A Look Back at November

We had quite the November of weather across eastern Iowa.  Here’s a look back at the stats from Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

ALO Monthly Review 2016

November 2016 is tied for the 2nd warmest November on record for Waterloo.

ALO Top Warmest Nov


DBQ Monthly Review 2016

November 2016 is tied for the 6th warmest November on record for Dubuque.

DBQ Top Warmest Nov

It’s also been a very warm month in Cedar Rapids & Iowa City:

CR Monthly Review 2016

IC Monthly Review 2016


Posted under Precipitation Totals, Temperatures, Weather History

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 1, 2016

ICYMI Nov 17- Earth from Mars/ Earthquake Aftermath/ Records/ Lightning

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab released this photo of Earth… seen from Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars!

Earth from Mars Curiosity Rover Credit NASA JPL

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.

new zealand

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).

Record Highs vs Actual DMA High Today3D



Posted under Astronomy, Earthquake, Lightning, NASA, Records, Temperatures

This post was written by Eileen Loan on November 17, 2016

ICYMI Nov 14 – No Snow/ Warm Temperatures/

As of November 14, only 0.2% of US has snow. In the last 14 years it is the lowest percentage on this day.


From NOAA: The map on the left shows average snow cover from 1981 to 2010 for the second week of November. (Data: NCEI) The image on the right shows the current amount of snow cover as of November 14, 2016. (Data: National Ice Center)


Here is a look at above normal average temperatures for a good part of North America today. Take a look at the colder than normal conditions on the other side of the globe. There is some cold air, but just not nearby.




Posted under NOAA, Temperatures, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on November 15, 2016

ICYMI Nov 7 – No Cold/ Supermoon/ November Sky

Not only have temperatures been above normal around here…take a look at look at North America. Much of the area had above normal temperatures on Monday.


The November 14 full moon will be the closest to Earth in 2016 and the 21st Century. The next time it is this close it will be Nov, 25, 2034

A look at what is in the sky during November.



Posted under Astronomy, NASA, Temperatures

This post was written by Schnack on November 7, 2016

ICYMI Nov 1 – Halloween Storm of ’91/Halloween Normals/Scary Space/November Preview

Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Halloween winter storm. Some recorded a dusting while many in northwestern Iowa saw over 10 inches by the time things were said and done on November 2nd.

For more information, visit the Des Moines National Weather Service.


High temperatures today are more like the middle of September than the beginning of November.
DMA High Today3D

The first five days of November this month are expected to be warm, but not as warm as they were last last year. The chart below shows the high temperatures for the first five days of November last year compared to the forecast this year.
Warm November

The night sky can be beautiful here in eastern Iowa. But beyond what we can see, it can be a little creepy. NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration looks at what planets outside of our solar system are like…some are not so pleasant.

You can visit these planets by clicking here.

November is here and normally things start to get really chilly this month. Here’s a look at November by the numbers in Waterloo and Dubuque:

November ALO Almanac

November DBQ Almanac




Posted under Astronomy, Climate, Temperatures

This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 1, 2016

ICYMI Oct 22–October Snow/Warm Temperatures/Orionids

While we were basking in sunshine and temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70°, parts of the northeast saw an October Snow.


That photo was courtesy of NWS Burlington in Vermont.  As much as 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected, especially in higher elevations, in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Closer to home here in Iowa, we had October snow…just 3 years ago.  In fact, one inch accumulated in Waterloo.


We are now toward the end of October, where high temperatures should normally be in the upper 50s to near 60°.  That wasn’t the case today.


There’s a good chance that the warmer than normal (or near normal) temperatures will continue through the end of the month.


The Orionid Meteor Shower continues, even through the peak was October 21st.  Look in the southeast sky for a few meteors through November 7th.  Click here to learn more.

orionid-radiant (2)


Posted under Astronomy, Miscellaneous, Temperatures, Weather History

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 22, 2016

ICYMI Oct 19 – Warmer Days/Meteor Shower/Record Temps

Cooler weather Thursday and Friday does not last long. Warmer weather returns for the weekend and may continue through early November.


A clear sky Thursday night/Friday morning allows us to see Orionid meteor shower. It is forecast to peak late in the evening into early morning hours of Friday. Click here for more details.



High temperatures Monday were warm. They were so far above normal in parts of eastern Iowa we have to go back to early March.





Posted under Astronomy, Long Range Outlook, Temperatures

This post was written by Schnack on October 19, 2016

ICYMI Oct 17 – Warm/Hurricane Nicole/Launch

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).
Record Highs vs Actual

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


Posted under NASA, Records, Temperatures, Tropics

This post was written by Rachael Peart on October 17, 2016

ICYMI Oct 12- 32 Degrees/Global Precipitation/Hurricane Nicole

Here is a look at how many days the temperature has been 32° or colder in September and October at Waterloo.


A look at global precipitation… images taken every 30 minutes… including Hurricane Matthew as it churned up the East Coast. Check out the link here.

Hurricane Matthew is now a storm in the past, as millions clean up from Haiti up to the United States.  Hurricane Nicole continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean, as a major Category 3 hurricane (as of Wednesday evening), and is forecast to hit very close to the small island nation of Bermuda sometime on Thursday.




Posted under Climate, Temperatures, Tropics

This post was written by Schnack on October 12, 2016

ICYMI Oct 8…Hurricane Matthew/Chilly Start/Fall Leaves

Hurricane Matthew continues to dominate the headlines in the weather world.  The storm made an official landfall at 10 AM southeast of McClellanville, South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph.  It’s been more than 12 years since South Carolina has had a hurricane make landfall.


Here’s the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.


Closer to home here in eastern Iowa, it was a CHILLY start, with temperatures in the 30s.  Some of our Weather Trackers reported frost early this morning.


Saturday night will be another cool one with upper 30s to lower 40s for overnight lows.

With the longer, cooler nights, leaves will continue to change color.  Here’s a photo from a viewer that was taken Saturday afternoon.

Photo credit: Amber Hemenway

Photo credit: Amber Hemenway


Posted under Fall Colors, Photo, Temperatures

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 8, 2016