First Snowfall of the Season

Here’s a list of snowfall totals from weather trackers and the National Weather Service.  The forecast Saturday night called for 2-4″ across much of eastern Iowa, with 1-2″ south of Interstate 80.  As you can see from the map below, many areas saw more than forecast.  Initially, the thinking was there would be a little rain mixed in south.  That did not happen.  There was also a nearly stationary, heavy snow band that set up just east of Iowa City and Washington, and dumped 6-10 inches of snow in far eastern Iowa.

This was a heavy, wet snow, perfect for snowman making weather.  Some of the snow melted once the snow tracked out, due to temps above freezing.

 

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Snow Totals - 4 Lines

Town Amount
Waterloo (Airport) 2.6
Dubuque (Airport) 5.6
Cedar Rapids 4.0
Iowa City 4.0
1 ENE Anamosa 5.4
1 SE Cedar Rapids 4.0
1 SE Vinton 4.0
1 SW North Liberty 4.0
1 WSW Iowa City 4.2
2 ENE Palo 4.5
2 NNW Fayette 3.5
2 NNW Shellsburg 4.5
2 NW Marion 5.0
2 SSE Iowa City 4.0
2 W Cedar Rapids 4.2
2 WSW Iowa City 4.7
2 WSW Iowa City 4.2
5 NE Cedar Rapids 4.0
Ainsworth 7.0
Allison 4.0
Anamosa 5.5
Atkins 4.5
Belle Plaine 2.5
Bertram 4.2
Cascade 3.1
Cedar Falls 4.0
Center Junction 4.0
Denver 4.0
Durant 5.0
Edgewood 4.5
Elmira 5.5
Harpers Ferry 3.8
Hopkinton 5.0
Lowden 6.0
Maquoketa 4.5
Marion 6.0
Mount Vernon 4.2
Parnell 4.0
Prairieburg 5.0
Quasqueton 4.7
Robins 5.5
Solon 3.9
Toledo 4.0
Washington 5.5
Waterloo 1 SW 3.0
Wellman 3.5
Williamsburg 4.0
Wyoming 4.5
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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 4, 2016

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24-Hour Snow Totals

Snow Totals from 7 AM Saturday to 7 AM Sunday

*Note: Snow was still falling across eastern Iowa after these reports came in. Complete snowfall totals will be posted later.*

Location County 24-Hour Snow
Waterloo Black Hawk 1.4
Dubuque Dubuque 2.4
Cedar Rapids Linn 1.2
Iowa City Johnson 2.0
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington 2.0
ALLISON, IA Butler 4.0
Anamosa 3SSW, IA Jones 2.4
Bellevue LD 12, IA Jackson 2.0
CASCADE, IA Dubuque 2.9
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW Linn 1.2
Central City 6.7 W Linn 2.0
CHARLES CITY, IA Floyd 1.0
CLUTIER, IA Tama 2.0
COGGON, IA Linn 2.2
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 2.0
Decorah 4.9SE Winneshiek 2.1
Dubuque #3, IA Dubuque 2.4
Dubuque L&D 11, IA Dubuque 1.2
Dysart 3.1 N Tama 2.4
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Clayton 1.1
FAYETTE, IA Fayette 2.3
FULTON, IA Jackson 3.0
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 1.5
HAMPTON, IA Franklin 3.3
IONIA 2W, IA Chickasaw 2.5
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson 0.5
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin 2.0
Kalona 7.3 NNW Johnson 0.8
LOWDEN, IA Cedar 1.2
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson 2.0
Monona WWTP, IA Clayton 1.8
Monticello, IA Jones 2.0
NASHUA 2SW, IA Floyd 2.6
New Hampton 0.3 NNW Chickasaw 1.5
New Hampton 0.4 SW Chickasaw 1.5
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE Floyd 2.0
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Fayette 3.0
Protivin 4WSW, IA Chickasaw 3.0
Robins 0.4 SSE Linn 2.5
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson 1.7
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA Clayton 1.0
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Tama 3.0
TRAER, IA Tama 2.5
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 2.1
VINTON, IA Benton 2.5
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton 1.8
WASHINGTON, IA Washington 1.0
Waterloo NWS Snowfall, IA Black Hawk 1.4
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA Iowa 1.0
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This post was written by Denice Pelster on December 4, 2016

A Look Back at November

We had quite the November of weather across eastern Iowa.  Here’s a look back at the stats from Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

ALO Monthly Review 2016

November 2016 is tied for the 2nd warmest November on record for Waterloo.

ALO Top Warmest Nov


Dubuque:

DBQ Monthly Review 2016

November 2016 is tied for the 6th warmest November on record for Dubuque.

DBQ Top Warmest Nov


It’s also been a very warm month in Cedar Rapids & Iowa City:

CR Monthly Review 2016

IC Monthly Review 2016

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 1, 2016

Snow Totals/ Wind Gusts

Here are some snow totals from the first snow storm of the year.

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The same storm that produced the above snow brought eastern Iowa strong wing gusts.
Peak Wind Gust - 4 Lines

 

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This post was written by Schnack on November 18, 2016

ICYMI Nov 2 – National Drought/ISS/Snow

Many across the country are experiencing some level of dry land or drought. A NOAA website shows just how much rain would be needed to delete the drought as well the probability of the drought ending over a certain period of time.

For more information, visit the Current Drought Reduction page.

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Today marks 16 years since someone has been aboard the International Space Station. Click on here and take a look at some of the moments.

