ICYMI – Sept 13…Rocky Road/ Magnetic Putty/ Tornado Scar/ Super Typhoon

September 13, 2016

After several weeks of heavy rainfall, with only a few breaks in between, the latest round of storms may have proved too much for a boulder near Marquette. The Iowa Department of Transportation posted these photos on their Facebook page this morning.  The road was completely closed for an hour or so as crews worked to move the huge rock. As you can see, it was almost as large as the tractor they were using to move it.   The tree took a tree with it to help block the road.

Iowa DOT Highway 76 Marquette September 13 2016 photo 1 Iowa DOT Highway 76 Marquette September 13 2016 photo 2

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Meet Magnetic Putty! (Found on The Space Academy Facebook Page).

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Russian meteorologists are trapped by Polar Bears!

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Five Russian meteorologists are 2800 miles north of Moscow… closer to Northern Canada than their countries capital.  And… they’ve run out of flares to keep the pack away.  This sounds like a movie plot, but you can read about the true story by clicking here.

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Dust Devils from smoke plumes (found on Severe Weather Europe’s Facebook Page)

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The photo below is a sunrise from an airplane on August 28, 2016.

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Click here for another photo and more details about the two photos.

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A close call for this family.
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Here are the storm reports from the Storm Prediction Center. Link here.

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Click on the image below for the video. 
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24 Hour Rain Totals

September 13, 2016

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Here are the 24 hour rain totals as of 12pm September 13, 2016:

Waterloo 0.14
Dubuque 0.62
Cedar Rapids 0.11
Iowa City Trace
Amana 4.7 W 0.23
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.08
BELLE PLAINE, IA 0.30
Bellevue 0.3 SSW 0.10
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.05
Britt 0.7 N 1.00
CALMAR, IA 0.56
CASCADE, IA 0.63
Cedar Falls 0.6 N 0.10
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 1.03
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 0.26
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 0.20
Center Junction 2.6 W 0.07
Center Point 0.6 NNW 1.08
Central City 6.7 W 0.78
COGGON, IA 1.03
CONRAD, IA 0.10
CRESCO 1NE, IA 0.39
Decorah 4.9SE 0.30
Decorah 6ESE, IA 0.24
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.47
Dubuque #3, IA 0.61
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 0.05
Dysart 3.1 N 0.28
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.03
ELMA, IA 0.44
Ely 0.5 SE Trace
FAYETTE, IA 0.14
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 0.61
GRUNDY CENTER, IA 0.04
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.22
HAMPTON, IA 0.18
Hopkinton 0.2 NE 2.50
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW 1.26
IONIA 2W, IA 0.55
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.02
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.01
Latimer 1.9 NE 0.19
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 0.25
Marengo 2.6 SSW 0.12
MARENGO, IA 0.15
Marion 1.7 NNW 0.19
Monona WWTP, IA 0.71
Monticello, IA 1.14
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 0.12
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.62
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.64
NEW HAMPTON, IA 0.72
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.38
NORTH ENGLISH, IA 0.90
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Trace
OSAGE , IA 0.40
Peosta 2.9 E 0.97
Quasqueton 1.8 S 0.18
Robins 0.4 SSE 0.19
ST ANSGAR, IA 0.28
STANLEY 4 W, IA Trace
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 0.08
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.39
TRAER, IA 0.15
TRIPOLI, IA 0.02
VINTON, IA 0.51
VOLGA 1NE, IA 0.16
WAUCOMA , IA 0.10
Waucoma 0.2 N 0.58
Waucoma 3.2 S 1.24
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 0.02
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ICYMI- Sept 12…Snow/Tropics/Rosetta

September 12, 2016

“Rosetta” sets its sights on comet landing this month

So what is Rosetta? Rosetta is a NASA spacecraft who’s mission is to collect information about comets. It was launched on March 2, 2004 and is planned to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in September 30. Rosetta has been moving closer to the comet in elliptical orbits since August 9, 2016.

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To track Rosetta’s locations during it’s voyage, click the image.

