Radar Down

Hurricane Maria passed through Puerto Rico causing significant wind and flooding damage across much of the island. Winds in excess of 100 mph destroyed the National Weather Service Radar at San Juan, Puerto Rico. The radar is expected to be down for at least a few months. Hopefully there will not be any storms in this area anytime soon. Here is a look at what the radar looks like after the hurricane.

Here is a where the radar is positioned on the island.

A closer shot of the location.


Here is a map to show how much rain fall on the island.




Posted under NOAA, Precipitation Totals, Tropics

This post was written by Schnack on September 25, 2017

Hurricane Irma’s Florida Landfalls

We’ve been talking about Hurricane Irma for quite some time now, and it is now causing a lot of problems in Florida.  As with any landfalling hurricane, tornadoes, torrential rain, destructive wind and storms surge have been pounding the state.

Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 hurricane Friday night into Saturday morning, as it officially made landfall on the northern coast of Cuba early Saturday morning causing massive damage.  With the interaction with land, Irma weakened to a Category 3 during the day Saturday, but late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, Irma regained strength and reached Category 4 status, before making its first US landfall in the Florida Keys.  This comes, ironically, on the climatological peak of hurricane season AND on the 57th anniversary of Hurricane Donna in 1960 making landfall in the Keys.


The powerful hurricane then tracked north, and made landfall in southwest Florida on Marco Island, just south of Naples as a Category 3.

The last time we had a Category 4 storm make landfall was Charley in 2005.  This is the first time on record that TWO Category 4 storms made landfall in the continental US in the same season.


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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 10, 2017

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Different Views of Irma

From the Space Station


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This post was written by Schnack on September 7, 2017

Not Again!

A few islands might be in the cross hairs another major hurricane. Hurricane Irma was a category 5 storm with wind of 185 mph moved through a few islands causing significant damage. Now those same people are worried about Hurricane Jose. This hurricane is a major hurricane (category 3 or higher) and forecast to come near the islands in the next few days. The light grey line is the path Hurricane Irma took. Notice the forecast track of Jose comes pretty close to that same location.


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This post was written by Schnack on September 7, 2017

Inside a Category 5 Hurricane

Hurricane Irma was upgraded to a category 5 hurricane Tuesday and has kept its strength throughout the day with winds up of 185 mph. Category 5 is the top end of the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

Hurricane hunters have been busy and will continue to be busy through the rest of the week with several flights through Hurricane Irma. The photo was taken from one hunter plane of another one flying through the eye of the storm on Monday.

The photos below are taken from the eye (center of the storm) Tuesday. The inside wall look like a the inside a stadium.

Here is the path of one of the planes this evening. The line through the storm shows the path the plane flew.

Here is link of frequently asked questions to the Hurricane Hunters. Click here.



Posted under Tropics

This post was written by Schnack on September 5, 2017

Some Harvey Information as of Tuesday Evening

Here is an satellite image as Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm with wind of 130 mph.

On the map below show the path of the storm as it made landfall near Corpus Christi, TX Friday evening. It also shows the center of the storm stopping and them move back southeast. It took a few days to do that. The storm moved back out into the Gulf of Mexico and only weakened to a Tropical Storm. It than turned back northeast Tuesday.

This map below shows the radar estimate  rain totals for those 4 days.

All of the numbers on the map below are rain totals of 30″ or more in and around Houston.

If you compare the record amount of rain from Harvey with the wettest years on record at Waterloo and Dubuque…it is hard to imagine what it was like when the rain was falling and how long it fell that hard.


The image below shows some blue sky Tuesday evening in Houston as Harvey finally starts to slowly move away from that area. Heavy rain continues to fall in eastern Texas and Louisiana.



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This post was written by Schnack on August 29, 2017

Rain Totals in Texas

Here is good link to take a look at rain totals in Texas. The map is 72 hr rain totals in Houston



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This post was written by Schnack on August 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey as a Category 4 Storm


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This post was written by Schnack on August 25, 2017

ICYMI Oct 29 – Sandy Anniversary/Cedar River/Iowa Sunsets

Today marks the four year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy making landfall in New Jersey. The storm caused tremendous damage due to storm surge during its lifetime.

The track of Superstorm Sandy in 2012

More than two inches of rainfall fell just to the north of the KWWL viewing area, in parts of northern Iowa, which has lead to some minor flooding along the Cedar River.  The Cedar River at Cedar Falls is currently experiencing minor flooding, but is expected to fall starting Sunday morning.


You may notice a slight rise at other locations along the river, but as of now the forecast is for the river levels to stay below flood stage.

It has been an unseasonable warm weekend across eastern Iowa.   Temperatures today (Oct. 29) were in the lower 60s north, to middle and upper 70s south.  We had a mix of sun and clouds, and that made for nice sunsets across the region.

Viewer Photo Basic 3

Here’s another view from Traer.  Thanks to viewer, Trista Zimp.


And, another sunset, from Cedar Falls.  This one from Amber Stueben.

amber stueben cf


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on October 29, 2016

ICYMI Oct 24 – World Record Temp/Hole Punch Clouds/Seymour

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.


Hole Punch Clouds and Sundog


Hurricane Seymour (Cat 2 storms) is in the eastern Pacific Ocean Monday afternoon and forecast to strengthen. At this point the forecast keeps it away from land.




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This post was written by Schnack on October 24, 2016