Super Bowl Weather

Here is a look at some of the weather facts related to the past Super Bowls.


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This post was written by Schnack on February 4, 2018

Sunshine Monday turns to rain Tuesday


October is known for warm days and cool nights as the days keep getting shorter and shorter. The leaves are changing from green to the beautiful mixture of reds, yellows and oranges. Hopefully no storms with a lot of wind move through the area and knock down the leaves prematurely.  Craig Wenthe sent me this photo of the changing leaves.


We had a wide range of temperatures across Iowa earlier this afternoon. It felt more like winter in northwest Iowa with temperatures in the 30s, a gusty wind, and some rain. At the same time, it was more like summer in southeast Iowa with temperatures in the low 80s.



Wind gusts today were roughly from 15-30 mph from the north. It remains breezy tonight with a north wind. The wind comes from the northeast direction Tuesday. Here are the highest wind gusts from Monday:

31 mph Waterloo
22 mph Dubuque
21 mph Cedar Rapids
17 mph Iowa City


Not too far to our north, cold weather settles in tonight and brings the growing season to an end. Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings are in effect as temperatures drop into the 20s and low 30s. On average, eastern Iowa would have already had the first frost. The first frost is typically during the end of September and the beginning of October. So far is has not been that cold yet in most locations.



We are tracking a storm, located along the Oklahoma and Kansas state line this evening. It is forecast to track across Missouri and Illinois Tuesday. The result be clouds increasing tonight with a few light showers by sunrise Tuesday. Light showers in the morning become heavier in the afternoon and evening. Clouds, rain and a northeast wind combine to keep temperatures only in the 50s for afternoon highs. The rain will gradually taper off after midnight Tuesday night. Heavier rain amounts are expected to be across our southern counties.



The tropics have been active this year. The tropics are quiet right now. The only storm out there is way out in the Atlantic Ocean. It is Tropical Storm Ophelia. The forecast is to keep Ophelia in the open waters of the Atlantic.



National High and Low Temperature Monday, October 9, 2017
98 at Laredo, TX
1 at Bodie State Park Bridgeport, CA


Posted under Fall Colors, Sports, Temperatures, Tropics, Windy

This post was written by Schnack on October 9, 2017

Sunshine on (Super Bowl) Sunday

Happy Super Bowl Sunday (and National Weatherperson’s Day)! The forecast today looks mild for Iowa, but a little chillier than Houston.

Yesterday’s clouds and winds have moved out and today will be a near average day. Highs rise to the mid 20s through the upper 30s. A light breeze from the northwest will keep our highs a couple of degrees cooler than yesterday. Partly cloudy skies continue through the overnight before more clouds track in on Monday.

Even though clouds increase for Monday, it will also be the warmest day until next weekend. To the north, we’ll reach the upper 30s and low 40s. Southern counties reach the upper 40s – to near 50! It’s not too much longer after we reach our highs on Monday that Mother Nature reminds us that it is the BEGINNING of February. Light rain tracks in late tomorrow and transitions over to a wintry mix for Tuesday. A cold front crosses the state Tuesday and drags in cold air behind it. Highs on Wednesday won’t be warmer than the low 20s. We begin to rebound temperatures on Thursday.

Friday will be breezy with highs back into the upper 30s and next weekend looks mainly dry with highs in the low 40s.


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This post was written by Rachael Peart on February 5, 2017

Outback Bowl Forecast

Looks like a warm football game Monday.

Outback Bowl Forecast 2



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This post was written by Schnack on December 31, 2016

Wind Diminish Late Tonight

Here are the peak wind gusts across the area.
Peak Wind Gust - 4 Lines

The wind remains strong through the evening before diminishing after midnight.

Wind Forecast

Tonight: Partly cloudy and windy. Low: 18-24. Winds: NW 15-25 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: 29-36. Winds: NW to S 10-15 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy and breezy. Low: 24-28. Winds: S 10-20 mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy and windy (NW 15-25 mph). High: 30.

New Year’s Day: Partly cloudy. High: 35.

Monday: 50% chance of rain. High: 38.

Tuesday: 20% chance of snow and breezy (NW 10-20 mph). High: 28.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, cold and breezy (NW 10-20 mph). High: 15.

Thursday: Partly cloudy and cold. High: 12.

A mostly clear sky tonight continues through Friday with sunshine. Clouds move back in as the wind increases Friday night. Clouds clear Saturday morning for plenty of sunshine in the afternoon. Saturday morning is windy, but the afternoon the wind lightens up.

If you are heading out for New Years the sky will be clear with a light wind. Temperatures around midnight are in the teens.


We are tracking a storm forecast to bring rain to the area Monday and a few light snow showers Monday night and Tuesday morning. Wednesday and Thursday are cold with highs in the teens.

A nice warm location would be Florida to watch the Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl.

Outback Bowl Forecast 




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This post was written by Schnack on December 29, 2016

Baseball Weather

Baseball season is about to start. Here is a look at the normal high temps for a few locations through the season. Baseball


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This post was written by Schnack on March 31, 2016

Super Bowl Weather & Climate Stats 1967-2015


17 of 49 Bowls Played indoors(34.7%)

18 of 49 Bowls had a Trace or More of Rain at nearby Airport(37%)

2 Bowls had Snow on Game Day (1982,2006)

1 Bowl played during an Ice Storm (2000)

Warmest High Temperature of 82° (1973,2003)

Coldest High Temp for Dome Game 16° (1982)

Coldest High Temp for Non-Dome Game 43° (1972)

Wettest Super Bowl .92 inches (2007)

Outside Games With High Wind Gust (1980, 1984, 1989,2007)


The above stats come from William Schmitz (Southeast Regional Climate Center)


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This post was written by Schnack on February 6, 2016

No Weather Problems

The weather in California, at the Rose Bowl, is going to be pleasant.


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This post was written by Schnack on December 29, 2015

Saturday Football Forecasts

There are a couple of big games for our local football teams this weekend. The forecast for the Panthers will be wet. The Hawkeyes don’t need to worry since it is in a dome. Both forecasts will help you while you head to and come home from the locations.

Festival Graphic 3 Part 2 Festival Graphic


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This post was written by Schnack on December 2, 2015

A Record Cold Kickoff

The coldest temperature in history at kickoff in Jack Trice Stadium (Ames) was 17 degrees. It was the last game of the season in 1991 (November 23) against Colorado. The forecast at kickoff this Saturday is 13.


Posted under Records, Sports

This post was written by Schnack on November 22, 2013