Friday, December 24, 2010

Slow Moving...Still Snowing

We said this was going to be a slow storm...and it is...on every level.
You see the road conditions in the state are pretty rotten in northern Iowa. Travel is not advised on I-35 north of Highway 20 to the Minnesota state line.
The totals are coming in with heavy amounts to the north. In the metro we have seen around 3 inches of snow...and will add another inch or two by the evening. In northern Iowa the totals are over 9 inches in Mason City...and a bunch of 6 to 7 inch totals around the Waterloo area.
This storm took forever to really get enough moisture to make the snow fall to the ground. It is going to last through the evening and finally move out of the state around midnight.
Christmas morning will be dry... but there will be some wind that could cause some blowing and drifting of snow.
Take extra time to safe and Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Midnight...Dry Air Holding Off The Snow In The Metro


**Overnight update: Snow will continue to develop in bands across the state overnight. We will see the snow start to move into the central sections of the state by 1 AM.

The metro is still looking at 3" to 5" of snow...around 4" is expected in Des Moines.
Up to 6" totals will fall in isolated areas.

You can see the roads are getting slick around the state...leaving Des Moines Dry at Midnight...but the air will become saturated later this morning. Green shows normal is wet is completely covered roads... orange shows mostly covered...yellow is partially covered.

Very little wind will come with this storm...roads will be slick, but the roads should remain passable. Road crews should have a good handle on this storm.

Dry weather is still in the forecast Christmas and Sunday.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

10 PM Snow Update...

Snow is starting to reduce visibilities from Ames to Marshalltown to Grinnell. There is a thin line of heavy snow falling in that area...but there is also dry air stopping the storm from developing over the Metro.
We are still expecting snow after midnight. Around 2 am we will see the snow move into the metro and start to stick.
4" of new snow is still expected...but with the pockets of dry has me wondering if this storm has the ability to drop up to 6 inches of snow.
A winter weather advisory is still in will be slow overnight...but not impossible. Take extra time and use your patience if you have to drive. Air travel will not be held up in Des Moines.
Just finishing up the 9 news...ready to get the new totals and storm timing in line for the 10 PM on Channel 13... stay tuned.

Storm Still Slow...Snow Friday.

You can see that the roads are starting to get slippery in northern Iowa. In central Iowa we are still under normal driving conditions. Great for last-minute shoppers.

The Winter Weather Advisory is still in effect through 6 pm Friday.

The storm is slowing down...and we have seen some dry air moving into the storm. That may give us a break on higher snow totals.

I still think we will have the 3 to 6 inches of snow over the the Metro I am leaning toward 4 to 5 inches.

The snow will continue most of Friday.

We will have more updates on the 10:00 news and our own Megan Brown will be live showing the road conditions in the metro area of Des Moines.

5 PM Update on the storm

Here are the road conditions as of 5 PM Thursday. Green shows normal driving conditions and blue indicates wet roads. We have seen very decent travel for the whole state...even as we wait for the looming winter storm.
Here is the latest on the winter weather advisory...I'll be updating snow totals in just a few minutes on the Channel 13 News at 5.

Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from midnight tonight to 6 PM Friday... snow will spread in from western Iowa tonight...beginning to accumulate in the advisory area around midnight and continuing through the day on Friday. Most of the accumulating snow will fall between midnight and noon on Friday. Snowfall amounts will range from 3 to 7 inches across the advisory area...with the higher amounts coming further northeast toward the Interstate 80 corridor from the Des Moines Metro eastward. Roads will become slick and snow covered. During periods of relatively heavier snowfall visibility may be reduced to below a mile... adding to travel difficulties. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility...and use caution while driving.

