Rainfall Totals- Past 24 Hours Through 9 AM Sunday

August 5, 2018

TOWN 24 HR RAIN TOTAL Through 9 AM Sun

 

   
Waterloo (Airport) 0.13
Dubuque (Airport) 0.08
Cedar Rapids (Airport) 0.28
Iowa City (Airport) 0.06
 
Amana 4.7 W 0.03
Anamosa 3 SSW Trace
Asbury 0.01
Cedar Falls 0.4 WNW 0.14
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 0.15
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 0.07
Charles City COOP 0.44
Cresco 1 NE 0.15
Decorah 4.9 SE 0.15
Decorah 7.9 mi ENE 0.32
Dysart 3.1 N 0.08
Eldora 1.2 ENE 0.18
Garwin 0.11
Grinnell 3SW 0.12
Grundy Center 0.10
Hampton 0.16
Ionia 2 mi W 0.30
Iowa Falls 0.18
Lansing 4.1 NW 0.15
Lowden Trace
Monona 0.10
Nashua 2 SW 0.34
New Hampton 0.3 mi NNW 0.35
New Hampton 0.4 mi SW 0.34
Osage 4.7 E 0.21
Quasqueton 0.5 W 0.19
Rickardsville 0.2 W 0.02
St. Ansgar COOP 0.22
Strawberry Point 0.01
Toledo 3 mi N 0.07
Tripoli 0.32
Urbana 0.14
Vinton 0.08
Volga 1 NE 0.05
Winthrop 5.6 NNE 0.07
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2012 vs 2018 Droughts

August 3, 2018

Another heat wave is tracking into Iowa this weekend which may have you wondering how many days we’ve seen 90° or higher?

Waterloo typically reaches 90° or higher around 21 days a year. This is based on the average from 1895 to 2018. Below shows how many times Waterloo has hit 90° or more in the past 10 years, including this year.

MAY JUNE JULY AUG SEP Total
2008 0 1 3 0 0 4
2009 0 3 0 1 0 4
2010 2 0 3 5 0 10
2011 1 5 10 3 1 20
2012 2 7 21 10 3 43
2013 1 1 9 6 3 20
2014 0 0 1 3 1 5
2015 0 1 2 1 3 7
2016 0 5 1 1 1 8
2017 0 8 3 0 6 17
2018 4 7 3 14

It’s obvious to note that 2012 was an extreme year. Most of July saw 90°+ days , 5 days were 100° or more. 2012 was also the year we saw a flash drought develop across the Midwest. A flash drought is when an area sees high temperatures and rapidly decreasing soil moisture in a short amount of time. Many farmers compared the drought to the one that happened in the 80s. July 2012 only recorded 0.76″ of rain (normal: 4.91″). Below is the extent of the drought in 2012.

100% of the state was in severe drought conditions and 30.75% of that was in extreme drought conditions. To compare to 2018, 11% of the state in currently in moderate drought conditions and 0.84% is in extreme drought conditions.

Unfortunately, little rain is in the forecast over the next 7 days along with warmer than normal temperatures. The drought will likely continue to expand across southern Iowa.

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July 19 Tornado Outbreak

August 2, 2018

The National Weather Service has now confirmed 15 tornadoes have occurred on July 19, 2018 in Iowa. Here is a break down on the ratings.

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

Below is the official path the Marshalltown tornado took according the the National Weather Service:

 

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August Night Sky

August 1, 2018

Highlight this month is the Perseid meteor shower.

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Tuesday Weather Photos

July 31, 2018

Rainbow looking towards Volga State Park from Hwy. 150 (Credit: Kathleen Bonjour)

Sunrise in Hudson (Credit: Steve Kofron)

Credit: Jenn Hinzman

Sunset in Rossville (Credit: Joseph Kubitz)

Double rainbow (Credit: Travis McBride)

Sunset (Credit: Sheila Rae)

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National Heat Stroke Prevention Day

July 31, 2018

July 31st is National Heat Stroke Prevention Day. Heat stroke is the most severe of the heat-related illnesses and it can be deadly.

On average, more than 35 children die in hot cars every year in the United States. As of July 31, 2018 more than 20 children died in hot cars so far this year. Children’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s.

