The first weekend of October is behind us, and now that the daylight hours are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, we are starting to see some color on the trees.
Within the next few weeks, we will see an increase in vibrant colors across eastern Iowa as the leaves on the trees continue to change color, and eventually fall. Here’s the peak fall foliage across Iowa, courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
If you have any fall photos you’d like to share with KWWL this season, feel free to send them our way.
Our friends along the eastern seaboard (and weather enthusiasts across the country) are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Matthew, which continues to slowly move through parts of the Caribbean Sea. As of Sunday evening (10/2), Matthew is a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 mph. The trend has been for the storm to weaken a bit, then reorganize the eye and strengthen shortly after. This is pretty typical for strong hurricanes. National Hurricane Center forecast is fore Matthew to track slowly to the north, with major affects on Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas early in the week.
Each day National Weather Service offices across the country send up a “weather balloon”, which has a radiosonde attached the measures various weather parameters at different levels of the atmosphere. These are sent up twice a day; 7 AM and 7 PM; and the information gathered by these balloon launches are then put into the numerous computer forecast models. Several NWS offices near/along the east coast are sending up balloons every few hours to get a grasp on where Matthew will track, and how strong the hurricane will be. Here’s a picture of one of those launches Sunday afternoon, from the National Weather Service office in Key West, Florida.
This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 2, 2016