Dry Friday then a Wet Weekend

April 10, 2014

Forecast Bar

UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 36-39. Wind: SW 5-10 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny. High: 67-70. Wind: SW 10-15 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Low: 44-47. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of showers/storms. High: near 70.

Sunday: Cloudy and windy (N 15-25 mph) with an 80% chance of rain. High: low 50s.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 40s.  

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 40s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: near 50.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: low 50s.   

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ISS

We get another chance to see the International Space Station (ISS) this evening at 8:27 PM for 4 minutes it will travel from NW to NE.

Tonight…The wind will diminish as the sun sets this evening. A light wind is expected for most of the night under a mostly clear sky.

Friday/Friday Night…A beautiful spring day is ahead. The sun will be shinning with a lighter wind compared to the last two days. Afternoon highs will get close to 70 degrees again. Friday night clouds will increase late with mild temperatures.

Saturday/Sunday…One work could sum up the weekend WET. Showers/storms are likely Saturday and Saturday night with mainly just rain Sunday. The threat for any severe storms at this time is very low. Saturday will be the warmer of the two days ahead of the front. Sunday the wind increases from the NW pulling colder air south. The rain will continue Sunday night and taper off late as the sun comes up Monday. Late Sunday night it might be cold enough for a few snow showers before the precipitation tapers off. I described the weekend as wet because there is a potential for 2”+ for all of eastern Iowa combining Saturday/Sunday rain.

Apr 10 QPF

Make sure you gutters are cleaned out so that the water can flow through them properly and not cause any water issues around your home. A good day to do that would be Friday.

The rain is also a good thing for most of the state since the latest Drought Monitor information was released this morning.

Apr 10 Drought

Most of Iowa is dealing with pretty dry condition. So dry, we had an elevated fire risk again today with the very dry atmosphere and windy conditions.

Monday/Tuesday…These will be the coolest two days of the next seven. A northwest wind will keep the temperatures from reaching our normal high close to 60. Dry conditions are forecast.

Wednesday/Thursday…Temperatures warm a little as a chance for some showers is included in the forecast.

Long Range Outlook…The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is leaning toward colder than normal temperatures and above normal precipitation from April 18-24.

Apr 10 Long Range TempPrecip

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Weather Hot Shots on Wed. April 9

April 9, 2014

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Best Chance of Rain This Weekend

April 9, 2014

Forecast Bar

UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Partly cloudy and mild with a stay shower possible late. Low: 48-51. Wind: SW 10-20 mph.

Thursday: AM: 20% chance of showers and breezy. PM: Clearing. High: 60-63. Wind: NW 10-20 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 37-41. Wind: W/SW 5-10 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: low-mid 60s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers/storms. High: upper 60s.

Sunday: Cloudy and windy (N 15-25 mph) with a 50% chance of showers. High: low 50s.

Monday: A 20% chance of rain/snow shower in the morning then turning partly cloudy. High: mid 40s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 40s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High: low 50s.

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It was a warm day with high temperatures getting close to and reaching 70 degrees. Here is the last time we hit 70 degrees or warmer:

Waterloo: Oct 11 (77 deg)
Dubuque: Oct 11 (74 deg)
Cedar Rapids: Oct 11 (76 deg)
Iowa City: Oct 11 (77 deg)

Tonight…A cold front will be approaching late tonight with a stray shower possible otherwise partly cloudy overnight and mild.

ISS

We get another chance to see the International Space Station (ISS) this evening at 9:16 PM for 4 minutes it will travel from NW to NE.

Thursday/Thursday Night…A stray shower or two is still possible in the morning as the front crosses the area. The clouds will clear late in the morning into the early afternoon. The wind will be breezy, but lighter than Wednesday.

Apr 9 Rain Thu AM

Friday…A couple of light showers are possible during the day with mild temperatures.

Saturday-Monday…Low pressure is forecast to bring a chance of showers/storms to the area Saturday and Saturday night with high temperatures approaching 70 degrees ahead of the low. The low tracks east of Iowa Sunday with cooler conditions and scattered rain showers. The gusty NW wind will make it feel cooler. The rain showers will continue Sunday night into early Monday morning. Colder air late Sunday night/early Monday morning could be cold enough for the rain to get mixed with light snow at times. At this point I don’t see any accumulations possible. Monday will be the coolest day of the next 7 with highs in the mid 40s.

Rain amounts with this system could add up to 2” across the state.

Apr 9 Rain Through Weekend

This would be beneficial rains since most of the state is in some sort of drought, except northeast Iowa. The Drought Monitor will be updated Thursday morning. The rain will also help the counties currently under a burn ban.

Apr 9 Burn Ban

Tuesday/Wednesday…Dry conditions as temperatures slowly start to warm up.

