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.

Live WX networkThis was taken just south of Hudson.

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

Friday Photos

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This post was written by Schnack on February 26, 2016

Mammatus

Clouds that remind you of spring and summer.

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This post was written by Schnack on February 8, 2016

Friday Photos

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This post was written by Schnack on January 29, 2016

Sunset Jan 16, 2016

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This post was written by Schnack on January 14, 2016