Winter Weather Advisory...Snow Tonight-Friday

A winter weather advisory will be in effect for the entire state of Iowa tonight through Friday. Our advisory in Des Moines will start at Midnight and run through 6 PM Christmas Eve.
Widespread 3" to 5" of snow will be common over the state through the next 30 hours.
The maps show you the counties that are included in the advisory and road conditions. You can find the road conditions right here:
These conditions are often updated every 5 to 10 minutes. It will automatically update on your computer if you leave it up on one of your windows.
The snow will pile up overnight... 2 to 4 inches by morning, then more snow will fall through the day.
I do not anticipate a winter storm warning...the wind is not going to be strong enough and the snow will fall at a slow pace that will allow road crews to work in shifts to move the snow.
It will be slick..and travel will be much slower than normal. If you are able to travel today...even through late would be better than dealing with the heavier snow tomorrow.
Stay up-to-date with Iowa's Weather Plus... 13.2 and on and here with the blog.
Have a safe and merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

6:40 PM Update on Thursday-Friday Storm

****Wednesday evening update for storm Thursday night through Friday****

A winter storm is still on track for central Iowa Thursday afternoon through Friday morning. Heavier amounts of snow are expected late Thursday night through Friday morning.

3" to 5" of new snow will be common over central Iowa...but there will be pockets of 6" to 8".

Expect periods of heavier snow over Des Moines between 1 AM and 6 AM Friday.

This system is slowing down, which means more time for snow to accumulate. There will be very little wind with the storm. No advisories, watches or warnings have been issued for central Iowa. That could change tomorrow.

If you don't have to drive late Thursday through Friday....stay put.

Air travel is not expected to be greatly impacted. There may be delays Thursday night through early Friday....but this will be a slow moving storm that will give road and run-way crews time to move snow.

New Storm Track & Totals Now on Ch13...6PM News

Hey folks... I'm updating the storm totals for tomorrow night and Friday... it still looks like 3" to 5" over central Iowa...but pockets of the state could see up to 8 inches.

Again tomorrow night through Friday morning will be the worst time for travel.

It would be better to leave early Thursday....or wait until later in the day Friday.

Coming on the air in just a few minutes...tune in.

Crazy California Snow

We are waiting for the snow Thursday night into Friday afternoon. 3" to 5" is going to be common...there will be pockets of 4" to 8" snow totals.
Check out the picture from Mammoth Mountain, California. Over 17 feet of snow has fallen in that area since Friday. More is on the way!
Over 20 inches of rain has come to southern California from the same storm track. Flooding has ravaged the area. A state of emergency has been declared in the region by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The energy from that area will move our way and will be dropping snow in most of the state Thursday night through Friday evening.
We have had our own amazing winter is a little bit of history from the National Weather Service in Johnston.

49 years ago, on December 22-23 1961, the third (and most severe) winter storm of the month struck Iowa with heavy snow and strong northerly winds bringing the state to a standstill and stranding thousands of travelers. Roadways were littered with abandoned vehicles and those stranded took shelter wherever they could. One farm house near Bondurant sheltered 90 people and another near Griswold housed 57. Near Atlantic the blinding blowing snow caused a 10 car pile-up that injured five people. The Des Moines police department estimated that there were 10,000 abandoned vehicles in the city on the evening of the 22nd. At the Des Moines airport 11.1" of snow was measured on the 22nd, the highest 24-hour amount at that location in more than a decade. Storm totals ranged up to 13.8" at Guthrie Center and at least 15 fatalities and dozens of injuries were attributed to the storm across Iowa. December of 1961 remains the snowiest on record at many locations, although not in statewide average.

Update on our storm.... The snow will start by the afternoon hours tomorrow. The heaviest snow will fall late Thursday night and early Friday. The snow will end by Friday evening. 3" to 5" snow totals area expected over the western 1/2 of Iowa.

Wind will not be a big problem with this storm...and ice is going to stay south of Iowa.

As we have said all week... avoid travel late Thursday through early Friday.

Have a great Wednesday... Ed

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

First Full Day of Winter!

