Near Record Rainfall

On Monday, January 22, Waterloo reported 2.01″ of rain. The previous daily rain and/or melted snow record was 0.49″ in 1982. Not only was it a daily record, it was close to the wettest day in the month of January. That record amount is 2.04″ on the 29th in 1909. The chart below shows the daily record rain and/or melted snow for each month of the year in Waterloo.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 24, 2018

50s in January

Normal highs for late January run in the mid to upper 20s. It is normal for temperatures to get a little warmer than normal at any time of the year. January high temperatures near and above 50°, however, are less likely. We have seen multiple “January thaws” so far this month but this past weekend was exceptionally warm.

Waterloo actually tied a record high temperature on Saturday, January 20th:

Out of the Big Four in our area, Waterloo was the only to hit 50° this past weekend. January temperatures have not been this warm in five years. In the past decade, only two other years have had highs reach or surpass 50°.

Click the photos below to enlarge. These charts show how many January days warmed to at least 50° through Sunday evening (January 21, 2018).

Waterloo:

Dubuque:

Cedar Rapids:

Iowa City:

It was almost five years to the date since Waterloo recorded a January high in the 50s. The high on January 19, 2013 was an even 50°…the same as the high on January 20, 2018. Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Iowa City saw their last 50° January high near the end of the month in 2013.

Dubuque 01/29/13 high: 55°
Cedar Rapids 01/29/13 high: 58°
Iowa City 01/29/13 high: 59°

Sunshine broke through clouds in southeastern Iowa today. Temperatures there climbed into the 50s by midday.

Temperatures may near 50° later this week.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on January 22, 2018

Above Zero

Another morning with record low temperatures. Back to back morning with record lows to start of the new year.

Time to celebrate. The temperatures are above zero for the first time since Friday night.

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This post was written by Schnack on January 2, 2018

New Records to Start the Year

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This post was written by Schnack on January 1, 2018

Records Broken

It is hard to believe were are at the end of November and highs today reached the 70s. Records were not broken by one or two degrees….they were shattered easily.

Here is a look at other record high temperatures across Iowa.

In addition to record highs today we had some gusty south winds. Here are the peak wind gusts.

30 mph Waterloo
36 mph Dubuque
35 mph Cedar Rapids
34 mph Iowa City

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This post was written by Schnack on November 24, 2017

A Wet October

We have only one more day in October and no rain in the forecast through midnight Tuesday night.

Waterloo rain total is at 5.55″. The record October rainfall is 5.86″ in 2009. It doesn’t look like we will break this record so we will have to settle for coming in 2nd.

The chart below breaks down when the rain fall and the blue lines shows the accumulated amount through the month.

 

In Dubuque, the October rain total is 6.19″ making it the 9th wettest October on record in Dubuque.

Here is the rainfall breakdown for Dubuque in October.

 

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on October 30, 2017

Another Record High

It was 91° in Moline, IL today. This tied the record high set in 1920.

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This post was written by Schnack on September 25, 2017

Near Record Highs Friday

We are ending the summer on a HOT note, with high temperatures in the 80s and 90s across eastern Iowa over the last few days.  In fact, Cedar Rapids tied the record high for September 21st at 93°, which was last reached on this date in 1920.  The Autumnal Equinox is at 3:02 PM Friday.  However, it’s going to still feel like we are in the middle of summer.  High temperatures will be very close to record for September 22nd.

There seems to be a better chance at tomorrow being the warmest start to Fall ever across eastern Iowa.  Keep in mind, each year the Autumnal Equinox may vary between September 22nd or September 23rd.

However, if you are one of those people ready for fall-like weather, we don’t have to wait too long.  The long-term trends point to cooler temperatures by the middle of next week, and at or below normal temperatures as we head into the first week of October.  This is from the Climate Prediction Center.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 21, 2017

Hot and Humid then Slight Risk Late Sunday Night

This stagnant weather pattern we have been in continues again today. A stationary front sticks around to the north and a front lingers to the west. In between those two boundaries, we have a continued flow of air from the southwest. The air that is flowing in from the southwest is very warm and quite humid.

If you were looking for a break from yesterday’s heat and humidity…today won’t be your day. Highs reach the low to mid-90s from north to south.

A strong southwesterly wind unfortunately does not provide much relief from the summer-like conditions.

The front that sits to our north could fire up a few storms in our extreme northern areas, but the bulk of the storms stay into Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Another humid evening is on the way across the area. Lows only fall to near 70° with breezy winds. A stray storm is possible overnight, as well. A few more clouds track in for Monday, which may keep it a couple of degrees cooler than Sunday. Temperatures still land above average for this time of year.

 

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

Record Heat Possible This Weekend

This weekend’s forecast features the “triple H” = hazy, hot and humid. Plentiful sunshine helps temperatures today reach the 90s for all of eastern Iowa. On top of that, winds today come from a mainly southwesterly direction, meaning that it will continuously pull in warm air but also the winds pull humidity into the area. Winds today will be strong and gusty.

Air conditioning units will be on in full force this weekend. With heat and humidity like this, it is so important that you stay hydrated and always check the back seat before leaving your car.

We don’t see much relief from the humidity overnight. Lows fall to near 70° with breezy winds. Tomorrow, we make a better run for record highs. Once again, we soar into the low to mid 90s. Some record highs for the date tomorrow (June 11th) are from the 1920s and 1930s. Sunshine (and wind once again) will be abundant again for Sunday.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on June 10, 2017