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This post was written by Schnack on April 3, 2013

Weather Hot Shots on Wed. April 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 April 3, 2013

Warmer Temperatures & Chances of Rain

UPDATED at 4:00 PM

Tonight: Mostly clear and not as cold. Low: 29-32. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: 50-60. Wind: SW to NW 10-15 mph.

Thursday Night: Partly. Low: 29-33. Wind: N 5-10 mph.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High: low 50s.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. High: near 60.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High: mid 50s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. High: low 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. High: upper 40s.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain. High: upper 40s.

There are no in-person spotter training classes this week. There is just a webinar class.

April 3
7:00 p.m. Anywhere Webinar Click here for information

Training from surrounding NWS offices:

It was another cold start this morning with temperatures in the teens and low 20s. Hopefully that was the last time it be that cold until the fall. Here are the morning lows.

Apr 3_Lows
We had lots of sunshine today and temperatures were warmer than yesterday but not as warm as forecast. There was a high thin layer of clouds over Iowa today. They were thin enough for the sun to shine through but also just thick enough to keep the temperatures a few degrees cooler than forecast. Here is a visible satellite image from early this afternoon.

Apr 3 Vis Sat
As high pressure moves east, we are tracking a cold front located in the Dakotas. It is forecast to cross Iowa Thursday. It will stir up a few clouds otherwise it will pass through dry. The wind will shift from the SW to the NW as it crosses eastern Iowa early in the afternoon. The map below is from this afternoon.

Apr 3 Current Map

Friday will be dry and slightly cooler. We are tracking another low and cold front to bring a slight chance of a shower to eastern Iowa (mainly north). Ahead of the cold front, the south wind will push highs to near 60 degrees. Sunday will be a little cooler after behind the cold front Saturday.

Some unsettled weather is possible during the first half of next week. The chances are low at this point since there is some uncertainty when it comes to timing issues.


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This post was written by Schnack on April 3, 2013

April 3

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
: Unseasonably cold weather brought record breaking temperatures to most of Iowa with many stations setting all-time marks for cold in the month of April. Most of the western half of Iowa dropped below 10 degrees with Des Moines reporting an April record low temperature of 9 F. A few stations in northwestern Iowa not only set new April record lows, but also marked the latest date of the year on which they have ever dropped below zero. These included -1 F at Hawarden and -2 F at Le Mars and Sioux City, with the latter breaking its prior April low temperature record by a full 10 degrees. Even in southwestern Iowa Oakland dropped all the way to zero and Corning reported a low temperature of 3 F.

1910: A small tornado touched down briefly in northern Des Moines near Kingman Avenue shortly after 11 pm resulting in considerable damage to several residences and other structures. The damage path was very narrow, in some places only a couple of houses wide, and only about 400 feet long. There were no reported injuries.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 3 April 1956 → An F5 tornado killed 18 people and destroyed 332 homes southwest and west of Grand Rapids, MI. Businesses were swept completely away in Hudsonville and Standale.
 3 April 1964 → An F5 tornado ripped into Wichita Falls, TX and Sheppard Air Force Base. At least 225 homes were destroyed in town, and the base suffered $2.8 million damage as planes, a hangar, the power plant, and the chapel were destroyed. It was the first time a tornado was broadcast live on TV by a local news station.
 3 April 1974 → One of the largest tornado outbreaks ever recorded took place, with at least 148 tornadoes occurring from Illinois east to Ontario and south to Alabama. Monticello, IN; Xenia, OH; and Guin, AL were especially hard hit.


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This post was written by Schnack on April 3, 2013