The winter solstice 2010 starts tonight at 5:38 PM. The start of winter..and the shortest day of the year will be marked by colder overnight lows and the next big storm waiting to hit the central Iowa area Thursday.
I love this time of the year. The sunrise this morning was amazing. We had some fog in the area and it highlighted the deep reds and orange hues of the sun coming up over the horizon.
We still have another day of dry weather... it will be windy tonight and tomorrow morning, but the gusts will die down by Wednesday afternoon.
Here comes the Thursday storm...right on schedule...and as advertised. It will give us more snow. 4 to 8 inches of snow is still on the table. Ice will stay to the south of Missouri.
This storm hits as many are trying to hit the roads. Travel to the north is looking much better than to the south. The best time to travel...early Thursday and late Friday or Saturday morning. The worst time to drive will be Thursday afternoon, evening and overnight into Friday morning.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lunar Eclipse...Too Many Clouds

Iowans will have very little chance for viewing the lunar eclipse overnight.
It was over 300 years ago when the last winter eclipse occurred.
What a bummer that the clouds have moved back into the area. There are many who will venture out anyway to see if they win the lunar eclipse lottery.
The small storm that moved through the state today left many areas of northeastern Iowa under snow and very icy roads.
Now we have a layer of clouds that will blanket most of the state overnight.

A winter weather advisory is still in place for northeastern Iowa. You can see heavier amounts of snow have fallen just east of Waterloo. La port City reported over 3 inches of snow.
Now we have light freezing drizzle falling behind this storm. Roads will be icy in that area of Iowa overnight.
We are not going to see much precipitation out of this system. The drier NE wind is taking away the moisture from the Metro area.
Here was the latest advisory update from the NWS.

Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for northeastern Iowa until 6 am Tuesday... accumulating snows have all but ended across the advisory area. Occasional flurries or light snow may fall for the rest of the afternoon...but with little or no additional accumulation. However light freezing rain or freezing drizzle may develop early this evening lasting into the night...especially in the Mason City and Waterloo areas. many roads will remain slick and snow covered from previous snows...with additional travel difficulties possible later this evening due to minor ice accumulations. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility...and use caution while driving.

Winter Weather Advisory Today....More Thursday

A winter weather advisory is in effect for northeastern Iowa until 6 AM tomorrow morning.
3" to 5" of snow is expected in the purple shaded counties on the Iowa map. By 11:00 AM Waterloo was reporting 2 inches of new snow.
In Des Moines we are expecting a light wintry mix of flurries and freezing drizzle. We are on the very south end of the current weather we will not get nearly the travel headache that folks in north central and northeastern Iowa are experiencing.
Keep an eye on Thursday's forecast. This one looks to be stronger...and is setting up farther south.
Everyone south of Highway 30 can expect measurable snow of 3 to 6 inches of snow late Thursday through Friday morning. This storm will obviously impact travel.
Watch for constant updates on the storm right here and on HD 13.1 and 13.2.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

More Snow...Here Are The Totals

The light snow over the last 24 hours left 1.2" of snow at the NWS in Johnston...about .50" at the Des Moines Airport...and much more in northeastern Iowa.
5 inches of snow fell in the Waterloo area...also in the area south of the Quad Cities.
The map shows the heavier amounts in the area that had the winter weather advisory through this morning.
The roads remain pretty slick....remember to call 511 to receive updated road conditions for the state and the region.
A few periods of snow flurries will continue this afternoon. It will clear out overnight and remain sunny, but cold Friday through Saturday.
The next chance for snow moves into the area Monday.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter Weather Wednesday

More winter weather is on the way! There have been snow showers through the morning. Now we are watching for the heavier snow to move in this afternoon and evening.
Northeastern Iowa has the best chance for 3 to 6 inches of snow. There could be pockets of 6+ inches in the north central counties of the state.
There is a winter weather advisory in effect for northeastern Iowa from Noon until early tomorrow morning.
The snowfall forecast is showing the heavier snow in the counties shaded in purple. In Des Moines we are looking for totals just below an inch.
Remember to keep your winter emergency survival kit in your car and call 511 to receive road condition reports over your phone.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More Light Snow...Overview of Weekend Blizzard

The clouds are going to keep the temperatures below normal again today. Highs will be in the 20 degree range.

Today we will see another very light snow event...flurries running over the state. No Accumulation is expected. Another storm system is going to move to the north of Iowa tomorrow and give us a chance for light snow tomorrow afternoon and evening.

