Uncategorized

Summer 2013 begins Friday June 21 at 12:04 AM

June 19, 2013 0 Comments
Summer 2013 begins Friday June 21 at 12:04 AM

The Earth revolves around the Sun one time each year. The Earth’s axis is always tilted…the Northern axis points toward the North Star, Polaris. The combination of the axis tilt and the revolution around the Sun makes the seasons change. Right now the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun. From our perspecitve it looks […]

Continue Reading »

Jeff’s trip to Grundy Center

May 25, 2013 0 Comments
Jeff’s trip to Grundy Center

Click here to see theGrundy Center 4th graders saying hello!The 4th graders at Grundy Center Elementary school invited me to visit their classroom on Tuesday, May 21. We talked about the EF5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma. We looked at pictures of hurricanes and blizzards. We learned about how important the Sun is when it […]

Continue Reading »

Very few tornadoes!

May 12, 2013 0 Comments
Very few tornadoes!

The Eastern part of Iowa is served by 3 separate National Weather Service offices. One is in Des Moines, one in Davenport and another in La Crosse. This map shows the number of days that has elapsed since the last tornado warning issued by the individual NWS offices. Note that for the NWS Des Moines […]

Continue Reading »

Updated outlook for May

May 12, 2013 0 Comments
Updated outlook for May

Quite a big change from the earlier May outlooks…now our part of the country is forecast to be cooler and wetter than normal. Based on the first week of the month, this may not be too big of a stretch…

Continue Reading »

Three Chilly Saints

May 11, 2013 0 Comments
Three Chilly Saints

Many years ago people kept track of time with the church’s calendar. May 11, 12 and 13 belong to St. Mamertus, St. Pancrus and St. Servatius. Folklore says “St. Servatius will not pass without a frost” and “He who shears his sheep before St. Servatius loves his wool more than his sheep” Also referred to […]

Continue Reading »

Jeff’s trip to Cresco

May 4, 2013 0 Comments
Jeff’s trip to Cresco

  Click here to see the Cresco students saying hello!I was happy to go back to Howard County on Tuesday, April 30. The fine folks at Cresco Crestwood Middle School invited me to talk to the 8th grade students as they begin their unit on weather. We covered lots of topics including severe local storms, […]

Continue Reading »

Snow in May??!!

May 2, 2013 0 Comments
Snow in May??!!

Here are some of the latest snowfall reports from today’s storm…

Continue Reading »

Another wet stretch?

April 27, 2013 0 Comments
Another wet stretch?

Another slow-moving cut-off cyclone is forecast to move through the Midwest beginning May 1. The storm looks like it’ll bring lots of rainy weather our way! Here is the latest precipitation outlook for the next 7 days.

Continue Reading »

Jeff’s Sunday morning run through Marion (with almost 1,000 of my closest friends)

April 21, 2013 0 Comments
Jeff’s Sunday morning run through Marion (with almost 1,000 of my closest friends)

Many thanks to the fine folks with the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary. The inaugural Rotary Marathon for Shoes was held Sunday April 21. There was a marathon and half-marathon…we started and finished at Linn Mar High School. 3 words…WIND…HILLS…WHEW! I enjoyed my morning in Marion. I wanna do another half-marathon…just not right away.

Continue Reading »

How will the weather be in May?

April 20, 2013 0 Comments
How will the weather be in May?

Will our weather EVER warm up?! Will it EVER dry out?! Here is the outlook for the month of May… The reddish colors on the temperature map indicate warmer than normal while the blue indicates colder.  “EC” means “Equal Chances”…or near normal.  On the precipitation map the brown colors indicate drier than normal…”EC again means […]

Continue Reading »