Cold and snow on the way

Ready or not, the frigid cold is on the way later tonight as a cold front pushes south across the state. Along the cold front a few snow shower or flurries are possible, north of Highway 20. The radar image shows the light snow shower across southern Minnesota. They are moving southeast. A dusting of snow is possible in a few locations. Many areas stay dry.

Here is a look at the frigid cold just to our north this evening. Lows tonight are in the single digits and teens.

The weather pattern is changing to become a more active one. It will also keep cold air in place to any chance of precipitation in the next week or two is should be all snow. Light snow chances are Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. We might get more snow in the first half of February than we have all winter so far. Time will tell.

 

 

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Posted under Long Range Outlook, Temperatures, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on January 31, 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon in Iowa

The Super Blue Blood Moon took place Wednesday morning, January 31, 2018. It was a triple lunar phenomenon for anyone who saw it:

The moon gained it’s red tint this morning as the Earth passed between the moon and the Sun.

According to NASA, the last “super blue blood moon” was May 31, 1844. The next one won’t be until January 31, 2037…so not as long of a wait. That is only a short 19 years from today.

Here are some photos of the 2018 Super Blue Blood Moon from eastern Iowa viewers.

Photo from Robin Ann Eick

Photo by Jason Hicok (Vinton)

Photo by Jodi Zimmer

Photo by Craig Johnston

The next lunar eclipse visible from the United States will be January 21, 2019.

This time, all U.S. viewers have a better chance of seeing what will be a “blood moon”

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on January 31, 2018

Hurricane Harvey Stats

Here are some wild numbers as a result of historic Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas.

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on January 30, 2018

Saturday Sunset Photos

A small batch of showers developed late Saturday afternoon and early evening across northern Iowa, and made for some beautiful sunsets.  Here are some of the photos sent in from viewers.

Genevieve Bertram – Waterloo

 

Wendy Burkholder – Shell Rock

 

Sharon Jenison – Waverly

 

Rebecca Brown

 

Michael Ehrig – Waterloo

 

Michael Ehrig – Waterloo

 

Julie Leavens – Butler County

 

Joyce Meyer – Calmar

 

Joyce Hickman – Waterloo

 

Jessica Ricchio – Oelwein

 

Christina See – Jesup

 

Dominick Roe – Waterloo

 

James Glaspie – Cedar Falls

 

Amber Hemenway – Waterloo

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on January 27, 2018

Clouds Clearing

Here is a view of where the clouds are this evening. The blue coloring in eastern Iowa indicates lower clouds.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 26, 2018

Where is the snow?

We have not had very much of a winter, so far, when it comes the snow. In most of eastern Iowa there is no snow on the ground. Temperatures in the 40s and 50s Friday with a gusty south wind will just about get rid of any small piles out there. Here are few interesting numbers when it comes to January snowfall for Waterloo and Dubuque.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 25, 2018

“Hole Punch” clouds

The image below is from Thursday, January 25, 2018. You can see “hole punch” clouds from GOES16 Lake Ontario.These are also called a fallstreak hole.

Click here for more information about them.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 25, 2018

Near Record Rainfall

On Monday, January 22, Waterloo reported 2.01″ of rain. The previous daily rain and/or melted snow record was 0.49″ in 1982. Not only was it a daily record, it was close to the wettest day in the month of January. That record amount is 2.04″ on the 29th in 1909. The chart below shows the daily record rain and/or melted snow for each month of the year in Waterloo.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 24, 2018

Iowa Tornadoes to Heavy Snow in Less Than 2 Days (1967)

Living in Iowa, we get all sorts of weather, any time of the year.  In late January 1967, parts of the state had severe weather one day, and then heavy snow less than two days later.

On January 24 1967, a strong cold front brought several tornadoes to Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin.

One of the stronger tornadoes was an F3, which tracked near Ft. Madison in extreme southeast Iowa.  The tornado destroyed two homes and killed one person, and injuring 6 others.  An F4 tornado tracked from Schuyer and Scotland counties in Missouri, to Davis County in southern Iowa.  The twister destroyed 5 farms, with heavy damage to 20 other.  There were 2 injuries.

In all, 11 tornadoes tracked through the four states, killing 7 people.

In less than 36 hours, a winter storm affected the southern part of Iowa, bringing freezing rain, heavy snow and blizzard conditions to some of the same areas that were impacted by tornadoes.

Talk about a wild ride of weather.  Visit the National Weather Service page for more information.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on January 24, 2018

Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse This Month

The second supermoon of the year, and the month, happens on January 31st. Since it is the second supermoon of the month, it is also called a “blue moon”.

Supermoons occur when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, a point called perigee.

The Moon also passes in the shadow of Earth on the morning of January 31st. During this time, the Moon takes on a reddish color, becoming a “blood moon” during what will be a total lunar eclipse.

This next supermoon will be known as a “super blue blood moon” as it coincides with a lunar eclipse.

We have a fair shot of seeing some of this event (weather permitting).

Earth’s shadow – and red tint – will be apparent on the Moon around 6:15AM Central Time. The first few glimpses of the rising sun may be visible around that time, potentially decreasing our visibility. NASA says the best time to see the supermoon/eclipse would be from 6:15 to 6:30 AM Central Standard Time.

Overall, the best viewing of the “super blue blood moon” in the United States will be on the West Coast, and in Alaska and Hawaii…if you want to travel.

If it seems like there’s been a supermoon every few weeks, that is because there has. This will be the last in a trilogy of lunar events. The first took place on December 3, 2017 and then on January 1, 2018.

The next U.S. supermoon lunar eclipse, however, won’t take place until January 21, 2019. This event will not be a “blue moon.”

To learn more about the “super blue blood moon” visit NASA’s write-ups on it by clicking here, here, or here.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on January 24, 2018