1" to 2" of snow are possible in central Iowa...but 5 inches of new snow is expected along the Iowa/Minnesota border. The best chance for snow is in northeastern Iowa.

The nice folks at the National Weather Service in Johnston have put together an overview of the blizzard that busted up travel plans over the weekend. You can read all about it... and relive the moments right here:

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I-80 OPEN! Wind Chill Advisory...Snow Totals

Interstate 80 is open again! Around 9:45 the DOT opened the interstate and allowed tow trucks to get out to help those stranded vehicles.

The light blue counties in the state map indicate where the wind chill advisory is through 3 PM today. Wind gusts could reach 40 mph and the temperatures are going to stay in the single digits. The combination of the wind and cold temperatures will create wind chills of -20 to -30.
Check out the snowfall totals for the state. Very interesting that we had 4.4" at the Des Moines International Airport. It is not easy to measure snow totals when the wind is blowing around 50 to 70 mph.
In my neighborhood...Waukee...I estimate about 2" of snow. There were some drifts around the corners of the house that were 4 to 6 inches deep.
Roads are improving....but if you are driving today...make sure you fuel up, have the emergency kit in the car...and keep your cell phone with you and fully charged.
Stay safe this weekend.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

8:45 PM Update:Extreme Wind/Blizzard Conditions

Do not travel tonight. That is what the Iowa DOT is asking of drivers.
The DOT has pulled snow plows off the western 1/2 of Iowa. Travelers are warned that if they venture out...they may not be rescued tonight.
Flights have been cancelled through the Midwest. Check with your airline at the Des Moines International Airport before you leave to make a flight tomorrow.
We have seen only 1 to 2 inches of snow...but the wind gusts have reached 60 mph. White-out conditions continue for the area...even tree damage has been reported in the Urbandale area.
The high today was 46....tonight we will see single digits with wind chills at -15 to -25.
Iowa State Patrol says I-80 west of West Des Moines is closed because of jack-knifed semi-trucks. They are working to set up road-blocks...but ask folks not to drive that way tonight...they will not get far.

6:00 PM Saturday Storm Update

Road conditions are going down-hill right now. Travel is not recommended in most of northwest Iowa tonight. Civil emergency messages are clear about keeping people off the roads.


The snow pellets that are falling right now over much of the metro look like the stuffing that falls out of a beanbag chair. This is sometimes referred to as graupel. It occurs when warm air is wrapping around the snow storm and colliding with the extremely cold air on the other side of the system.

Stay home if you can tonight. Dangerous road conditions will continue through the early morning hours.

3:15 Update...Saturday's Storm

A BLIZZARD WARNING is still in effect for the state tonight into tomorrow morning.

The worst travel conditions are right now in the northwest corner of the state. Many roads are closed from I-20 north of Council Bluffs to Highway 18 near Algona. That northwest 1/4 of Iowa has very high wind that is reducing visibilities and keeping road crews off the interstate and state highways.

The DOT camera picture was taken just before 3PM and shows the wind blowing light snow around the area west of Des Moines on I-80 at Adair. More snow is expected to move into that area of central Iowa tonight. They could still see another 5 inches of snow.

In Des Moines we are still expecting about 1 to 2 inches of snow...but the wind will gust over 40 mph to around 50 tonight. That is going to cause blizzard conditions. Travel is going to be more difficult in central Iowa tonight. If you don't have to travel...stay at safe at home.
Make sure you have your emergency travel kit in your car.
This picture shows a storage tub with litter to use for traction...booster scraper...first aid kit...non-perishable food items and extra boots.
Always make sure you have your cell phone ready with a full charge.

We will have live reports from the road tonight at 6 PM. We are always updating live on Iowa's Weather Plus...WHO HD 13.2.

Here are a couple of web sites that will keep you updated on everything from road conditions to blizzard warnings.