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There were only 10 days last winter when 1″ or more fell in Waterloo/Dubuque.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 2, 2016

24 Hour Rain Totals

24 Hour Storm Totals 10/26/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the 24 hour rain totals as of Wednesday, October 26, 2016:

Waterloo 2.10
Dubuque 0.95
Cedar Rapids 1.23
Iowa City 0.86
Ackley 9.2 NNE 1.40
Ainsworth 7.4 N 0.58
Amana 4.7 W 1.20
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.49
BELLE PLAINE, IA 1.42
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.98
CALMAR, IA 2.53
CASCADE, IA 1.16
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 0.84
Center Point 0.6 NNW 0.87
Central City 6.7 W 1.03
CHARLES CITY, IA 2.05
COGGON, IA 1.01
CONRAD, IA 0.90
CRESCO 1NE, IA 2.18
Decorah 4.9SE 2.90
Decorah 6ESE, IA 2.42
Decorah 7.9 ENE 2.38
Dubuque #3, IA 0.88
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 0.98
Dysart 3.1 N 0.78
EDGEWOOD, IA 1.45
Eldora 1.2 ENE 1.65
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 1.67
ELMA, IA 2.05
Ely 0.5 SE 0.80
FAYETTE, IA 1.96
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 2.25
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 1.28
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 1.35
IONIA 2W, IA 2.54
Iowa City 4.5 N 0.00
IOWA CITY, IA 0.33
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.80
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.74
Latimer 1.9 NE 1.21
LOWDEN, IA 0.86
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 1.78
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.74
Marengo 2.6 SSW 1.24
MARENGO, IA 1.37
Marion 1.2 NE 0.94
Marion 1.7 NNW 0.85
Monticello, IA 1.32
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 0.84
NASHUA 2SW, IA 1.95
NEW HAMPTON, IA 2.45
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 1.72
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.65
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 1.30
OELWEIN 1E, IA 0.70
OSAGE , IA 2.24
PARKERSBURG, IA 1.75
Peosta 2.9 E 1.33
Quasqueton 1.8 S 1.33
Robins 0.4 SSE 1.08
Sigourney 1.1 W 1.40
Solon 0.3 ESE 1.03
ST ANSGAR, IA 2.75
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 1.33
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.70
TRAER, IA 0.85
TRIPOLI, IA 1.97
VINTON, IA 0.90
VOLGA 1NE, IA 2.32
WASHINGTON, IA 0.41
Waterloo 1.0 SW 1.77
Waterloo 1.4 ESE 0.96
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 1.41
Waterloo 3.0 NNW 1.95
WAUCOMA , IA 2.13
Waucoma 0.2 N 2.27
Waukon 3.30
Waverly 1.0 NNW 1.54
West Fork Cedar River 3 NNE Kesley, IA 0.97
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 1.10

 

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on October 26, 2016

ICYMI Oct 10- Matthew/Fall Colors

It is that time of year when the leaves are changing quickly and becoming peak colors. The image below shows the area changing colors blending together to make a rust like color.

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The map below shows the path Hurricane Matthew took across the Caribbean and along the coast of the US.
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Not only did Matthew bring strong wind, it brought heavy rain to a wide area. The historic flooding rain extended far inland from the coast.
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Here is a look at all of the tropical cyclones in the Atlantic so far this season.

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There has never been a hurricane to make landfall, in October, along the east coast of Florida north of Miami.
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This post was written by Schnack on October 10, 2016

ICYMI Sep 30…Rain Totals/October Outlook/Matthew

Here is a look at the rainfall across Iowa and the Midwest. The highest rain total reported in Iowa was 2.4 miles SSE of Nora Springs with 17.25″ of rain.

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Now take a look at the rainfall for the Midwest.
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The Climate Prediction Center, outlook for October is above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation in NW Iowa.

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The latest update on Hurricane Matthew puts as a category 4 storm with winds up to 150 mph. The map below shows that it is forecast to turn north this weekend and weaken to a category 2 hurricane after it moves over Cuba.
2015 Tropics
Click here for the latest forecast track.

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The leaves are starting to change. Here is a look at when the average peak colors are across Iowa. Click here for the latest update on the fall colors.

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Posted under Astronomy, Fall Colors, Long Range Outlook, NOAA, Precipitation Totals, Tropics

This post was written by Schnack on September 30, 2016

September Rainfall

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This post was written by Schnack on September 23, 2016

ICYMI Sept 19…Antisolar Rays & Belt of Venus /90° Days/Baseball Sized Hail

Severe storms were in the forecast for this afternoon and evening, but little to nothing materialized. The reason for that is because of what is called a CAP. This is small layer of the atmosphere that is warmer and it prevented the air from rising quickly.

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The high temperature today was 89 degrees in Cedar Rapids. I went back and looked to see how often does a high temperature of 90 degrees get reached in September at Cedar Rapids. Well, on this date is has done eight times. The chart below shows the calendar day at the bottom and temperature on the left. Each bar shows the number of days the temperature reached 90 or higher on that particular day. So again, on the 19th it was 90 or warmer 8 times on that day. Notice how fast the frequency drops off toward the end of the month…not very often.
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Here is a look at how much rain has fallen so far this month across Iowa.
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There is a great web page very interesting photos and descriptions of why things look the way they do. Les Cowley puts off of this information on the web page. There is a section called Optics Picture of the Day. I learn something new every time I go the web page. The photo is just one example of some great photos on there. Here is the link.
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On September 18, 2002 a storm producing baseball size hail with wind gusts to 70-80 mph in Jackson County. Click here for more details on this event.
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This post was written by Schnack on September 19, 2016