Elevated Fire Danger Monday

Enjoy the sunshine you see today because there won’t be too much for the rest of the week. A cold front from the west will increase our clouds today.  We’ll stay dry Monday with mild temperatures. Highs: 69-75. Mostly cloudy skies over night keep us slightly warmer than the past couple of nights. Lows: 48-51.

Rain begins tomorrow after noon. As the front tracks through, isolated storms are possible. Severe weather risk for the first half of the week is slim to none. Rain chances continue into Wednesday morning. Midweek will be cool behind the front. Highs Wednesday and Thursday only reach the mid-50s – 15-20° below highs today. The better of the two days comes Thursday with dry conditions expected.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on April 24, 2017

Warmer Sunday, Windy Monday

If you didn’t get enough of the sun yesterday, you’ll have another chance today. Also… if yesterday wasn’t warm enough for you, today should be better. Highs today, thanks to a southwesterly light wind, reach the 70s across eastern Iowa. That’ll be 5-10° above normal for the date. Today’s checklist once again will feature sunglasses and allergy medicine. Pollen counts stay high through midweek.

Lows fall into the 40s tonight before another mild day (again, with the southerly wind). Monday may be a couple degrees cooler with increasing clouds later in the day. Most of the area once again warms into the 70s. Winds become stronger ahead of a cold front that tracks through Tuesday.

Winds stay breezy as the front crosses the region Tuesday. We could squeeze a rumble of thunder out along with showers Tuesday.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on April 23, 2017

Windy Conditions

It was a windy Thursday behind the low pressure system which produced rain/storms in Iowa Wednesday. The map below shows the peak wind gusts Thursday.

The wind lightens up a little tonight before it increases again Friday. Wind gusts could be near 25 mph Friday.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 20, 2017

Severe Weather Potential This Weekend

The calendar says early April but thermometers will look more like mid-May. If you thought yesterday was nice and mild…just wait. Continuous south wind overnight filters in more and more mild air today. We’re going to top out near 70 north of highway 30, with low 70s for highs farther south. Wind speed increases in the daylight hours before calming briefly at night.

Clouds increase slowly tonight. Tonight’s lows will be closer to normal highs for the date. Lows tonight: 53-57. Winds increase in strength after sunrise tomorrow…becoming stronger than today. Humidity also increases tomorrow.

Highs tomorrow will be pretty close to what we see this afternoon – upper 60s to mid-70s.

A system tracks through later during the day Sunday, firing off the potential for storms. The greatest threats with any storms Sunday afternoon/evening will be damaging winds and hail. The threat for tornadoes is low but still possible with any severe storms. Check frequently for updates as the weekend continues.

Things quiet down Monday, with only a few showers possible and cooler temps.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on April 8, 2017

The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow – Seriously

We have one more day of rain for Tuesday. The farther north and west you live, the less rain you’ll see. Those who live along and south of I-80 will likely see over a half inch of new rain by early Thursday morning.

Breezy winds today last into Thursday…with the strongest winds today farther south.

The clouds won’t last for very long after the rain moves out overnight, however.

Many wake up tomorrow morning to a foreign sight – the sun! Skies tomorrow will be partly cloudy across the area. The best part of the sunshine is that it continues Thursday through Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon, we are tracking increasing clouds and thunderstorms for the afternoon. A warming trend that peaks on Sunday will help to fuel any storms that develop with a cold front late Sunday. We are watching to see if any of these storms will be strong.

 

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

Windy Wednesday

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This post was written by Schnack on March 29, 2017

Dry Tuesday, Rain and Wind Returns Wednesday

We started the day with overcast skies once again but we may have a chance for more sunshine this afternoon. A few clouds track out of the area, leaving eastern Iowa with partly cloudy skies. Highs Tuesday: 53-58. Overnight, clouds return as our next weather maker tracks close to eastern Iowa. Lows tonight: 35-39.

We’re not expecting this system to track directly over Iowa, but it will be close enough to bring rain through most of Wednesday. It’ll be dry early in the morning but scattered rain will have tracked in by midday. Highs Wednesday: 46-52. The drive home could be soggy during the evening.

This will be a mainly rain event. Pockets of more moderate rain are possible through the overnight, and you may hear a rumble of thunder, as well. Rain completely tracks out by late Thursday.

Our next best shot at sunshine comes Saturday…though it doesn’t last very long.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on March 28, 2017

Breezy First Day of Spring

Welcome to spring, the new season begins with above normal temperatures and breezy winds. We warm into the 50s and 60s today. Clouds begin to track back in late tonight and increase into Tuesday morning. A cold front from the north brings a slight chance of showers Tuesday, but many will stay dry for the first full day of spring tomorrow. It’ll be cooler tomorrow, with highs only in the 40s and 50s (which is normal for this time of year).

A pair of cooler days comes Wednesday and Thursday. Another system, which will track to our south, brings another chance of rain Thursday and storms on Friday. We’ll warm to near 60° late week for a brief warm up before some cooler – yet near normal – temperatures settle in for the weekend.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on March 20, 2017

Breezy Saturday, Milder Sunday

Overall, the weekend will be mild, if you don’t mind breezy winds. After a windy night, expect winds Saturday to come from the northwest, bringing in cooler air. Highs today reach the 40s. Winds calm briefly but also shift overnight…and the wind shift will be vital to how tomorrow will feel in eastern Iowa. Southeasterly winds Sunday bring in much warmer air. Expect a 10° difference between highs Saturday and highs Sunday for many towns.

However, a chance of rain with isolated storms tracks in late Sunday night/early Monday morning. An isolated thunderstorm is possible. At this point, the risk for severe weather is low with any storms Sunday into Monday.

Showers look like they end by midday Monday (the first official day of Spring), leaving a mild day with highs in the mid-50s. Tuesday and Wednesday will be slightly cooler. Another storm system tracks in late week, bringing rain Thursday and a better chance for more widespread storms Friday.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on March 18, 2017

Burning Discouraged Tuesday

A WIND ADVISORY is in effect until 6pm this evening for Winneshiek, Allamakee, Chickasaw, Fayette, and Clayton counties. Winds could gust up to 50 mph today, which could cause some minor damages.

A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect until 6pm this evening for those counties along and south of highway 20. Wind gusts up to 45 mph are possible and coupling strong winds with low moisture content in the air increases the risk for any fires to spread quickly. Avoid outdoor burning today.

For the most part, things stay quiet today. Strong west winds continue today and Wednesday, as well. Temperatures will be slightly cooler (but still above normal) in the low to mid 50s. Mostly sunny skies both today and tomorrow make for a pair of beautiful looking, but windy, days. Highs Wednesday will be even cooler than today – warming into the mid-40s to low 50s.

Winds calm but clouds increase by Thursday. We are tracking several chances for wintry weather this weekend.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on March 7, 2017