More Rain Chances Through The Week

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Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/storms. Low: 57-63. Wind: NE 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/storms. High: 75-79. Wind: E 5-10 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers/storms. Low: 61-66. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers/storms. High: mid 70s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Labor Day: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: low 80s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

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A beautiful August evening is ahead. After midnight there is a slight chance of a shower/storm. The best chance at that would be south of Highway 20. Here is the visible satellite image showing the partly cloudy sky over eastern Iowa. Visible satellite images usually show some great cloud features. Take a look at the storms in Illinois and Indiana.

Aug 27 Vis Sat

We will have a few chances at showers/storms through the rest of the week. Each round could bring a one inch of rain each time to some locations. Here is the rain potential from Tuesday evening through Friday evening.

Aug 26 QPF

At this point the severe weather chance is minimal at best.

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This post was written by Schnack on August 26, 2014

More Dry Weather

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Tonight: Clearing. Low: 55-58. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High: 74-78. Wind: NW 10-20 mph.

Tuesday Night: Clear. Low: 53-55. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High: near 80.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: low 80s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: mid 80s.

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A cloudy Monday with cool temperatures…felt more like fall outside than August. The clouds will continue to clear this evening letting us see the International Space Station (ISS) at 9:47 for 3 minutes traveling from the NNW to NE.

Aug 11 Vis Sat

This week is going to be dry as temperatures slowly warm back to the low 80s. The humidity level will be much higher this weekend and could lead to the chance of showers/storms. Here is the possible rain Monday evening through Saturday evening with all of it in eastern Iowa falling Saturday.

Aug 11 QPF

 

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This post was written by Schnack on August 11, 2014

More of the Same

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Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low: 60-63. Wind: E 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: 79-82. Wind: E 5-10 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low: 60-63. Wind: SE 5 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High: near 80.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 70s.

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

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Our dry stretch of weather is going to continue through the weekend. Here is how the visible satellite looked this afternoon.

Aug 8 Vis Sat

We are tracking a cold front, forecast to push through Iowa Monday with a slight chance of showers/storms. Here is the WPC forecast map for Monday morning.

Aug 8 Mon AM Sfc Map

At this point there does not appear much rain will fall…if any…when the front pushes through. Here is the rain potential for Sunday evening to Monday evening.

Aug 8 QPF

Are you heading to the Iowa State Fair? Great weather is expected through next week.

Aug 8 State Fair

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This post was written by Schnack on August 8, 2014

More Rain Than July

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Tonight: Cloudy with a 40% chance of showers/storms. Low: 61-64. Wind: NE 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Cloudy with an 80% chance of showers/storms. High: 68-73. Wind: E 10-15 mph.

Wednesday Night: Cloudy with a 40% chance of showers/storms. Low: 57-60. Wind: E 5-15 mph.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers/storms. High: mid 70s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High: upper 70s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: low 80s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

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Showers/storms are forecast to develop after midnight across Iowa and spread east and southeast. The wet weather will continue through Wednesday morning. Wednesday afternoon into the evening it may have more dry time. The heaviest amount of rain (1”+) is expected to be SW of a line from Waterloo to the Quad Cities.  Areas NE of that line, the amount of rain will taper off quickly.

Aug 5 QPF

The maps below show the forecast for Wednesday morning and Thursday morning. Both days will be wet in the morning.

Aug 5 Sfc Map

There will be some locations across eastern Iowa with more rain in the next two days than all of July.  At this point, there does not appear to be any risk of severe storms either Wednesday or Thursday. The rain and clouds will keep temperatures cool with some locations in the upper 60s for afternoon highs.

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This post was written by Schnack on August 5, 2014

A Nice Weekend…Rain Chances Next Week

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Tonight: Clear. Low: 57-60. Wind: Calm.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: 82-84. Wind: Light and variable.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 60-62. Wind: S 5 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: low-mid 80s.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: low-mid 80s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: low-mid 80s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

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

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The July numbers are in when it comes to the temperatures. Most locations were in the 3 coldest July. The graphic below breaks it down for you.

Aug 1 July Temp Ranking

The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) for August favors below normal temperatures across the Midwest and equal chances of above/below normal precipitation. Nothing is there to lean one way or the other.

Aug 1 Monthly Outlook

 

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This post was written by Schnack on August 1, 2014

Slowly Warming…More Storm Chances Next Week

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Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 57-60. Wind: W 5 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny with a 20% chance of an afternoon shower. High: 80-82. Wind: W 5-10 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 58-61. Wind: Calm.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: low 80s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: low-mid 80s.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 80s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: low 80s.

