August 2017 Weather Review

Well, August can be summed up in two words: cool and dry.

Here is the monthly climate review for Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.


Posted under Miscellaneous, Precipitation Totals, Temperatures

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 1, 2017

Hazy Sky in Eastern Iowa

UPDATE at 8:00 PM: The smoke has become more widespread this evening and is the result of the poor air quality across parts of eastern Iowa.


Did you notice the haze in the sky across portions of eastern Iowa?  It’s being caused by smoke from wildfires in western United States and western Canada.  The smoke was brought down with help from a cold front that moved in from north to south across the area.


Here is a satellite view from the high resolution GOES-16 satellite.

Here is another vantage point from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Here’s an explanation from the National Weather Service in Milwaukee.  The new satellite allows us to analyze different products.

A KWWL viewer reported smelling smoke in Dubuque, where the haze was most prominent in our area Thursday afternoon.  The Air Quality Index is in Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range, which means most of us won’t be affected.  Those with lung diseases, older adults and younger children may be affected.



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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 31, 2017

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Temperature Drop Due to Storm

The high temperature in Cedar Rapids today was 89° at 4:52 pm with a heat index of 100°. An area of rain/storms was moving northeast and approaching the city around 5:30 PM. The downdraft in the storm was pulling cooler air toward the ground. The rain cooled air in the storm resulted in a temperature drop of 17° in less than one hour.  Officially 0.08″ of rain fell at the Eastern Iowa Airport. Farther south into Johnson County, rain amounts were around 1.25″ in one hour.


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This post was written by Schnack on July 18, 2017

June 2017 Weather Review

June started off on a dry note, but we did play catch up by the middle of the month.  Waterloo ended up with above normal rain, while Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City ended up with below average rain.  It was also a warmer than average June.



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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on July 1, 2017

Temperature afghan 2016

Take a look at these photos. This is a temperature afghan. A viewer crocheted this throughout 2016. Each row is one day and represents the high temperature that day. The colors are correlated to the high temperature of the day. Here is the color scale to the temperatures:
Below 0: White
Single digits: Gray
Teens: light purple
20s: Dark purple
30s: Blue
40s: Green
50s: Light Green
60s: Yellow
70s: Orange
80s: Red Orange
90s: Red

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This post was written by Schnack on January 13, 2017

Spring is not far away

Spring Starts


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This post was written by Schnack on January 4, 2017

Friday Morning Sunrise

In case you missed it Friday morning, many of us had a beautiful sunrise.  Here are the pictures submitted through Facebook and Twitter.  As always, if you have any to share, feel free to do so.

Patrick Trepp- Cedar Rapids

Patrick Trepp- Cedar Rapids

Amber Hemenway - Waterloo

Amber Hemenway – Waterloo

Ann Marie Lusson - Waterloo

Ann Marie Lusson – Waterloo

Ashley Rodgers - Janesville

Ashley Rodgers – Janesville

Lani Hill - Waterloo

Lani Hill – Waterloo

Laurie DeGroote - Butler County

Laurie DeGroote – Butler County

Melissa Ledesma - Waterloo

Melissa Ledesma – Waterloo

Mike Graber - Cedar Rapids

Mike Graber – Cedar Rapids

Peggy Hall - Waverly

Peggy Hall – Waverly

Rebecca Manship - near Beaman

Rebecca Manship – near Beaman

Whitney Schiller - Cedar Falls

Whitney Schiller – Cedar Falls


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 30, 2016

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Long Range Snow Forecasts

One word….WRONG…  Every winter people make and/or share outrageous posts about 90″ of snow 2 weeks from now. That is not going to happen. Here is some information to help educate yourself. Please don’t share these outrageous posts.




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This post was written by Schnack on November 29, 2016

Personalized Travel Weather Forecast

Either you are traveling this week or maybe you have travel plans down the road…you might want to save this link. It gives you a personalized forecast along your route from start to finish. Here is the link.
The images below give you a step by step on where to click and what to type.





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This post was written by Schnack on November 21, 2016

ICYMI Nov 6… Italy Tornado/Earthquake/Fall Color

A tornado touched down near Rome Italy on Sunday, killing two people and injuring dozens more.  The tornado touched down near the city of Ladispoli, just north of Rome.  There was also major flooding reported in other parts of the country, including in Florence.  Read more here.


A magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurred in central Oklahoma near the city of Cushing Sunday evening at 7:44 PM.  The earthquake was initially reported as a 5.3, before the USGS downgraded to a 5.0.  The Cushing Police Department has reported “quite a bit of damage” following the quake, however there has been no reports of any injuries as of Sunday evening.

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

As we get later and later in the fall season, we are seeing less and less trees with leaves across Iowa.  Here are a couple photos sent in by viewers this weekend.  If you even have a photo you’d like to share, you can post them on our KWWL Storm Track 7 Facebook and Twitter pages, or e-mail as at

Viewer Photo Basica 3

Viewer Photo Basic 3



Posted under Earthquake, Fall Colors, Miscellaneous, Photo, Severe Weather

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on November 6, 2016