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Record February Warmth

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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 LukerLeave a Comment

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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Fall color report #2

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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 LukerLeave a Comment

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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Overnight Update

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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 Storm Update

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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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Late Evening Update on Winter Storm

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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 LukerLeave a Comment

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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