Storms Tonight with Heavy Rain and Hail

A warm front, southwest of Iowa early this afternoon, is forecast to move northeast across the state.


As it does, rain and storms will develop later this evening. The storms are expected to develop around 10 or 11 pm and become widespread in just a couple of hours. The initial storms could produce large hail and heavy rain. Then the threat turns to more of a flooding rain situation. Widespread 1-2″ of rain is expected with isolated higher amounts to near 5″. This is the reason why a Flash Flood Watch is in effect tonight.

Flash Flood Watch

Flash flood guidance shows the ground could only handle a little more than 2″ of rain in 3 hours. Some places might see more than that.

Here is the rain forecast for Tuesday evening to Wednesday evening. Most of this rain will fall tonight.

The storms will be widespread overnight and eventually ending between 7-9 AM Wednesday.



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This post was written by Schnack on June 21, 2016

Minor Flooding on Local Rivers

The recent heavy rains across the state of Iowa has caused rising levels on area rivers.  Only minor flooding is forecast.

There is a Flood Warning for area streams and creeks in northern Bremer County through Thursday morning.

A Flood Warning goes into effect for the Cedar River at Cedar Falls Wednesday evening, and lasts through at least Saturday evening.

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Minor flooding was occurring on the Turkey River near Garber, but is now falling.


Rain is not in the forecast until late Sunday night into early next week.



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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on June 15, 2016

Flood Warning on Black Hawk Creek

UPDATE June 13 : The flood warning has been cancelled early.

There is a Flood Warning until early Tuesday morning for the Black Hawk Creek at Hudson, where minor flooding is occurring.

Flood Warning


This warning extends from the Black Hawk and Grundy County line, to the Cedar River in Waterloo.  The creek is expected to begin its fall below flood levels Monday evening.

However, there are scattered showers and storms in the forecast, with heavy downpours possible.

In fact, there is a chance of rain through Tuesday night and very early Wednesday.  With a lot of moisture in the atmosphere, heavy rainfall is possible for the areas that get the thunderstorms.



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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on June 12, 2016

Houston Flooding

Flash flooding has caused major flooding in and around the Houston area last night and today. The map below shows the white shaded area with 8″+. There have been some reports up to 17″ of rain in some locations.

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

During a live report Monday morning, a man drove into flooded waters not knowing how deep it was. It didn’t take long for his car to start floating and then as if filled with water it sank. The man was lucky to get out of the car fast enough to survive.



Click the sign above for more information.


Here is a look at the rain amount in Houston. The daily rain total was 9.91″ (2nd on record for Houston). Compare that to the wettest days here in eastern Iowa:

Waterloo 6.00″ (9/8/1941)
Dubuque 8.85″ (9/14/1967)
Cedar Rapids 5.35″ (8/27/2009)
Iowa City 5.65″ (6/22/2007)



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This post was written by Schnack on April 18, 2016

Potential Mississippi River Flooding

Recent heavy rains to our north in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin have raised concerns for minor flooding on the Mississippi River.  There are currently a couple flood warning out for areas along the Mississippi River in Allamakee and Clayton counties.

flood potential

Here is the Flood Warning text for McGregor from the National Weather Service in La Crosse.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on March 20, 2016

Ice Jam at Fort Dodge

There is some thick ice that has caused an ice jam on the Des Moines River near Fort Dodge. Here are a few photos from the National Weather Service in Des Moines from this afternoon. Click here to take a look at the latest river stage.

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This post was written by Schnack on February 22, 2016

Rising Water

With the melting snow over the last week or so, we are keeping an eye on area rivers for possible flooding.

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a Flood Warning for the Iowa River at Marengo until further notice.

Iowa river




The three National Weather Service offices that cover eastern Iowa (Des Moines, Quad Cities, La Crosse) issued the first Spring Flood Outlook.  Click here if you missed it.  We’ll keep you updated.

Spring Flood Outlook 1 for 2016


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

Area River Levels (Current and Forecast)

Click on the rivers below for the current level and forecast crest.

Beaver Creek

Cedar River

English River

Iowa River

Maquoketa River

Mississippi River

Shell Rock River

Turkey River

Upper Iowa River

Wapsipinicon River

West Fork Cedar River


NWS Des Moines Rivers…Click here.

NWS Davenport Rivers…Click here.

NWS La Crosse Rivers…Click here.


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 16, 2015

Flood Watch

A large storm system has brought heavy rain across eastern Iowa, with quite a bit of moisture for this time of year.  Temperatures are unseasonably warm, so the precipitation has been all rain this time around.  Daily rainfall records for December 23rd were broken in the big four: Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.  With the heavy rainfall, there is the potential for area creeks and rivers to rise above Flood Stage.  A Flood Watch is out for Allamakee, Black Hawk, Clayton, Fayette, Grundy, Tama and Winneshiek counties through Monday morning.  This is for low-lying areas, and areas that are prone to flooding.

Areal Flood Watch

Flood warnings have already been issued on a few rivers in eastern Iowa.  We start on the Turkey River at Elkader and Garber, where a Flood Warning is in effect from Monday morning until Wednesday afternoon for minor flooding:

Turkey River Elkader Turkey River Garber

Now to the Iowa River at Marengo, where a Flood Warning is in effect until further notice for moderate flooding:

Iowa River

There is not a warning out as of Sunday evening for the English River at Kalona, but the river is forecast to go above flood stage Monday evening:
English River kalona

The Cedar River is forecast to have minor to moderate flooding in Vinton, Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids later next week.  A Flood Warning is in effect for the Cedar River at Cedar Falls until December 20th:

Cedar River Move vinton Cedar River Move CF Cedar River Move waterloo Cedar River Move CR

These forecast take into account rainfall in the previous 24 hours, and forecast rain amounts, so they are subject to change.


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 13, 2015

Storms Yesterday

It was a wild evening and night for areas around Des Moines and west, on Wednesday. Showers and storms developed around 5:30 pm and developed into a massive cluster of storms. Very heavy rain caused many problems last night and this morning. Rivers, in that area, are getting to near record levels in a just a short period of time. The map is a radar estimate on how much rain fell. It shows the area with the heaviest rain.



Here are a few rain totals.


Here is a look at Grand Ave. in West Des Moines from a drone.

Click on the image below to take you to the Des Moines Register photo gallery.

Take a look at this visible satellite image from Wednesday afternoon.



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This post was written by Schnack on June 25, 2015