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Overnight Update

In All Posts, Winter Weather by Dan Herrstrom0 Comments

Earlier this afternoon the Blizzard Warning was expanded to the east and slightly south due to shifts in the projected track of the storm. Projected totals remain around the same as previously forecast. Northwest Iowa is expected to see 6-9″, …

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Winter Returning

In All Posts, Winter Weather by Dan Herrstrom0 Comments

Winter looks to make its return to at least part of the state this evening and on through the day on Friday. Rain or in some locations a rain/snow mix is expected to start later this afternoon with  those area …

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Record February Warmth

In All Posts, Debrief by Derek McKay0 Comments

Today felt more like we are approaching summer instead of mid winter as warm southwesterly breezes brought unprecedented warmth into our state. Highs ranged from the lower to middle 70s across the south to 50s and 60s across the north …

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Record February Warmth

In All Posts, Debrief by Derek McKay0 Comments

Today felt more like we are approaching summer instead of mid winter as warm southwesterly breezes brought unprecedented warmth into our state. Highs ranged from the lower to middle 70s across the south to 50s and 60s across the north …

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Updated: EF-0, EF-1 Tornadoes Confirmed in East Central Iowa Saturday

In All Posts, Damage Surveys, Debrief, Historical, Severe Weather by Henry Campbell0 Comments

Updated information from the NWS in the Quad Cities shows that two tornadoes touched down in eastern Iowa on Saturday. The first moved across the southwest portion of Lake Delhi with tree damage the predominant report. This tornado has an estimated peak winds of about 90 MPH, making it an EF-1. The second affected north of the Worthington area – only about 10 miles away from Delhi. This storm is estimated to have had 70 MPH winds with it, making it a EF-0.

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12 Counties Now Under Burn Ban

In All Posts, Fire Weather by Henry Campbell0 Comments

As fire weather conditions cook up for the fall season with the recent dry weather, strong winds, and low relative humidity, the all-too-familiar burn bans have returned. The following counties are under a burn ban: Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clinton, Fayette, …

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Flash Flood Watch Over Much of Iowa Today

In All Posts, Flooding by Henry Campbell0 Comments

A very moist and unstable environment exists over the region today. Showers and thunderstorms have already plagued the state this morning, with additional torrential rainfall expected tonight as widespread strong showers and thunderstorms develop. One-to-three inches of rainfall is expected …

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Flash Flood Watch for Much of Iowa

In All Posts, Flooding by Henry Campbell0 Comments

The National Weather Service offices across the state have issued Flash Flood Watches, which will go into effect at 10:00 p.m. tonight and remain until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. A mesoscale convective system with associated showers and thunderstorms is expected …

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A Wet Sunday, Mild Monday

In All Posts, Forecasts by Jacob Bartels0 Comments

The month of November has been fairly dry for Iowa. It wasn’t until Tuesday last week, where many had their first measurable rainfall in 10+ consecutive days. However, November looks to end on a wet note, as December begins Thursday. …

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Fall color report #2

In All Posts, Horticulture by Derek McKay0 Comments

Fall color is rapidly spreading across the heartland this week as we continue to roll through October. Moderate color can now be found across north Iowa. Mason City, Estherville, Orange City and Decorah are all reporting moderate color conditions ( …

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Updated: EF-0, EF-1 Tornadoes Confirmed in East Central Iowa Saturday

In All Posts, Damage Surveys, Debrief, Historical, Severe Weather by Henry Campbell0 Comments

Updated information from the NWS in the Quad Cities shows that two tornadoes touched down in eastern Iowa on Saturday. The first moved across the southwest portion of Lake Delhi with tree damage the predominant report. This tornado has an estimated peak winds of about 90 MPH, making it an EF-1. The second affected north of the Worthington area – only about 10 miles away from Delhi. This storm is estimated to have had 70 MPH winds with it, making it a EF-0.

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Enhanced Risk of Severe Weather Tuesday

In All Posts, Forecasts, Severe Weather by Henry Campbell0 Comments

An enhanced risk of severe weather has been posted for tomorrow by the Storm Prediction Center. Storms are expected to fire in the late afternoon or early evening hours with damaging winds and an isolated tornado the primary threats. As the night drags on, the damaging wind threat will grow upscale, with concern for damaging wind gusts over 70 MPH. Strong-to-severe storms will continue through the overnight hours throughout the region. An additional risk of severe storms is in place for western Iowa on Wednesday, though these details will need to be kinked out in later forecasts.

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Overnight Update

In All Posts, Winter Weather by Dan Herrstrom0 Comments

Earlier this afternoon the Blizzard Warning was expanded to the east and slightly south due to shifts in the projected track of the storm. Projected totals remain around the same as previously forecast. Northwest Iowa is expected to see 6-9″, …

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Winter Returning

In All Posts, Winter Weather by Dan Herrstrom0 Comments

Winter looks to make its return to at least part of the state this evening and on through the day on Friday. Rain or in some locations a rain/snow mix is expected to start later this afternoon with  those area …

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Winter Storm Update

In All Posts, Winter Weather by Dan Herrstrom0 Comments

Snow will continue to taper off today, however winds will pick up resulting in blowing snow, especially in those areas that received higher amounts overnight. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for much of northern Iowa through the day …

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Snowfall Totals 3/24/2016

In All Posts, Winter Weather by Henry Campbell0 Comments

Here are the snowfall totals from last night’s winter event. Sioux City 17.00 Sergeant Bluff 14.10 Ringsted 13.00 Cherokee 12.00 Graettinger 12.00 Algona 11.00 Moville 10.50 Remsen 10.50 Ruthven 10.00 Aurelia 10.00 Swea City 8.50 Bode 8.00 Akron 8.00 Scarville …

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Late Evening Update on Winter Storm

In All Posts, Forecasts, Winter Weather by Henry Campbell0 Comments

A strong storm system continues to track across the region and will do so through Thursday. Rain, freezing rain, and sleet over the north part of the state will begin to transition to snow during the overnight hours. The heaviest snow is anticipated over northern Iowa where 8-12″ of snow is possible for some areas. A few tenths of an inch of ice is possible across north central Iowa. The snow combined with strong north-to-northeasterly winds will lead to near-blizzard conditions across the warning area.

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UPDATE: Winter Storm with Blizzard Conditions to Impact Area Tonight

In All Posts, Forecasts, Winter Weather by Henry Campbell0 Comments

A powerful storm system will track into the region early Wednesday before shifting to the east, passing to the south of Iowa. To the north of this track, widespread precipitation will overspread the state, changing to snow in the early afternoon. When combined with 25-35 MPH winds with gusts to 45 MPH, blizzard conditions are likely with several periods of near-zero visibility possible. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be seen to the south. A marginal risk of severe weather exists for an isolated large hail and damaging wind threat there.

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