Warmer & More Humid w/ Chance of Storms

Forecast Bar

UPDATED at 3:30 PM

Tonight: Clear. Low: 48-50. Wind: SE 5 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: 75-78. Wind: SE 5-15 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 53-56. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: upper 70s.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers/storms. High: low 80s

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/storms. High: low 80s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Weather Extra Bar

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The sky is going to be clear tonight to catch a possible meteor shower. There is still some uncertainty about it since it is a new one. Astronomers are saying it could be amazing with 100s per hour or a dud with nothing. We will all have to just wait and see. The best time to see the shower is 1-3 AM CDT. Look in the northern sky.

Click here for more information about this new meteor shower.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 23, 2014

Northern Lights Tonight…Bad Timing

We are expecting a lot of clouds tonight. This is bad timing because there is a pretty decent chance of seeing the Northern Lights this far south. Here is the forecast: Click the image to enlarge

Jan 9 Northern Lights

 

The green line on the image above shows how far south they might be visible. The forecast tonight is for a mostly cloudy sky across eastern Iowa. There is a clear sky in NW Iowa this afternoon. The satellite image below shows lot of clouds across eastern Iowa and areas to the South. The clouds are forecast to track northeast. So most areas will have clouds tonight. There is a slight chance our northwestern counties could have a clear sky for a few hours.

Jan 9 Vis Sat

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This post was written by Schnack on January 9, 2014

Fireball Thursday Evening

At 5:40 PM something raced through the earth’s atmosphere and burned up. There were many phone calls to the station and on social media confirming  something happened in the sky. If you saw something at this time please tell us about it by filling out this form. This will help us a lot. Click here for the form.

As of 9:00 PM there is still some uncertainty as to what it was that crossed the sky. There has been a photo circulating on the web/social media showing what was said to be what just crossed the sky. With more fact checking the image was not from what happened today. The image below is courtesy of Brad Panovich of WCNC-TV.

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Here is another look at the fake image from @Observing Space.

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If I get any “real” photos or video of what raced across the sky this evening I will post it here on the blog.

 

Social Media comments:

“saw the sky light up in Charles City”

“Lit up in Decorah. Lit up the sky like lightning does.”

“We saw it in Waukon”

“Lit up the sky between Calmar and Decorah! All traffic slowed down!”

“I saw the flash north of Charles City about 5:40″

“We saw it Cresco as well. Look like lightning.”

“I was outside in Denver and the whole sky lit up”

“I was out in the yard in independence, just noticed a bright flash like lightning.”

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This post was written by Schnack on December 26, 2013

The Earliest Sunset

The sunset in Waterloo today was 4:36 pm. This is the earliest of the year. Starting on the 12th the sunset will begin to set later each day.

Dec 6 Sunset

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This post was written by Schnack on December 6, 2013

Northern Lights from Airplane

Earlier this month David Mayhew was on a plane that was flying over Canada. Looking out the window he saw the best “movie” an airline can provide. It was the northern lights. Click on the photo below to see a few more.

Oct 18 Northern

 

Click here for other nature photos from David Mayhew.

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This post was written by Schnack on October 18, 2013

Northern Lights Tuesday Night

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This post was written by Schnack on October 2, 2013

Harvest Moon

The full moon this month is Wednesday night (18th). The official time of the full moon is 6:13 AM on Thursday (19th). Not sure if we will get much clear sky as the storm system will be pushing through the area during the next couple of days. The full moon this month is called the Harvest Moon. It is the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox (Sunday). Moon rise Wednesday is at 6:36 PM in the eastern sky. The moon will be low on the horizon making it appear to be larger than normal and with some clouds around the color could be a bit orange. Now lets cross our fingers for at least a clearing in the clouds Wednesday evening.

 

Harvest Moon

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This post was written by Schnack on September 17, 2013

Northern Lights Friday Night

The Northern Light are visible this evening if the sky is clear where you are. They could be seen as far south as southern Iowa.

May 31 Aurora_Map_N

Here is just one photo in so far tonight of the Northern Lights taken north of Muscatine, IA by Paul Brooks.

May 31 Northern

 

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This post was written by Schnack on May 31, 2013

Annular Solar Eclipse

Late this afternoon and evening (CDT) an annular solar eclipse occurred over Australia.
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The images below were captured from the Coca-Cola Space Center website. It was streaming the eclipse live. By the time I captured the first image  at 6:06 PM CDT I missed the time the sun was the most covered. The three images that I did captured show how it changed in a little more than one hour. The inset image of the sky shows what the sky conditions were like compared to what the telescope was showing.

Click on the images below to enlarge.

May 9 Solar Final 2

Click here for more information about the eclipse.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 9, 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