Records Broken

It is hard to believe were are at the end of November and highs today reached the 70s. Records were not broken by one or two degrees….they were shattered easily.

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This post was written by Schnack on November 24, 2017

A Wet October

We have only one more day in October and no rain in the forecast through midnight Tuesday night.

Waterloo rain total is at 5.55″. The record October rainfall is 5.86″ in 2009. It doesn’t look like we will break this record so we will have to settle for coming in 2nd.

The chart below breaks down when the rain fall and the blue lines shows the accumulated amount through the month.

 

In Dubuque, the October rain total is 6.19″ making it the 9th wettest October on record in Dubuque.

Here is the rainfall breakdown for Dubuque in October.

 

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on October 30, 2017

Another Record High

It was 91° in Moline, IL today. This tied the record high set in 1920.

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This post was written by Schnack on September 25, 2017

Near Record Highs Friday

We are ending the summer on a HOT note, with high temperatures in the 80s and 90s across eastern Iowa over the last few days.  In fact, Cedar Rapids tied the record high for September 21st at 93°, which was last reached on this date in 1920.  The Autumnal Equinox is at 3:02 PM Friday.  However, it’s going to still feel like we are in the middle of summer.  High temperatures will be very close to record for September 22nd.

There seems to be a better chance at tomorrow being the warmest start to Fall ever across eastern Iowa.  Keep in mind, each year the Autumnal Equinox may vary between September 22nd or September 23rd.

However, if you are one of those people ready for fall-like weather, we don’t have to wait too long.  The long-term trends point to cooler temperatures by the middle of next week, and at or below normal temperatures as we head into the first week of October.  This is from the Climate Prediction Center.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 21, 2017

Hot and Humid then Slight Risk Late Sunday Night

This stagnant weather pattern we have been in continues again today. A stationary front sticks around to the north and a front lingers to the west. In between those two boundaries, we have a continued flow of air from the southwest. The air that is flowing in from the southwest is very warm and quite humid.

If you were looking for a break from yesterday’s heat and humidity…today won’t be your day. Highs reach the low to mid-90s from north to south.

A strong southwesterly wind unfortunately does not provide much relief from the summer-like conditions.

The front that sits to our north could fire up a few storms in our extreme northern areas, but the bulk of the storms stay into Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Another humid evening is on the way across the area. Lows only fall to near 70° with breezy winds. A stray storm is possible overnight, as well. A few more clouds track in for Monday, which may keep it a couple of degrees cooler than Sunday. Temperatures still land above average for this time of year.

 

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on June 11, 2017

Record Heat Possible This Weekend

This weekend’s forecast features the “triple H” = hazy, hot and humid. Plentiful sunshine helps temperatures today reach the 90s for all of eastern Iowa. On top of that, winds today come from a mainly southwesterly direction, meaning that it will continuously pull in warm air but also the winds pull humidity into the area. Winds today will be strong and gusty.

Air conditioning units will be on in full force this weekend. With heat and humidity like this, it is so important that you stay hydrated and always check the back seat before leaving your car.

We don’t see much relief from the humidity overnight. Lows fall to near 70° with breezy winds. Tomorrow, we make a better run for record highs. Once again, we soar into the low to mid 90s. Some record highs for the date tomorrow (June 11th) are from the 1920s and 1930s. Sunshine (and wind once again) will be abundant again for Sunday.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on June 10, 2017

Increasing Humidity this Weekend

Our stretch of warm weather has begun in eastern Iowa. Today is one of the “cooler” days. Highs reach the low 80s to near 90° this afternoon. Humidity stays on the low side today, keeping things comfortably warm. A few showers and storms track through this afternoon into the early evening (severe weather risk is low). Not everyone sees rain today and some will only see sunshine on this Friday.

Tonight, as the temperatures fall, we feel a little more of the moisture in the air. If you’re planning a campfire, bring the water and a light blanket as overnight lows fall into the mid-60s.

Humidity slightly increases again during the day Saturday. Temperatures rocket into the 90s for most of the area tomorrow. The combination of heat and humidity brings the concept of heat index – how warm it feels outside.

Heat indices near 100° not only for Saturday afternoon but also on Sunday, as well.

Strong winds pick up on Saturday and continue into mid-week.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on June 9, 2017

Rivaling Record Highs and Severe Storms Possible

After storms Monday evening, most of Tuesday will be pretty quiet. Partly to mostly cloudy conditions cover our skies. A front to our west will track very slowly to our area and that is why we keep cloud cover around. However, with us on the west side of the front, we’ll see strong southerly winds. Winds pull in more warm air and temperatures soar into the 80s and possibly low 90s (mainly along/south of I-80). Humid conditions will make it feel even warmer (hello heat index!).

Overnight, as the front tracks closer, we have the chance for showers and storms. Storms track through between 10pm and 2am Wednesday morning. Damaging straight line winds are the greatest threat, followed by hail and isolated tornadoes.

Scattered storms continue on Wednesday, some of which could be strong or severe. SPC issued a slight risk for all of eastern Iowa on Wednesday.

Check back for updates.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 16, 2017

Record Lows Broken Wednesday Morning

On Wednesday morning, both Cedar Rapids and Waterloo approached record low temperatures. Waterloo broke the 92 year record by 6 degrees, while Cedar Rapids broke its record by 1 degree.

 

Warmer air moves in for the rest of the week.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on March 15, 2017

Record Cold Tonight

Record or near record low temperatures are expected by morning. The sky is clear tonight with a gentle breeze from the northwest. Wednesday is cold again with highs in the 20s under a mostly sunny sky. The wind switches from a light northwest wind to southwest wind. Clouds increase Wednesday night with low temperatures not as cold (teens).

Thursday and Friday will have a lot of clouds around. A slight chance of a rain/snow shower is possible Thursday and a rain shower Friday. High temperatures warm into the low-mid 40s both days. The wind is breezy from the southeast Thursday and from the northwest Friday.

The weekend temperatures are near or slightly above normal with a partly to mostly cloudy sky.

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This post was written by Schnack on March 14, 2017