Wednesday Morning Fog

September 13, 2017

Here is a look at smoke and fog from early Wednesday morning.

Here is a view from our Storm Track 7 Live Weather Network camera in Dubuque this morning showing the fog.

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Hurricane Irma’s Florida Landfalls

September 10, 2017

We’ve been talking about Hurricane Irma for quite some time now, and it is now causing a lot of problems in Florida.  As with any landfalling hurricane, tornadoes, torrential rain, destructive wind and storms surge have been pounding the state.

Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 hurricane Friday night into Saturday morning, as it officially made landfall on the northern coast of Cuba early Saturday morning causing massive damage.  With the interaction with land, Irma weakened to a Category 3 during the day Saturday, but late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, Irma regained strength and reached Category 4 status, before making its first US landfall in the Florida Keys.  This comes, ironically, on the climatological peak of hurricane season AND on the 57th anniversary of Hurricane Donna in 1960 making landfall in the Keys.

 

The powerful hurricane then tracked north, and made landfall in southwest Florida on Marco Island, just south of Naples as a Category 3.

The last time we had a Category 4 storm make landfall was Charley in 2005.  This is the first time on record that TWO Category 4 storms made landfall in the continental US in the same season.

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Northern Lights Possible

September 8, 2017

A solar geomagnetic storm in space could provide us a chance to get a glimpse of the northern lights Friday and Saturday night.

The best chance to catch a glimpse will be after midnight and before dawn.  Make sure you are away from the city lights, and look in the northerly direction, low in the sky.  The better chance to view the Northern Lights will be across northern Iowa, and especially in parts of Minnesota.  To learn more about the Aurora Borealis, click here.

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Different Views of Irma

September 7, 2017

From the Space Station

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Not Again!

September 7, 2017

A few islands might be in the cross hairs another major hurricane. Hurricane Irma was a category 5 storm with wind of 185 mph moved through a few islands causing significant damage. Now those same people are worried about Hurricane Jose. This hurricane is a major hurricane (category 3 or higher) and forecast to come near the islands in the next few days. The light grey line is the path Hurricane Irma took. Notice the forecast track of Jose comes pretty close to that same location.

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Iowa Drought Update

September 7, 2017

Since the beginning of August, it has been abnormally dry across eastern Iowa.  The latest Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, and it shows that the drought conditions have spread a little farther to the east.

Severe to extreme drought conditions continues across southern portions of Iowa.  Fairfield only recorded 3.51″ of rainfall from June 1 to August 31, making it the driest on record for that location. Unfortunately, we aren’t anticipating any measurable rain in the next week.  Looking ahead, the Climate Prediction Center has a good chance of lower than normal rain through September 20th.

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Inside a Category 5 Hurricane

September 5, 2017

Hurricane Irma was upgraded to a category 5 hurricane Tuesday and has kept its strength throughout the day with winds up of 185 mph. Category 5 is the top end of the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

Hurricane hunters have been busy and will continue to be busy through the rest of the week with several flights through Hurricane Irma. The photo was taken from one hunter plane of another one flying through the eye of the storm on Monday.

The photos below are taken from the eye (center of the storm) Tuesday. The inside wall look like a the inside a stadium.

Here is the path of one of the planes this evening. The line through the storm shows the path the plane flew.

Here is link of frequently asked questions to the Hurricane Hunters. Click here.

 

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Dry Conditions Across Iowa

September 3, 2017

As we’ve reported over the last several weeks, we could use some rain across the state of Iowa, especially the southern portion of the state.  Here’s the latest Drought Monitor that was released Thursday morning (8/31/17).

August was an abnormally dry month, and it appears the first half of September (at least) will be dry as well.  Here is the Climate Prediction Center’s outlook for precipitation, showing a good chance for below average rainfall.

Here’s a look at the average amount of rain that should fall during the month of September for Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

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August 2017 Weather Review

September 1, 2017

Well, August can be summed up in two words: cool and dry.

Here is the monthly climate review for Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

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Hazy Sky in Eastern Iowa

August 31, 2017

UPDATE at 8:00 PM: The smoke has become more widespread this evening and is the result of the poor air quality across parts of eastern Iowa.

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Did you notice the haze in the sky across portions of eastern Iowa?  It’s being caused by smoke from wildfires in western United States and western Canada.  The smoke was brought down with help from a cold front that moved in from north to south across the area.

 

Here is a satellite view from the high resolution GOES-16 satellite.

Here is another vantage point from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Here’s an explanation from the National Weather Service in Milwaukee.  The new satellite allows us to analyze different products.

A KWWL viewer reported smelling smoke in Dubuque, where the haze was most prominent in our area Thursday afternoon.  The Air Quality Index is in Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range, which means most of us won’t be affected.  Those with lung diseases, older adults and younger children may be affected.

 

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