Drought Monitor Update

April 2, 2015

The latest Drought Monitor data does not include the rain from last night.

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If you look at the where the rain fell in the last 24 hours…it was NOT in the areas that are needing it the most.

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24 Hour Rain Totals

April 2, 2015

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7 AM Wednesday to 7 AM Thursday

County Rain
Waterloo Black Hawk 0.35
Dubuque Dubuque Trace
Cedar Rapids Linn 0.19
Iowa City Johnson 0.02
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington 0.01
Amana 4.7 W Iowa 0.02
BELLE PLAINE, IA Benton 0.06
CASCADE, IA Dubuque 0.08
Cedar Falls 0.6 N Black Hawk 0.34
Cedar Rapids 2.0 ENE Linn 0.06
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW Linn 0.02
Center Junction 2.6 W Jones 0.02
Central City 6.7 W Linn 0.07
CHARLES CITY, IA Floyd 0.37
CLUTIER, IA Tama 0.25
COGGON, IA Linn 0.08
COLWELL, IA Floyd 0.36
CONRAD, IA Grundy 0.48
Coralville 1.8 NW Johnson 0.01
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 0.34
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek 0.13
Dubuque #3, IA Dubuque T
EDGEWOOD, IA Clayton 0.20
Eldora 1.2 ENE Hardin 0.47
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Clayton 0.12
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE Winneshiek 0.25
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Grundy 0.40
GUTHRIE CENTER, IA Guthrie 0.85
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA Clayton 0.08
HAMPTON, IA Franklin 0.45
Independence 0.9 NNE Buchanan 0.19
IONIA 2W, IA Chickasaw 0.34
IOWA CITY, IA Johnson 0.06
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin 0.51
JAMAICA 3 S, IA Guthrie 0.94
Kalona 7.3 NNW Johnson 0.01
KESLEY 3 NNE, IA Butler 0.45
Latimer 1.9 NE Franklin 0.53
LOWDEN, IA Cedar T
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Delaware 0.12
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA Jackson T
Marengo 2.6 SSW Iowa 0.06
Marion 1.2 NE Linn 0.05
Marion 1.7 NNW Linn 0.05
Marquette 0.2 NNE Clayton 0.08
Monona WWTP, IA Clayton 0.19
Monticello, IA Jones 0.06
NASHUA 2SW, IA Floyd 0.39
New Hampton 0.4 SW Chickasaw 0.27
NEW HAMPTON, IA Chickasaw 0.28
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE Floyd 0.76
NORTH ENGLISH, IA Iowa 0.03
North Liberty 1.7 WNW Johnson 0.02
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Fayette 0.33
OELWEIN 1E, IA Fayette 0.33
OSAGE , IA Mitchell 0.58
PARKERSBURG, IA Butler 0.35
Peosta 2.9 E Dubuque 0.02
Quasqueton 1.8 S Buchanan 0.10
Robins 0.4 SSE Linn 0.07
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson 0.03
ST ANSGAR, IA Mitchell 0.66
STANLEY 4 W, IA Buchanan 0.24
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA Clayton 0.17
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Tama 0.22
TRAER, IA Tama 0.29
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 0.36
VINTON, IA Benton 0.05
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton 0.16
WASHINGTON, IA Washington 0.01
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 0.42
Waterloo 3.0 NNW Black Hawk 0.38
WAUCOMA , IA Fayette 0.22
Waucoma 3.2 S Fayette 0.32
Waverly 1.0 NNW Bremer 0.36
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA Iowa 0.01
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Fire Danger Wednesday

March 31, 2015

 

 

In advance of an approaching front, Wednesday, the weather conditions are favorable for grass fires to get out of control easily. 
Elevated Fire Danger

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Warm and Windy Wednesday….Showers/Storms Wed Night

March 31, 2015

We are tracking a cold front and it is forecast to push though eastern Iowa Wednesday night. We will have a warm and windy (S 15-30 mph gusts 35 mph) Wednesday. High temperatures will be in the 70s and could be pushing 80 across southern Iowa.

There is a slight risk of severe weather west of I-35 Wednesday/Wednesday night.
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Any severe storms to our west will weaken before making it into eastern Iowa Wednesday night. The showers/storms (non-severe) will end by noon Thursday. Some beneficial rains are possible. Some locations could see more than 1″ of rain.
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Viewer Question

March 27, 2015

QUESTION:
Can you show me where tornadoes have been in Black Hawk, Buchanan, Dubuque, Delaware and Grundy counties?

ANSWER:
Here are a few maps to show where the tornadoes have been in the above counties. The colors correspond to the tornado rating and the year next to the line is when it happened.

 

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Snow Northeast

March 26, 2015

The heavy snow Sunday and Sunday night is still visible on the satellite image this morning.

Snow on DMA Vis Black

 

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Tuesday Evening Weather Update

March 24, 2015

The weather profile of the atmosphere this evening is set for rain/freezing rain/sleet/snow. It just depends on where you are in eastern Iowa. In parts of central and eastern Iowa (roughly along Highway 20) sleet and freezing rain is falling. The vertical profile of the atmosphere typically looks like this for freezing rain to occur. Similar profile for sleet.

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In northern Iowa, there is not much of a warm layer, so light snow (around 1″) is still possible tonight. In parts of central and east central Iowa there is a warm layer aloft and it doesn’t look like it is going to cool off very much while the precipitation is around.

Here is the temperature profile of the atmosphere this evening roughly over the area near Highway 20..

27° 700 mb (cold)
36° 500 mb (warm)
31° Surface (cold)

Areas south of Highway 20 are most likely to be just rain.

Here are a couple of photos of freezing rain near Stanley Tuesday evening.
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Precipitation is still forecast to taper off between 1 and 3 AM, from west to east. Use caution on the roads since some of the roads will be icy. Elevated surfaces have the best chance of icing up later tonight. Temperatures will hold steady near freezing all night.

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Snow Totals 7 AM Sunday to 7 AM Monday

March 23, 2015

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15.0″ Fennimore, WI
15.0″ Woodman, WI
13.0″ Prairie du Chien, WI
12.o” Waukon
12.0″ Marquette
11.5″ Decorah
11.0″ Lancaster, WI
10.8″ Monona
10.0″ Steuben, WI
10.0″ Lynxville, WI
9.5″ Muscoda, WI
8.8″ Mount Zion
8.8″ 6 miles SE of Gays Mills, WI
5.9″ North Washington
5.8″ Cresco
4.5″ New Hampton
4.0″ Riceville
3.8″ Waucoma
3.3″ Volga
3.0″ Cuba City, WI
2.9″ Elma
2.8″ St. Ansgar
2.6″ Osage
2.5″ Mona
2.5″ Dubuque
2.4″ Fayette
2.0″ Ionia
1.8″  6 mi SSW of Elkader
1.5″ Wadena
1.5″ Sinsinawa, WI
1.5″ Cassville, WI
1.5″ Charles City
1.5″ Noar Springs
0.7″ Guttenberg Dam 10
0.7″ Nashua
0.7″ Lowden
0.3″ Manchester
0.2″ Denver

 

 

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Northern Lights Time Lapse From Iowa

March 19, 2015

This was taken in Wilton on March 17, 2015 by Paul Brooks. Too bad we had clouds increasing through the evening. You can see them blocking some of the sky towards the end of the video. The video runs from sunset to 10 pm.

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Drought Monitor and Spring Outlook

March 19, 2015

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