Valentine’s Day Weather


A snow heart in New Hampton. Taken by Ashley Deetz



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This post was written by Schnack on February 14, 2018

New Year’s Cold Hard Facts

It’s cold.  Brutally cold.  There’s really not much else to say about the weather this weekend.  Record lows will be broken New Year’s Eve morning.

Highs New Year’s Day will be in the single digits above and below zero, with wind chills -15 to -25 throughout the day.

It’s not incredibly uncommon to have below zero temperatures when you wake up New Year’s Day morning.  Here’s a look back at other years with below zero temperatures New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day.  (Cedar Rapids and Iowa City are not “official” data)



Cedar Rapids

Iowa City



Posted under Holiday, Temperatures, Weather History, Winter Weather

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 31, 2017

Probability of a White Christmas

The question on many people’s mind these days, “Are we going to have a white Christmas.”  Well, we can tell you that some of the computer model guidance goes out to Christmas, and the data is all over the place, so it is too early to have a definite ‘yes’ or ‘no.’  The best we can do right now, is show the historical probability of a white Christmas for Iowa.  This information is coming from the NOAA and NCEI (National Center for Environmental Information).  This is data pulled from 1981-2010.


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Thanksgiving Forecast

A mild next few days are in store for eastern Iowa. We warm to slightly above normal for today.

With a warm front tracking through the area into Friday, even milder temperatures are expected beginning tonight. That’s great news for any shoppers later tonight or early Friday morning. 

Winds today stay on the calmer side tonight, but shopping near sunrise Friday may come along with breezy winds. Winds stay breezy through much of the day tomorrow as a cold front tracks through.

Once the front pushes through, cooler air returns to eastern Iowa. High temperatures however stay above normal through the middle of next week.

From the Storm Track 7 weather team, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Travel Weather

It’s one of the busier travel weeks of the year, as Americans head to their Thanksgiving destination to enjoy a good feast.

Here in eastern Iowa, the last couple years of weather on or around Thanksgiving have not been ideal.  Last year, we had rain the day before Thanksgiving, and on Thanksgiving itself it was pretty chilly with temperatures in the 30s and 40s and not much sunshine.  Two years ago in 2015, we had some heavy rainfall across the region the day before Thanksgiving, and even Thanksgiving itself.

This year, however, our weather is looking a little more tame.  Here’s the travel forecast for eastern Iowa if you’re hitting the road in eastern Iowa.  It will be a little chilly Wednesday, with seasonable temperatures on Thanksgiving itself.

If your travels take you elsewhere across the United States, overall, the weather shouldn’t be much of an impact.  Of course, if you’re flying, you’ll want to check in with your airport and airline ahead of time.



Posted under Forecast Discussion, Holiday, Miscellaneous

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Week Outlook

Thanksgiving is next week and that means the cool season holidays are officially here. Many will be traveling over the next couple weeks. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) calls for near normal temperatures from November 20-24 (Monday through Friday) for much of the Mississippi River Valley.

CPC Temperature Forecast for November 20-24, 2017

The precipitation outlook favors drier than normal conditions for most of eastern Iowa.

CPC Precipitation Forecast for November 20-24, 2017

Continue to check our weather page as the forecast is fine tuned in the coming days.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 15, 2017

1991 Halloween Blizzard

We saw a few snowflakes earlier this week and it has been a little chilly. This pales in comparison to the Halloween blizzard of 1991. The snow began on Halloween day.

1991 Halloween Blizzard

On that Halloween day, 30 locations in Iowa broke daily snow records (25 broken in Minnesota and 7 broken in Wisconsin). On November 1st, 56 daily snowfall records had been broken in Iowa (88 in Minnesota and 29 records had been broken in Wisconsin).

The heaviest of the snow fell in multiple states including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, South Dakota and Iowa. Wisconsin and Minnesota saw the greatest snow totals which topped 30 inches.

Northern Minnesota Snowfall

In order to qualify as a blizzard, a snowstorm has to have strong sustained winds, as well.

Winds reaching 40 mph left over 75,000 Iowa homes powerless. Downed power lines closed the highways that they fell upon.

After the snow fell, two inches of ice accumulated on top of it.

The governor declared a state of emergency in 52 of the 99 Iowa counties.

For more information, click here.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on October 31, 2017

Halloween Extreme Weather

While it will be chilly this Halloween, it will not be a record cold holiday.  Here are some weather extremes from the “Big 4” through the years.  Have a safe and happy Halloween!  Eat all the candy you want.




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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 31, 2017

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July 4th Weather Fact


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This post was written by Schnack on July 4, 2017

Happy and Mild Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms of eastern Iowa. Whatever your plans are today, whether it’s being pampered or enjoying some quiet time, the weather (ie, Mother Nature) is going to cooperate. Much like yesterday, today will feature plenty of sunshine. Highs once again soar to 10° above normal highs today.

We reach the upper 70s and low 80s with an isolated neighborhood probably warming into the mid-80s. It will actually feel more like Father’s Day. Breezy winds today come from a southerly direction and continue to pull in mild air.


Overnight, a few more clouds track across our skies. We fall into the upper 50s to low 60s tonight. A system to our northwest reaches northwest Iowa tomorrow and will fire up an isolated storm in our area Monday afternoon. The severe threat is low at this point but hail is possible. Highs tomorrow reach the 80s once again with increased humidity. Humidity sticks around into Wednesday, helping to fuel more storms due to a passing front.

We see near normal highs at the end of the work week.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 14, 2017