1:00 PM Update on Blizzard Warning
If you have not been out today... you are lucky.
The side streets are very slick as the cold air under-cut the rain this morning and gave us an instant freeze on the rain that fell overnight.
The highways are being treated across the state. I drove from Waukee to Indianola at 11:00 this morning...and had no problem with road conditions on the highway. The biggest problem will be the driveway to neighborhood streets.
The road map is from 1:00 PM. Remember RED means travel is not advised. PINK indicates the roads are completely covered with snow and or ice. ORANGE means the roads are mostly covered...Yellow=partially covered and BLUE shows where the roads are wet.
A BLIZZARD WARNING is still in effect for central Iowa late this afternoon through tomorrow morning. The NWS is calling for 3 to 5 inches of additional snow. I think that could happen just to the west of the the storm pulls in the moisture late today. It still looks like Des Moines will see 1 to 2 inches of snow...then very windy conditions.
THE WIND is the big monster in this storm. Wind gusts over 50 mph are expected tonight. That will reduce visibilities to around zero. Road conditions will be very slick as the temperatures fall to the single digits.
More updates coming through the day.

Blizzard Warning...We all get some today

This morning the National Weather Service expanded the Blizzard Warning from northern Iowa through most of the state...including the Des Moines metro.

The snow started to fly in central Iowa around 9 AM...sooner than expected. The cold air was pulled in before the rain could be cut off with drier air that stopped the snow by mid-morning.

At the time of this was still raining in northeast Iowa!

There is a chance for more light snow in central Iowa this afternoon and evening... but the big issue is going to be the wind.

The Northwest wind will whip up to 50 mph. Even walking will be difficult with wind gusts at that level. When you add in light snow and darkness...visibilities will be reduced.

Tonight wind chills will reach -20 to -25. There will be slick spots on roads...but the roads in northern Iowa will be dangerous.

So...we will not see much snow...but the wind...the cold...and visibilities are enough to issue the blizzard warning.

Be careful... if you have to travel...make sure you have your emergency winter kit in your car. Always have your cell phone fully charged.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Saturday Storm Update

A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for central and southern Iowa Saturday. There is also a Blizzard Warning for northern Iowa...and a Blizzard Watch for eastern Iowa.
Temperatures will be warm overnight...we will see all rain tonight. Tomorrow the rain will continue through mid-morning...then it will be dry through early afternoon.
Temperatures will continue to fall through the day and we will see snow wrapping around the storm with very gusty wind.
The Winter Advisory is issued because of the wind blowing the inch-or-so of snow...reducing visibilities and creating dangerous wind chills.

Saturday Storm Update

A blizzard watch and warning have been posted for northern Iowa tomorrow through early Sunday.
We are going to miss the big sucker punch of this storm.
Rain will move in this evening and will continue overnight into the late morning tomorrow. We will use up most of the moisture before the very cold weather gets here Saturday evening.
Heavy snow is expected in northern Iowa. Wind gust will blast in over 40 mph. The roads will become very slick and visibilities will drop in northern Iowa tomorrow.
We will all see the very cold temperatures by Sunday.
Wind chills will drop to the -15 to -25 degree range.
Travel to the south this weekend is looking OK. North of Highway 30 the travel conditions will be terrible.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

From Snowy to Soggy Saturday

What a great day of 40s we enjoyed Thursday and more warm highs are on the way Friday. Highs will be in the upper 40s tomorrow...might see some 50s close to the metro.

The stream of heat is going to keep us very comfortable through the end of the workweek.

The next storm is moving our way, but the warm temperatures are going to keep the moisture all liquid through Saturday morning. There will be snow in northern Iowa. Along the Iowa/Minnesota border we could see 5 to 8 inches of snow. There is a Winter Storm Watch for that portion of the state...but it does not start until 12AM Saturday.
We will even have a chance for isolated thunderstorms Friday night and Saturday morning.
I think maybe an inch of snow will fall as close as Ames. Heavy snow around Algona to Mason City to Dubuque. Those folks could see 5 to 8 inches of solid moisture and very windy conditions taking down visibilities and making a mess of roads.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mild to Wild Weather This Week

This is some time-lapse video of November 1, 2009 through February 2010. It was posted on You-Tube from a security camera in Des Moines. It reminds all of us what a crazy winter we were dealing with at this time last year.