Where is Rosetta?

For more on Rosetta’s planned landing, click here.

If you want to follow Rosetta on Twitter, click here.


The ninth storm has been named in the Atlantic Basin. Tropical Storm Ian developed earlier today
Here is the list of names for the Atlantic basin.
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The storm is forecast to remain over open water.

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Super Typhoon Meranti is heading toward Taiwan this week. 
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Click here for more information about the above image.

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Snow in Montana this morning.
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ICYMI-Sep 11… Cool Temps/Flooding/Remembering 9-11-01

September 11, 2016

It was a pretty chilly start to Sunday, with temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s, just slightly below average.

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Heavy rains late last week has once again lead to a rise in area rivers in northeast Iowa.  Flood Warnings continue for the Cedar River at Cedar Falls, and the Turkey River at Elkader and Garber.

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Today was a day to reflect, as it’s been 15 years since the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Several KWWL viewers sent in photos of flags being displayed, including this one at the Decorah Fire Department, sent to us by Kurt Hageman.  The red, white and blue really stood out against the clear, blue sky.

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River Flooding Update

September 11, 2016

Area rivers across northeast Iowa have once again been on the rise over the last several days after another round of heavy rainfall.  Fortunately, many locations are beginning to see the rivers fall.  However, minor flooding is occurring on the Cedar River at Cedar Falls, with moderate flooding occurring on the Turkey River at Elgin (the river is now falling), Elkader, and minor flooding along the Turkey River at Garber.  Click here for area river levels from the National Weather Service.

Cedar River at Cedar Falls

Turkey at Elkader

Turkey at Garber

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ICYMI-Sep 10 Beautiful Sunset/Flooding/Tropics Outlook

September 10, 2016

Great sunset to end a gorgeous Saturday. Captured in rural Black Hawk county by Laura Hammersley

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Flooding continues over northern Iowa rivers. The Turkey River seems to be causing most of the issues. It is falling upstream at Eldorado but rising in Clermont.

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The Turkey and many rivers across northern Iowa will continue to seeing falling levels Sunday.

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Another tropical storm looks to be developing in the Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center says there is an 80% chance that a tropical depression will develop in the next 48 hours. If this strengthens into a tropical storm, it will be named Ian.

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The eastern Pacific will also be active in the next 48 hours. The National Hurricane Center says there is a 100% chance of a tropical depression forming in the next 48 hours. If this strengthens into a tropical storm, it will be named Orlene.

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24 Hour Rainfall Totals

September 10, 2016

Here are the 24 hour rainfall totals as of the morning of Saturday, September 10, 2016:

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Waterloo 0.92
Dubuque 0.22
Cedar Rapids 0.31
Iowa City 0.07
Sigourney 1.1 W 0.46
Mount Auburn 2.2 NNW 0.44
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 0.34
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 0.98
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 1.00
New Hampton 0.4 SW 3.16
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 3.10
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW 0.53
Peosta 2.9 E 0.33
Waucoma 3.2 S 2.31
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 1.57
Latimer 1.9 NE 1.95
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.77
Amana 4.7 W 0.52
Bellevue 0.3 SSW 0.17
Kalona 7.3 NNW 0.36
Solon 0.3 ESE 0.27
Iowa City 4.5 N 0.25
Marion 1.7 NNW 0.46
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 1.03
Robins 0.4 SSE 0.71
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 0.64
Central City 6.7 W 1.00
Center Point 0.6 NNW 1.39
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 0.55
Dysart 3.1 N 0.44
Ainsworth 7.4 N 0.11
Decorah 7.9 ENE 2.07
Decorah 4.9SE 2.18
VOLGA 1NE, IA 1.33
Monona WWTP, IA 1.65
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.74
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 1.23
CASCADE, IA 0.70
Dubuque #3, IA 0.30
Dubuque L&D 11, IA 0.12
FAYETTE, IA 1.36
CHARLES CITY, IA 3.35
NASHUA 2SW, IA 2.51
HAMPTON, IA 2.38
IOWA FALLS, IA 1.39
CRESCO 1NE, IA 2.30
ELMA, IA 2.07
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA 0.39
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.15
Bellevue LD 12, IA 1.60
IOWA CITY, IA 0.16
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.24
Sigourney, IA 0.35
COGGON, IA 0.50
OSAGE , IA 1.22
ST ANSGAR, IA 0.96
CLUTIER, IA 0.78
TOLEDO 3 N, IA 0.33
WASHINGTON, IA 0.25
Decorah 6ESE, IA 2.12
CALMAR, IA 2.91
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ICYMI Sep 9 Flooding/Shelf Cloud/Canada/ISS

