Monday Sundogs

The fresh fallen snow from Sunday night, coupled with the blowing snow and cold Monday and breaks in the clouds late in the day, many of us saw sundogs across eastern Iowa.  Here are some of the viewer photos sent in Monday.

Jodi Zimmer – Waterloo

 

Hannah Renae – La Porte City

 

Amber Barber

 

Brandi Thompson – Waverly

 

Carey Cowell – Plainfield

 

David Stuber

 

Deb Lyon – Buchanan County

 

Donna Rosonke – New Hampton

 

Vicki Van Hauen – Cedar Falls

 

Toni Hinrichs – Nashua

 

Roxy Anderson – Cedar Falls

 

Mike Weber – Dike

 

Lisa Hovey – Waterloo

 

Joseph Warrior

 

Laurie DeGroote – Butler County

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on January 15, 2018

Full Moon Tonight

Moon tonight near Ackley (Brian Hahn)

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This post was written by Schnack on January 1, 2018

Saturday Sun Dogs

This weather goes to the “sun dogs.”  A lot of times when we get really cold temperatures in the winter, 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.

Here are some photos set in from viewers.

Jenny Emergy – Waucoma

 

Karlee Ihde – West Union

 

Misty Morrissey – Fort Atkinson

 

Barb Schwamman – Osage, IA

 

Joyce Meyer – Spillville

 

Bob Hemesath – Festina

 

Barb Schwamman – Osage, IA

Jason Guyer – West Union

 

Ashley Haw – Osage

 

Lori Luebbers – Sumner

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 30, 2017

Eastern Iowa Snow Monday

Many in eastern Iowa saw snow beginning late Monday morning.

Decorah late Monday morning

Near the Dubuque County Fair Grounds (Virginia Castillo)

Guttenberg snow Monday afternoon (Rod McLane)

The snow continued into the afternoon and mostly cleared the area before sunset Monday.

Cedar Falls (Kyle Kiel)

Graupel in Jesup (Carol Wilson)

Durango (Michele Bussan)

Lime Springs (Mike Danahue)

Totals ranged from a dusting to 1.0 inch for most. Snow totals of 1.0 inch in Dorchester and 2.0 inches in Dubuque county were also reported.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on December 11, 2017

Sunday Sunset Snapshots

We had a beautiful weekend of weather across eastern Iowa.  With some mid and high level clouds in the sky, the sunset on Sunday was excellent.  Here are some photos from KWWL viewers.

Marisa Krivachek – Calmar

 

Kenetta Ladage – Orange, IA

 

Leslie Miller – Waukon

 

Mike Knowles – Dubuque

 

Mike Weinard – Iowa City

 

Morgan McMillan – Waukon

 

Nena and Mark Winter – Waucoma

 

Sheila Rae – Postville

 

Stephanie Kleiner – Waterloo

 

Steve Kofron – Hudson

 

Sydney Alber – Eldorado

 

Taylor Kuennen – West Union

 

Timmy Vakranoff – Anamosa

 

Wendy Perry – Cedar Falls

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on November 26, 2017

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Northern Lights Tuesday Night

On Tuesday evening and night, parts of eastern Iowa may have looked north and seen the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights forecast Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Here is a photo of the northern lights in Bryant in Clinton County from Tuesday night.

 

The forecast for Wednesday evening viewing is similar for eastern Iowa:

Northern Lights forecast Wednesday, November 8, 2017

If you would like to try to see the Northern Lights, look north tonight in areas away from city lights.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 8, 2017

Weather’s effect on Foliage

It is that time of the year again. Temperatures are cooler. Days are shorter. It is also a little more colorful, as well.

This year, leaves across eastern Iowa peaked a little later than normal.

There are many reasons why this happened. It all boils down to one major factor: the weather. Our weather patterns in September and October influence just how bright the colors of the trees get…and when they reach their peak for viewing.

In a period of drought, leaves may fall before developing any color. Strong winds (from tropical storms, thunderstorms or a potent front) may also leave the trees to the same fate.

Above normal temperatures postpone the fall color and subsequently the leaves falling. Each season’s foliage is different due to the combination of dry and wet days leading up to the time of peak color.

With cooler temperatures, expect more color and then more leaves to rake across the area.

For more information, click here.

To find the latest fall color report, click here.

 

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

Friday Photos

Jessica Weissenfluh near Waucoma

Ann Marie Lusson Waterloo

Laura Frisch Hammersley Rural Black Hawk County

Patty Mechtel Sumner-Fredericksburg H.S.

Kim

John Daniels Iowa County

Steve Kofron Hudson

Dave Lau

Marilyn Schaufenbel near Waverly

Darrell and Juli Dall-Viet Waukon

Stacy Guyer-Oakland West Union

Mike Graber Cedar Rapids

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This post was written by Schnack on October 20, 2017

Warm Weather…For Now

A WARM DAY
It was another warm fall day with high temperatures in the 70s. Normal highs this time of year are near 60.  We have a few more days with high temperatures in the 70s and then it turns cooler next week.

Here is a list of how many days Waterloo had a high temperature of 70 degrees or warmer from Oct 1-17 in the last 10 years.

 

TRACKING A COLD FRONT

We will be ahead of a cold front Friday and Saturday. A gusty south wind pushes high temperatures in the 70s again. The front if forecast to cross the state Saturday and bring with it a chance of showers/storms. The storm chances ends Saturday night once the front moves east of Iowa. Rain amounts forecast are 0.50″ to 1.00″. Amounts near 1″ will be with any storms, if they develop.  The map below shows the forecast position of the cold front Saturday morning.

 

TROPIC UPDATE
The weather is quiet in tropics and nothing is forecast to develop in a couple of days.

 

EVENING PHOTOS

 

National High and Low Temperature Wednesday, October 18, 2017

102 at Ocotillo Wells, CA

14 at Bodie State Park, CA
14 at Lake George, CO

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This post was written by Schnack on October 18, 2017

Fall and Sunset Photos

Several KWWL viewers sent us pictures of fall and/or the sunset from this weekend.  If you ever have a photo to share, feel free to do so on our KWWL or KWWL Storm Track 7 Facebook pages, or email us at weather@kwwl.com.

Jared Steven – Lansing

 

April Martin – Hazleton

 

Betsy Stahl – Lansing

 

Brandon Walker – Hudson

 

Darwin Johnson – near Postville

 

Dawn Blaser-Rise — Dubuque

 

Jessica Kruth

 

Jessica Ricchio – Oelwein Lake

 

Pat Graetz Erickson – Galena, IL

 

Debra and Rick Heins -Postville and Tri-City Golf Course in Luana

 

Sheila Rae- Decorah

 

Sheila Rae – Waukon

 

Stephanie Kleiner – McGregor

 

David Quiram – Parnell

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 15, 2017