This photo was taken Wednesday evening as storms moved through Nashua.
This post was written by Schnack on April 20, 2017
Lightning struck a tree about 6:30 PM Thursday in Calmar (Winneshiek County). There were no injuries or loss of power. Here are a few screen captures of video from Kristine Kriener Kulish of the tree in her backyard.
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This post was written by Schnack on March 23, 2017
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab released this photo of Earth… seen from Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars!
As you may recall, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand, killing two people. Scientists say that because of the quake, the seabed lifted nearly two meters (6 feet) in the city of Kaikoura of South Island. Read more here, and see aerial shots of New Zealand before and after the earthquake.
Today might be the last day we see high temperatures like this again for awhile. Cedar Rapids and Iowa City tied the record. Des Moines reached 76 degrees (previous record 75 1941).
This post was written by Eileen Loan on November 17, 2016
Something strange this way comes… or shows up on a far away camera from a hurricane.
Hurricane Matthew is churning through the Caribbean,producing tons of rain with winds of 130 mph as it tracks to the north. On Saturday, it also produced a phenomena that is rarely caught on camera…. sprites!
Sprites are essentially lightning bolts that go out the top of a thunderstorm. They are usually weak and not often seen and are usually a red color. They last a very short time and are hard to catch on camera. Which is why the fact that at least 28 of them were caught on camera on Saturday is an amazing feat!
There is a little more from The Weather Channel at this link. More color photos on another post from The Weather Channel are here.
With the first Monday in the books, let’s look at the October averages and extremes for the month.
Every 12 hours certain National Weather Service offices around the country send a balloon (radiosonde) in the sky to gather valuable data. The stars on the map below show where the balloons are launched from.
After the data from the balloon is sent back to the office it is then put into computers to help with the forecast. The idea is, the more current and reliable data you get into the calculations, the forecast output (forecast information) would be closer to reality. Now because of Matthew, a large hurricane forecast to run up the east coast this week, they are putting more balloons in the sky. The sites along the east coast are launching them every 6 hours. The map shows you the sites with the two extra launches per day.
This post was written by Eileen Loan on October 3, 2016
Time-lapse image of NOAA weather balloon over the South Pole. Click here for more details about the photo.
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.
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.
Flooding during Tropical Storm Matthew in St. Lucia
This post was written by Schnack on September 29, 2016
The video and images below are just a few shared with us of a storm in southern Minnesota moving south into northern Iowa Wednesday night. The lightning was seen as far south as the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. The storm fell apart when it moved into Iowa.
The video below was taken at Decorah by Jordan Kjome.
This post was written by Schnack on June 23, 2016
“When thunder roars, go indoors.”
This is a common saying when it comes to storm safety. The National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wisconsin tweeted this year’s statistics as of May 2, 2016:
More than 20 people died per year as a result of lightning in each of the past 10 years. The most fatalities during that period occurred in 2006, with a total of 48 people. Last year alone saw 27 deaths because of lightning strikes. The number of lightning fatalities has been nearly consistent the past five years:
This year’s fatalities so far have occurred in Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana. Last year, there was a total of two Iowa fatalities, one in May and one in June. On average, most of the deaths happen during the warm summer months – June, July and August.
For more information about lightning and safety tips, click here.
This post was written by Kyle Kiel on May 4, 2016