Archive for December, 2012

January weather outlook

December 24, 2012 0 Comments
January weather outlook

Long range weather outlook for January shows Iowa’s temperatures near normal. January is climatologically the coldest month of the year. Precipitation looks like it’ll favor above normal for most of us. Here are the maps…

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December 19-20 2012 blizzard

December 23, 2012 0 Comments
December 19-20 2012 blizzard

Impressive visible satellite image taken on Friday 12/21/12 after the blizzard had gone through. Note the rivers appearing through the deep snow cover!

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Parhelia (Sundogs) on December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012 0 Comments
Parhelia (Sundogs) on December 14, 2012

Cirrus clouds were spreading across the sky late Friday afternoon. These clouds were in advance of a big, moist cyclone. The Sun was still visible through the high clouds…and as the Sun’s light passed through the ice crystals in the cirrus, the light was refracted (like shining a light through a prism) The result was […]

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Jeff’s trip to La Crosse

December 8, 2012 0 Comments
Jeff’s trip to La Crosse

I was glad to visit with the folks at the National Weather Service office in La Crosse on Thursday, December 6. The NWS offered a seminar on the new dual-polarization radar, and TV meteorologists from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin gathered to learn about the new tool. We also spent part of the day discussing the […]

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First snow of the season?

December 5, 2012 0 Comments
First snow of the season?

The GFS model continues to indicate quite a bit of moisture over Iowa by Sunday, 12/9. Note the low pressure center moving through Illinois. The classic “Colorado Panhandle Hook” type storm…stay tuned!

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Jeff’s trip to Dunkerton

December 1, 2012 0 Comments
Jeff’s trip to Dunkerton

Click here to see the Dunkerton students saying hello!I was happy to spend the day in Dunkerton on Tuesday, November 27. I got to visit with the 5th and 6th grade students, and I really enjoyed my time with them. We learned about earth/Sun relationships, how the seasons change, how important snow is in determining […]

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