Total Solar Eclipse occurs August 21, 2017

August 21, 2016

One year from today (Monday, August 21, 2017) will be “Eclipse Day,” where a solar eclipse will be visible from all 50 states between approximately 1 PM and 1:30 PM in eastern Iowa.  The last time a total solar eclipse was visible by all 50 states, was in June of 1918.  The last time a solar eclipse was visible by the lower 48 states, was in February 1979.  Click here for complete information on the total solar eclipse.

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A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly between the Sun & Earth, casting Moon’s shadow onto Earth.  The only time a solar eclipse can occur is when the Moon’s phase is at in New Moon.  

The states that will be able to see the entire (100%) total eclipse are: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  In eastern Iowa, we won’t see the totality of the eclipse, but our area will be able to view 85%-90% maximum eclipse. (View the map below)

Solar Eclipse 2017

It is dangerous to stare directly at the eclipse, so if you want to view it, you will have to have eclipse glasses to protect your eyes.  As the event gets closer, I am sure your local stores will have them available!

Stay tuned.

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Saturday Weather Pictures

August 20, 2016

In between the scattered showers across eastern Iowa Saturday, there was a mix of sun and clouds.  The clouds formed a heart in the sky in Evansdale during the afternoon hours.

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During the late afternoon and early evening hours, a few spotty, light rain showers tracked southeast from Minnesota.  This created a couple rainbows across northern Iowa.  Here are the rainbows captures by viewers near New Hampton and Protivin.

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24 Hour Rain Totals

August 20, 2016

Here are the 24 hour rain totals to 9AM Saturday, August 20, 2016:

24 hr rain

Waterloo 1.45
Dubuque 0.34
Cedar Rapids 0.22
Iowa City 0.44
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 0.95
Ainsworth 7.4 N 1.19
Amana 4.7 W 0.28
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.34
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.30
CASCADE, IA 0.15
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 1.66
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 0.22
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 0.23
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 0.24
Center Point 0.6 NNW 0.44
Central City 6.7 W 0.91
CHARLES CITY, IA 1.42
Clarksville 0.2 NW 2.40
CLUTIER, IA 0.36
COGGON, IA 0.24
COLWELL, IA 1.10
Coralville 1.8 NW 0.55
Decorah 4.9SE 0.63
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.86
Dubuque #3, IA 0.35
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 0.50
Dysart 3.1 N 0.49
Eldora 1.2 ENE 2.69
ELDORA, IA 3.38
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.13
FAYETTE, IA 0.57
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.66
HAMPTON, IA 1.76
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW 0.91
IONIA 2W, IA 1.16
IOWA CITY, IA 0.63
IOWA FALLS, IA 2.30
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.78
KESLEY 3 NNE, IA 2.92
Latimer 1.9 NE 2.20
LOWDEN, IA 0.50
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.37
Marion 1.2 NE 0.21
Marion 1.7 NNW 0.14
Monona WWTP, IA 0.54
Monticello, IA 0.45
NASHUA 2SW, IA 1.40
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 1.70
New Hampton 0.4 SW 1.73
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 1.12
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.69
PARKERSBURG, IA 3.02
Parnell 0.1 SSW 0.31
Quasqueton 1.8 S 0.08
ST ANSGAR, IA 0.88
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 0.21
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.91
TRAER, IA 0.69
TRIPOLI, IA 0.52
VOLGA 1NE, IA 1.05
WASHINGTON, IA 0.61
Webster City 0.5 NW 1.70
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 0.47
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Friday’s Strong Storms

August 19, 2016

We had quite the range of weather across eastern Iowa Friday.  The day started with a cluster of showers and storms that tracked through northeastern Iowa, including the Dubuque area.  With the clouds and rain, temperatures were held in the upper 70s to near 80.   The southern third of the viewing area saw lots of sunshine, with temperatures reaching the upper 80s.

A second round of storms tracked through areas along and north of Highway 20 around lunchtime.  Here are a few pictures from that first round of storms.

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Another round of storms with very heavy rain and gusty wind began developing and tracking through the area around 5 PM and throughout the evening/overnight.  Here are some viewer pictures as those tracked in.  Classic shelf cloud pictures.

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24 hour rainfall totals

August 19, 2016

24 hour rain totals from 7 AM Thursday, August 18 to 7 AM Friday, August 19

24 hr rain

Location 24 Hour Total
Waterloo 0.00
Dubuque 0.38
Cedar Rapids 0.00
Iowa City 0.00
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.67
CASCADE, IA 0.17
Center Junction 2.6 W 0.01
Central City 6.7 W T
CHARLES CITY, IA 0.04
COLWELL, IA 0.08
CRESCO 1NE, IA 0.50
Decorah 4.9SE 0.75
Decorah 6ESE, IA 0.65
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.91
Dubuque #3, IA 0.41
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 1.00
EDGEWOOD, IA 0.81
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 3.20
ELMA, IA 0.55
FAYETTE, IA 0.74
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 0.93
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.53
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW 0.04
IONIA 2W, IA 0.14
IOWA FALLS, IA T
Latimer 1.9 NE 0.08
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.22
Marquette 0.2 NNE 2.33
Monona WWTP, IA 0.52
Monticello, IA 0.06
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.28
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.18
NEW HAMPTON, IA 0.10
Quasqueton 1.8 S 0.01
ST ANSGAR, IA 0.15
TRIPOLI, IA 0.27
VINTON, IA 0.01
VOLGA 1NE, IA 2.86
Waterloo 1.0 SW 0.01
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.01
WAUCOMA , IA 0.41
Waucoma 3.2 S 1.06
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August Rainfall (so far)

August 17, 2016

We are a little more than half way through the month of August (can you believe it?).  We’ve had a few rainy days, meaning many of us have had above average rain through August 15th.

