ICYM- Sept 18….Sunrise/Fall Foliage/River Flooding

The sky was mainly clear Saturday night, allowing for a great sunrise across eastern Iowa.  This was taken in Waverly.

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That nice sunrise lead to a day with lots of sunshine.  Southwest winds, along with the sunshine, pushed temperatures into the 80s Sunday afternoon.  Despite it feeling like summer, some viewers caught signs of fall this afternoon.

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Joe Irwin Volga Lake (Fayette County)

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Fall officially begins this Thursday (September 22nd), so we will be seeing more shots like the ones above in the days and weeks ahead.  We start noticing a peak north of Highway 20 beginning the last week of September (on average).  Click here to learn more about leaves changing color in the fall, from the IOWA DNR.

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Recent heavy rains have continued to impact area rivers.  The Cedar River at Cedar Falls and the Iowa River at Marengo have flood warnings.

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Our weather pattern turns a bit active this week, as a frontal system stalls out.  As of now, it looks like the heaviest rain falls in parts of northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 18, 2016

ICYMI- Sept 15….Typhoon Meranti/Strong Storms

Super Typhoon Meranti made landfall in China today. It is a well formed typhoon with a very tightly closed eye.

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More images can be found here.

The same typhoon caused the Moon to roll through Fuzhou, China:

It is actually a balloon for the The Mid-Autumn Festival. It was ripped free by the strong winds of Super Typhoon Meranti. Peak winds were as high as 190 mph at times as it tracked through the Northwest Pacific.


Closer to home, storms began rolling in after 7PM.  Here’s a view from KWWL viewer Jeff Coen, just west of Cedar Falls.

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As those storms moved through the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area, several viewers reported some small hail, along with the heavy rain and gusty winds.  The Waterloo Airport had a peak wind gust of 61 mph at 8:03 PM as the storms rolled through.

Jesup had a wind gust reported in at 50 mph at 9:48 PM.

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This post was written by Eileen Loan on September 15, 2016

ICYMI – Sept 14…Julia/Pacific Typhoons/Sunrise/Sunset

Tropical Storm Julia formed Tuesday night over land near Jacksonville, Florida, and continues to bring very heavy rainfall and flooding to parts of the Florida, Georgia and Carolinas coastlines.  It isn’t forecast to move much over the next couple days.

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Meanwhile, the western Pacific Ocean is  fairly active.  Typhoon Meranti made landfall on the island of Jinmen near Xiamen, China with sustained winds of 145 mph.  Prior to making landfall in China, the powerful typhoon slammed parts of Taiwan, when the storm was packing 230 mph winds.

Another typhoon, Malakas, is on its heels.  As of Wednesday evening, the winds were 90 mph, but the typhoon is expected to strengthen over open water.   Eventually, the storm is supposed to track between Taiwan and the Yaeyama Islands of Japan around Saturday.  Click here for the latest satellite loop.

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It was a quiet day across eastern Iowa with a mix of clouds and sun.  More clouds were found earlier in the day.   Here is a viewer photo of the sunrise, and another of the sunset.

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This post was written by Schnack on September 14, 2016

ICYMI – Sept 13…Rocky Road/ Magnetic Putty/ Tornado Scar/ Super Typhoon

After several weeks of heavy rainfall, with only a few breaks in between, the latest round of storms may have proved too much for a boulder near Marquette. The Iowa Department of Transportation posted these photos on their Facebook page this morning.  The road was completely closed for an hour or so as crews worked to move the huge rock. As you can see, it was almost as large as the tractor they were using to move it.   The tree took a tree with it to help block the road.

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Meet Magnetic Putty! (Found on The Space Academy Facebook Page).

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Russian meteorologists are trapped by Polar Bears!

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Five Russian meteorologists are 2800 miles north of Moscow… closer to Northern Canada than their countries capital.  And… they’ve run out of flares to keep the pack away.  This sounds like a movie plot, but you can read about the true story by clicking here.

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Dust Devils from smoke plumes (found on Severe Weather Europe’s Facebook Page)

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The photo below is a sunrise from an airplane on August 28, 2016.

