Improvement in Drought Conditions

The recent rainfall has really put a dent in the drought conditions across the state of Iowa.

The latest US Drought Monitor indicated that 71.33% of Iowa is not experiencing any drought conditions.  That’s an improvement from just 58.80% last week.

More rain is in the forecast Saturday into early Sunday.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 19, 2017

Wet October so far and cold temperatures ahead

ABOVE  NORMAL RAINFALL

September was so dry and now October has been the opposite. Here are the rain totals and the amount above normal through the 17th of October.
Waterloo: 4.40″ (+3.00″)
Dubuque: 6.04″ (+4.59″)
Cedar Rapids: 3.43″ (+1.95″)
Iowa City: 3.03″ (+1.48″)

The next chance of rain will be Saturday with early indications of rain amounts around 0.50″.  The map below is the forecast for Friday evening through Sunday evening.

COLDER NEXT WEEK
A cold front is forecast to push through Iowa Monday with a slight chance of showers. The bigger story is going to be the colder air and a gusty northwest wind Tuesday. High temperatures are going from the low 70s today to the mid 50s next Tuesday.

 

FALL COLORS

National High and Low Temperature Tuesday, October 17, 2017

101 at Palm Springs, CA
101 at Ocotillo Wells, CA

13 at Mount Washington, NH

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This post was written by Schnack on October 17, 2017

October Rainfall (So Far…)

With October being almost halfway done (can you believe it?), portions of eastern Iowa have already received their average monthly rainfall totals (and then some).  Meanwhile, others haven’t had quite as much as the average monthly totals, but are on course to meet them as we head into the second half of the month.

As you all know, it was a dry second half of summer into the first part of fall.  We took a look back at our current October rainfall (through October 12th), and found out how many days prior to this month, did it take to receive the amount of rain we’ve received in the first 12 days of the month.  Here’s what we found.

There is more rain in the forecast as we head into Friday and Saturday.  Rainfall totals across the KWWL viewing area will be between 0.50″ in northwestern portions of the area, to 2.00″ in eastern and southeastern portions of the area.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 12, 2017

Not this cold since May

GETTING COLD AGAIN

The high temp of 49° at Waterloo on Tuesday was the coldest high temp since May 1st when it was 49.

 

WEATHER RADAR UPGRADE

The National Weather Service radar in Des Moines is getting an upgrade/maintenance later this month.  The radar will be down from Oct 21 to about the 26, depending on how fast the technicians can do the upgrade.

 

National High and Low Temperature Wednesday, October 11, 2017

98 at Phoenix, AZ

3 at Hohnholz Ranch, CO

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on October 11, 2017

24 Hour Rain Reports

Here are the 24 hour rain reports as of 9:15AM Wednesday, October 11,2017:

Waterloo 0.69
Dubuque 1.68
Cedar Rapids 1.29
Iowa City 1.11
Ainsworth 7.4 N 1.32
ALLISON, IA 0.50
Amana 4.7 W 0.95
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 1.48
Asbury 0.4 SW 1.77
BELLE PLAINE, IA 0.80
Bellevue LD 12, IA 1.41
Brighton, IA 1.32
CASCADE, IA 2.32
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 1.15
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 0.93
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 1.23
Center Point 0.6 NNW 1.55
Central City 6.7 W 1.44
CHARLES CITY, IA 0.44
COGGON, IA 1.94
CONRAD, IA 0.53
CRESCO 1NE, IA 0.80
Decorah 4.9SE 1.32
Decorah 7.9 ENE 1.15
Dubuque #3, IA 1.62
Dubuque 1.4 WSW 1.71
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 1.44
Dysart 3.1 N 1.22
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.49
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.98
Ely 0.5 SE 0.97
Fairfax 4.0 NW 1.48
FAYETTE, IA 1.48
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 1.12
FULTON, IA 1.16
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 0.49
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 1.76
HAMPTON, IA 0.50
IONIA 2W, IA 0.48
Iowa City 1.4 W 1.14
Iowa City 4.5 N 1.02
IOWA CITY, IA 1.25
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.50
Kalona 7.3 NNW 1.68
Kesley, IA 0.63
LOWDEN, IA 1.52
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 1.89
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.96
Marengo 2.6 SSW 0.73
MARENGO, IA 0.94
Marion 1.2 NE 1.08
Marion 1.7 NNW 1.03
Monona WWTP, IA 1.06
Monticello, IA 1.74
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 1.31
NASHUA 2SW, IA 0.50
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.43
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.41
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.43
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.55
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 1.32
OSAGE , IA 0.65
Parnell 0.1 SSW 0.62
Peosta 2.9 E 1.98
Robins 0.4 SSE 1.18
Sigourney 1.1 W 0.56
Solon 0.3 ESE 1.26
STANLEY 4 W, IA 1.32
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 1.02
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 1.34
TRAER, IA 1.22
TRIPOLI, IA 0.52
Urbana 1.6 W 1.74
VINTON, IA 1.48
VOLGA 1NE, IA 1.23
WASHINGTON, IA 1.65
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.76
WAUCOMA , IA 0.95
Waverly 1.0 NNW 0.61
Wellman 4.0 E 1.91
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 0.61
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This post was written by Rachael Peart on October 11, 2017

