Needed Rain

The recent rain fell in an area where drought conditions were getting worse by the day. The heavy rain fell in the southwestern half of Iowa. This is the area under a severe and extreme drought conditions. The next updated Drought Monitor will be released Thursday morning. It should probably show some improvement.

Now lets talk about eastern Iowa. We have started seeing the drought conditions move east across the state. Some of the recent rain might help a little. Despite the recent rain in eastern Iowa it is still dry when you look at the numbers for the month of August. Rainfall departures are more than two inches below normal in some locations.

The rain forecast through early next week doesn’t bring much rain to eastern Iowa. See map below.

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This post was written by Schnack on August 22, 2017

August Rainfall Update

It’s been an unseasonably cool start to the month of August, and the first half of the month has been a bit dry.  Fortunately, we do have some beneficial rain on the way for Wednesday, and a couple more chances in the next 7 days.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 15, 2017

24 Hour Rain Totals

Here are your 24 hour rain totals as of noon Monday, August 14, 2017:

Waterloo 0.41
Dubuque 0.21
Cedar Rapids 0.18
Iowa City 0.10
Ackley 9.2 NNE 0.51
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.01
BELLE PLAINE, IA Trace
CALMAR, IA 0.2
CASCADE, IA Trace
Cedar Falls 0.4 WNW 0.6
Cedar Falls 0.6 N 0.64
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW Trace
Center Junction 2.6 W 0.03
Center Point 0.6 NNW 0.02
Central City 6.7 W 0.02
CHARLES CITY, IA 0.8
CONRAD, IA 2
CRESCO 1NE, IA 0.3
Decorah 4.9SE 0.13
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.19
Dysart 3.1 N 0.39
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.95
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.07
ELMA, IA 0.43
Ely 0.5 SE Trace
Fairfax 4.0 NW Trace
FAYETTE, IA 0.14
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 0.21
FULTON, IA Trace
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 0.26
Grundy Center 1.78
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 1.45
HAMPTON, IA 0.8
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW Trace
IONIA 2W, IA 0.5
IOWA FALLS, IA 2.68
Latimer 1.9 NE 0.54
LOWDEN, IA Trace
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Trace
MARENGO, IA 0.02
Marion 1.2 NE 0.01
Marion 1.7 NNW Trace
Marion 2.3 ENE Trace
Monona WWTP, IA 0.04
Monticello, IA 0.02
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW Trace
NASHUA 2SW, IA 0.5
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.41
NEW HAMPTON, IA 0.35
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.44
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Trace
OSAGE , IA 0.58
Protivin 4WSW, IA 0.3
Solon 0.3 ESE Trace
ST ANSGAR, IA 0.7
STANLEY 4 W, IA 0.2
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 0.06
SWISHER, IA 0.01
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.05
TRIPOLI, IA 0.25
VINTON, IA 0.13
VOLGA 1NE, IA 0.03
Waterloo 1.0 SW 0.29
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.31
WAUCOMA , IA 0.25
Waucoma 3.2 S 0.31
WEBSTER CITY, IA 0.92
West Fork Cedar River 3 NNE Kesley, IA 0.31
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This post was written by Rachael Peart on August 14, 2017

Latest Drought Monitor

The latest Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, and through August 8th, 12.49% of Iowa is experiencing a Severe Drought, which is up from 7.05% last week.   Only 28.53% of the state is not experiencing some sort of drought at this time, which is down from 33.00% last week.

The latest rainfall forecast from the Weather Prediction Center doesn’t show much rain over the next 7 days across eastern Iowa.  Any rain, however, would be great news.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 10, 2017

July 2017 Review

July was all about the haves and “haves and have nots” when it came to rainfall.  The map below shows the departure from average July rainfall for 2017.  Notice, northeast Iowa received several inches more rain than usual.

Here are the statistics from Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 1, 2017

Comparing Rainfall

The chart below shows the accumulative rainfall from June 1, 2017 to July 25, 2017.

