July 4th Weather Fact


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This post was written by Schnack on July 4, 2017

Happy and Mild Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms of eastern Iowa. Whatever your plans are today, whether it’s being pampered or enjoying some quiet time, the weather (ie, Mother Nature) is going to cooperate. Much like yesterday, today will feature plenty of sunshine. Highs once again soar to 10° above normal highs today.

We reach the upper 70s and low 80s with an isolated neighborhood probably warming into the mid-80s. It will actually feel more like Father’s Day. Breezy winds today come from a southerly direction and continue to pull in mild air.


Overnight, a few more clouds track across our skies. We fall into the upper 50s to low 60s tonight. A system to our northwest reaches northwest Iowa tomorrow and will fire up an isolated storm in our area Monday afternoon. The severe threat is low at this point but hail is possible. Highs tomorrow reach the 80s once again with increased humidity. Humidity sticks around into Wednesday, helping to fuel more storms due to a passing front.

We see near normal highs at the end of the work week.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 14, 2017

Christmas Day Weather History

Here’s a look at the weather history for Christmas in Waterloo and Dubuque…the only two site in eastern Iowa with official records.  Rain is in the forecast tomorrow, where we could have totals of 0.25″ to 0.75″ with locally higher amounts.  So, we’ll have to watch those rainfall records, as they may be in jeopardy.

Christmas History

Click here for more information on Waterloo’s Christmas Day history.

Click here for more information on Dubuque’s Christmas Day history.


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 24, 2016

TRACKING: Accumulating Snow Friday. Rain and Wind Christmas

Winter Weather Advisories in effect for most of the KWWL viewing area from 6 AM to 9 PM Firday.

Winter Weather Advis

We are in for an active holiday weekend across eastern Iowa and much of the upper Midwest.  Tonight will be quiet with skies becoming mostly cloudy.  A few areas of freezing drizzle or light snow may track through our northern counties before 8 AM Friday.  After 8 AM, a wave of snow will track in from southwest to northeast.  Temperatures south of Highway 30 will warm enough for sleet and/or rain to mix in.  This is where snowfall amounts will be less.  There may be a few breaks near midday before snow picks up in the afternoon hours.  There may be some heavier periods of snow during the afternoon, which will accumulate quickly and cause visibility issues.

DMA 3D FutureTrack SatRad - RPM 4km

The snow will track out of eastern Iowa between 6 and 9PM, but slick roads will be possible overnight with lingering areas of freezing drizzle.  Snowfall totals from Cedar Rapids to Tama and south will be trace to 2″ (less amounts south of I-80).  North of Cedar Rapids, expect 2-4″.

Snow Forecast DMA Hand

Saturday will be cloudy, with fog developing through the day.  As moisture increases ahead of our storm system for Christmas, areas of freezing drizzle will likely create issues on the roads Christmas Eve night into Christmas morning.  All precip changes to rain on Christmas as temperatures warm into the 40s, to near 50 in southern Iowa.  It will also be very windy Sunday and Monday.

Storm Timeline

With the rain on Christmas and the frozen ground, we will watch for potential runoff which could lead to rises in area rivers.


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 22, 2016

ICYMI Nov 27…Nebraska Tornado/Spain Waterspout/Snow Depth/Tis The Season

While it doesn’t happen often, tornadoes CAN occur in November across the Midwest, and even here in Iowa.  A few tornado warnings were issued earlier Sunday evening in Nebraska.


Below is a screenshot of a video taken by a gentleman living in Minden, Nebraska.  Click here to view the video on Twitter.  You can see it’s a “rope” tornado.


As mentioned, it doesn’t happen often, but it’s not impossible to see a tornado in Iowa during November.  Since 1980, there have been 41 tornadoes reported in our state.

Tornado Climate

Across the pond, there was a waterspout spotted off the coast of Spain.  See the video below:

Switching gears to snow.  Last year at this time, 34.5% of the United States was covered in snow.  This year (as of November 27th), 15.4% of the U.S. is covered in snow.


Snow depth – 2015


Snow depth – 2016

Here in Iowa, it has been a dreary Sunday evening.  Despite the rain, it looks pretty festive with the lights in downtown Waterloo.



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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on November 27, 2016

Labor Day Weekend Update…And Beyond

We will see a partly cloudy to mostly clear sky during the overnight hours Saturday, with lows dropping to the middle and upper 50s.  Our nice stretch of weather continues as we head into Sunday, although it will be a bit humid.  The wind also picks up out of the southeast 10-15 mph, with highs reaching the upper 70s to near 80°.

Labor Day will be humid, breezy with a slight chance for a few isolated showers and storms in the morning  The best chance would be north of Highway 20, and most of us will not see any rain.

Labor Day - Construction


There’s a better chance for storms later Tuesday and Wednesday as a cold front tracks through.  Heavy rain is a potential, and we will continue to keep an eye on the severe weather threat.

Here’s the Storm Prediction Center’s outlook for severe weather on Tuesday:


And for Wednesday:


Our next system tracks in Friday, bringing another good chance for storms.  Below is the rainfall potential through next Saturday.



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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 3, 2016

Independence Day Forecast

Another comfortable night is ahead of us, perfect for any outdoor plans to celebrate the 4th of July.  Clouds, however, will be on the increase from south to north.  It will be mostly clear to partly cloudy, with patchy areas of fog possible by morning.  Wind will be east at 5-10 mph.

Monday will start off with more clouds than sunshine, but as the day progresses, we will see more sunshine, becoming mainly sunny by late afternoon.  If you plan to catch fireworks displays Monday night, the weather will cooperate with a mostly clear sky and seasonable temperatures.


A warm front tracks in Tuesday, increasing the heat and humidity.  During the day we stay dry, but later Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, there’s the potential for rain and storms to move through.  There is currently a slight risk for severe weather north of Highway 20.  We will continue to track this situation.

There are a few storm chances, mainly overnight, Tuesday night through Friday.  Stay with KWWL for updates.


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on July 3, 2016

Every Day is Mother’s Day

To all the moms out there…every day is Mother’s Day.


Happy early Mother’s Day.

Moms Day


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This post was written by Schnack on May 2, 2016

Warmest St. Patrick’s Day 4 Years Ago

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Temperatures this year are running slightly above normal, but just 4 short years ago, we were breaking record high temperatures left and right across eastern Iowa.  This includes March 17th, where the big four cities all reached the 80s, and all broke record highs for this date.

st patricks


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

How Tracking Santa Started

It all started with a typo in the newspaper to call Santa. Well the number was wrong and as they say….the rest is history.


Listen to the interview with the children of Col. Harry Shoup who began “tracking Santa”.


Col. Harry Shoup

Click the image below to find out where Santa is.



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This post was written by Schnack on December 24, 2015