Update on the Drought Monitor

Apr 25 Drought


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This post was written by Schnack on April 25, 2013

Weather Hot Shot on Thu. April 25

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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 25, 2013

Temperatures Back to Normal or Above…For Now

UPDATED at 4:30 PM

Tonight:  Clear. Low: 36-39. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High: 63-65. Wind: SW 10-15 mph.

Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low: 42-44. Wind: S 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy. High: upper 60s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. High: near 70.

Monday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of a shower.  High: low 70s.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 70s.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers. High: low 60s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: mid 50s.

It has been a nice spring day with sunshine but the temperatures are still cooler than normal. Don’t worry that will change tomorrow as warmer weather moves northeast into Iowa. The sky has been clear this afternoon and will remain that way through the night.

This evening you will be able to see the International Space Station (ISS), the Full Pink Moon, and Saturn. See images below for details.

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There will be rain showers south of Iowa Friday and close enough to toss some clouds north into Iowa. Despite a few more clouds in the sky high temperatures will warm into the 60s during the afternoon.  Here is the WPF forecast map for 1 pm Friday.

Apr 25 1 pm Fri Sfc Map

A wonderful weekend is ahead with highs in the upper 60s and low 70s…and for more than one day. It will be this warm through Tuesday. There is a chance of rain Monday as a front pushes through Iowa.

Tuesday will be dry but a cold front will bring a chance of showers/storms Tuesday night and rain showers will continue through Wednesday.  It will get cooler around here by the end of next week with highs in the low 50s.

The Climate prediction Center grabs onto the potential for cooler weather next weekend with the 8-14 day outlook (May 3-9). Temperatures in Iowa expected to be below normal with precipitation to be near normal.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 25, 2013

April 25

TodayinWeatherHistoryFrom NWS
: A resident of Creston was struck by lightning twice during the same storm and lived. He was walking home during the onset of a thunderstorm, struck by lightning, and rendered unconscious. He was soon awakened by the ensuing heavy rainfall and resumed his journey home at a slower pace, partially paralyzed from the initial shock. Just as he reached the doorstep of his residence he was struck by a second lightning bolt and once again rendered unconscious. He miraculously survived the experience although his hair and eyebrows were singed and some exposed portions of his skin were blackened.

This Day in National/World Weather History …
 25 April 1898 → The temperature at Volcano Springs, CA rose to 118 degrees. This is the record for the highest temperature in April in the U.S.
 25 April 1910 → Atlanta, GA was blanketed with 1.5 inches of snow while seeing their latest freeze ever with a morning low of 32 degrees. The high of just 39 degrees was only their second daily high colder than 40 degrees in April.
 25 April 1929 → A half-mile wide F4 tornado swept homes away in southeast Georgia. Forty people were killed near Statesboro.


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This post was written by Schnack on April 25, 2013