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Weather Hot Shots on Tue. April 8

April 8, 2014

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Warm and Windy Tomorrow…Chance of Rain this Weekend

April 8, 2014

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UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Clear and cool. Low: 30-34. Wind: Light.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and windy. High: 64-69. Wind: SW 15-25 mph.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy and mild. Low: 46-48. Wind: SW 10-15 mph.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: low 60s.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: low 60s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers/storms. High: upper 60s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers. High: low-mid 50s.

Monday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 40s.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High: near 50.

Weather Extra Bar

Tonight…High pressure will lighten up the wind tonight and keep the sky clear. We can see the International Space Station this evening at 8:25 PM for 6 minutes. The travel path is from the SW to ENE.  Also this evening if you look in the eastern sky you will see a bright light…that is Mars. Click here for additional information.

Wednesday…As the high moves east I am tracking a cold front approaching from the northwest. Between these two features a gusty wind will push highs into the mid and upper 60s.

Thursday…The cold front is forecast to push through the area in the morning with a few light showers. Sunshine returns during the afternoon with slightly cooler temperatures, but still very comfortable.

Apr 8 Thu Rain

Friday…At this point I am going to leave the forecast dry. Model guidance has been showing dry weather except the last update. If that trend continues, I will add in a chance of showers with my next forecast update tomorrow.

Saturday/Sunday…There is still some uncertainty about this part of the forecast. The rain chance is there…the details like timing and amounts are etched in stone at this point. One model shows a lot of rain while another shows light rain. Also the timing is very different as well. We will have to wait on this for more details.

Monday/Tuesday…As mentioned above there is low confidence in the model guidance for the weekend. This does have an impact on Monday as well. If the low slows up the chance of rain will be added to Monday. Right now I am going to leave it dry. High pressure returns Tuesday. Cooler weather returns after the low moves east of Iowa with afternoon highs in the upper 40s.

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24 Hour Rain Totals

April 8, 2014

rain

7 AM Monday to 7 AM Tuesday

Location County Rain
Waterloo Black Hawk 0.02
Dubuque Dubuque 0.07
Cedar Rapids Linn T
Iowa City Johnson T
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington T
Anamosa 3SSW, IA Jones T
BELLE PLAINE, IA Benton 0.02
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE Black Hawk 0.09
Cedar Rapids 2.0 ENE Linn T
Central City 6.7 W Linn T
CENTRAL CITY, IA Linn T
CHARLES CITY, IA Floyd T
CLUTIER, IA Tama 0.04
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard T
Decorah 6ESE, IA Winneshiek 0.12
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek 0.01
Dubuque 3.2 N Dubuque 0.19
Dubuque L&D 11, IA Dubuque 0.16
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Clayton T
FAYETTE, IA Fayette 0.17
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 0.10
HAMPTON, IA Franklin 0.05
IONIA 2W, IA Chickasaw T
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin T
KESLEY 3 NNE, IA Butler 0.11
LADORA, IA Iowa 0.12
Latimer 1.9 NE Franklin 0.06
LOWDEN, IA Cedar T
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Delaware 0.03
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson T
Marengo 2.6 SSW Iowa 0.08
NASHUA 2SW, IA Floyd 0.08
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE Floyd 0.09
NORTH ENGLISH, IA Iowa 0.14
OSAGE , IA Mitchell 0.03
POSTVILLE, IA Allamakee T
Quasqueton 1.8 S Buchanan T
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson T
ST ANSGAR, IA Mitchell T
SWISHER, IA Johnson T
TRAER, IA Tama 0.08
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 0.03
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton T
WASHINGTON, IA Washington T
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 0.03
Waucoma 3.2 S Fayette 0.01

 

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Weather Hot Shots on Mon. April 7

April 7, 2014

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Evening Showers then a Couple of Breezy Days

April 7, 2014

Forecast Bar

UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a few showers this evening. Low: 36-39. Wind: N 10-15 mph.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High: 53-55. Wind: N 10-20 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Low: 31-34. Wind: W 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and breezy (S 15-25 mph). High: upper 60s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: low 60s.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: low 60s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers/storms. High: mid-upper 60s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. High: mid 50s.

Monday: Mostly sunny. High: upper 40s.

Weather Extra Bar

Tonight…Showers have developed during the heating of the day and will linger into the evening. A couple of rumbles of thunder are possible, but no severe weather is expected. The showers will dissipate by midnight…mainly after the sun sets.

Apr 7 Radar

Tuesday/Wednesday…The weather will be dry and breezy both days with a south wind. The warmer day, with highs in the upper 60s, will be Wednesday.

Apr 7 Wed Eve Map

Thursday…A cold front will come through with the state with very little moisture. We can expected a slight chance of an isolated shower…many will remain dry.

Friday…A nice spring day with a light wind.