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

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

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Here are the number of days of 55 degrees or colder in July:
Waterloo: 14 days
Dubuque: 12 days
Cedar Rapids: 10 days
Iowa City: 7 days

Not much going on across the Midwest. There is a lot of clear sky again. Just few areas with rain.

July 31 Vis Sat

It has been a dry month. Take a look at the big contrast from the June and July numbers.

July 31 Rain

 

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The latest Drought Monitor was released today. Despite the lack of rain this month Iowa is in good shape. Don’t get me wrong, would could use some rain. We are just not too concerned about drought conditions here in Iowa right now.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 31, 2014

Slightly Warmer Temperatures

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Tonight:  A stray shower this evening otherwise clear and cool. Low: 55-57. Wind: W 5 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with a 10% chance of a shower in the afternoon. High: 79-82. Wind: W 5-10 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 57-60. Wind: W 5 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny with a 10% chance of an afternoon shower. High: near 80.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: low 80s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: low-mid 80s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: low 80s.

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

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Here are the number of days of 55 degrees or colder in July through the 30th:
Waterloo: 13 days
Dubuque: 11 days
Cedar Rapids: 10 days
Iowa City: 7 days

Through the 29th, the July average temperature at Dubuque is 67.3 degrees (3rd coldest July). The coldest is 65.5 degrees in 2009.

Just a few clouds this afternoon will clear this evening.

July 30 latest_MSP_vis

Temperatures will warm slightly into the low 80s this weekend. The 8-14 day outlook is leaning toward the cooler than normal temperatures (below left) to linger through August 13. The precipitation will be near normal (below right).
July 30 814temp_newJuly 30 814prcp_new

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This post was written by Schnack on July 30, 2014

Dry and Cool Conditions Continue

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Tonight: Clear and cool. Low: 54-56. Wind: NW 5 mph.

Wednesday: AM: Sunny. PM: Partly cloudy. High: 77-79. Wind: NW -5 mph.

Wednesday Night: Clear and cool. Low: 56-59. Wind: NW 5 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Friday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: near 80.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

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The clouds we have this afternoon will fall apart as the sun sets this evening.

July 29 Vis Sat

A clear sky will give you a chance to look SW and see the planets of Mars and Saturn during the evening hours. Here is where they will be at 9:15 pm.

July 29 Eve Sky

I probably don’t need to tell you that our July has been cooler than we typically have around here. Here is just another stat to back that up. The average number of days where the temperature reaches 55 degrees or colder at Waterloo in July is 4.1 days. So far, through July 29, Waterloo has reached 55 degrees or colder 12 times.
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Here are the number of days of 55 degrees or colder in July:
Waterloo: 12 days
Dubuque: 10 days
Cedar Rapids: 9 days
Iowa City: 7 days

 

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This post was written by Schnack on July 29, 2014

Not Much Change

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Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 54-57. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

Tuesday: AM: Sunny. PM: Partly cloudy. High: 74-79. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 55-58. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High: near 80.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High: near 80.

Friday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: near 80.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

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There isn’t much change in the weather during the next seven days. For that matter, there might not be much change for the next 14 days.  Dry with below normal temperatures seems to bee the trend as we move through what is typically the hottest time of the year.

July 28 Long Range

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This post was written by Schnack on July 28, 2014

Hot/Humid 1 More Day

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Tonight: Partly cloudy, warm and humid with a 20% chance of showers/storms. Low: 73-74. Wind: S 10-15 mph.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: 90-92. Wind: SW 10-20 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 64-68. Wind: N 5-15 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, cooler and less humid. High: upper 70s.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High: upper 70s.

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

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: low 80s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers/storms. High: near 80.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 70s.

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It is not a comfortable day for many. The heat index as of 4 pm was ranging from 87 to 95 across eastern Iowa with the heat index close to 110 in southwest Iowa.

July 21 Heat Index

The HEAT ADVISORY remains in effect through Tuesday evening from Waterloo westward. Areas in the heat advisory will see the heat index Tuesday from 95-105. Areas not in the heat advisory will have the heat index near 95.

July 21 Heat Advisory

The good news, if you don’t like this heat and humidity, is that it will end as fast as it arrived. A cold front is forecast to bring a slight chance of a shower/storm Tuesday afternoon/evening…many places will remain dry. It is also going to bring cooler and less humid air back to the region. Here is the WPC forecast position of the cold front Tuesday evening.

July 21 Tue Sfc Map

The below normal temperatures continue through the weekend and possibly longer. The 8-14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center favors below normal temperatures into early August and near normal precipitation.

July 21 8to14 day outlook

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This post was written by Schnack on July 21, 2014