This post was written by Schnack on January 3, 2017
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab released this photo of Earth… seen from Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars!
As you may recall, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand, killing two people. Scientists say that because of the quake, the seabed lifted nearly two meters (6 feet) in the city of Kaikoura of South Island. Read more here, and see aerial shots of New Zealand before and after the earthquake.
Today might be the last day we see high temperatures like this again for awhile. Cedar Rapids and Iowa City tied the record. Des Moines reached 76 degrees (previous record 75 1941).
This post was written by Eileen Loan on November 17, 2016
The world record high temperature of 134 degrees was set in Death Valley (Furnace Creek), CA on July 10, 1912 …but did it?
There has been research as to the validity of the report. Back in February of 2013, there was a paper published showing, what was through to be the world record (136° in northern Libya), the reason why that record was no longer a valid record.
This would now make the 134° report at Death Valley the world record. Well…not so fast. Click here and take a look at some research that has been done on that temperature reading just posted. As of now 134° is the record. We will wait and hear from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says about it.
This post was written by Schnack on October 24, 2016
It felt more like summer than the middle of October across much of the nation. There a few records in Iowa today. Iowa City tied the record high temperature of 88 set in 1950. Other records broken were in Des Moines 87 (previous record 86 in 1950) and Burlington 89 (previous record 87 in 1950).
Dodge City, KS had a temperature of 100 degrees.
Still churning to the north, hurricane Nicole is moving through the Atlantic Ocean. It is tied with “Lester” for the longest lived named storm of 2016 in the Northern Hemisphere. Nicole is the longest lived Atlantic tropical cyclone to form in October since 1932 – with a lifetime of 13 days. The last time a hurricane reached north of 40°N, like Nicole is now, was hurricane “Gonzalo” in 2014.
Orbital ATK Launches to ISS from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility
This post was written by Rachael Peart on October 17, 2016
It’s feeling more like late October or late March across eastern Iowa this weekend. Lows Sunday morning across eastern Iowa were in the lower to middle 30s, with some outlying areas reaching the upper 20s.
Waterloo and Dubuque both tied their record low temperatures of 32° (2004 and 1997, respectively). The temperature in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City were within one or two degrees of reaching the record low. Those record, which date back to the 1920s, still stand.
If you’re not a fan of this unseasonable cold weather, there is good news. We are looking to warm things up the second half of May.
This post was written by Kyle Kiel on May 15, 2016
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Temperatures this year are running slightly above normal, but just 4 short years ago, we were breaking record high temperatures left and right across eastern Iowa. This includes March 17th, where the big four cities all reached the 80s, and all broke record highs for this date.
This post was written by Kyle Kiel on March 17, 2016
Yes, it is still February. High temperatures across eastern Iowa on Saturday were in the upper 50s to middle 60s with lots of sunshine and breezy southerly winds. Parts of southwestern Iowa reached the 70s!
Record highs were broken in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, but fell a little short in Dubuque and Iowa City. Record or not, still a beautiful February day.
What a difference a year makes. On February 27th, 2015..record lows were being broken. A record low was recorded in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque last year. High temperatures were only in the single digits.
Sunday and Monday will be mild, but not record-breaking. Temperatures return closer to normal by Tuesday.
This post was written by Kyle Kiel on February 27, 2016
I hope you get a chance to go outside and enjoy the warm weather heading our weather this weekend. Normal highs this time of year is the mid 30s.
This post was written by Schnack on February 26, 2016
Story from the National Weather Service:
This post was written by Schnack on February 3, 2016