Wednesday Sundogs

Many times in winter when we get very cold temperatures, we see sun dogs around sunrise and/or sunset.  This happens when the light from the sun refracts off of ice crystals in the upper levels of the atmosphere, generally within cirrus clouds.  That was the case Wednesday, where sundogs were seen at sunrise and sunset.

Here are some viewer pictures sent to us.

Eric Johnson – Waterloo

Amanda Smith – Evansdale

Bill Goecken Wellsburg

Brandi Thompson

Brittany Gronewold – Ackley

Cass Grey – Cedar Falls

Charles Dostale – Waterloo

Charlie & Judy Harrington Hewitt

Cheryl Schuster – West Union

Deann Fox – Stanley

Eric Johnson – Waterloo

Grace Stickfort – Cedar Falls

Jeff Stee – Clermont

Kyle Purk

Lynel Willis – Shell Rock

Meagan Slee

Melissa Ladesma – Waterloo

Nathan Folkerts Wellsburg

Schoshe Holmes – Hudson

Todd Buck – Highway 63

Vic Buckley – Waterloo

Zach Barnett

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on January 3, 2018

24 Hour Snow Reports

Here are some of the snow reports across eastern Iowa as of 4:00pm Wednesday, January 1, 2018:

Waterloo 0.2
Dubuque 0.1
Cedar Rapids 0.0
Iowa City 0.0
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.3
BELLE PLAINE, IA Trace
Bellevue LD 12, IA 0.2
CASCADE, IA Trace
Cedar Rapids 2.2 WSW 0.4
Cedar Rapids 2.7 NE 0.2
Center Junction 2.6 W 0.1
Central City 6.7 W 0.2
Central City, IA 0.2
CHARLES CITY, IA 0.7
COGGON, IA 0.2
CONRAD, IA 0.1
CRESCO 1NE, IA 0.2
DAKOTA CITY, IA 0.2
Decorah 4.9SE Trace
Decorah 7.9 ENE Trace
Dubuque #3, IA 0.1
EDGEWOOD, IA 0.5
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.2
Ely 0.5 SE 0.2
Fairfax 4.0 NW 0.3
FAIRFIELD, IA Trace
FAYETTE, IA 0.2
FULTON, IA Trace
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 1.0
GRUNDY CENTER, IA Trace
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.1
HAMPTON, IA Trace
IOWA CITY, IA 0.0
IOWA FALLS, IA 0.5
LOWDEN, IA 0.1
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 0.6
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.1
Monona WWTP, IA Trace
NASHUA 2SW, IA 0.1
New Hampton 0.3 NNW Trace
New Hampton 0.4 SW Trace
NEW HAMPTON, IA Trace
OSAGE , IA Trace
Parnell 0.1 SSW 0.1
Quasqueton 1.8 S 0.3
Sigourney 1.1 W 0.3
Sigourney, IA 0.3
Solon 0.3 ESE 0.3
ST ANSGAR, IA Trace
STRAWBERRY POINT, IA 0.1
Swisher 0.4 NNE 0.1
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Trace
TRIPOLI, IA 0.2
VINTON, IA 0.1
VOLGA 1NE, IA Trace
WASHINGTON, IA 0.4
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.2
Waukon 4SW, IA Trace
WILLIAMSBURG 3 SE, IA Trace
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This post was written by Rachael Peart on January 3, 2018

First Voiced Radio Forecast

On January 3, 1921, the University of Wisconsin-Madison broadcast a weather forecast by voice on the radio station 9XM (now known as WHA). This would mark the first time that a voiced forecast had been transmitted on radio in United States history. Previous forecasts were transmitted through Morse Code.

Here is the national forecast map for Monday January 3, 1921:

The forecast high in Madison that day was 28° under clear skies and a south wind. Dubuque had a forecast high of 28° and precip possible at night for eastern Iowa.

For more weather history, visit the National Weather Service’s page here.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on January 3, 2018

December 2017 in Review

Now that we are a few days into the New Year, let’s look back at the last month of 2017:


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on January 3, 2018