Not this cold since May

October 11, 2017

GETTING COLD AGAIN

The high temp of 49° at Waterloo on Tuesday was the coldest high temp since May 1st when it was 49.

 

WEATHER RADAR UPGRADE

The National Weather Service radar in Des Moines is getting an upgrade/maintenance later this month.  The radar will be down from Oct 21 to about the 26, depending on how fast the technicians can do the upgrade.

 

National High and Low Temperature Wednesday, October 11, 2017

98 at Phoenix, AZ

3 at Hohnholz Ranch, CO

 

 

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24 Hour Rain Reports

October 11, 2017

Here are the 24 hour rain reports as of 9:15AM Wednesday, October 11,2017:

Waterloo 0.69
Dubuque 1.68
Cedar Rapids 1.29
Iowa City 1.11
Ainsworth 7.4 N 1.32
ALLISON, IA 0.50
Amana 4.7 W 0.95
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 1.48
Asbury 0.4 SW 1.77
BELLE PLAINE, IA 0.80
Bellevue LD 12, IA 1.41
Brighton, IA 1.32
CASCADE, IA 2.32
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 1.15
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 0.93
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 1.23
Center Point 0.6 NNW 1.55
Central City 6.7 W 1.44
CHARLES CITY, IA 0.44
COGGON, IA 1.94
CONRAD, IA 0.53
CRESCO 1NE, IA 0.80
Decorah 4.9SE 1.32
Decorah 7.9 ENE 1.15
Dubuque #3, IA 1.62
Dubuque 1.4 WSW 1.71
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 1.44
Dysart 3.1 N 1.22
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.49
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.98
Ely 0.5 SE 0.97
Fairfax 4.0 NW 1.48
FAYETTE, IA 1.48
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 1.12
FULTON, IA 1.16
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 0.49
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 1.76
HAMPTON, IA 0.50
IONIA 2W, IA 0.48
Iowa City 1.4 W 1.14
Iowa City 4.5 N 1.02
IOWA CITY, IA 1.25
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.50
Kalona 7.3 NNW 1.68
Kesley, IA 0.63
LOWDEN, IA 1.52
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 1.89
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.96
Marengo 2.6 SSW 0.73
MARENGO, IA 0.94
Marion 1.2 NE 1.08
Marion 1.7 NNW 1.03
Monona WWTP, IA 1.06
Monticello, IA 1.74
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 1.31
NASHUA 2SW, IA 0.50
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.43
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.41
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.43
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.55
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 1.32
OSAGE , IA 0.65
Parnell 0.1 SSW 0.62
Peosta 2.9 E 1.98
Robins 0.4 SSE 1.18
Sigourney 1.1 W 0.56
Solon 0.3 ESE 1.26
STANLEY 4 W, IA 1.32
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 1.02
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 1.34
TRAER, IA 1.22
TRIPOLI, IA 0.52
Urbana 1.6 W 1.74
VINTON, IA 1.48
VOLGA 1NE, IA 1.23
WASHINGTON, IA 1.65
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.76
WAUCOMA , IA 0.95
Waverly 1.0 NNW 0.61
Wellman 4.0 E 1.91
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 0.61
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Rain numbers and more rain ahead

October 10, 2017

BIG CHANGE

Throughout the month of September we didn’t get much rain at all in eastern Iowa. Many locations only received less than 1″ of rain during the entire month. Here are the September rain totals:

0.79″ Waterloo
1.02″ Dubuque
0.97″ Cedar Rapids
0.49″ Iowa City

The month of October has been completely different and it is only the 10th. We have had triple the amount of rain in 10 days than we did all of last month. Here are the October rain totals through late this afternoon:

3.25″ Waterloo
3.05″ Dubuque
2.47″ Cedar Rapids
1.61″ Iowa City

The rain should help the drought conditions parts of Iowa. Here is the Drought Monitor released last Thursday morning. The next update will be Thursday morning.

 

RAIN TOTALS

The map below shows the rain estimates by the radar Tuesday.


