Signs of Spring

Not only do we look for warmer weather in the spring, but there is more daylight. March and April are 2 months of the year when the daylight increases the fastest.  The chart below shows the length of daylight for each day of the year. Notice how one month from now we gain about 1.5 hours of daylight. This weekend we “spring ahead”. Change the clocks ahead one hour Sunday morning.

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Posted under Miscellaneous

This post was written by Schnack on March 7, 2018

Storm Spotter Training

Severe weather season is approaching with the beginning of spring just around the corner. If you are interested, the National Weather Service offices in Des Moines, Davenport and La Crosse, Wisconsin are holding their storm spotter training classes across our area. Click the photo below to enlarge the graphic:

If you miss the spotter training in your specific county or if your county does not have a training session planned this year, you can attend a training in a different county. Most of these do not require preregistration except for the Johnson county session. If you plan to attend the class in Johnson county, you can preregister by clicking here.

There will also be multiple online training sessions. The La Crosse, Wisconsin office hosts their online webinars on March 14 (10:00am – 12:00pm), April 6 (1:00pm – 3:00pm) and April 16 (7:00pm – 9:00pm). You can email for more information on accessing those sessions.

The Des Moines office hosts online training on April 4 (7:00 PM – 8:30pm) and April 18 (7:00pm – 8:30pm).
Go to:
Dial: 1-866-231-8384 and enter 515-270-2614
iPhone/iPad and Android phone: Join.Me applications can be downloaded at
Smartphone user access is: nws-desmoines
Contact Information: NWS Des Moines Phone: 515-270-2614

In our area there will also be one Advanced Storm Spotter Training at University Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. This takes place on Monday, April 16 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in Latham Hall. For additional information you may contact Rod Donavon ( , Phone: 515-270-4501).

For more on the Iowa storm spotter program, click here and choose your county.


Posted under Severe Weather

This post was written by Rachael Peart on March 7, 2018