Understanding a Lunar Eclipse

October 7, 2014

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Lunar Eclipse Conditions

October 7, 2014

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UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 38-40. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: AM: Mostly sunny. PM: Partly cloudy. High: 60-67. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low: 40-46. Wind: N 5 mph.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: upper 50s.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 50s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. High: upper 50s

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: near 60.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: near 60.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High: near 60.

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A couple of interesting things will be seen in the sky before the sun comes up Wednesday morning. First we need the sky clear. Here is the visible satellite image from this afternoon. The clouds over Iowa and to the northwest will dissipate as the sun sets this evening. A clear sky tonight is likely.

Oct 7 Vis Sat

The first thing we will see this evening is the International Space Station (ISS)

Oct 7 ISS

The next thing in the sky to see will be the Total Lunar Eclipse. This is the second of four consecutive lunar eclipses and when that happens it is called a Tetrad.  Look in the western sky as the moon is setting to see the eclipse. Here are the times to view it Wednesday morning.

Oct 7 Eclipse Times

Here is what a total lunar eclipse looks like from the past. The reddish color gives it the name of “Blood Moon”. It is also called the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

Oct 7 Eclipse Image

Wednesday is going to be a nice fall day. Clouds will increase Wednesday night with a mostly cloudy sky through Thursday. There is a slight chance of a light rain shower or sprinkles Thursday, but the best chance of rain will fall across Missouri.  Here is the possible rain from Tuesday evening through Thursday evening.

Oct 7 QPF

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Fall Color Update on October 6

October 6, 2014

The below information is from the State Forest Nursery.

In Northeast Iowa:
This next weekend should look great at Yellow River State Forest. Aspens and maples are turning brilliant yellow, and even the oaks show hints of color. Others still display their characteristic yellows, oranges and reds. The sumac and Virginia creeper are deep red, but their foliage is falling. Cottonwood, elm, aspen, hackberry, ash and basswood are turning yellow. Look for a splendid display against the still green hillsides. Peak color is expected October 4 – 11th.

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In Southeast Iowa: 
Sumac and poison ivy still show good red color. This past week ash trees started to change dramatically. White ash trees show good purple color and green ash are yellow. Cottonwood and walnut show some yellow, as well as a few sporadic sugar maple trees. There are some urban maples starting to show some red color. The oaks are still green. Although the ash trees are changing quickly, the peak viewing time will be close to October 16th – 20th.

 In North Central Iowa:
The fall color is still pretty spotty, but scattered trees are nearly in full color. Most oaks haven’t changed or are shedding some leaves prematurely, while some maples are turning an incredible red and orange. Hickories are becoming a nice bright yellow. Woodbine and poison ivy leaves show red color, but are spotty. High wind over the weekend took down some leaves, but the peak is yet to come, probably next weekend (Oct. 11-12).

In Central Iowa:
Sumac, dogwoods, burning bush, poison ivy and Virginia creeper turning red and purple. Some silver maples are turning yellow and sugar maples show beautiful orange. Walnut and green ash foliage fell after last week’s wind and rainfall, but white ash and hickory are starting to turn. No changes in the oaks yet. Predicted peak is the weekend of October 18th.

In South Central Iowa:
The trees are changing quickly. Walnut is yellow and leaves are falling as are most of the leaves on the bottomland trees. There is good purple color showing on white ash, and some hard maples in the towns are starting to show some color. Poison ivy, Virginia creeper and sumac all have bright-red color. There is no color change on the oaks yet, so the overall upland landscape is still pretty green. There is a lot of color showing in the bottomlands. The estimated peak date is around October 10th.

 In Northwest Iowa:
Ash trees continue to display brilliant yellows, with the most rapid progress near the Minnesota border. Some sugar maples are orange, while others are just turning. Cottonwoods have yet to turn. The forester thinks that recent rains are retaining green in foliage, muting some fall color in trees, such as hackberry and basswood. The peak will probably be around the 2nd week of October.