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Click here for another photo and more details about the two photos.

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A close call for this family.
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Here are the storm reports from the Storm Prediction Center. Link here.

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This post was written by Schnack on September 13, 2016

ICYMI-Sep 11… Cool Temps/Flooding/Remembering 9-11-01

It was a pretty chilly start to Sunday, with temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s, just slightly below average.

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Heavy rains late last week has once again lead to a rise in area rivers in northeast Iowa.  Flood Warnings continue for the Cedar River at Cedar Falls, and the Turkey River at Elkader and Garber.

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Today was a day to reflect, as it’s been 15 years since the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Several KWWL viewers sent in photos of flags being displayed, including this one at the Decorah Fire Department, sent to us by Kurt Hageman.  The red, white and blue really stood out against the clear, blue sky.

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

ICYMI Sep 9 Flooding/Shelf Cloud/Canada/ISS

Another round of flooding rain today across northern Iowa. There are some isolated higher amounts of 4-5″ of rain.

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The Turkey River is flooding and up around the Inwood Ballroom again in Spillville.

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Photo taken by Paul Leo Wermers

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The map below shows the Inwood Ballroom in relation to the Turkey River.
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There was a line of storms pushing east this afternoon. Ahead of the line of storms was a shelf cloud. Here photos taken from many different angles of the shelf cloud as it moved across eastern Iowa.

Here is a brief explanation of what a shelf cloud is and how it forms from the NWS.
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Here are two views from the International Space Station this evening flying over the Pacific Ocean.
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Click here to see the LIVE feed from the International Space Station

 

 

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on September 9, 2016

ICYMI Sep 8…Sunset/Rocket/Hurricane/Leaves/Rain

Here is a look at the rainfall in September through the 8th.
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A nice Iowa sunset on Thursday. Here are few photos capturing the moment.

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Click here to view the launch from Thursday.

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On this day in 1900 a powerful hurricane made landfall in Texas. Back then, they have no way of knowing what was going to happen.  Because of that more than 8,000 people lost their lives.
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WOW look at the map below from the Minnesota DNR
The leaves are starting to change color.
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This post was written by Schnack on September 8, 2016

Brief Tornado in Linn County Sunday

Just after 4:30 PM Sunday afternoon, there was a storm spotter report of a tornado touch down near Troy Mills in northern Linn County.  No damage was reported.  The environment was not favorable for severe weather, so the tornado did not last long, nor did it cause damage.  It developed quickly, as an isolated shower with heavy rain developed just minutes before the tornado was reported.

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The Storm Track 7 Forecast called for isolated storms to pop-up in the afternoon.  These showers and storms were what we call “pulse” showers and storms, where they build themselves up and drop heavy rain, then dissipate, then pop-up again.

Several viewers caught photos of the funnel cloud associated with this tornado.

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Here was the view of the storm from Urbana, along I-380

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And, another view of the isolated storm from Walker.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 28, 2016

Saturday Weather Pictures

In between the scattered showers across eastern Iowa Saturday, there was a mix of sun and clouds.  The clouds formed a heart in the sky in Evansdale during the afternoon hours.

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During the late afternoon and early evening hours, a few spotty, light rain showers tracked southeast from Minnesota.  This created a couple rainbows across northern Iowa.  Here are the rainbows captures by viewers near New Hampton and Protivin.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 20, 2016

Friday’s Strong Storms

We had quite the range of weather across eastern Iowa Friday.  The day started with a cluster of showers and storms that tracked through northeastern Iowa, including the Dubuque area.  With the clouds and rain, temperatures were held in the upper 70s to near 80.   The southern third of the viewing area saw lots of sunshine, with temperatures reaching the upper 80s.

A second round of storms tracked through areas along and north of Highway 20 around lunchtime.  Here are a few pictures from that first round of storms.

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Another round of storms with very heavy rain and gusty wind began developing and tracking through the area around 5 PM and throughout the evening/overnight.  Here are some viewer pictures as those tracked in.  Classic shelf cloud pictures.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 19, 2016