Heavy Rain Possible Saturday


After most of the day with a cloudy sky, our western counties saw some sunshine before it set this evening. Here is a look at the sun as it was setting in Cedar Falls. The sky is clear in the western counties of the KWWL viewing area, but most locations are still cloudy. We stay dry tonight under a partly to mostly cloudy sky.



The latest Drought Monitor was released this morning. Due to rain in the last week the conditions are improving. We still need some rain across parts of southern Iowa. The forecast does include southern Iowa with rain and in some locations 2″ are possible. Light rain is forecast Friday afternoon and night. The heavier rain is likely Saturday with thunderstorms. The rain comes to an end Saturday night with sunshine returning Sunday. It will also be much cooler and with a gusty northwest wind at times to 30+ mph.

The map below shows the risk for flash flooding Saturday.

Rain from last Tuesday was not included in Drought Monitor update below. The map is analyzed from rain reports as of 7 AM on Tuesday and then released Thursday morning, every week.

Storms are in the forecast Saturday. There is a slight risk for severe storms from southern Iowa southwest toward Wichita, Kansas. The primary threat would be large hail and high winds during the mid to late afternoon. Any severe storms in eastern Iowa would south and west of Cedar Rapids.




The latest 8-14 day temperature outlook has Iowa with a likely chance of above normal temperatures from Oct 20-26. That takes us to about the end of the month and no cold air.



Ophelia is the 10th hurricane in the Atlantic season…so far.



The Department of the Interior posted this photo, on Twitter, of Mount Moran in the Grand Teton National Park.

National High and Low Temperature Thursday, October 12, 2017

94 at Needles, CA
94 at Augusta, GA

9 at Lakeview, OR


Posted under Drought, Fall Colors, Tropics

This post was written by Schnack on October 12, 2017

October Rainfall (So Far…)

With October being almost halfway done (can you believe it?), portions of eastern Iowa have already received their average monthly rainfall totals (and then some).  Meanwhile, others haven’t had quite as much as the average monthly totals, but are on course to meet them as we head into the second half of the month.

As you all know, it was a dry second half of summer into the first part of fall.  We took a look back at our current October rainfall (through October 12th), and found out how many days prior to this month, did it take to receive the amount of rain we’ve received in the first 12 days of the month.  Here’s what we found.

There is more rain in the forecast as we head into Friday and Saturday.  Rainfall totals across the KWWL viewing area will be between 0.50″ in northwestern portions of the area, to 2.00″ in eastern and southeastern portions of the area.


Posted under Climate, Precipitation Totals

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 12, 2017