It only takes minutes for a locked or closed car to heat up. Within 10 minutes, a car can warm up to 20°. The inside of the car continues to heat up even if you leave the windows cracked.

Remember –  it does not need to be extremely warm outside for your vehicle to warm up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests not only checking the backseat for children and pets, but to also lock vehicles to avoid children getting into and potentially getting stuck in a hot car.

Heat stroke does not only happen for children. Adults, especially many who work outdoors, can also experience the potentially deadly illness. Even county fair or outdoor festival goers should know ways to avoid heatstroke and other heat illnesses.

For more information on hot cars and heatstroke from the Iowa DOT, click here.

For more information on heat illnesses, click here and here.

If you are interested in raising awareness, you can find some social media posts here.

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24 Hour Rain Reports

July 31, 2018

Here are some rain reports across eastern Iowa for the 24 hours ending 2:30PM Tuesday, July 31, 2018:

Waterloo 0.00
Dubuque 0.48
Cedar Rapids 0.10
Iowa City 0.01
Anamosa 3SSW, IA 0.53
Bellevue 0.3 SSW 0.01
CALMAR, IA 0.43
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 0.01
Center Junction 2.6 W 0.03
Center Point 0.6 NNW 0.60
Central City 6.7 W 0.12
CHARLES CITY, IA Trace
COGGON, IA Trace
Coralville 1.4 S 0.01
Corning, IA 0.42
Decorah 4.9SE 0.50
Dubuque #3, IA 0.05
Dysart 3.1 N Trace
ELKADER 6SSW, IA 0.02
ELMA, IA 0.04
Fairfax 4.0 NW 0.02
FULTON, IA 0.23
GUTTENBERG L & D 10, IA 0.26
Hopkinton 5.4 WSW 0.13
Independence 0.9 WNW 0.27
IONIA 2W, IA 0.02
Iowa City 8.0 NE 0.17
Kalona 7.3 NNW Trace
LOWDEN, IA 0.02
MANCHESTER NO. 2, IA 0.05
MAQUOKETA 4 W, IA 0.19
Marengo 3.6 N 0.01
Monticello, IA 0.02
NASHUA 2SW, IA Trace
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.07
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.01
NEW HAMPTON, IA 0.05
Nora Springs 2.4 SSE 0.04
Rickardsville 0.2 W Trace
Sigourney, IA Trace
Solon 0.3 ESE Trace
ST ANSGAR, IA Trace
STANLEY 4 W, IA Trace
TOLEDO 3 N, IA Trace
TRAER, IA 0.01
TRIPOLI, IA 0.02
VINTON, IA 0.20
VOLGA 1NE, IA Trace
WASHINGTON, IA 0.16
Wellman 4.0 E 0.09
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Lightning strikes a tree

July 30, 2018

A tree was struck by lightning in Guttenberg this evening. Looking at the radar, it appears it was struck sometime between 5:00 and 6:30.

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Mars is close

July 30, 2018

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Funnel Clouds Sunday

July 29, 2018

Cold air funnel cloud reports started coming in just before 3 PM from Dike to Waterloo. More funnel reports came in for Tiffin and Coralville between 4:30 PM and 5 PM. Cold air funnels are typically brief, drop a few hundred feet from the cloud base and don’t touch the ground to become tornadoes. Below are some of the pictures shared with KWWL.

Picture Taken by Melissa Azbill in Tiffin

Picture Taken by Bryan Van Pelt in Waterloo

Picture taken by Britteny Arends North of Grundy Center

Picture Taken by Heidi Olsen 5 miles west of Cedar Falls

Picture taken by Jackie Wicks Wilson near John Deere on Ridgeway

Picture taken by Beverly Abernathy in New Hartford

Another picutre by Heidi Olsen

Picture taken by Michelle Bonjour near Dike and Stout

Picture taken by Mark Schnackenberg in Cedar Falls

Picture taken by Crystal Hoffard-Spray in Cedar Falls

Picture taken by Michelle Niedert Cook in Cedar Falls

Picture taken by Lisa Hovey near Byrnes Pool

Picture taken by Laurie Roethler in Cedar Falls

Picture taken by Luanna Davis in Cedar Falls

Picture taken by Brittany Craun near Shell Rock

Picture taken by Laura Thovson Young near Grundy Center

 

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