The black line is the climatology…where normal is for Waterloo. During this time, this year and 2015 are similar and pretty close to normal. The other two years on the chart, 2014 and 2016, are pretty close to each other. The blue shade is the range of where the lowest and highest has been since keeping records in Waterloo.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 26, 2017

July Rain…so far

Here is a look at some of the rain totals for July, through the 25th. Some locations are around 15″ while other locations don’t even have 0.25″ of the month.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 25, 2017

24 Hour Rain Totals (Saturday AM)

Overnight rain left many in eastern Iowa with flooded conditions. Here are the 24 hour rain totals as of Saturday morning, July 22, 2017:

Waterloo 1.81
Dubuque 3.25
Cedar Rapids 0.44
Iowa City 2.25
Ackley 9.2 NNE 0.42
Ainsworth 7.4 N 0.57
Amana 4.7 W 0.02
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 1.54
BELLE PLAINE, IA Trace
Bellevue 0.3 SSW 2.80
Bellevue LD 12, IA 2.75
CALMAR, IA 2.21
CASCADE, IA 3.68
Cedar Falls 0.6 N 2.14
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 2.02
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 0.42
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 0.65
Center Point 0.6 NNW 1.15
Central City 6.7 W 0.89
CHARLES CITY, IA 6.63
COGGON, IA 2.02
CRESCO 1NE, IA 1.68
Decorah 4.9SE 0.58
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.52
DONNELLSON, IA 0.18
Dubuque #3, IA 2.84
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 4.23
Dysart 3.1 N 1.12
Eldora 1.2 ENE 1.75
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 4.70
Ely 0.5 SE 1.94
FAYETTE, IA 7.67
Fredericksburg 10.00
FULTON, IA 3.00
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 1.07
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 1.60
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 6.23
HAMPTON, IA 0.51
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW 1.80
IONIA 2W, IA 9.30
Iowa City 1.4 W 2.05
Iowa City 4.5 N 1.02
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.58
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.51
Keokuk L&D 19, IA 0.09
LOWDEN, IA 2.15
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 2.79
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 2.96
Marengo 2.6 SSW 0.03
Marion 1.2 NE 0.72
Monona WWTP, IA 2.08
Monticello, IA 2.56
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 1.54
NASHUA 2SW, IA 5.23
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 5.58
New Hampton 0.4 SW 5.99
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.83
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.12
North Liberty 1.0 ENE 1.27
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 4.06
Parnell 0.1 SSW 0.17
Quasqueton 1.8 S 1.22
Robins 0.4 SSE 0.48
Sigourney 1.1 W 0.02
Solon 0.3 ESE 1.87
ST ANSGAR, IA 1.24
STANLEY 4 W, IA 4.11
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 4.29
Swisher 0.4 NNE 1.10
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Trace
TRAER, IA 0.80
TRIPOLI, IA 4.76
VOLGA 1NE, IA 5.15
WASHINGTON, IA 0.22
Waterloo 1.0 SW 1.12
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.86
WAUCOMA , IA 4.27
Waucoma 3.2 S 4.91
Wellman 4.0 E 0.29
West Fork Cedar River 3 NNE Kesley, IA 0.73
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 0.80
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This post was written by Rachael Peart on July 22, 2017

Thursday Night Rainfall Totals

TOWN 24 HR RAIN TOTAL Thu AM-Fri AM
   
Waterloo (Airport) 0.00
Dubuque (Airport) 0.22
Cedar Rapids (Airport) 0.99
Iowa City (Airport) 0.92
 
