Temperature and Precipitation Outlook

The latest 8-14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) indicates temperatures temperatures above normal August 18-24.

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Parts of northeast and northwest Iowa are in need of some rain. The Drought Monitor data released Friday has abnormally dry conditions for this area.

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The precipitation outlook is near normal.

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This post was written by Schnack on August 10, 2015

Temperature and Precipitation Outlook

The recent 8-14 day outlook (for August 12-18) shows the potential for above normal temperatures.
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Below normal precipitation is also expected during this time as well. So if you are in need of rain now, it doesn’t look like there will be much relief from the dry weather.

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This post was written by Schnack on August 4, 2015

A Look Back and Ahead

June wound up being a wet month for many locations in Iowa. The map below shows the radar estimated rain totals for the month of June.

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Here are a few monthly rain totals in eastern Iowa.
Waterloo 5.47″ (+0.49″ of normal)
Dubuque 8.34″ (+3.49″ of normal…10th wettest June)
Cedar Rapids 8.85″(+3.93″ of normal)
Iowa City 5.88″ (+1.27″ of normal)

Other rain totals across the state:
Des Moines 8.40″
Mason City 5.04″
Ottumwa 7.79″
Sioux City 4.19″
Burlington 7.06″

At times it felt like it rained every day of the month. In reality it didn’t here are the number of days with 0.01″ of rain reported.
Waterloo 10 days
Dubuque 12 days
Cedar Rapids 13 days
Iowa City  14 days

A look at the average temperatures shows near normal readings in June
Waterloo -0.7° of normal
Dubuque -04.° of normal
Cedar Rapids -0.4° of normal
Iowa City +0.3° of normal

The look ahead shows more wet weather with potentially above normal rain and below normal temperatures across Iowa.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 1, 2015

July Outlook

The July outlook was released on June 18th from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC).

The map below shows temperatures below normal for the middle of the country with above normal temperatures on the east and west coast.

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The map below shows above normal precipitation expected for much of the middle and western part of the nation except the west coast. Expect below normal precipitation in the southeast and far southern Texas.

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A look at the June numbers, through 24th, it has been a wet June with near normal temperatures.

Waterloo
Rain: 4.41″
Avg Temp: 0.2 below normal

Dubuque
Rain: 7.43″
Avg Temp: 0.3 above normal

Cedar Rapids
Rain: 8.23″
Avg Temp: 0.5 above normal

Iowa City
Rain: 5.13″
Avg Temp: 0.7 above normal

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This post was written by Schnack on June 25, 2015

Drought Monitor and Cooler Weather

The latest Drought Monitor data was released today. Eastern Iowa is starting to get dry.
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Here are the rain totals through April 16.

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The last few days have been so nice with highs in the 60s and 70s. Starting Monday our highs won’t be so warm. A lot more 50s are in the forecast next week and probably for the rest of the month. The outlook below is for April 24-30.
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This post was written by Schnack on April 16, 2015

Drought Monitor and Spring Outlook

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This post was written by Schnack on March 19, 2015

Cooler Temperatures Might Return

The latest 8-14 day outlook is showing the chance of cooler than normal temperatures beginning late next week.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 10, 2015

July Outlook

Lets hope for more day weather than wet weather at least for a week or two to start the month.

July 1 Outlook

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This post was written by Schnack on July 1, 2014

April and Spring Outlook

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This post was written by Schnack on March 20, 2014

Snow Totals & February Outlook

The season snow totals do not include anything that fell after midnight last night…just through January.

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The February outlook from the Climate Prediction Center keeps the cold air around with near normal precipitation.

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This post was written by Schnack on February 1, 2014