Saturday/Sunday…Low pressure is forecast to track across the Midwest bringing a chance of showers/storms. Temperatures will drop from the 60s to the 50s from Saturday to Sunday.

Monday…High pressure brings sunshine and cooler temperatures.

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24 Hour Rain & Snow Totals

April 4, 2014

rain

 

7 AM Thursday to 7 AM Friday

Location County 24-Hr Rain 24-Hr Snow
Waterloo Black Hawk 0.73 T
Dubuque Dubuque 0.06 0.0
Cedar Rapids Linn 0.08 0.0
Iowa City Johnson T 0.0
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington 0.03
Amana 4.7 W Iowa 0.10
Anamosa 3SSW, IA Jones 0.09
BELLE PLAINE, IA Benton 0.05
Calamus 2.0 NE Clinton 0.02
CASCADE, IA Dubuque 0.10
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW Linn 0.07
Central City 6.7 W Linn 0.07
CENTRAL CITY, IA Linn 0.10
CHARLES CITY, IA Floyd 0.31 1.2
Clinton 1.7 W Clinton 0.01
COGGON, IA Linn 0.13
CONRAD, IA Grundy 0.45
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 0.39 0.4
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek 0.30 0.1
Delmar 2.3 NW Clinton 0.03
Dubuque L&D 11, IA Dubuque 0.10
FAYETTE, IA Fayette 0.57 T
GILMAN, IA Poweshiek T T
GRINNELL 3 SW, IA Poweshiek 0.10
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 0.22
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 0.31
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA Clayton 0.13
HAMPTON, IA Franklin 0.55 1.0
Harpers Ferry Allamakee 0.40 T
IONIA 2W, IA Chickasaw 0.46 1.5
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson 0.03
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson 0.04
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin 0.38 1.0
Kalona 7.3 NNW Johnson 0.06
LADORA, IA Iowa 0.12
LOWDEN, IA Cedar 0.03
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Delaware 0.11
MANCHESTER Delaware 0.06
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson 0.01
MARSHALLTOWN, IA Marshall 0.24
MONTEZUMA 1 W, IA Poweshiek 0.09 T
NEW HAMPTON, IA Chickasaw 0.23 0.5
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE Floyd 0.69 2.5
NORTH ENGLISH, IA Iowa 0.08
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Fayette 0.35
OSKALOOSA, IA Mahaska 0.10
POSTVILLE, IA Allamakee 0.21 T
Salem 1 S, IA Henry 0.02
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson 0.05
ST ANSGAR, IA Mitchell 0.56 3.2
Toldeo Tama 0.06
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 0.18 0.5
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton 0.20 T
WASHINGTON, IA Washington 0.02
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 0.23
Waucoma 0.2 N Fayette 0.09
West Branch Cedar 0.04
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24 Hour Rain Totals

April 3, 2014

rain

Locations County 24-Hr Rain
Waterloo Black Hawk 0.10
Dubuque Dubuque 0.03
Cedar Rapids Linn 0.10
Iowa City Johnson 0.06
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington 0.21
Amana 4.7 W Iowa 0.31
Anamosa 3SSW, IA Jones 0.04
BRIGHTON, IA Washington 0.24
Calamus 2.0 NE Clinton 0.32
CASCADE, IA Dubuque 0.04
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW Linn 0.13
CENTRAL CITY, IA Linn 0.02
CHARLES CITY, IA Floyd 0.04
Clayton Center Clayton 0.06
COGGON, IA Linn 0.05
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 0.03
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek T
Delmar 2.3 NW Clinton 0.13
Dubuque #3, IA Dubuque 0.01
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Clayton 0.05
FAYETTE, IA Fayette T
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 0.02
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA Clayton 0.01
HAMPTON, IA Franklin 0.11
Harpers Ferry Allamakee T
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson 0.09
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson 0.05
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin 0.03
Kalona 7.3 NNW Johnson 0.11
LADORA, IA Iowa 0.06
Latimer 1.9 NE Franklin 0.05
LOWDEN, IA Cedar 0.36
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Delaware T
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson 0.12
Marshalltown 1.4 ENE Marshall T
MONTEZUMA 1 W, IA Poweshiek 0.12
Monticello, IA Jones 0.05
MUSCATINE 2 N, IA Muscatine 0.60
NEW HAMPTON, IA Chickasaw 0.02
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE Floyd 0.03
NORTH ENGLISH, IA Iowa 0.20
OSAGE , IA Mitchell T
OSKALOOSA, IA Mahaska 0.10
POSTVILLE, IA Allamakee T
Rose Hill 4.0 NNW Mahaska 0.04
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson 0.30
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 0.03
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton 0.03
WASHINGTON, IA Washington 0.10
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 0.04
Waucoma 0.2 N Fayette 0.02
Waukon Allamakee 0.20
Wellman Washington 0.05
West Branch Cedar 0.10
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