Rain numbers and more rain ahead

BIG CHANGE

Throughout the month of September we didn’t get much rain at all in eastern Iowa. Many locations only received less than 1″ of rain during the entire month. Here are the September rain totals:

0.79″ Waterloo
1.02″ Dubuque
0.97″ Cedar Rapids
0.49″ Iowa City

The month of October has been completely different and it is only the 10th. We have had triple the amount of rain in 10 days than we did all of last month. Here are the October rain totals through late this afternoon:

3.25″ Waterloo
3.05″ Dubuque
2.47″ Cedar Rapids
1.61″ Iowa City

The rain should help the drought conditions parts of Iowa. Here is the Drought Monitor released last Thursday morning. The next update will be Thursday morning.

 

RAIN TOTALS

The map below shows the rain estimates by the radar Tuesday.


Here is a list of some rain totals through Tuesday evening:

0.69″ Waterloo
1.46″ Dubuque
1.28″ Cedar Rapids
1.11″ Iowa City

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1.82″ Cascade
1.76″ Urbana
1.70″ Swisher
1.66″ Winthrop
1.56″ Monticello
1.40″ Lisbon
1.35″ North Liberty
1.34′ Toledo
1.32″ Hazleton
1.29″ Mt. Vernon
1.28″ Atkins
1.26″ Hiawatha
1.26″ Dyersville
1.23″ Edgewood
1.20″ Lamont
1.20″ Center Point
1.19″ Manchester
1.18″ Farley
1.14″ West Branch
1.11″ Marion
1.09″ Monona
1.00″ Belle Plaine
0.90″ Decorah
0.87″ Postville
0.84″ Aurora
0.83″ Vinton
0.82″ Elkader
0.76″ Reinbeck
0.64″ Waukon
0.64″ Williamsburg
0.62″ Parnell
0.58″ Cedar Falls
0.55″ Denver
0.51″ Guttenberg
0.50″ Lowden
0.47″ Waverly

 

MORE RAIN LIKELY

The rain tapers off late tonight and early Wednesday morning across eastern Iowa. We might have some mist or drizzle Thursday morning with areas of fog. A few light showers are possible Friday afternoon. Saturday appears to be another soggy, breezy and cool day. Here is the potential rain for Saturday. Some locations could exceed 2″ in parts of eastern Iowa.

NEVER FAILS

One of the best places to be in the fall to see fall colors is New England. When I went to college in Vermont it was always so beautiful everywhere you looked this time of year. Take a look at this photo taken in New Hampshire (just east of Vermont).


The above photo was posted on Earthsky.org


National High and Low Temperature Tuesday, October 10, 2017

95 at Bainbridge, FL
95 at Marianna, FL

-2 at Laramie, WY

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This post was written by Schnack on October 10, 2017

Recent Rainfall

As you know, we had a dry second half of summer, and that lead into the first few weeks of fall.  However, the first week of October has brought some beneficial rainfall.  In fact, for some portions of eastern Iowa, we’re getting close to the monthly average in just the first 8 days.

In the next seven days, we do have a few more days of rain in the forecast.  Tuesday’s rain event won’t produce a lot of rain, but there could be some heavier rainfall next weekend.  Here’s the forecast from the Weather Prediction Center.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 8, 2017

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24 Hour Rain Reports

Here are the 24 hour rain reports across eastern Iowa as of 9:30 AM, Saturday, October 7, 2017:

Waterloo 1.86
Dubuque 1.34
Cedar Rapids 0.49
Iowa City 0.37
Ainsworth 7.4 N 0.28
Anamosa 1.9 SE 0.45
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.41
Asbury 0.4 SW 1.52
BELLE PLAINE, IA 0.72
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.45
Brighton, IA 0.27
CASCADE, IA 1.44
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 1.07
Center Point 0.6 NNW 1.33
Central City 6.7 W 1.25
CHARLES CITY, IA 1.74
CLUTIER, IA 0.97
COGGON, IA 1.05
CRESCO 1NE, IA 2.50
DAKOTA CITY, IA 2.73
Decorah 4.9SE 1.65
Decorah 7.9 ENE 1.55
Dubuque #3, IA 1.40
Dubuque 1.4 WSW 1.06
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 1.53
Dysart 3.1 N 0.93
Eldora 1.2 ENE 2.88
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.77
ELMA, IA 2.18
FAYETTE, IA 2.43
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 2.10
FULTON, IA 0.27
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 2.10
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.53
HAMPTON, IA 3.68
IONIA 2W, IA 2.04
IOWA FALLS, IA 2.03
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.48
Kesley, IA 1.73
Latimer 1.9 NE 2.62
LOWDEN, IA 0.27
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.28
Marion 1.2 NE 1.14
Marion 1.7 NNW 1.24
Marion 2.3 ENE 0.92
Monona WWTP, IA 1.58
Monticello, IA 1.80
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 0.61
NASHUA 2SW, IA 2.40
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 1.98
New Hampton 0.4 SW 1.91
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 2.37
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.69
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 2.13
OSAGE , IA 2.39
Parnell 0.61
Parnell 0.1 SSW 0.61
Robins 0.4 SSE 1.26
ST ANSGAR, IA 1.91
STANLEY 4 W, IA 0.61
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 0.76
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 1.56
TRAER, IA 0.93
TRIPOLI, IA 2.04
VINTON, IA 1.25
VOLGA 1NE, IA 1.43
WASHINGTON, IA 0.42
Waterloo 1.0 SW 1.98
WAUCOMA , IA 2.70
Wellman 4.0 E 0.44
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 0.41

Rain continues through Saturday afternoon.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on October 7, 2017

Moderate Drought Conditions Expand

The latest US Drought Monitor released this morning indicates the drought has expanded a bit across eastern Iowa.

 

There is some beneficial rain on the way, especially as we get into late Friday afternoon and Friday night.

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 5, 2017

24 Hour Rain Reports

A cold front tracked through eastern Iowa Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Here are the 24 hour rain reports as of 8:45 AM Wednesday, October 4, 2017:

Waterloo 0.18
Dubuque 1.00
Cedar Rapids 0.80
Iowa City 0.22
Ainsworth 7.4 N 0.25
Amana 4.7 W 1.00
Anamosa 1.9 SE 0.23
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.28
BELLE PLAINE, IA 0.20
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.06
Brighton, IA 0.91
Cedar Falls 0.4 WNW 0.37
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 0.66
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 0.76
Center Point 0.6 NNW 0.77
Central City 6.7 W 0.41
Central City, IA 0.55
CHARLES CITY, IA 0.06
COGGON, IA 0.70
CRESCO 1NE, IA 0.17
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.82
Dubuque #3, IA 1.14
Dubuque 1.4 WSW 0.79
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 0.88
Dysart 3.1 N 1.17
EDGEWOOD, IA 0.50
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.36
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.33
ELMA, IA 0.22
Ely 0.5 SE 0.49
FAYETTE, IA 0.13
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 0.93
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.75
Guttenberg 0.81
HAMPTON, IA 0.10
IONIA 2W, IA 0.20
Iowa City 4.5 N 0.25
IOWA CITY, IA 0.15
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.11
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.28
Latimer 1.9 NE 0.08
LOWDEN, IA 0.13
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 0.85
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.11
MARENGO, IA 0.82
Marion 1.2 NE 0.67
Marion 1.7 NNW 0.64
Monona WWTP, IA 0.16
Monticello, IA 0.74
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 1.01
NASHUA 2SW, IA 0.11
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.10
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.16
NEW HAMPTON, IA 0.22
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.20
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.51
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Trace
Parnell 0.1 SSW 1.10
Peosta 2.9 E 0.93
Robins 0.4 SSE 0.89
Sigourney 1.1 W 1.05
Solon 0.3 ESE 0.74
ST ANSGAR, IA 0.26
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 0.59
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.54
TRAER, IA 0.35
TRIPOLI, IA 0.29
VINTON, IA 0.14
VOLGA 1NE, IA 0.15
WASHINGTON, IA 0.31
Waterloo 1.0 SW 0.82
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.27
WAUCOMA , IA 1.30
Waucoma 3.2 S 0.53
Waverly 1.0 NNW 0.24
Wellman 4.0 E 0.33
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 1.74

Another round of rain tracks in Thursday.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on October 4, 2017