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.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 12, 2017

Does “Heat Lightning” Exist?

The answer is simply, no.  It is a common misconception, and don’t worry, even I thought heat lightning was a “thing” when I was younger.

A lot of times in the summer months, we get several pictures of lightning sent to us with the caption “heat lightning”.  People refer to this as heat lightning, because the sky is mainly clear, and they can see flashes of lightning in the distance, and think it is caused from the heat and humidity.

The truth is pretty simple: All lightning is associated with a thunderstorm.  You are simply seeing the tops of the thunderstorm clouds (and associated lightning) from a distance.  The picture above was taken in Cedar Falls, looking southeast toward storms that popped up in the overnight hours in parts of Tama and Benton counties.  You can see the moon in the right hand corner, indicating the clear sky over Cedar Falls.

So why can’t you hear the thunder?  You are only able to hear thunder if you are within 10-15 miles from a storm.  You can see lightning up to one hundred miles away from a storm (the speed of light is faster than the speed of sound).

That being said, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the thunderstorm, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.  As the saying goes, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.”

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on July 7, 2017

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Funnel Clouds Wednesday Evening

There have been many reports and photos of funnel clouds this evening.  These funnel clouds rarely reach the ground.  The funnel clouds reported only lasted about one minute or two.

Here are some of the photos.

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on July 5, 2017

Mammatus Clouds

Severe storms moved through eastern Iowa Wednesday evening. As they moved away from the area we were left with a great look at mammatus clouds.

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This post was written by Schnack on June 29, 2017

Rainbows Saturday Afternoon

Areas north of Highway 20 had scattered rain and even a few thunderstorms Saturday afternoon into the early evening.  This made for some great photo opportunities with rainbows and double rainbows appearing after the rain.  Here are some of the viewer photos sent in.  Enjoy.

Sue Torkelson – Allamakee County

 

Epworth – Tracey Gruhn

 

Denise Schreiber-George –
Lansing

 

Sheila Panos – New Albin

 

Rebecca Janzig – Dubuque

 

Ciara Oder – Waterville

 

Candice Chaloupka –
Dubuque

 

Patrick Valant – Dyersville

 

Michele Bussan – Durango

 

Brittany Davis – Postville

 

Boscobel, WI – Mike and Haley Stanley

 

Lynnette Ihde – Monona

 

Kathy O’Neill – Asbury

 

Audrey Saterton – Decorah

 

Amy Thomas – Platteville, WI

 

Jaimi Bradfield

 

Jackie Larson – Prairie du Chien, WI

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on June 24, 2017

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Clouds Wednesday Evening

 

 

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on June 21, 2017

Iowa’s First Photographed Tornado – 118 Years Ago

The first tornado to ever be caught on camera in the state of Iowa was captured on May 30, 1899.  It was taken in Kingsley around 7:30 in the evening. There were five tornadoes across the state that day.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on May 30, 2017

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Double Rainbow

Several KWWL viewers spotted a double rainbow across parts of eastern Iowa Saturday evening.  Here are some of the photos submitted.

Photo: Allyson Crotty near Dike

 

Photo: Jessi Bakker in Dike

 

Photo: Kevin Sawyer in Dike

 

Photo: Mary Butterfield in Wellsburg

 

Photo: Kevin Sawyer in Dike

 

Photo: Mindy Peters in Grundy Center

 

Photo: Missy Duncan in Wellsburg

 

Photo: Taylor Fevold – near Gladbrook

Photo: Meteorologist Denice Pelster near Grundy Center

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

Lightning

Lightning from storms in Monona Monday evening.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 23, 2017