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This post was written by Schnack on April 23, 2013

Warmer Days Ahead

UPDATED at 4:15 PM

Tonight: Decreasing clouds and colder. Low: 26-30. Wind: NW 5-15 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High: 49-52. Wind: W 10-15 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. Low: 30-33. Wind: NW 10-20 mph.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: low 50s.

Friday: Partly cloudy and windy (S 15-25 mph) with a 20% chance of showers. High: low 60s.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: mid-upper 60s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. High: near 70.

Monday: Partly cloudy.  High: near 70.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers. High: mid 60s.

The afternoon has been a much colder day since the cold front pushed through last night and early this morning. There are a few lingering light rain showers with a few snowflakes mixed in at times across southeast Iowa. The precipitation will end this evening followed by clouds clearing overnight as high pressure moves east. The map below shows where the high is located this afternoon.

Apr 23 Current Map
High pressure will provide sunshine Wednesday with slightly warmer afternoon temperatures. I am tracking a weak cold front forecast to cross eastern Iowa Wednesday night. There will be a little more cloud cover toward the evening ahead of the front. Future TRACK shows a cold front in western and central Iowa at 7 PM with a few showers along it (see map below). The timing at this point pushes a few light showers through eastern Iowa between 7 PM and midnight with any one location with light showers for 2-3 hours. The rain amounts from the front will be less than 0.10”

Blog Graphic 1
Dry weather will return to the area Thursday with highs in the low 50s. A warm front is forecast to move north across the state with a gusty south wind and a slight chance of showers. The front also will bring warmer air north. High temperatures will reach the 60s Friday and Saturday. Sunday and Monday will be close to 70 degrees.

A slow moving front will track east and will bring us a chance of showers Monday night and Tuesday with slightly cooler temperatures (mid 60s).


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This post was written by Schnack on April 23, 2013

24 Hour Rain Totals


7 AM Monday to 7 AM Tuesday

Location County Rain
Waterloo Black Hawk 0.14
Dubuque Dubuque T
Cedar Rapids Linn 0.00
Iowa City Johnson T
LANSING 4SE, IA Allamakee 0.14
BELLE PLAINE, IA Benton 0.06
Waterloo 1.8 SSE Black Hawk 0.11
Waterloo 3.0 NNW Black Hawk 0.14
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE Black Hawk 0.15
TRIPOLI, IA Bremer 0.22
Quasqueton 1.8 S Buchanan 0.03
KESLEY 3 NNE, IA Butler 0.28
LOWDEN, IA Cedar 0.01
New Hampton 0.4 SW Chickasaw 0.22
NEW HAMPTON, IA Chickasaw 0.25
IONIA 2W, IA Chickasaw 0.28
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA Clayton 0.01
ELKADER 6SSW, IA Clayton 0.06
VOLGA 1NE, IA Clayton 0.07
Monona WWTP, IA Clayton 0.08
Delmar 2.3 NW Clinton 0.02
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA Delaware 0.01
Dubuque #3, IA Dubuque T
Peosta 0.7 ESE Dubuque T
FAYETTE, IA Fayette 0.13
Oelwein 0.8 WNW Fayette 0.16
COLWELL, IA Floyd 0.20
NASHUA 2SW, IA Floyd 0.25
Latimer 1.9 NE Franklin 0.39
CONRAD, IA Grundy 0.10
IOWA FALLS, IA Hardin 0.22
CRESCO 1NE, IA Howard 0.15
ELMA, IA Howard 0.30
Marengo 2.6 SSW Iowa T
FULTON, IA Jackson T
Solon 0.3 ESE Johnson T
Anamosa 3SSW, IA Jones 0.02
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW Linn 0.01
Ely 0.5 SE Linn T
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Tama 0.08
Ainsworth 7.4 N Washington T
Decorah 7.9 ENE Winneshiek 0.15
CALMAR, IA Winneshiek 0.22


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This post was written by Schnack on April 23, 2013

April 23

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
: Severe weather struck eastern Iowa on the morning of April 23rd. A long-lived thunderstorm produced tornadoes, wind gusts to near 100 mph and hail up to 3 inches in diameter as it traveled through Marshalltown and near Dysart to just west of Monticello, killing 2 people and injuring at least 12. Several planes and buildings were damaged at the Marshalltown airport where damage exceeded one million dollars. Further south another long-lived storm traveled eastward at nearly 50 mph from central Taylor County to eastern Davis County, producing tornadoes between Leon and Bloomfield and hail as large as 3 inches in diameter at Mystic.

1948: A tornado produced F4 damage as it devastated several blocks on the edge of Ionia leveling some homes and a church. The tornado killed 5 people and injured 25 along its path, with two of the fatalities occurring when the Huffman Implement Store in Ionia collapsed. Another storm further south produced wind gusts as high as 100 mph and hail as large as 3 inches in diameter on a path from Marshall County eastward into Illinois, killing 2 people and injuring 7. The hail from this storm drifted a foot deep in northwestern Jones County.

1934: The Dust Bowl was in full swing and Iowa was in the midst of its driest spring on record. In April of that year dust storms were reported in the state on 22 days with the worst storm coming on the 23rd. It covered everything across the state with dust and the fine particles penetrated all buildings, cars, and enclosed spaces. Automobile travel was impossible at times due to low visibility and dust drifting across the roads in high winds. Snow fences were in some cases buried with dust and plows were called out to clear 1 to 3 foot drifts off the roads in Montgomery County. Airmail pilots reported that the dust extended to a height of more than 2 miles above the ground.

1870: The April 23rd issue of the Estherville Vindicator newspaper used the term “blizzard” in reference to a winter storm that had struck the area the previous month. This is the earliest known publication to use blizzard as a weather term.

  This Day in National/World Weather History …
 23 April 1792 → John Thomas Romney Robinson, inventor of the cup anemometer, was born.
 23 April 1908 → An extensive tornado outbreak began around noon today in Minnesota, and wouldn’t end until the evening of the 25th in Georgia. The strongest tornado of the event was an F5 (estimated) near Pender, NE today where a farm was swept away and debris was found 35 miles distant.
 23 April 1910 → The temperature at the Civic Center in Los Angeles hit 100 degrees to establish an April record for the city.
 23 April 1988 → In southern California, a winter-like storm brought thunderstorms. Nine girls in Tustin were injured when lightning struck the tree they were standing under to shield themselves from the rain.



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This post was written by Schnack on April 23, 2013