Warm May…Saturday Rain…Hot and Humid Again

It was a warm May.  The average temperatures for the month put most of the locations in top 5 warmest May on record.

We catch a nice break from the heat and humidity for the weekend as a cold front pushes through the state. A few showers and storms are possible Saturday…mainly in the afternoon. By the end of next week it will be hot and humid again. Next weekend looks hot and humid. Here is the temperature outlook for June 9-15.

Showers and storms to our west will weaken overnight. If any of the rain makes into eastern Iowa by morning it will be very light.

The front producing the storms this evening will bring a few showers/storms to eastern Iowa Saturday afternoon. No severe weather is expected. The showers will be scattered. The map shows the position of the front Friday evening.

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This post was written by Schnack on June 1, 2018

June Outlook

May has been a warm month across the area. The rain amounts vary widely.

Town: May total (departure from normal)
Waterloo 3.02″ (-1.51″)
Dubuque 5.45″ (+1.26″)
Cedar Rapids 4.55″ (+0.40″)
Iowa City 3.77″ (-0.44″)
Decorah 8.23″ (NA)

The map below shows the amount of rain departure from normal for May.

It looks like our temperatures are likely more above normal through a good part of the month. There is nothing that indicates either above or below normal precipitation for June.

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This post was written by Schnack on May 31, 2018

Chance of “Seasons”

The chart below is high and low temperatures reported in #Dubuque so far this month. Most of the month has been colder than normal.

The rest of the month is likely to be above normal.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 23, 2018

Outlook for Spring 2018

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This post was written by Schnack on March 15, 2018

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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This post was written by Schnack on January 31, 2018

Warmer Weather?

Who is ready for this to verify? Above normal temperatures January 13-19. Normal high is in the upper 20s.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 5, 2018

Very Cold Start

Thursday morning is going to be very cold with low temperatures in the teens and a wind from the NW around 10-20 mph. Here is a look at where the wind chills are forecast to be at 8 AM.

The temperature outlook keeps temperatures below normal through December 20.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on December 6, 2017

Getting Colder

There is a cold front to our northwest and it is moving south. As it crosses Iowa, the sky will become mostly cloudy and a few flurries possible. The cold air behind the front will be around here Thursday and Friday. Sunshine is expected both days due to the high in southern Canada. The high will move east across the US/Canadian border through the end of the week.

There is snow falling in northwest Michigan, behind the front. Here is a screen capture of the Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.

Click here for a live feed of the above web cam.

Forecast highs are expected to stay below normal through the middle of next week. There are some signs temperatures warm a little bit during the 3rd week of November.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on November 8, 2017

Wet October so far and cold temperatures ahead

ABOVE  NORMAL RAINFALL

September was so dry and now October has been the opposite. Here are the rain totals and the amount above normal through the 17th of October.
Waterloo: 4.40″ (+3.00″)
Dubuque: 6.04″ (+4.59″)
Cedar Rapids: 3.43″ (+1.95″)
Iowa City: 3.03″ (+1.48″)

The next chance of rain will be Saturday with early indications of rain amounts around 0.50″.  The map below is the forecast for Friday evening through Sunday evening.

COLDER NEXT WEEK
A cold front is forecast to push through Iowa Monday with a slight chance of showers. The bigger story is going to be the colder air and a gusty northwest wind Tuesday. High temperatures are going from the low 70s today to the mid 50s next Tuesday.

 

FALL COLORS

National High and Low Temperature Tuesday, October 17, 2017

101 at Palm Springs, CA
101 at Ocotillo Wells, CA

13 at Mount Washington, NH

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This post was written by Schnack on October 17, 2017

Talking Warmth

February or April? It says February on the calendar, but if feels like late March. By the weekend it will feel more like April. The map below shows above normal temperatures across most of North America.

 

 

It hasn’t been much of a snowy winter. Through Feb 13, Waterloo has had only 14.4″ of snow. The chart below shows how it compares to normal on this date and the record amount. All the numbers up to Feb 13.

 

 

The 14.4″ of snow makes it the 4th least snowy winters since 1950.

 

 

There doesn’t seem to be any signs of cold air to produce any snow through the end of the month. Temperatures are likely to be above normal for the eastern half of the US through the end of the month.

 

 

 

The map below shows snow still on the ground across north central and northeast Iowa today. I doubt it is going to last long with no snow on the ground north and south of this area. A bare ground can warm faster and help melt the snow it surrounds. The bare ground heading into the weekend is also part of why it is going to get so warm. Highs in many locations are forecast to reach the low 60s.

 

 

 

Some records might be in jeopardy as we get into the weekend.

 

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This post was written by Schnack on February 13, 2017