Sunday’s Pop-Up Showers & Storms

Most of us had a decent Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds, relatively comfortable humidity levels and warm temperatures.  We had quite a bit of energy in our atmosphere, but no real “trigger” to get storms going.  But, we managed to get a few showers and storms to pop up, and they were very isolated in nature.  Below is one of about 3 different cells that developed near Dike, and tracked to the south east.  Our Storm Track 7 Live Weather Network camera at Hawkeye Community College caught a great view of one of these cells.

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Here’s one from our Waterloo camera, looking at a different cell.

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Several viewers were able to get fantastic photos of the different storms that popped up.  These were very easy to see from a far distance for a couple reasons.  One, because some of these grew to be 30,000 to 50,000 feet in the atmosphere.  Two, many of us had a partly cloudy to mostly sunny sky which made it easy to view from a distance.

Gary Mezera, looking northeast from St. Olaf

Gary Mezera, looking northeast from St. Olaf

Looking southwest from Guttenberg

Looking southwest from Guttenberg

Stephanie Kleiner, looking south from Waterloo

Stephanie Kleiner, looking south from Waterloo

Susie Williams, looking northeast from Holy Cross

Susie Williams, looking northeast from Holy Cross

Tyler Colling, between Dyersville and Dubuque, looking north.

Tyler Colling, between Dyersville and Dubuque, looking north.

Stacie Fobian, from Marquette looking north

Stacie Fobian, from Marquette looking north

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Travis McBride, looking south from Vinton/Shellsburg

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on May 29, 2016

Funnel Clouds Friday Evening

 

Friday evening we had a few reports and photos of a funnel cloud in Johnson County and Washington County. These kind of funnel clouds don’t usually reach the ground.

Funnel clouds are still possible through 9:00 PM in areas roughly southeast of a line from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids to Washington.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 27, 2016

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This post was written by Schnack on May 18, 2016

Storms Tuesday Evening

We were tracking a cold front with showers and isolated storms Tuesday evening. One storm in Clayton and Fayette county was strong enough to prompt a severe thunderstorm warming for a short time (it was cancelled 15 min before the expiration time).
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Here is screen capture of video sent to me of the hail in West Union.

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Debbie Vandervort sent in the photo below as well.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 3, 2016

Dust Devil in Northeast Iowa

One of our KWWL viewers, Morgan LaRue, caught a photo of a dust devil just before 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon near Chickasaw, on the Chickasaw/Bremer County border.  Here is her description of what happened:

amberdust devilYes, it does look ominous, but these tend to occur in open spaces and rarely cause any damage.  Morgan tells us that the dust devil let up as it crossed the roadways, but then picked back up again in another field.

How did this happen?  We’ve had a very warm weekend, with temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s.  As we know, darker surfaces absorb more heat, so as the sun shined on the bare soil, the soil heated up quicker than the surrounding environment (just above the surface).  So, the air was forced to rise and swirls of wind picked up the dirt and caused the rotating column of dust you see in the picture above.

These are different from tornadoes, as tornadoes come from a funnel clouds, and are far more violent.  While this particular dust devil caused no damage or injury and many dust devils that occur generally don’t, that hasn’t been the case with others.

 

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on April 17, 2016

Sunset

The official sunset time this evening was 7:51. Here is a look at the Storm Track 7 Live Weather Network camera in Waterloo a few minutes before official sunset. Hawkeye Comm. College WxBug Computer Waterloo Cam

The image below is exactly at sunset.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 14, 2016

A Few Icy Photos

These photos were taken this morning after freezing rain last night and some sleet and snow.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 24, 2016

A View of the Snow From Above

Scattered snow showers brought a coating of snow to some locations in central and eastern Iowa Saturday. The areas that had minor accumulations Saturday were visible Sunday from the air. Ron Mayland was in a plane Sunday and took these photos of just how isolated the snow cover was. Every 5-10 miles he encountered a band of snow like this. Most of them were oriented in a southwest to northeast direction. These photos were taken near Iowa Falls in Hardin County.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 21, 2016

Friday Sunrise Photos

Areas of patchy fog and clear skies made for a pretty nice sunrise across eastern Iowa on Friday.  Here are a few viewer photos.

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Ashley Bolton, Waterloo

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Kelly Fox – Dubuque

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Steve Kofron – Hudson

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on March 11, 2016

Saturday Sunsets

Clouds were very stubborn during the day on Saturday.  There was just enough clearing in west and southwest portions of the KWWL viewing area for peeks of sun around sunset.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on March 5, 2016