Latest Drought Monitor

The latest Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, and through August 8th, 12.49% of Iowa is experiencing a Severe Drought, which is up from 7.05% last week.   Only 28.53% of the state is not experiencing some sort of drought at this time, which is down from 33.00% last week.

The latest rainfall forecast from the Weather Prediction Center doesn’t show much rain over the next 7 days across eastern Iowa.  Any rain, however, would be great news.

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

Hot and Humid with Storm Chances

The heat and humidity wasn’t too bad today for July standards. That is all about to change in the next 24 hours. The humidity level is on the high-end of the “slightly humid” range of our comfort scale. The humidity level increases Tuesday morning and reaches the “uncomfortable” range as dew points are forecast to reach into the low 70s. If you look at the current dew point temperatures you will see central Iowa already has the dew points in the low 70s.

There is a surface front (see map below) orientated north south across central Iowa. West of the front is the higher dew points.

The front in the Dakotas will drop south tomorrow and stall across northern Iowa. A few showers and storms are possible along the front. The front meanders north and south a little from day  to day. The position of the front and any boundaries left from previous storms will be the focus for storms through the week. The map below is the rain forecast through Thursday evening.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on July 17, 2017

Evening Storms

Here is a look the storms across parts of eastern Iowa and the satellite (GOES 16).

Here is the loop of the satellite.

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This post was written by Schnack on June 14, 2017

Frost Tonight

Areas of frost possible tonight. Cover up cold sensitive plants.

All clouds clear during the evening and the wind lightens up. The sky is clear overnight and the air is calm. Patchy areas of frost are possible as temperatures drop into the low and mid 30s by Wednesday morning.

Wednesday is warmer with high temperatures near 60 degrees and the wind is light from the southeast. A sprinkle or stray shower is possible with a mix of sun and clouds during the day. The sky becomes mostly clear Wednesday night. Not as chilly with lows in the upper 30s and low 40s.
Thursday and Friday are mostly sunny and breezy with a north wind around 10-20 mph. Highs both days are in the low to mid 60s.

Friday and Saturday remain dry with a lighter wind and highs in the mid 60s.

Sunday and Monday are warmer with temperatures getting close to 70 under a mostly cloudy sky.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 2, 2017

Cloud Line

The clouds have cleared in western Iowa. Not so lucky in eastern Iowa. The black line is the back edge of the clouds this evening.

The sounding (vertical profile of the atmosphere) from the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities shows a pretty thick layer of clouds.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 1, 2017

Severe Weather Potential Update at 2:30 PM

Rain continues to move northeast across northeast Iowa early this afternoon. There is a risk for storms later today with the best chance between 6-11 pm. If any of those storms develop a few of them could become severe. The primary threat is large hail and damaging winds. There is a low threat of tornadoes and flash flooding.

 

Once the storms track out of the area the wind increases from south and southwest overnight with gusts to 30 mph. It remains windy all day Thursday with the wind diminishing Thursday night. Thursday morning starts out with a mostly cloudy and by the afternoon it is mostly sunny. High temperatures are in the low 50s north and low 60s south

The next few days are quiet with a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky each day. Highs are in the upper 50s and low 60s through Saturday and then jump into the mid 60s Sunday into early next week.

The next chance of rain is Tuesday with a few storms possible Wednesday.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 19, 2017

Severe Weather Outlook Update at Noon

A few showers and isolated storms through early this afternoon. Another around of storms this evening into the overnight. The time is after 5 pm to about midnight. This line of storms has the potential for severe weather.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 19, 2017

More Rain Overnight

Rain is expected to develop in western Iowa before midnight and move east overnight.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 12, 2017

Probability of Snow

The chance of 2″+ snow by Saturday morning.

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This post was written by Schnack on February 22, 2017

Thursday evening weather update

Fog Advisory

Click on the DENSE FOG ADVISORY graphic above for a video update.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 19, 2017