November 2

From NWS
: An exceptionally cloudy and wet November began with statewide rains on the 1st-2nd. Most locations in the state reported over an inch of rain over those two days, and large areas of central and north central Iowa received 2-3 inches or more of rain. The highest reported accumulations included 3.24 inches at Grundy Center, 3.40 inches at Steamboat Rock, 3.63 inches at Parkersburg, 3.69 inches at Clarion, and 3.93 inches at Allison. The month would finish as the wettest November on record at several locations including Iowa City where 8.08 inches of precipitation was recorded for the month. At Des Moines it was the cloudiest month on record with only 56.7 sunshine hours recorded, and Cedar Rapids reported cloud cover 95 percent of the time during daylight hours.

 This Day in National/World Weather History …
 2 November 1743 → A hurricane off the eastern coast of the United States proved Ben Franklin�s hypothesis that storms off the coast move in a northeasterly direction. The storm hit Franklin’s residence in Philadelphia before striking a friend’s house in Boston, despite winds at Philadelphia coming from the northeast. Franklin then correctly surmised that storms do not necessarily follow winds that are felt at the surface.
 2 November 1946 → Heavy wet snow fell in the southern Rockies. Denver recorded 31 inches in three days, one of its greatest snowstorms on record.
 2 November 2000 → Heavy thunderstorms pounded the Hawaiian Islands. Hilo, on the east coast of the Big Island, reported 27.24 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.
 2 November 2003 → The runners of the New York City Marathon felt the heat as warm weather sent 20 runners to the hospital due to dehydration.


Posted under Weather History

This post was written by Schnack on November 1, 2012

Weather Hot Shots on Thu. November 1

Submit your weather Hot Shot by clicking here.
One photo is shown on the 5 pm newscast and one on the 10 pm newscast.


Posted under Hot Shots, Photo

This post was written by Schnack on November 1, 2012

Cold Tonight and Chilly Tomorrow

UPDATED at 4:10 PM 

Tonight: Mostly clear and cold. Low: 24-28. Wind: N 5 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: 46-51. Wind: E 5-10 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Low: 33-35. Wind: E 5 mph.

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High: upper 40s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: low-mid 40s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: mid 40s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: near 50.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. High: upper 40s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: near 50. 

Low temperatures this morning were a little warmer with many locations in the low 30s…a few spots did drop into the 20s. Here are the morning lows.

There are a few things to look at in the sky this evening. The first one comes at 7:07 PM. You can see the International Space Station for 2 min. It will travel from the SW to SSW about 15 degrees above the horizon.

The second thing to see is when the moon comes up this evening. Moonrise is at 7:56 PM this evening. So any time after that you will be able to see the moon and the planet Jupiter. The image blow shows how it will look at 9 pm as you look east.

 We are now into a new month…so lets take a look at the November normals.


Low pressure at the surface and the upper levels has weakened and slowed up. So the chances of rain will now be Sunday and Monday. The amount of rain if any would be very light. Here is the rain forecast from Saturday evening to Sunday evening.

Low temperatures late Saturday night into early Sunday morning and late Sunday night into Monday morning might be cold enough (if moisture is around) for a few wet snowflakes.

Dry weather is expected Tuesday through Thursday with temperatures near normal.


College Football Forecast (Saturday) 

Iowa vs. Indian (Bloomington, IN)
Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain
Kickoff Temp: near 50

UNI vs. Western Illinois (Macomb, IL)
Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain
Kickoff Temp: near 50

Oklahoma vs. Iowa State (Ames)
Mostly Sunny
Kickoff Temp: near 50


Posted under Astronomy, Forecast Discussion

This post was written by Schnack on November 1, 2012

November 1

1938: Unseasonably warm weather brought the temperature into the lower 80s across most of southern Iowa. Reported high temperatures included 83 F at Keosauqua and Knoxville and 82 F at seven stations including Des Moines which set its all-time November record.

  This Day in National/World Weather History …
 1 November 1870 → General Albert J. Myer, head of the U.S. Signal Corps Weather Service, ordered the first simultaneous gathering of weather data across the United States. The information was used to produce the first national weather maps.
 1 November 2000 → The most widespread and severe flooding since 1947 was underway across parts of Britain as ten rivers in the UK flowed out of their banks.
 1 November 2001 → Road crews were clearing snow from the highways of western North Dakota while winds were gusting to 55 mph 125 miles away in Bismarck.


Posted under Weather History

This post was written by Schnack on November 1, 2012