Monthly Rain Records

The chart shows the record rainfall for each month in Waterloo. The rain amount this month is the most of any month.

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This post was written by Schnack on September 26, 2018

EF-0 Tornado and Record Rain

A brief tornado touched down south of town (Mechanicsville) Tuesday afternoon. Two grain bins were damaged and some corn.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

You are probably are not going to be surprised to read this, but it has been the wettest month on record. Not just for the September, but for any month on record in Waterloo. The 1.14″ of rain that fell today pushed us from 4th place to the #1 spot.

Here is the break down through the 25th on how much rain fell on what day at Waterloo.

Here are other monthly totals:
Cedar Rapids 6.36″
Dubuque 8.22″
Iowa City 6.85″

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This post was written by Schnack on September 25, 2018

Top 10 Wettest

Showers and storms moved through eastern Iowa Tuesday morning into the early afternoon. Rain came down heavy with the storms during the morning. There were some strong wind gusts with the storms as well. Waterloo reported a peak wind gust of 39 mph, Cedar Rapids 50 mph, Iowa City 52 mph and Dubuque had just 26 mph. Through the early evening, everyone has received at least 0.50″. The map below shows the amounts across eastern Iowa.

There is no more rain in the forecast through midnight so the 1.34″ of rain in Waterloo is most likely the total for the day. That amount ties the daily record originally set in 1900.

The rain totals for the month are well above normal. Waterloo is so far above normal it is now in the top 10 wettest September’s on record.

We still have a lot of the month to go. Just in the next two days we have chances of rain. It will not take much rain go get into the 4th position.

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This post was written by Schnack on September 18, 2018

Rainfall Record in Waterloo

A new daily rainfall record for September 1st was made in Waterloo.  The old record was set back in 1931.

No doubt, it’s a very wet start to the month of September.

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 1, 2018

Record Heat

No doubt about it, it’s been an unusually warm Memorial Day weekend across eastern Iowa.  Here are the high temperatures from across the area:

Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City all broke records.  Some of those records were more than 100 years old!

These temperatures are unusual for May, but to put this into perspective, it hasn’t been this warm in our neck of the woods since 2012 and 2013.  Last time temperatures were this warm:

Waterloo: September 10, 2013 97°
Dubuque: July 25, 2012 101°
Cedar Rapids: September 10, 2013 97°
Iowa City: September 10, 2013 99°

The heat is not going to let up as we head into the Memorial Day holiday itself, with more record heat likely.  Fortunately, the humidity levels won’t be terrible.  If this were toward the middle of summer where we had corn at its peak, this would be more unbearable for us.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on May 27, 2018

Record April Cold

It’s cold.  It’s plain and simple.  You and I both know its cold, and the record books show it.

Here are the high temperatures from Monday.  These are typically temperatures we’d see in February.

These are the coldest temperatures we’ve ever seen on April 16th.  Waterloo and Cedar rapids tied the record, while Dubuque and Iowa City broke the record cold maximum temperatures.

The first half of the month has been on for the record books.  Waterloo, Dubuque and Iowa City’s average temperature is the coldest its ever been for the first 15 days of April on record, with Cedar Rapids coming in as the second coldest.

Waterloo: 30.6°

Dubuque: 31.1°

Cedar Rapids: 36.4° (#2)  — (#1: 35.9° in 1975 )

Iowa City: 35.2°

There is good news, warmer temperatures are forecast by the end of the week, into the weekend.

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on April 16, 2018

Record Cold High Temperatures

There’s no better way to say this — it just wasn’t a great weekend in eastern Iowa.  If it’s going to be this cold, might as well set some records, right?

Here are the high temperatures from April 15th across eastern Iowa:

These are high temperatures we typically would see in late January or early February.  They were good enough for the coldest high temperatures for the date.

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

Very Cold Start to April

If you thought it was a cold start to the month of April, you are absolutely right.

In fact, the average temperatures for April 1-10 for Waterloo, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City were the coldest on record in the Big 4.

Colder than normal temperatures are forecast through the next couple of weeks.  The average high this time of year is nearing 60°.

 

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on April 11, 2018

Record Cold Tuesday Morning

It was another very cold April morning across eastern Iowa, with temperatures generally in the 20s.

A few areas dipped into the teens, like Waterloo, which broke the old record of 18°.

Temperatures warm up over the next few days, before cooling down later this weekend and into next week.  Average highs are around 60° April 16th through 20th.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on April 10, 2018

Record Cold

It was a very cold April 4. The record cold high temperature was broken in Waterloo and Dubuque.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 4, 2018