September 9, 2016

Another round of flooding rain today across northern Iowa. There are some isolated higher amounts of 4-5″ of rain.

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The Turkey River is flooding and up around the Inwood Ballroom again in Spillville.

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Photo taken by Paul Leo Wermers

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The map below shows the Inwood Ballroom in relation to the Turkey River.
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There was a line of storms pushing east this afternoon. Ahead of the line of storms was a shelf cloud. Here photos taken from many different angles of the shelf cloud as it moved across eastern Iowa.

Here is a brief explanation of what a shelf cloud is and how it forms from the NWS.
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Photo was taken in Alberta, Canada
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Here are two views from the International Space Station this evening flying over the Pacific Ocean.
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Click here to see the LIVE feed from the International Space Station

 

 

 

 

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ICYMI Sep 8…Sunset/Rocket/Hurricane/Leaves/Rain

September 8, 2016

Here is a look at the rainfall in September through the 8th.
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A nice Iowa sunset on Thursday. Here are few photos capturing the moment.

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Click here to view the launch from Thursday.

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On this day in 1900 a powerful hurricane made landfall in Texas. Back then, they have no way of knowing what was going to happen.  Because of that more than 8,000 people lost their lives.
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WOW look at the map below from the Minnesota DNR
The leaves are starting to change color.
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Thursday Morning Rainfall Totals

September 8, 2016

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TOWN 24 HR RAIN TOTAL Wed AM-Thu AM
   
Waterloo (Airport) 0.42
Dubuque (Airport) 2.08
Cedar Rapids (Airport) 2.65
Iowa City (Airport) 1.30
 
Ainsworth 7.4 mi N 1.54
Amana 4.7 mi W 2.55
Bertram 2.35
Cedar Bluff 2.84
Cedar Falls 1.4 mi SSE 2.75
Cedar Rapids 2.0 WSW 2.35
Cedar Rapids 2 W 2.91
Cedar Rapids 2.7 mi NW 3.77
Cedar Rapids 3 NE 3.77
Cedar Rapids 3.4 mi NW 4.11
Center Point 0.6 NNW 1.52
Central City 6.7 mi W 0.97
Clutier 3.45
Decorah 4.9 SE 0.48
Decorah 7.9 mi ENE 0.57
Eldora 0.69
Elizabeth, IL 2.35
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 0.16
Hiawatha 3.24
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW 2.45
Iowa City 3 E 2.04
Kalona 7.3 mi NNW 0.82
Ladora 2.01
Latimer 1.9 mi NE 0.05
Lowden 3.78
Marengo 2.6 SSW 1.49
Marion 1.2 mi NE 3.32
Marion 1.7 mi NNW 3.23
Midway 2.47
Mt Auburn 0.62
New Hampton 0.3 mi NNW 0.43
New Hampton 0.4 mi SW 0.04
Nora Springs 0.08
North Liberty 1.0 ENE 1.62
North Liberty 2 NNW 1.63
Oelwein 0.8 mi WNW 0.22
Olin 2.30
Oxford Mills 2.81
Palo 1 ENE 2.67
Peosta 2.9 E 2.78
Sigourney 1.1 W 1.66
Solon 0.3 mi ESE 3.05
Swisher 2.60
Waterloo 3 mi NNW 0.02
Waucoma 3.2 mi S 0.40
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