 

In Southwest Iowa:
There has not been a significant change from last week. The beans and corn are turning golden brown, and ash trees are beginning to yellow. Walnuts are yellow and lost more leaves after recent high winds. The sumac on the hillsides are turning red, and the prairies are showing their late-summer golden hue. The peak is predicted around the week of the 19th through the 25th of October.

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24 Hour Rain Totals

October 3, 2014

rain

7 AM Thursday to 7 AM Friday

Location County 24 Hour
Waterloo Black Hawk 0.57
Dubuque Dubuque 0.45
Cedar Rapids Linn 0.24
Iowa City Johnson 0.41
Ackley 9.2 NNE Butler 1.16
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington 1.00
Amana 4.7 W Iowa 0.24
Anamosa 3SSW, IA Jones 0.40
BELLE PLAINE, IA Benton 0.12
Calamus 2.0 NE Clinton 0.53
CALMAR, IA Winneshiek 1.17
Camanche 1.2 W Clinton 0.96
CASCADE, IA Dubuque 0.23
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW Linn 0.51
Central City 6.7 W Linn 0.19
CHARLES CITY, IA Floyd 0.58
Clinton 1.7 W Clinton 0.84
COGGON, IA Linn 0.18
COLWELL, IA Floyd 0.55
CONRAD, IA Grundy 0.61
Coralville 1.8 NW Johnson 0.31
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 0.60
DE WITT, IA Clinton 0.74
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek 0.73
Delmar 2.3 NW Clinton 0.84
Dubuque #3, IA Dubuque 0.38
Dubuque L&D 11, IA Dubuque 0.34
Eldora 1.2 ENE Hardin 0.35
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Clayton 0.54
Ely 0.5 SE Linn 0.49
FAIRFIELD, IA Jefferson 1.16
FAYETTE, IA Fayette 0.24
GRINNELL 3 SW, IA Poweshiek 0.08
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 0.90
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA Clayton 0.28
HAMPTON, IA Franklin 0.33
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson 0.75
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin 0.41
Kalona 7.3 NNW Johnson 0.29
KESLEY 3 NNE, IA Butler 0.71
Latimer 1.9 NE Franklin 0.17
LOWDEN, IA Cedar 0.72
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Delaware 0.17
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson 0.67
Marengo 2.6 SSW Iowa 0.27
Marion 1.2 NE Linn 0.28
Marshalltown 1.4 ENE Marshall 0.75
Marshalltown 1.7 NW Marshall 0.34
MARSHALLTOWN, IA Marshall 0.28
Monona WWTP, IA Clayton 0.41
MONTEZUMA 1 W, IA Poweshiek 0.28
Monticello, IA Jones 0.21
MOUNT PLEASANT 1 SSW, IA Henry 2.50
NASHUA 2SW, IA Floyd 0.54
New Hampton 0.4 SW Chickasaw 0.54
NEW HAMPTON, IA Chickasaw 0.50
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE Floyd 0.84
NORTH ENGLISH, IA Iowa 0.39
North Liberty 1.0 ENE Johnson 0.29
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Fayette 1.09
OSAGE , IA Mitchell 1.96
OSKALOOSA, IA Mahaska 0.37
POSTVILLE, IA Allamakee 0.35
Salem 1 S, IA Henry 2.23
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson 0.32
ST ANSGAR, IA Mitchell 0.52
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Tama 0.14
TRAER, IA Tama 0.29
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 0.21
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton 0.39
Walker 3.5 NE Buchanan 0.10
WAPELLO, IA Louisa 1.73
WASHINGTON, IA Washington 1.19
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 0.45
Waterloo 3.0 NNW Black Hawk 0.39
Waucoma 3.2 S Fayette 1.14
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA Iowa 0.36
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24 Hour Rain Totals

