Baseball Weather

Baseball season is about to start. Here is a look at the normal high temps for a few locations through the season. Baseball

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This post was written by Schnack on March 31, 2016

Super Bowl Weather & Climate Stats 1967-2015

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17 of 49 Bowls Played indoors(34.7%)

18 of 49 Bowls had a Trace or More of Rain at nearby Airport(37%)

2 Bowls had Snow on Game Day (1982,2006)

1 Bowl played during an Ice Storm (2000)

Warmest High Temperature of 82° (1973,2003)

Coldest High Temp for Dome Game 16° (1982)

Coldest High Temp for Non-Dome Game 43° (1972)

Wettest Super Bowl .92 inches (2007)

Outside Games With High Wind Gust (1980, 1984, 1989,2007)

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The above stats come from William Schmitz (Southeast Regional Climate Center)

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This post was written by Schnack on February 6, 2016

No Weather Problems

The weather in California, at the Rose Bowl, is going to be pleasant.

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This post was written by Schnack on December 29, 2015

Saturday Football Forecasts

There are a couple of big games for our local football teams this weekend. The forecast for the Panthers will be wet. The Hawkeyes don’t need to worry since it is in a dome. Both forecasts will help you while you head to and come home from the locations.

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This post was written by Schnack on December 2, 2015

A Record Cold Kickoff

The coldest temperature in history at kickoff in Jack Trice Stadium (Ames) was 17 degrees. It was the last game of the season in 1991 (November 23) against Colorado. The forecast at kickoff this Saturday is 13.

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This post was written by Schnack on November 22, 2013

Warm and Windy Followed by Showers/Storms

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UPDATED at 4:15 PM

Tonight: Clear. Low: 49-52. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and breezy. High: 78-85. Wind: SE 10-20 mph.

Thursday Night: Clear. Low: 58-60. Wind: SE 10-15 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny and windy (S 15-25 mph). High: low 80s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and breezy (S to W 10-20 mph) with a 50% chance of showers/storms. High: mid 70s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: low 70s.

Monday: Mostly sunny. High: low-mid 70s.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High: upper 70s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High: near 70.

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The weather will start to feel more like summer again with highs in the 80s Thursday and Friday. We will be positioned under an upper level (500 mb map below) ridge of high pressure.  We have been tracking the potential for showers/storms for Saturday, all week. The forecast 500 mb map shows a trough digging and the energy in the trough associated with the chance of showers/storms.

Sep 25 500 mb map

The wind will be gusty from the south Thursday and Friday ahead of the approaching surface cold front. The map (below left) shows the forecast position of the surface cold front Saturday morning. The map (below right) is the rain forecast from Friday evening to Saturday evening.

Sep 25 Sat Maps

Sunday will be cooler and less humid with plenty of sunshine as the cold front continues to track east away from Iowa. Another short warm-up is forecast by Tuesday with highs in the upper 70s. Another cold front is forecast to push through the area Wednesday with little to no moisture to work with. So it looks like it will come through dry with near normal temperatures returning by Wednesday.

Thursday:
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Iowa State vs. Tulsa (Tulsa, OK)
Forecast Click Here

Saturday:
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Iowa vs. Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Forecast Click Here

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McNeese State vs. UNI (Cedar Falls)
Chance of showers/storms
High: low-mid 70s
SW 10-20 mph

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This post was written by Schnack on September 25, 2013

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Ames
Kickoff 5:00 PM
Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers by 10 pm
Temp: low 70s
Wind: S 10-15 gust to 20 mph

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on September 13, 2013

Liberty Bowl Forecast

The Iowa State Cyclones will be playing Tulsa in the Liberty Bowl on December 31 at 2:30 PM. Memphis weather is usually warmer than Iowa but Memphis has recently had light snow. Click here for the current conditions and the latest forecast for Memphis, TN.

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This post was written by Schnack on December 27, 2012

It is Snowing in Dubuque

Ok…the snow is not coming from any clouds it is being man made at Sundown Mountain. They are getting ready for a good season on the slopes. Here is a photo of the snow on Tuesday.

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This post was written by Schnack on November 15, 2012

Clouds Again Tomorrow…More Sunshine This Weekend


UPDATED at 4:05 PM

Tonight:  Cloudy with light rain/drizzle. Low: 39-41. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.

Friday: Cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. High: 47-51. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low: 37-40. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 50s

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 60s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. High: upper 60s.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: upper 60s.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: upper 60s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: upper 60s.

The well advertised wet, cold and windy day is here. The low pressure center is located over Minnesota and Wisconsin. The low is forecast to track a bit farther south and then turn east. The result will be more of the same except for the wind here in Iowa. It will be lighter but, still about 10-15 mph from the northwest. Nothing like the winds gusting to 65 mph in the Dakotas and Nebraska associated with this low. The visible satellite shows how widespread the clouds are associated with the low.


The area of low pressure is forecast to be over Lake Michigan tomorrow afternoon. Here is the forecast map for 1pm Friday.


The light rain and drizzle will continue tonight and through most of Friday. The rain will taper off during the evening. Rain amounts will be light from Thursday evening to Friday evening.

The rain reports in the last 24 hours have been a little heavier across the southern half of Iowa. Here are the reports.

The weekend will be dry and warmer. Sunday will be the warmer of the two with highs in the upper 60s. High pressure will also provide a light south wind.

Next week the weather will be a bit unsettled. There will be various fronts across the area and that will keep the chance of showers at 20-30% for each day. As the days get closer we will have a better handle on timing of the rain for the day. The good news is that the temperatures are forecast to be above normal with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the 50s. So rain chances each day but at least it will be warmer than today.


High School Football Forecast (Friday Evening)
Cloudy with light rain/drizzle ending
Kickoff temp: 46
Wind: NW 10-15 mphCollege Football Forecast (Saturday)


Penn State vs. Iowa (Iowa City)
Partly cloudy
Kickoff Temp: mid 50s
Wind: SW 5-10 mph


South Dakota State vs. UNI (Cedar Falls)
Partly cloudy
Kickoff Temp: upper 50s
Wind: SW 5-10 mph


Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State (Stillwater, OK)
Mostly Sunny
Kickoff Temp: mid-upper 70s
Wind: SW 5-10 mph

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This post was written by Schnack on October 18, 2012