Windy with Spotty Showers

We have a couple of “cool” days ahead before things warm up again. Highs today reach the mid-60s to low 70s from north to south. Breezy winds come from the west.

An area of low pressure tracks southeast over the area today and showers develop along the area as it moves through.

Similar to yesterday, today will be a mainly rain event.

A stray shower is possible overnight.

Isolated areas of fog are possible as lows fall to the mid to upper 40s with plenty of moisture in the air after the day’s rain. Mild conditions return tomorrow with mostly sunny skies and highs on either side of 70°.






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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 30, 2017

A Windy Tuesday

Here are the peak wind gusts from Tuesday. This is the last of the strong winds associated with the weekend storms.


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This post was written by Schnack on May 2, 2017

Breezy and Brisk Tuesday

A breezy but milder evening is in store. As a low pressure system tracks away from us, we’ll see more sunshine this afternoon. No more 40s for highs in your Storm Track 7-Day Forecast. Highs for everyone today reach at least the mid-50s with upper 50s mainly south of highway 20. The breezy wind begins to back off tonight.

High pressure moves in just to our south tonight. With that, we’ll have a southerly wind flow. Southerly winds transport milder air for the mid-week (and the rest of the week, as well). Highs Wednesday will be in the low 60s. A stray sprinkle is possible later Wednesday as another system tracks through southern Missouri. Even if we don’t see any rain from that system – which is possible – we will still have breezy winds for Thursday and Friday.

Highs stay in the low to upper 60s from Thursday into next week. Expect dry conditions but most likely high pollen counts for the weekend.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 2, 2017

Drying Out This Week

Only one more dreary, damp day. Unfortunately, that’s the way we start the new month of May.

When you woke up this morning, the system that’s been bringing us rain and wind the past few days was sitting directly overhead. As the day moves on, it tracks away to the northeast – taking the rain with it.

We dry out by early Tuesday morning. Highs today: 45-53. Strong winds from the west today become breezy tonight. Lows tonight: 36-40.

Tuesday starts with a grey sky but skies clear through the day, leaving us with sunshine by the evening. Highs tomorrow will range from the mid-50s to low 60s. A warming trend continues into midweek.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 1, 2017

Wet and Windy End to April

Highs today only reach the mid to upper 40s today. A strong northeast adds another layer on top of the cool air…wind chill. We haven’t heard of that for a while. Unfortunately we’ll be talking about that at least somewhat through Tuesday morning. A front to our south today will bring the chance of rain during the afternoon and evening hours tonight.

Rain continues on and off through the weekend. If one day had to be classified as a “washout”, it would be Sunday. The front and attached low pressure track closer to and likely right over the state tomorrow.

A few storms are possible tomorrow after noon. Severe weather risk is low at this point.

Depending on where you live, Sunday will also be warmer. Highs south of highway 20 rise to above 50°. Strong winds will not let up until Tuesday at the earliest.

May starts with rain showers. We dry out and warm up Tuesday. Highs return to the 60s where they stay for the rest of the week. A slight chance of rain tracks in Wednesday. Sunshine makes a comeback Thursday and Friday.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on April 29, 2017

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