Sunday Severe Weather

Eastern Iowa saw a very active period of weather during the overnight hours Saturday into Sunday morning.  At least 21 reports of damage were reported to the National Weather Service.

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Just outside our viewing area in Hardin County, an 88 mph wind gust was reported in Steamboat Rock just after 4 O’Clock in the morning.

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Here are a few satellite and radar images as the storms tracked through eastern Iowa.

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The bowing segment is indicative of some very strong winds, and that was realized in many areas as the storm tracked through.

As of Sunday night, two tornadoes were confirmed in extreme eastern Iowa; Jackson County and Scott County early Sunday morning. (Click the link for details on the two tornadoes).

Confirmed Tornadoes on Map

Two areas in the KWWL viewing area that were especially hard hit are Vinton and Walford.  The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities will be sending out a team to survey those areas in Benton and Linn counties to determine whether the damage was caused by straight-line winds or a tornado.  Expect that report out sometime on Monday.

Several photos came in from KWWL viewers.  Here is a slideshow of some of those photos.

Storm damage in Vinton

   Storm damage in Vinton

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Storm damage between Raymond & Gilbertville

Storm damage between Raymond & Gilbertville

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

Shelf Cloud

Sunday morning a line of storms was moving southeast. It produced a photogenic shelf cloud across much of eastern Iowa. Here are just some of the photos submitted.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 12, 2016

Monticello Storm Damage

The storms last night produced damaging winds. Here is the result of those winds in Monticello. Some of the reports were gusts of 60-65 mph. The photos were taken by Jeff Baker at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Monticello. There were 43 trees blown over and the good news…no injuries.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on July 6, 2016

Strong storms cause damage in Bremer County

The KWWL Storm Track 7 Weather Team was tracking a line of heavy rain and strong thunderstorms Thursday afternoon.  Some of those storms had gusty wind and small hail, along with heavy downpours and lightning as they tracked through parts of eastern Iowa.

One of the hardest hit areas was Denver in Bremer County.  The storm was at its strongest as it was over the town, producing quite a bit of pea to dime size hail and damaging wind gusts.  Here’s the storm at 2:31 PM as it was affecting Denver.

KWWL received several reports of trees being blown over, and hail covering the ground. (See the photos to the right)

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These storms developed ahead of a cold front that is moving through the area.  Rain chances will continue through about 6 PM, and we will see decreasing clouds overnight.Viewer Photo Basic 1 Vertical Viewer Photo Basic 2 Vertical Viewer Photo Basic 21236

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This post was written by Schnack on June 30, 2016

Lightning Wednesday Night

The video and images below are just a few shared with us of a storm in southern Minnesota moving south into northern Iowa Wednesday night. The lightning was seen as far south as the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. The storm fell apart when it moved into Iowa.
The video below  was taken at Decorah by Jordan Kjome.

The image below was taken by Rachel Reilly.
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The image below was taken by Sarah King.
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This post was written by Schnack on June 23, 2016

Photos From Tuesday Storms

Here is just a handful of the many photos and videos sent to us throughout the evening as storm rolled through eastern Iowa.

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This post was written by Schnack on June 14, 2016

Monday Evening Photos

There were storms producing heavy rain this evening and were slow-moving. The result was localized flooding and ponding on the roads. The photo below shows the road flooded in Oelwein on Highway 150.
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The photo below shows the shelf cloud as the storm was moving into the area.

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Some sunshine after the rain paints a pretty picture…a double rainbow.

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This post was written by Schnack on June 13, 2016

Lightning Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms moved through eastern Iowa last night along a warm front. Here are some photos of the lightning in Waterloo.

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This post was written by Schnack on June 9, 2016

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