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 weather@kwwl.com

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

ICYMI Oct 22–October Snow/Warm Temperatures/Orionids

While we were basking in sunshine and temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70°, parts of the northeast saw an October Snow.


That photo was courtesy of NWS Burlington in Vermont.  As much as 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected, especially in higher elevations, in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Closer to home here in Iowa, we had October snow…just 3 years ago.  In fact, one inch accumulated in Waterloo.


We are now toward the end of October, where high temperatures should normally be in the upper 50s to near 60°.  That wasn’t the case today.


There’s a good chance that the warmer than normal (or near normal) temperatures will continue through the end of the month.


The Orionid Meteor Shower continues, even through the peak was October 21st.  Look in the southeast sky for a few meteors through November 7th.  Click here to learn more.

orionid-radiant (2)


Posted under Astronomy, Miscellaneous, Temperatures, Weather History

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

ICYMI Oct 15 – “Hunter’s Supermoon”/Making Marbles/Antares Rocket

The “Hunter’s Moon” – October’s full moon – is happening tonight. The name “Hunter’s Moon” derives from the fact that this is the time of year that hunters being stocking up for the winter ahead. This will also be a supermoon and appear slightly bigger. The moon will reach is closest point to our planet Sunday evening at 7pm CDT (0000 UTC).  Unfortunately for us here in eastern Iowa, clouds and scattered rain will stop of from seeing this event.


For more information, click here.

Interested in seeing how marbles are made? For the childhood favorite, it takes quite a bit of work (and heat!) but the end result is fun for many. Click here for the video.


Orbital ATK will be launching it “Antares Rocket” Sunday evening, August 16th.  The rocket will be delivering 5,100 pounds of supplies, science research, and vehicle hardware to the crew at the International Space Station.  This is the 6th cargo resupply mission Orbital ATK has had with NASA.  The launch, of course, is weather pending.  Click here for more information on the rocket launch.


Click here for more photos of Antares.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on October 15, 2016

ICYMI Oct 14 – “Ides of October” Storm/ Orographic Flow/Great Barrier Reef

While we will have some breezy conditions and may see drizzle, showers and a few thundershowers through the weekend, there is a much larger storm to the northwest. A very large, strong low pressure system is tracking just off the Washington coast.

Washington state loop


The remnants of Typhoon Songda and the National Weather Service is naming it the Ides of October storm. The Pacific Northwest is expecting wind gusts over 50 mph late Saturday. Heavy rain and severe weather is also possible.


Orographic clouds are those formed by air moving over mountains or other larger changes in elevation. We don’t usually see them in Iowa.  Most clouds form as the air moves up the mountain and hits the cooler air.

orographic flow

But sometimes, they keep going up and over the top and spill down the other side. It is pretty impressive as you can see from this video from Jungfrau, Switzerland.


or click here for a timelapse from the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has started it’s second phase of in water surveys to assess the massive bleaching occurring in the reef. In June, officials observed that 22 per cent of the coral reef had died. The latest can be found here: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/media-room/coral-bleaching

Flooding continues in North Carolina and humans are not the only ones who need rescuing. A crew is working to save stranded dogs due to the high waters.







Posted under Clouds, Flooding, Miscellaneous

This post was written by Eileen Loan on October 14, 2016

ICYMI Oct 11-SPC/Atom/Nicole/Milky Way/Coldest

Here is a look at severe weather by the numbers, in September, by the Storm Prediction Center.



Everything is made up of atoms, but have you ever seen one?  Apparently, you can now. Check out what scientists at the University of California can show you in this YouTube video:


Nicole has become a hurricane (again) and is heading toward Bermuda.


For the latest track and information, visit the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.


Massive Cloud on Collision Course with the Milky Way


Here is a look at the coldest temps in the past few Octobers at Waterloo. So far this year the coldest temp is 34°.




Posted under Astronomy, Climate, Miscellaneous, Severe Weather, Tropics, Video

This post was written by Schnack on October 11, 2016

ICYMI – Sept 13…Rocky Road/ Magnetic Putty/ Tornado Scar/ Super Typhoon

After several weeks of heavy rainfall, with only a few breaks in between, the latest round of storms may have proved too much for a boulder near Marquette. The Iowa Department of Transportation posted these photos on their Facebook page this morning.  The road was completely closed for an hour or so as crews worked to move the huge rock. As you can see, it was almost as large as the tractor they were using to move it.   The tree took a tree with it to help block the road.

Iowa DOT Highway 76 Marquette September 13 2016 photo 1 Iowa DOT Highway 76 Marquette September 13 2016 photo 2


Meet Magnetic Putty! (Found on The Space Academy Facebook Page).


Russian meteorologists are trapped by Polar Bears!

Polar Bear

Five Russian meteorologists are 2800 miles north of Moscow… closer to Northern Canada than their countries capital.  And… they’ve run out of flares to keep the pack away.  This sounds like a movie plot, but you can read about the true story by clicking here.

Dust Devils from smoke plumes (found on Severe Weather Europe’s Facebook Page)


The photo below is a sunrise from an airplane on August 28, 2016.


Click here for another photo and more details about the two photos.


A close call for this family.

Here are the storm reports from the Storm Prediction Center. Link here.


Click on the image below for the video. 


Posted under Miscellaneous, Photo, Tropics, Video

This post was written by Schnack on September 13, 2016

Sad News

If you love weather and have ever watched the Weather Channel you know who Dave Schwartz is. He has been fighting cancer lately and this morning Dave has passed away. If you every watched Dave on TV you can tell he LOVED everything about weather. I have never had the honor of meeting him, but some people I know who have say he is the nicest guy.

Thoughts and prayers to his family and his Weather Channel family.

RIP Dave


He was always fun to watch.


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This post was written by Schnack on July 30, 2016

Lonely Storms

Two storms have developed this evening in Tama and Marshall Counties. The rest of the state is dry and mostly clear.


KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED3


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This post was written by Schnack on July 6, 2016