October 2, 2014

rain

7 AM Wednesday to 7 AM Thursday

Location County 24 Hr
Waterloo Black Hawk 0.02
Dubuque Dubuque 0.00
Cedar Rapids Linn 0.01
Iowa City Johnson 0.02
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington 0.04
Anamosa 3SSW, IA Jones 0.02
BELLE PLAINE, IA Benton 0.02
CALMAR, IA Winneshiek 0.03
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW Linn T
Central City 6.7 W Linn 0.01
CHARLES CITY, IA Floyd 0.30
COLWELL, IA Floyd 0.21
CONRAD, IA Grundy 0.02
Coralville 1.8 NW Johnson 0.02
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 0.05
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek T
Delmar 2.3 NW Clinton T
Ely 0.5 SE Linn 0.02
FAYETTE, IA Fayette T
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE Winneshiek 0.03
GILMAN, IA Poweshiek 0.10
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy T
HAMPTON, IA Franklin 0.38
IONIA 2W, IA Chickasaw 0.04
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson 0.03
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin 0.20
Kalona 7.3 NNW Johnson 0.02
Latimer 1.9 NE Franklin 0.12
LOWDEN, IA Cedar T
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Delaware T
Marion 1.2 NE Linn 0.01
Marshalltown 1.4 ENE Marshall 0.21
MARSHALLTOWN, IA Marshall 0.16
MONTEZUMA 1 W, IA Poweshiek 0.13
NASHUA 2SW, IA Floyd 0.06
New Hampton 0.4 SW Chickasaw 0.03
NEW HAMPTON, IA Chickasaw 0.04
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE Floyd 0.28
NORTH ENGLISH, IA Iowa 0.06
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Fayette T
OSAGE , IA Mitchell 0.36
OSKALOOSA, IA Mahaska 0.20
POSTVILLE, IA Allamakee T
Rose Hill 4.0 NNW Mahaska 0.11
Salem 1 S, IA Henry 0.25
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson 0.02
ST ANSGAR, IA Mitchell 0.51
STANLEY 4 W, IA Buchanan T
SWISHER, IA Johnson 0.03
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Tama 0.08
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 0.02
VINTON, IA Benton 0.03
Walker 3.5 NE Buchanan 0.01
WASHINGTON, IA Washington 0.10
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 0.02
Waterloo 3.0 NNW Black Hawk 0.03
Waucoma 3.2 S Fayette 0.04
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA Iowa 0.07

 

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Weather Hot Shots on Mon. Sep. 29

September 29, 2014

Submit your weather Hot Shot by clicking here.

One photo is shown on the 5 pm newscast and one on the 10 pm newscast.

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Weather Hot Shots on Thu. Sep. 25

September 25, 2014

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One photo is shown on the 5 pm newscast and one on the 10 pm newscast.

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24 Hour Rain Totals

September 25, 2014

rain

7 AM Wednesday to 7 AM Thursday

Location County 24 Hour
Waterloo Black Hawk 0.13
Dubuque Dubuque 0.00
Cedar Rapids Linn 0.03
Iowa City Johnson T
Anamosa 3SSW, IA Jones 0.01
BELLE PLAINE, IA Benton T
CALMAR, IA Winneshiek 0.02
Central City 6.7 W Linn T
CHARLES CITY, IA Floyd 0.08
CLUTIER, IA Tama 0.02
COGGON, IA Linn T
CONRAD, IA Grundy 0.14
Coralville 1.8 NW Johnson 0.03
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 0.02
Decorah 0.8 SW Winneshiek 0.03
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek T
Dubuque L&D 11, IA Dubuque 0.01
Eldora 1.2 ENE Hardin 0.21
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Clayton 0.02
Ely 0.5 SE Linn 0.03
FAIRFIELD, IA Jefferson 0.07
FAYETTE, IA Fayette 0.12
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE Winneshiek 0.03
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 0.21
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA Clayton 0.01
HAMPTON, IA Franklin 0.10
IONIA 2W, IA Chickasaw 0.07
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson T
Kalona 7.3 NNW Johnson 0.01
KESLEY 3 NNE, IA Butler 0.24
LADORA, IA Iowa 0.11
Latimer 1.9 NE Franklin 0.11
LOWDEN, IA Cedar T
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Delaware T
Marion 1.2 NE Linn T
Marshalltown 1.4 ENE Marshall 0.15
Marshalltown 1.7 NW Marshall 0.12
MARSHALLTOWN, IA Marshall 0.12
Monona WWTP, IA Clayton 0.07
New Hampton 0.4 SW Chickasaw 0.05
NEW HAMPTON, IA Chickasaw 0.06
NEWTON, IA Jasper 0.02
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE Floyd 0.19
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Fayette T
OSAGE , IA Mitchell 0.10
POSTVILLE, IA Allamakee 0.15
Quasqueton 1.8 S Buchanan 0.01
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson 0.05
ST ANSGAR, IA Mitchell 0.12
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Tama T
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 0.08
VINTON, IA Benton 0.03
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton 0.06
Walker 3.5 NE Buchanan T
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 0.11
Waterloo 3.0 NNW Black Hawk 0.15
Waucoma 3.2 S Fayette 0.01