Here is a list of some rain totals through Tuesday evening:

0.69″ Waterloo
1.46″ Dubuque
1.28″ Cedar Rapids
1.11″ Iowa City

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1.82″ Cascade
1.76″ Urbana
1.70″ Swisher
1.66″ Winthrop
1.56″ Monticello
1.40″ Lisbon
1.35″ North Liberty
1.34′ Toledo
1.32″ Hazleton
1.29″ Mt. Vernon
1.28″ Atkins
1.26″ Hiawatha
1.26″ Dyersville
1.23″ Edgewood
1.20″ Lamont
1.20″ Center Point
1.19″ Manchester
1.18″ Farley
1.14″ West Branch
1.11″ Marion
1.09″ Monona
1.00″ Belle Plaine
0.90″ Decorah
0.87″ Postville
0.84″ Aurora
0.83″ Vinton
0.82″ Elkader
0.76″ Reinbeck
0.64″ Waukon
0.64″ Williamsburg
0.62″ Parnell
0.58″ Cedar Falls
0.55″ Denver
0.51″ Guttenberg
0.50″ Lowden
0.47″ Waverly

 

MORE RAIN LIKELY

The rain tapers off late tonight and early Wednesday morning across eastern Iowa. We might have some mist or drizzle Thursday morning with areas of fog. A few light showers are possible Friday afternoon. Saturday appears to be another soggy, breezy and cool day. Here is the potential rain for Saturday. Some locations could exceed 2″ in parts of eastern Iowa.

NEVER FAILS

One of the best places to be in the fall to see fall colors is New England. When I went to college in Vermont it was always so beautiful everywhere you looked this time of year. Take a look at this photo taken in New Hampshire (just east of Vermont).


The above photo was posted on Earthsky.org


National High and Low Temperature Tuesday, October 10, 2017

95 at Bainbridge, FL
95 at Marianna, FL

-2 at Laramie, WY

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Sunshine Monday turns to rain Tuesday

October 9, 2017

IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR

October is known for warm days and cool nights as the days keep getting shorter and shorter. The leaves are changing from green to the beautiful mixture of reds, yellows and oranges. Hopefully no storms with a lot of wind move through the area and knock down the leaves prematurely.  Craig Wenthe sent me this photo of the changing leaves.

 

TWO DIFFERENT SEASONS
We had a wide range of temperatures across Iowa earlier this afternoon. It felt more like winter in northwest Iowa with temperatures in the 30s, a gusty wind, and some rain. At the same time, it was more like summer in southeast Iowa with temperatures in the low 80s.

 

BREEZY CONDITIONS CONTINUE

Wind gusts today were roughly from 15-30 mph from the north. It remains breezy tonight with a north wind. The wind comes from the northeast direction Tuesday. Here are the highest wind gusts from Monday:

31 mph Waterloo
22 mph Dubuque
21 mph Cedar Rapids
17 mph Iowa City

 

FROST/FREEZE TO OUR NORTH
Not too far to our north, cold weather settles in tonight and brings the growing season to an end. Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings are in effect as temperatures drop into the 20s and low 30s. On average, eastern Iowa would have already had the first frost. The first frost is typically during the end of September and the beginning of October. So far is has not been that cold yet in most locations.

 

A WET TUESDAY

We are tracking a storm, located along the Oklahoma and Kansas state line this evening. It is forecast to track across Missouri and Illinois Tuesday. The result be clouds increasing tonight with a few light showers by sunrise Tuesday. Light showers in the morning become heavier in the afternoon and evening. Clouds, rain and a northeast wind combine to keep temperatures only in the 50s for afternoon highs. The rain will gradually taper off after midnight Tuesday night. Heavier rain amounts are expected to be across our southern counties.

 

OPHELIA

The tropics have been active this year. The tropics are quiet right now. The only storm out there is way out in the Atlantic Ocean. It is Tropical Storm Ophelia. The forecast is to keep Ophelia in the open waters of the Atlantic.

 

BASEBALL AND SNOW…NOT THE BEST COMBINATION

National High and Low Temperature Monday, October 9, 2017
98 at Laredo, TX
1 at Bodie State Park Bridgeport, CA

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Recent Rainfall

October 8, 2017

As you know, we had a dry second half of summer, and that lead into the first few weeks of fall.  However, the first week of October has brought some beneficial rainfall.  In fact, for some portions of eastern Iowa, we’re getting close to the monthly average in just the first 8 days.

In the next seven days, we do have a few more days of rain in the forecast.  Tuesday’s rain event won’t produce a lot of rain, but there could be some heavier rainfall next weekend.  Here’s the forecast from the Weather Prediction Center.

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24 Hour Rain Reports

October 7, 2017

Here are the 24 hour rain reports across eastern Iowa as of 9:30 AM, Saturday, October 7, 2017:

Waterloo 1.86
Dubuque 1.34
Cedar Rapids 0.49
Iowa City 0.37
Ainsworth 7.4 N 0.28
Anamosa 1.9 SE 0.45
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.41
Asbury 0.4 SW 1.52
BELLE PLAINE, IA 0.72
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.45
Brighton, IA 0.27
CASCADE, IA 1.44
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 1.07
Center Point 0.6 NNW 1.33
Central City 6.7 W 1.25
CHARLES CITY, IA 1.74
CLUTIER, IA 0.97
COGGON, IA 1.05
CRESCO 1NE, IA 2.50
DAKOTA CITY, IA 2.73
Decorah 4.9SE 1.65
Decorah 7.9 ENE 1.55
Dubuque #3, IA 1.40
Dubuque 1.4 WSW 1.06
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 1.53
Dysart 3.1 N 0.93
Eldora 1.2 ENE 2.88
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.77
ELMA, IA 2.18
FAYETTE, IA 2.43
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 2.10
FULTON, IA 0.27
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 2.10
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.53
HAMPTON, IA 3.68
IONIA 2W, IA 2.04
IOWA FALLS, IA 2.03
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.48
Kesley, IA 1.73
Latimer 1.9 NE 2.62
LOWDEN, IA 0.27
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.28
Marion 1.2 NE 1.14
Marion 1.7 NNW 1.24
Marion 2.3 ENE 0.92
Monona WWTP, IA 1.58
Monticello, IA 1.80
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 0.61
NASHUA 2SW, IA 2.40
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 1.98
New Hampton 0.4 SW 1.91
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 2.37
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.69
Oelwein 0.8 WNW 2.13
OSAGE , IA 2.39
Parnell 0.61
Parnell 0.1 SSW 0.61
Robins 0.4 SSE 1.26
ST ANSGAR, IA 1.91
STANLEY 4 W, IA 0.61
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 0.76
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 1.56
TRAER, IA 0.93
TRIPOLI, IA 2.04
VINTON, IA 1.25
VOLGA 1NE, IA 1.43
WASHINGTON, IA 0.42
Waterloo 1.0 SW 1.98
WAUCOMA , IA 2.70
Wellman 4.0 E 0.44
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 0.41

Rain continues through Saturday afternoon.

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Moderate Drought Conditions Expand

October 5, 2017

The latest US Drought Monitor released this morning indicates the drought has expanded a bit across eastern Iowa.

 

There is some beneficial rain on the way, especially as we get into late Friday afternoon and Friday night.

 

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24 Hour Rain Reports

October 4, 2017

A cold front tracked through eastern Iowa Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Here are the 24 hour rain reports as of 8:45 AM Wednesday, October 4, 2017:

Waterloo 0.18
Dubuque 1.00
Cedar Rapids 0.80
Iowa City 0.22
Ainsworth 7.4 N 0.25
Amana 4.7 W 1.00
Anamosa 1.9 SE 0.23
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.28
BELLE PLAINE, IA 0.20
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.06
Brighton, IA 0.91
Cedar Falls 0.4 WNW 0.37
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 0.66
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 0.76
Center Point 0.6 NNW 0.77
Central City 6.7 W 0.41
Central City, IA 0.55
CHARLES CITY, IA 0.06
COGGON, IA 0.70
CRESCO 1NE, IA 0.17
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.82
Dubuque #3, IA 1.14
Dubuque 1.4 WSW 0.79
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 0.88
Dysart 3.1 N 1.17
EDGEWOOD, IA 0.50
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.36
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.33
ELMA, IA 0.22
Ely 0.5 SE 0.49
FAYETTE, IA 0.13
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 0.93
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.75
Guttenberg 0.81
HAMPTON, IA 0.10
IONIA 2W, IA 0.20
Iowa City 4.5 N 0.25
IOWA CITY, IA 0.15
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.11
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.28
Latimer 1.9 NE 0.08
LOWDEN, IA 0.13
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 0.85
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.11
MARENGO, IA 0.82
Marion 1.2 NE 0.67
Marion 1.7 NNW 0.64
Monona WWTP, IA 0.16
Monticello, IA 0.74
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 1.01
NASHUA 2SW, IA 0.11
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.10
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.16
NEW HAMPTON, IA 0.22
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.20
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.51
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Trace
Parnell 0.1 SSW 1.10
Peosta 2.9 E 0.93
Robins 0.4 SSE 0.89
Sigourney 1.1 W 1.05
Solon 0.3 ESE 0.74
ST ANSGAR, IA 0.26
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 0.59
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.54
TRAER, IA 0.35
TRIPOLI, IA 0.29
VINTON, IA 0.14
VOLGA 1NE, IA 0.15
WASHINGTON, IA 0.31
Waterloo 1.0 SW 0.82
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.27
WAUCOMA , IA 1.30
Waucoma 3.2 S 0.53
Waverly 1.0 NNW 0.24
Wellman 4.0 E 0.33
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 1.74

Another round of rain tracks in Thursday.

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Oct 3 Snow Cover

October 3, 2017

6.3% of the contiguous U.S. had a snow cover today (Oct 3). That is high compared the next highest amount is 2.9% in 2009.

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What’s Up for October 2017

October 3, 2017

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