Feb 21 Snow cover comparison

February 21, 2017

Here is a look back at the snow cover from the last few years.

 

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Spotter Training Schedule

February 21, 2017

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Record Watch Continues Through Wednesday

February 21, 2017

Dry and unseasonably mild weather returns for the next couple of days before BIG changes later this week. Highs today and tomorrow near (and possibly pass) record high temperatures across the board. The combination of sunny skies and southwesterly winds propel us to the low 60s in the north and upper 60s farther south.

Fog is possible again tonight, with lows into the 40s for most of the area. Wednesday turns out quite similarly to today with one minor difference…a few degrees warmer. Highs tomorrow reach the mid-60s to low 70s. A cold front Wednesday into Thursday begins to drag us back to reality. By Thursday, we only warm to the mid-40s. A few showers track in during the afternoon on Thursday.

Light snow mixes in with rain on Friday with much stronger winds. Light snow is possible Saturday morning and again briefly on Sunday.

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A view of Minneapolis

February 21, 2017

The photos were taken as Nick Magrino was in a plane approaching Minneapolis, MN Tuesday morning.

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More record highs this week

February 20, 2017

It was another warmer than normal day. The map below shows the high temperatures for Monday.

Rain amounts were light with most locations less than 0.50″.

Tonight: Light rain/drizzle ends by midnight with clouds clearing after midnight. The wind is light with patch fog developing late. Lows: 37-44.

Tuesday/Wednesday: Mostly sunny and warm both days with records highs (60s). The wind is from the southwest at 5-15 mph.

Thursday: We start our cool down here. High temperatures are in the mid 40s with the wind increasing from the northeast. Light rain showers enter eastern Iowa during the afternoon.

Friday: This day is going to be interesting. A strong northeast wind is associated with a storm approaching eastern Iowa. Rain should be widespread in the morning. Isolated thunderstorms are possible in southern Iowa. Highs in the 40s fall as the storm moves east of the Mississippi River changing rain over to snow. Early indications the heavier snow would fall roughly northwest of a line from Tama to Dubuque and much lighter snow southeast of this line. The snow would taper off late Friday night. We are many days out so reliable snow amounts and exact locations are not there yet.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy windy and colder with highs near 30.

Sunday/Monday: There is chance of light snow each day with highs in the low 30s.

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Record Highs Broken Today

February 20, 2017

Cedar Rapids broke a 36 year record of 60° set in 1981. Iowa City broke a 33 year record high of 63° set 1983. Moline broke an 87 year record of 65° set in 1930.

Tomorrow will be another potentially record breaking day across eastern Iowa with plenty of sunshine and southerly winds.

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Rain, Storms, Record Warmth Possible Monday

February 20, 2017

Today will be the most active until later this week. Showers and a few rumbles of thunder are likely into this evening. Breezy southerly winds pump in milder air through midweek. Once rain tracks out, we may have areas of fog developing overnight. Clouds track out by Tuesday, leaving mostly sunny skies and another day rivaling high temperature records. Wednesday will be a “copy and paste” day from Tuesday.

Record highs are in jeopardy through Wednesday. A cold front crosses the state late Wednesday into Thursday and once it moves out, it takes all the mild air with it. Highs on Thursday are expected to be 10°+ cooler than Wednesday’s highs. By late Thursday, a few light rain showers are possible into Friday. Even cooler air tracks in Friday so rain is likely to mix with snow late week. A break in wintry weather comes Saturday before another system brings the chance of just snow on Sunday into Monday.

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TRACKING: Warm Monday with Rain & Storm Chances/Winter’s Return

February 19, 2017

We’ve got quite a bit of different weather coming at us in the next seven days.  First off, I hope you were able to enjoy the record-breaking temperatures this weekend.  Here are the record highs from Sunday.

Tonight, clouds increase ahead of our next storm system.  Patchy areas of fog are possible with lows dropping into the upper 40s and lower 50s, with a SE wind 5-15 mph.

Moisture increases across the region on Monday, leading to off and on showers and even a few thunderstorms during the day, as the center of the storm system tracks to the north.  Highs will still be warm in the upper 50s to middle 60s (records in jeopardy once again).  Winds will be S 10-20 mph.  Generally 0.25″ to 0.50″ of rain out of this system.  We will watch area rivers and streams for rises due to runoff.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be nice days, with once again record-breaking high temperature potential.

 

 

  RECORD HIGHS
Feb. Waterloo Dubuque Cedar Rapids Iowa City
21 65 (1930) 63 (1930) 68 (1930) 69 (1930)
22 61 (1984) 61 (1985) 64 (1984) 63 (1922)


We begin cooling down on Thursday, with a chance for rain in the afternoon.  This is part of a strong storm system that will track very close to eastern Iowa, bringing a lot of wind, rain, wintry mix, and snow as we head late Thursday night into Friday.  This will bring cooler temperatures back to the region next weekend.

Still too early for details, but stay with KWWL Storm Track 7 for updates.

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TRACKING: Warm Temperatures/Monday Rain Chances/Back To Winter

February 18, 2017

No doubt about it, we have had a stretch of unseasonable warm temperatures.  A handful of temperatures record were broken across the region Saturday.

Locally, the records in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids fell just a few degrees short.

Another warm day is on tap for Sunday.  In fact, record highs across eastern Iowa are once again in jeopardy.

Enjoy Sunday, as it will be a mostly sunny day.  The warmth will continue into Monday, but we are tracking a chance for rain.  A low pressure system in the plains is going to draw in an abnormal amount of moisture into eastern Iowa.  Showers and even a few thunderstorms are possible during the day on Monday.  Another round is possible late Monday afternoon into the evening, before ending overnight.  When all is said and done, 0.25″ to 0.50″ of rain is possible, with locally higher amounts possible.

Beyond Monday, temperatures remain above average, but on a slight downhill turn.  We continue to track a potent storm system for the end of the week, that looks to bring rain, wind and even the chance for snow returns.  Stay tuned…

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Warm and Dry Weekend Ahead

February 18, 2017

After a record breaking Friday for many, things will be slightly cooler today. Don’t be mistaken, we’ll still have temperatures 20°+ above normal but the chance of breaking daily records today is lower. A light northwest breeze behind a dry cold front will track in some cooler air but not enough to break this pattern of mid-spring like weather. A sky full of sunshine (and little to no snow pack) allows us to warm into the low 50s to low 60s today.

A few more clouds track in tonight and linger through Sunday for partly cloudy skies. Winds shift overnight and come from the southeast…meaning more mild air is pulled into the area. Tomorrow’s highs will be a few degrees warmer. Both days of the weekend will be close to perfect for any activity, albeit a little strange for February.

Active weather tracks back into the picture for Monday. A system crosses the region and brings our next chance for rain (temperatures will be too warm for anything else). With this storm, we could hear some thunder, as well. We stay well above normal through the week before another storm tracks through, cooling us down and bringing a chance for wintry mix on Friday.

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