar eclipse was visible by all 50 states, was in June of 1918.  The last time a solar eclipse was visible by the lower 48 states, was in February 1979.  Click here for complete information on the total solar eclipse.

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A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly between the Sun & Earth, casting Moon’s shadow onto Earth.  The only time a solar eclipse can occur is when the Moon’s phase is at in New Moon.  

The states that will be able to see the entire (100%) total eclipse are: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  In eastern Iowa, we won’t see the totality of the eclipse, but our area will be able to view 85%-90% maximum eclipse. (View the map below)

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It is dangerous to stare directly at the eclipse, so if you want to view it, you will have to have eclipse glasses to protect your eyes.  As the event gets closer, I am sure your local stores will have them available!

Stay tuned.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 21, 2016