 

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Fall Color Report For Monday September 22

September 23, 2014

Welcome to Iowa’s fall color report from the State Forest Nursery.

(Bruce Blair)
In Northeast Iowa: Fall colors are just beginning to appear in this area. Sumac and virginia creeper are turning red. Many of the yellow leafed species like elm, cottonwood, walnut, hackberry and ash are beginning to change. From a distance the hillsides look mostly green with tinges of yellow. A closer view of the forest shows a lot more color variation. Peak viewing time estimated for around October 10th.

(John Byrd)
In Southeast Iowa: Sumac and poison ivy are showing some deep red color in the road ditches and most others trees and shrubs are green. Estimated peak date is Oct. 20th.

(Joe Herring)
In North Central Iowa: The early red colors from sumac, woodbine and poison ivy have begun to show but are spotty and are a little behind schedule. Some yellow is appearing on walnuts, ashes and hickories, but is also spotty. The peak color is predicted to happen the weekend of October 11th and 12th.

(George Warford)
In Central Iowa: Sumac, dogwoods, burning bush, poison ivy and virginia creeper are beginning to “color” (red to purple). Also, a few maples are just starting to turn yellow to light red, depending on the species.
Predicted peak week is the weekend of October 18th.

(Jessica Flatt)
In South Central Iowa: Cottonwoods are changing but aren’t producing much yellow color…just browning and falling. Walnuts leaves are turning yellow and falling. Sumac, poison ivy and Virginia creeper are turning red. Overall the landscape is still pretty green except the bottomland areas where walnut and green ashes are turning. Some white ash trees are starting to turn purple. 

(Joe Schwartz)
In Northwest Iowa: Some of the sumac, sugar maples in towns, and hybrid Freeman maples (most likely Autumn Blaze) are turning. The peak will probably be around the 2nd week of October.

(Brent Olson)
In Southwest Iowa: The beans and corn are turning a golden brown color and the ash trees are beginning to yellow. Walnuts are yellow and are starting to lose some leaves. The sumac on the hills is turning red and the prairies are showing their late summer golden fall color. The peak is predicted to be around the week of the 19th through the 25th of October.

The State Forest Nursery is offering seedlings for fall and spring planting. If you would like to receive a brochure, please call the nursery at 800/865-2477. You may also view our brochure and order on-line at www.iowatreeplanting.com.

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Fall Colors 2014

September 23, 2014

It is that time of year again where we trade in our shorts for winter coats and lawn mower for snow blowers. It is a very pretty time of year as the leaves change colors and the seasons change. Here is what is usually the best times to have peak colors.

Send in your best fall color photos from this year and we will post them here on the blog and will use some on the KWWL News during the fall. Send them to weather@kwwl.com and put in the subject line FALL COLORS.

If you are on Twitter, use the #KWWLFallColors

Sep 23 Fall Colors

Iowa Fall Color Report

Wisconsin Fall Color Report

Illinois Fall Color Report

Minnesota Fall Color Report

 

 

 

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