Record High Temperatures

It was a warm day ahead of a cold front. It felt more like early October than early December. Here are the highs across the state.

Here are the records across Iowa:

Daily Record
Waterloo: 67…old record 62 in 1962, 1961 and 1951
Cedar Rapids: 68…old record 64 in 1998
Dubuque: 64…old record 64 in 1970
Iowa City: 68…old record 66 in 1970
Des Moines: 69…old record 63 in 1998
Burlington: 72…old record 71 in 1970
Lamoni: 68…old record 66 in 1962
Mason City: 63…old record 62 in 1962
Ottumwa: 71…old record 64 in 1998 

Warmest December Day
Waterloo 72 tied
Dec. 4, 1998
Dec. 5, 2001

Lamoni 68 tied
Dec. 22, 1933
Dec. 6, 1939
Dec. 8 and 27, 1946
Dec 28, 1984

Ottumwa 71 tied
Dec. 24, 1998


Posted under Records, Temperatures

This post was written by Schnack on December 3, 2012

Weather Hot Shots on Mon. December 3

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


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This post was written by Schnack on December 3, 2012

Much Colder in Seven Days

UPDATED at 4:00 PM

Tonight: Mostly clear and cooler. Low: 33-37. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and cooler. High: 49-56. Wind: NW 10-15 mph.

Tuesday Night: Clear and colder. Low: 22-27. Wind: N 5-10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High: near 40.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy and breezy (SW 10-20 mph) with a 20% chance of light rain. High: mid-upper 40s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High: mid 30s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High: upper 30s.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. High: mid-upper 30s.

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

It felt more like early October instead of early December. Record high temperatures were set in many locations. Here are some of the records for eastern Iowa.

The high temperature for Waterloo also tied the record high temperature for the month of December. The other times it reached 67 degrees in December was on the December 4, 1998 and December 5, 2001.

A cold front is forecast to cross eastern Iowa this evening. A spotty shower is possible but most locations will be dry. Here is the front this afternoon.

The wind will be gusty this evening as the front crosses eastern Iowa. The wind will be from the northwest with gusts of 25 mph+. The wind will diminish by midnight. The clouds will clear quickly behind the front. Temperatures will drop a little bit tonight and Tuesday but they will remain above normal. Another cold front will drop south Tuesday evening. The front will come through dry but it will drop our temperatures another notch. High temperatures Wednesday will be in the upper 30s and low 40s.

I am tracking a couple of systems that might bring us some precipitation. The first one arrives Thursday with a cold front and a chance of light rain late in the day into Thursday night. At that point the forecast gets a bit trickier. I am not going to mess with details this far out but there is a chance of a rain/snow mix Thursday night. Here is the GFS model for Thursday evening.

Friday and Saturday will be mostly cloudy and dry as high temperatures will be closer to normal.

Another storm system will impact us with a chance of rain Sunday and a rain/snow mix Sunday night and possible light snow into Monday morning. This is day 6 and 7 so details on this are just not available yet. Here is the GFS model for Sunday night.

We will be tracking both of these storm systems for you and get you more details as the day gets closer.


Posted under Forecast Discussion

This post was written by Schnack on December 3, 2012

December 3

From NWS
: A major snow storm struck most of Iowa on December 2-3 with amounts in excess of 6 inches common. At Des Moines 10.4 inches of snow was measured, with totals increasing to a foot or more to the northeast through Vinton and Elkader where 12.0 inches was reported and over to the Dubuque are where 15.0 inches fell. Winds gusting to 40 to 50 mph or more, with gusts as high as 69 mph recorded at Cresco, caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow making travel nearly impossible at times. In Iowa City the dome roof of a sports stadium collapsed causing about 2 million dollars in damage.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 3 December 1886 → A great snowstorm dumped up to 42 inches of snow in the southern Appalachian Mountains. 33 inches fell at Asheville, NC and 25 inches fell at Rome, GA.
 3 December 1905 → Today the Weather Bureau received its first weather report from a ship at sea via wireless.
 3 December 1983 → Birmingham, AL was drenched with 9.22 inches of rain in just 24 hours, literally submerging traffic.


Posted under Weather History

This post was written by Schnack on December 3, 2012