Rainfall Deficit

A cold front tracks into Iowa Friday, bringing the chance for widespread rain and storms to eastern Iowa, especially later in the day through Saturday morning.  Stay with KWWL for further updates on timing.

Here’s a look at rainfall potential through Saturday evening.  A half inch to one inch of rain looks possible at this point.

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24 Hour Rainfall Totals

August 17, 2016

Here are the 24 hour rain totals from Tuesday August 16, 2016 – Wednesday August 17, 2016

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

Waterloo 0.21
Dubuque 0.08
Cedar Rapids 0.08
Iowa City 0.03
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 0.31
Ainsworth 7.4 N Trace
Amana 4.7 W 0.03
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.02
BRIGHTON, IA 0.06
CASCADE, IA 0.07
Cedar Falls 0.6 N 0.03
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 0.13
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 0.10
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 0.06
Center Point 0.6 NNW 0.18
Central City 6.7 W 0.11
CHARLES CITY, IA 0.32
Clarksville 0.2 NW 0.02
COGGON, IA 0.08
COLWELL, IA 0.60
CONRAD, IA 0.15
Coralville 1.8 NW 0.05
CRESCO 1NE, IA 0.39
Decorah 4.9SE 1.09
Decorah 6ESE, IA 1.23
Decorah 7.9 ENE 1.00
Dubuque #3, IA 0.09
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 0.10
EDGEWOOD, IA 0.18
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.70
ELMA, IA 0.30
FAYETTE, IA 0.67
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 0.06
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 0.25
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.49
HAMPTON, IA 0.08
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW 0.10
Independence 1.2 N 1.20
IONIA 2W, IA 0.28
IOWA CITY, IA 0.01
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.03
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.08
LOWDEN, IA Trace
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 0.65
Marengo 2.6 SSW 0.14
MARENGO, IA 0.12
Marion 1.2 NE 0.04
Marion 1.7 NNW 0.03
Monona WWTP, IA 0.47
Monticello, IA 0.04
NASHUA 2SW, IA 0.10
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.52
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.66
NEW HAMPTON, IA 0.56
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.38
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.14
OSAGE , IA 0.18
Peosta 2.9 E 0.11
Quasqueton 1.8 S 0.57
Robins 0.4 SSE 0.06
Sigourney 1.1 W 0.10
Sigourney, IA 0.09
ST ANSGAR, IA 0.02
STANLEY 4 W, IA 0.40
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 0.48
Swisher 0.4 NNE 0.07
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.10
TRAER, IA 0.12
TRIPOLI, IA 0.01
VOLGA 1NE, IA 0.26
WASHINGTON, IA 0.03
Waterloo 1.4 ESE 0.34
Waterloo 3.0 NNW 0.03
WAUCOMA , IA 0.63
Waucoma 0.2 N 0.71
Waucoma 3.2 S 0.31
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 0.10
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Warm, Humid and Storm Chances before Weekend Cooldown

August 15, 2016

Warm, humid, and a chance for storms.  Sounds like summer in Iowa, doesn’t it?  That’s what we’ve got in the forecast for Tuesday.

A weak storm system will track through, bringing a chance for a few pop-up showers and storms Tuesday afternoon, mainly across the northern half of the viewing area.  Severe weather is not expected, but gusty wind and a heavy downpour are possible in any storm that does develop.

There may be a couple lingering showers early Wednesday, otherwise we stay dry Wednesday and Thursday, ahead of our next chance for storms later on Friday, Friday night and Saturday.

A cold front will be tracking through our warm, humid airmass, and that will lead to the development of showers and thunderstorms late Friday.  The Storm Prediciton Center has the area under a slight risk for severe weather.  Damaging wind, heavy rain and hail would be the primary threat.  This is still a few days away, so this outlook will change.

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Heavy rainfall of a half inch to an inch (locally higher amounts) are possible as it looks now.

Once the cold front tracks through, cooler, drier air from Canada will track in for the weekend and into next week.

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Iowa State Fair Weather History

August 15, 2016

The Iowa State Fair is underway in Des Moines.  A few things have changed during the fair’s history – the location and the time of year. Official weather records have been taken in two different locations in Des Moines (near the U.S. Courthouse before 1940 and then at the airport since then).  The fair has been also been held in other parts of the state – some in eastern Iowa – before 1880.

It now spans for two weeks in mid August. Previously to 1900, the fair was held in September. As an open air event, it is quite vulnerable to weather. Over eight inches of rain fell on the 1977 State Fair, making it the wettest in history. Nearly half of that total fell on August 26th of that year. Last year’s fair is the 10th wettest with 3.08″ (2.48″ on August 18th, 2015).

State Fair History

In 1983, seven days recorded top 10 warmest temperatures. Not surprisingly, state fairs held in September were some of the coolest on record. Most recently, 2004 landed in the 7th spot for coolest fair with an average temperature of 65.3°.

Temperatures have stayed pretty steady over the past century since the fair has been held in August. Official climatology reports from 1878 have all been from Des Moines. There were no fairs held in 1898 or during World War II.

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Major Flooding in Lousiana

August 13, 2016

While we had our own heavy rain event Thursday night and Friday morning here in eastern Iowa (1 to 7 inches), the situation is much worse to our south in Louisiana.  A slow moving storm system has dumped at least 1 to 2 feet of rain across portions of the state, with more rain on the way in the days ahead, potentially dropping several more inches of rain.

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

As of Saturday evening (8/13), 3 people have died in the floods.

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