Ainsworth 7.4 mi N 0.43
Anamosa 1.9 SE 1.00
Anamosa 3 SSW 1.33
Cedar Rapids 2 NNE 1.98
Cedar Rapids 3 NE 2.03
Cedar Rapids 3.4 mi NW 1.09
Center Point 0.6 NNW 1.69
Central City 6.7 W 0.88
Coggon 1.28
Dysart 0.68
Ely 0.70
Fairfax 4.0 NW 0.90
Fredericksburg 2.55
Grinnell 3SW 0.99
Independence 0.72
Ionia 2 mi W 0.22
Iowa City 0.66
Iowa City 1.4 W 1.15
Iowa City 5 NW 1.54
Iowa Falls 0.28
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.75
Lowden 0.41
Maquoketa 0.13
Marengo 2.6 SSW 0.31
Marion 1.2 mi NE 1.94
Marion 2.3 ENE 1.73
Monticello 0.25
Mt Auburn 0.45
New Hampton 1.20
New Hampton 0.3 mi NNW 0.68
New Hampton 0.4 mi SW 1.00
North Liberty 1.0 ENE 1.79
Oelwein 0.23
Oelwein 0.8 mi WNW 0.21
Osage 0.08
Sigourney 1.1 W 0.10
Solon 0.3 mi ESE 1.75
Tama (Iowa River) 0.84
Toledo 3 mi N 1.67
Traer 0.58
Tripoli 0.85
Vinton 0.89
Volga 1 mi NE 0.01
Washington 0.41
Wadena 2.50
Waucoma Trace
Waverly (Cedar River) 0.77
Wellman 0.21
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This post was written by Eileen Loan on July 21, 2017

24 Hour Rain Totals

Here are some of the 24 hour rain totals across eastern Iowa as of Monday, July 10, 2017:

Waterloo 0.61
Dubuque 0.88
Cedar Rapids 0.94
Iowa City 1.22
Ainsworth 7.4 N 1.42
Amana 4.7 W 1.02
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 2.06
BELLE PLAINE, IA 0.50
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.76
CASCADE, IA 0.92
Cedar Falls 0.4 WNW 0.81
Cedar Falls 0.6 N 0.89
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 1.19
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 1.55
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 1.58
Center Junction 2.6 W 1.72
Center Point 0.6 NNW 1.37
Central City 6.7 W 1.89
CHARLES CITY, IA 1.16
CLUTIER, IA 0.60
COGGON, IA 2.24
CONRAD, IA 0.40
Cresco 2.10
CRESCO 1NE, IA 1.94
Decorah 4.9SE 0.79
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.42
Dubuque #3, IA 0.79
Dubuque 1.4 WSW 0.60
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 0.70
Dysart 3.1 N 1.08
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.33
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.89
ELMA, IA 0.72
Ely 0.5 SE 1.68
Fairfax 0.0 NW 0.99
Fairfax 4.0 NW 0.84
FAYETTE, IA 1.37
Ft. Atkinson 2.20
FULTON, IA 0.69
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 0.58
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 1.00
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.34
HAMPTON, IA 1.32
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW 1.56
IONIA 2W, IA 0.92
Iowa City 1.4 W 1.25
Iowa City 4.5 N 1.04
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.73
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.79
Latimer 1.9 NE 0.61
LOWDEN, IA 1.49
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 1.32
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.57
Marengo 2.6 SSW 1.00
MARENGO, IA 0.98
Marion 1.2 NE 2.09
Marion 1.7 NNW 1.87
Marion 2.3 ENE 1.68
Monona WWTP, IA 0.61
Monticello, IA 1.28
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 0.98
NASHUA 2SW, IA 1.28
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.90
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.82
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.91
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.67
North Liberty 1.0 ENE 1.48
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 1.44
OSAGE , IA 0.58
Parnell 0.1 SSW 0.72
Peosta 2.9 E 1.09
Quasqueton 1.8 S 1.90
Robins 0.4 SSE 1.94
Sigourney, IA T
Solon 0.3 ESE 1.52
ST ANSGAR, IA 1.06
STANLEY 4 W, IA 1.21
Swisher 0.4 NNE 1.21
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.22
TRAER, IA 0.62
TRIPOLI, IA 1.69
Urbana 1.6 W 0.79
VINTON, IA 0.72
VOLGA 1NE, IA 0.76
WASHINGTON, IA 0.53
Waterloo 1.0 SW 0.73
Waterloo 1.4 ESE 1.41
Waterloo 3.0 NNW 0.70
WAUCOMA , IA 0.63
Waucoma 3.2 S 0.72
Wellman 4.0 E 0.97
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This post was written by Rachael Peart on July 10, 2017