Northern Lights Tuesday Night

On Tuesday evening and night, parts of eastern Iowa may have looked north and seen the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights forecast Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Here is a photo of the northern lights in Bryant in Clinton County from Tuesday night.


The forecast for Wednesday evening viewing is similar for eastern Iowa:

Northern Lights forecast Wednesday, November 8, 2017

If you would like to try to see the Northern Lights, look north tonight in areas away from city lights.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 8, 2017

Weather’s effect on Foliage

It is that time of the year again. Temperatures are cooler. Days are shorter. It is also a little more colorful, as well.

This year, leaves across eastern Iowa peaked a little later than normal.

There are many reasons why this happened. It all boils down to one major factor: the weather. Our weather patterns in September and October influence just how bright the colors of the trees get…and when they reach their peak for viewing.

In a period of drought, leaves may fall before developing any color. Strong winds (from tropical storms, thunderstorms or a potent front) may also leave the trees to the same fate.

Above normal temperatures postpone the fall color and subsequently the leaves falling. Each season’s foliage is different due to the combination of dry and wet days leading up to the time of peak color.

With cooler temperatures, expect more color and then more leaves to rake across the area.

For more information, click here.

To find the latest fall color report, click here.



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This post was written by Rachael Peart on October 23, 2017

Friday Photos

Jessica Weissenfluh near Waucoma

Ann Marie Lusson Waterloo

Laura Frisch Hammersley Rural Black Hawk County

Patty Mechtel Sumner-Fredericksburg H.S.


John Daniels Iowa County

Steve Kofron Hudson

Dave Lau

Marilyn Schaufenbel near Waverly

Darrell and Juli Dall-Viet Waukon

Stacy Guyer-Oakland West Union

Mike Graber Cedar Rapids


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This post was written by Schnack on October 20, 2017

Warm Weather…For Now

It was another warm fall day with high temperatures in the 70s. Normal highs this time of year are near 60.  We have a few more days with high temperatures in the 70s and then it turns cooler next week.

Here is a list of how many days Waterloo had a high temperature of 70 degrees or warmer from Oct 1-17 in the last 10 years.



We will be ahead of a cold front Friday and Saturday. A gusty south wind pushes high temperatures in the 70s again. The front if forecast to cross the state Saturday and bring with it a chance of showers/storms. The storm chances ends Saturday night once the front moves east of Iowa. Rain amounts forecast are 0.50″ to 1.00″. Amounts near 1″ will be with any storms, if they develop.  The map below shows the forecast position of the cold front Saturday morning.


The weather is quiet in tropics and nothing is forecast to develop in a couple of days.




National High and Low Temperature Wednesday, October 18, 2017

102 at Ocotillo Wells, CA

14 at Bodie State Park, CA
14 at Lake George, CO


Posted under Fall Colors, Photo, Tropics

This post was written by Schnack on October 18, 2017

Fall and Sunset Photos

Several KWWL viewers sent us pictures of fall and/or the sunset from this weekend.  If you ever have a photo to share, feel free to do so on our KWWL or KWWL Storm Track 7 Facebook pages, or email us at

Jared Steven – Lansing


April Martin – Hazleton


Betsy Stahl – Lansing


Brandon Walker – Hudson


Darwin Johnson – near Postville


Dawn Blaser-Rise — Dubuque


Jessica Kruth


Jessica Ricchio – Oelwein Lake


Pat Graetz Erickson – Galena, IL


Debra and Rick Heins -Postville and Tri-City Golf Course in Luana


Sheila Rae- Decorah


Sheila Rae – Waukon


Stephanie Kleiner – McGregor


David Quiram – Parnell


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 15, 2017

Sunsets and Rain?

Sunset Thursday evening.


Also BREAKING NEWS…what is that? Can it be? I looks like a few rain showers.


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This post was written by Schnack on September 14, 2017

Sunday Evening Storms

A weak cold front tracked through eastern Iowa Sunday, which sparked a couple stronger storms across portions of the KWWL viewing area, mainly in a scattered line from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids.  That made for some picturesque scenes.  Here are some viewer photos:

Mammatus clouds in Dubuque – Danny Murphy


Mammatus clouds in Dubuque, looking toward Wisconsin – Robert Shade


Mammatus clouds and a sunset in Kieler, WI – Angela Beauchamp


Mammatus clouds in Dubuque – Amanda (@fanofthearts on Twitter)


Hickory Hills Park – Waterloo. Jessica Selleck


South of Hudson – Shawn Caslavka


Rain shaft near Dubuque – Amanda (@fanofthearts on Twitter)


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 27, 2017

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Funnel Clouds Sunday Afternoon

For the most part, the weekend was pretty calm weather wise, with cooler temperatures and tolerable humidity levels.

Sunday brought us a mix of sun and clouds, with temperatures in the lower to upper 70s.  Most of the rain has stayed north and south of Iowa.  However, an area of rain and storms developed along a weak boundary in northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin, which lead to a few funnel clouds developing.

Fortunately, these types of funnel clouds don’t last very long, and do not lead to the formation of tornadoes since the environment is not favorable.

Craig Schmidt (north of Monona)

Pam Schultz (near Monona)

Carol Johnson (near Postville)

Rod McLane and Lana Troester (near Monona)

Carley Looney (south of Waukon)


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 6, 2017

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Lightning and Golf Do Not Mix

Lightning struck the tee box area at “The Legend at Bergamont” golf course in Oregon, WI


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This post was written by Schnack on July 12, 2017

EF-1 Tornado Tuesday Evening

The National Weather Service has confirmed the tornado near Conroy Tuesday evening was rated an EF-1 with peak winds estimated at 105 mph.

So far, no reports of injuries.

3 miles NE of Williamsburg [Iowa Co.]

TORNADO of EF1 , 05:35 PM CDT Tuesday July 11. The tornado touched down northeast of Williamsburg and produced damage to mainly trees and crops along its 4.6 mile path. Its max width was 60 yards. Two houses sustained damage to windows and siding. One farm outbuilding lost part of its roof, and another was partially destroyed. The tornado lifted at 5:54 pm.


Posted under Photo, Severe Weather

This post was written by Schnack on July 12, 2017