Severe Weather to our West

June 13, 2017

Active weather to our west this evening. No severe weather in eastern Iowa tonight. Storms late tonight should remain below severe limits.

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Storms Possible Tonight and Wednesday

June 13, 2017

The evening is going to be dry with temperatures slowly falling into the 80s. Storms are possible late tonight…after 2 or 3 AM. There is no risk of severe weather at this time with the overnight storms. Due to the high humidity level, the overnight lows only drop to the low 70s.

The showers/storms end early in the morning. Wednesday turns out to be another hot and humid day with temperatures near 90 degrees. Storms redevelop after 2 or 3 PM with a few storm potentially severe with large hail and damaging winds as the primary threats. The storms end during the evening then the sky becomes mostly clear.

Low temperatures Thursday morning and Friday morning are a little cooler…mid 60s…signs of slight less humid conditions. During the day it is still hot with highs near 90 each day. Thursday is mostly sunny with a slight chance for an afternoon storm. A little better chance of storms late Thursday night into Friday morning.

A cold front finally pushes through Saturday with a chance of more storms. The best part of this will be the cooler and less humid conditions to follow Sunday through Tuesday.

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Dangerous Heat

June 13, 2017

A Heat Advisory is in effect for parts of eastern Iowa for the rest of the afternoon. The heat indices are expected to exceed 100 degrees. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

DO NOT leave a child or animal in the car in this heat…even if you leave the window open a little…DON’T do it.  It can be deadly for them.

 


Too much heat is dangerous. Last year 94 people died, across the US, due to the heat. Use caution as the heat continues through the week.

 

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Hot and Humid then Slight Risk Late Sunday Night

June 11, 2017

This stagnant weather pattern we have been in continues again today. A stationary front sticks around to the north and a front lingers to the west. In between those two boundaries, we have a continued flow of air from the southwest. The air that is flowing in from the southwest is very warm and quite humid.

If you were looking for a break from yesterday’s heat and humidity…today won’t be your day. Highs reach the low to mid-90s from north to south.

A strong southwesterly wind unfortunately does not provide much relief from the summer-like conditions.

The front that sits to our north could fire up a few storms in our extreme northern areas, but the bulk of the storms stay into Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Another humid evening is on the way across the area. Lows only fall to near 70° with breezy winds. A stray storm is possible overnight, as well. A few more clouds track in for Monday, which may keep it a couple of degrees cooler than Sunday. Temperatures still land above average for this time of year.

 

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Record Heat Possible This Weekend

June 10, 2017

This weekend’s forecast features the “triple H” = hazy, hot and humid. Plentiful sunshine helps temperatures today reach the 90s for all of eastern Iowa. On top of that, winds today come from a mainly southwesterly direction, meaning that it will continuously pull in warm air but also the winds pull humidity into the area. Winds today will be strong and gusty.

Air conditioning units will be on in full force this weekend. With heat and humidity like this, it is so important that you stay hydrated and always check the back seat before leaving your car.

We don’t see much relief from the humidity overnight. Lows fall to near 70° with breezy winds. Tomorrow, we make a better run for record highs. Once again, we soar into the low to mid 90s. Some record highs for the date tomorrow (June 11th) are from the 1920s and 1930s. Sunshine (and wind once again) will be abundant again for Sunday.

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Increasing Humidity this Weekend

June 9, 2017

Our stretch of warm weather has begun in eastern Iowa. Today is one of the “cooler” days. Highs reach the low 80s to near 90° this afternoon. Humidity stays on the low side today, keeping things comfortably warm. A few showers and storms track through this afternoon into the early evening (severe weather risk is low). Not everyone sees rain today and some will only see sunshine on this Friday.

Tonight, as the temperatures fall, we feel a little more of the moisture in the air. If you’re planning a campfire, bring the water and a light blanket as overnight lows fall into the mid-60s.

Humidity slightly increases again during the day Saturday. Temperatures rocket into the 90s for most of the area tomorrow. The combination of heat and humidity brings the concept of heat index – how warm it feels outside.

Heat indices near 100° not only for Saturday afternoon but also on Sunday, as well.

Strong winds pick up on Saturday and continue into mid-week.

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Possible Heat Wave This Weekend

June 8, 2017

Today will be one of the more comfortable days we see for a while. A nearly stationary front along the Iowa-Minnesota line brings a few showers and isolated storms to the area today. Severe weather chances are low for today but storms may produce some stronger winds and hail. Overnight, scattered rain chances continue with lows falling to near 60°.

The humidity today won’t be too bad but that begins to change for your Friday.  The front to our north becomes a warm front and tracks away to the north. A southwesterly wind pulls in warm air for the next few days. Highs on Friday reach at least the low 80s for everyone. There will be a slight uptick in humidity tomorrow but there’s nothing slight about humidity for the weekend.

Highs Saturday through Monday reach the 90s across eastern Iowa and the humidity will be no less than uncomfortable.

Make sure to practice heat safety tips to enjoy the weather. In addition to the heat and humidity, we will have breezy to windy conditions Saturday through Tuesday.

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Dry Weather

June 6, 2017

It has been dry across central and eastern Iowa in the last 30 days.

The rain forecast through Sunday evening doesn’t look promising for rain in these dry areas.

 

 

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Comfortable Days Ahead

June 5, 2017

Nice weather dominates through the mid-week across eastern Iowa. Sunshine persists Monday through Wednesday with low humidity.

Highs today range from the upper 70s to mid-80s from north to south.

Overnight, we get into the low to mid-50s under mostly clear skies and light wind. Another round of sunshine returns Tuesday with highs slightly cooler in the mid-70s to near 80°. Wednesday’s forecast is pretty similar to Tuesday.

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Near Record Temperatures Saturday

June 4, 2017

Waterloo just nearly missed tying its record high temperature on Saturday. The record high of 93° was set in 2011 but Saturday’s high was 92°.

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