Sunshine on (Super Bowl) Sunday

Happy Super Bowl Sunday (and National Weatherperson’s Day)! The forecast today looks mild for Iowa, but a little chillier than Houston.

Yesterday’s clouds and winds have moved out and today will be a near average day. Highs rise to the mid 20s through the upper 30s. A light breeze from the northwest will keep our highs a couple of degrees cooler than yesterday. Partly cloudy skies continue through the overnight before more clouds track in on Monday.

Even though clouds increase for Monday, it will also be the warmest day until next weekend. To the north, we’ll reach the upper 30s and low 40s. Southern counties reach the upper 40s – to near 50! It’s not too much longer after we reach our highs on Monday that Mother Nature reminds us that it is the BEGINNING of February. Light rain tracks in late tomorrow and transitions over to a wintry mix for Tuesday. A cold front crosses the state Tuesday and drags in cold air behind it. Highs on Wednesday won’t be warmer than the low 20s. We begin to rebound temperatures on Thursday.

Friday will be breezy with highs back into the upper 30s and next weekend looks mainly dry with highs in the low 40s.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 5, 2017

Outback Bowl Forecast

Looks like a warm football game Monday.

Outback Bowl Forecast 2



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This post was written by Schnack on December 31, 2016

Wind Diminish Late Tonight

Here are the peak wind gusts across the area.
Peak Wind Gust - 4 Lines

The wind remains strong through the evening before diminishing after midnight.

Wind Forecast

Tonight: Partly cloudy and windy. Low: 18-24. Winds: NW 15-25 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: 29-36. Winds: NW to S 10-15 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy and breezy. Low: 24-28. Winds: S 10-20 mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and windy (NW 15-25 mph). High: 30.

New Year’s Day: Partly cloudy. High: 35.

Monday: 50% chance of rain. High: 38.

Tuesday: 20% chance of snow and breezy (NW 10-20 mph). High: 28.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, cold and breezy (NW 10-20 mph). High: 15.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and cold. High: 12.

A mostly clear sky tonight continues through Friday with sunshine. Clouds move back in as the wind increases Friday night. Clouds clear Saturday morning for plenty of sunshine in the afternoon. Saturday morning is windy, but the afternoon the wind lightens up.

If you are heading out for New Years the sky will be clear with a light wind. Temperatures around midnight are in the teens.


We are tracking a storm forecast to bring rain to the area Monday and a few light snow showers Monday night and Tuesday morning. Wednesday and Thursday are cold with highs in the teens.

A nice warm location would be Florida to watch the Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl.

Outback Bowl Forecast 




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This post was written by Schnack on December 29, 2016

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


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)


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

Forecast Bar

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.

Weather Extra Bar

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.

Helmet Iowa_St
Iowa State vs. Tulsa (Tulsa, OK)
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Helmet Iowa
Iowa vs. Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Forecast Click Here

Helmet Northern_Iowa
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

Helmet IowaVSHelmet Iowa_St


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



Helmet Northern_IowaWEEK OFF


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This post was written by Schnack on September 13, 2013