This Doesn’t Happen Often

December 8, 2017

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Southern Snow

December 7, 2017

We have not had our first 1″ of snow in eastern Iowa yet this fall/winter. Some are happy about that while at the same time some are not. As we sit here and wait for our first 1″ of snow….at some point arrive. It is not in the forecast at least through next week.

Parts of the south will receive 1″ of snow first, at least first compared to eastern Iowa. It could be as far south as south Texas. A few Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for Texas east to Mississippi and Alabama. Now you have to keep in mind the threshold for these warnings are much different than what we would need to have a winter storm warning issued in eastern Iowa. The locations in south Texas will get 1-3″ of snow.

Here is a look at the snow falling at College Station, TX this evening.

Here is a map showing the percentage of winters with measurable snow in the south. South Texas is under 5%.

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The Fire Continues to Burn

December 7, 2017

The fire, north of Los Angeles, continues to burn with very little containment. Here is a look at the smoke viewed from the International Space Station. Notice how close it is to the city of Los Angeles.

The smoke is forecast to move over the Pacific and then north along the coast of California and Oregon.

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Southern California Fire

December 6, 2017

There is a large fire in southern California, just north of Los Angeles. The satellite shows the smoke produced by the fire being pushed west by the Santa Ana Winds.

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Very Cold Start

December 6, 2017

Thursday morning is going to be very cold with low temperatures in the teens and a wind from the NW around 10-20 mph. Here is a look at where the wind chills are forecast to be at 8 AM.

The temperature outlook keeps temperatures below normal through December 20.

 

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A Big Change

December 4, 2017

It felt more like the beginning of October than the beginning of December. Here is a look at the high temperatures from today.

A cold front pushed through eastern Iowa this evening. A few showers and storms were along the front. The chart below shows how warm the temperatures were Sunday night and Monday and today before the cold front moved through. Once it did the temperatures fell fast.

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Full Supermoon Tonight

December 3, 2017

Tonight is the last full moon of the year and also is a “Supermoon”.

The moon will appear bigger and brighter tonight….for those able to see it.

By around midnight, a warm front will be draped in southern Minnesota. That means eastern Iowa will be located in the warm sector ahead of a cold front. Scattered showers with an isolated thunderstorm track through tonight and that chance continues into Monday morning.

If you are looking to view the Supermoon tonight, it looks like you’ll have to travel. Good news? The next Supermoon comes in January 2018 so there isn’t too much wait time between events.

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Last Full Moon of the Year

December 2, 2017

It’s the last Full Moon of 2017 — and it’s a “Supermoon.”  It gets its name because it is when the Full Moon or New Moon is when the Moon is closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbit.

We have a clear sky to enjoy, and temperatures aren’t too cold.

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Meteorological Winter

December 1, 2017

December 1st marks the beginning of Meteorological winter; the three coldest months out of the year climatologically.  (December, January, February)

The first few days of December will be above average, but by next week through the middle of the month, temperatures are forecast to be at or just below average.

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November 2017 Review & December Preview

November 30, 2017

It was a drier than normal month as far as rain and snow went across eastern Iowa.  And, despite the warm second half of the month, the cooler start to the month caused the monthly average temperature to be at, or just below average.  The only exception is Iowa City, which was 0.2° above the average.

    

The Storm Track 7 forecast calls for a warm start to the first few days of December, but we are certainly in for a reality check as we head into next week.  Here is how a typical December shapes up for Waterloo and Dubuque (where official records are held at the airports).

 

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