Mild temperatures are going to return to Iowa tomorrow and Thursday. Our highs will climb back into the 30s and 40s.

There will be a slight chance for showers and light snow in Des Moines Thursday. This storm will take a northern track and give the counties on the Iowa/Minnesota border a better chance for heavier snow.

Saturday is the focus for our team of meteorologists. This storm will move from the Oklahoma panhandle and sweep through Missouri. It has the potential to give us rain...freezing rain and snow on Saturday.

By Sunday the temperatures will plummet to the teens for highs and lows around zero. Yes...there will be gusty wind behind the storm too.

Travel on Saturday and Sunday could be pretty tough across much of the state.

As always...I will update the storm on the 5, 6, 9 and 10 news tonight and every night. As we get closer to the weekend... the storm path will set up and give us a better idea of exact timing...and who is going to get the best and worst of this weekend storm.

I talked with a guy today who told me his 9-year old was excited about Thursday's storm because the child has not had to go to school on the 9th of December. A winter storm has hit every year when the the 9th of December falls during the week. That happens to be the kid's birthday. Pretty cool...until you have to make-up snow days at the end of the school year.

Stay tuned....and stay informed.... Ed

Friday, December 3, 2010

Winter Storm For Northern Iowa

A winter weather advisory has been issued for some of northern Iowa...from a line near Algona to Iowa City. 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected in that area.
A Winter Storm Warning is in place for the rest of northeastern Iowa. 5 to 7 inches of snow is expected there.
High wind will also kick-in tomorrow. That will cause blowing and drifting...and low visibilities.
You may click here for more details:
The rest of the weekend will be dry, but cold.
You can always call 511 to get road conditions in the state of Iowa, and most states that border our great state.
Have a safe weekend.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hurricane Season...Easy on U.S.

As we get ready for some light snow tomorrow and more snow on Friday... it is interesting to get the news from NOAA that the hurricane season...although active...was not so bad on the coasts of the United States.

Extremely Active Atlantic Hurricane Season was a “Gentle Giant” for U.S.

NOAA’s Prediction for Active Season Realized; Slow Eastern Pacific Season Sets Record

According to NOAA the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends tomorrow, was one of the busiest on record. In contrast, the eastern North Pacific season had the fewest storms on record since the satellite era began.

In the Atlantic Basin a total of 19 named storms formed – tied with 1887 and 1995 for third highest on record. Of those, 12 became hurricanes – tied with 1969 for second highest on record. Five of those reached major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher.

These totals are within the ranges predicted in NOAA’s seasonal outlooks issued on May 27 (14-23 named storms; 8-14 hurricanes; 3-7 major hurricanes) and August 5 (14-20 named storms; 8-12 hurricanes; 4-6 major hurricanes). An average Atlantic season produces 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

Large-scale climate features strongly influenced this year’s hurricane activity, as they often do. This year, record warm Atlantic waters, combined with the favorable winds coming off Africa and weak wind shear aided by La Niña energized developing storms. The 2010 season continues the string of active hurricane seasons that began in 1995.

But short-term weather patterns dictate where storms actually travel and in many cases this season, that was away from the United States. The jet stream’s position contributed to warm and dry conditions in the eastern U.S. and acted as a barrier that kept many storms over open water. Also, because many storms formed in the extreme eastern Atlantic, they re-curved back out to sea without threatening land.

“As NOAA forecasters predicted, the Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most active on record, though fortunately most storms avoided the U.S. For that reason, you could say the season was a gentle giant,” said Jack Hayes, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s National Weather Service.

Other parts of the Atlantic basin weren’t as fortunate. Hurricane Tomas brought heavy rain to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, and several storms, including Alex, battered eastern Mexico and Central America with heavy rain, mudslides and deadly flooding.

Though La Niña helped to enhance the Atlantic hurricane season, it also suppressed storms from forming and strengthening in the eastern North Pacific. Of that region’s seven named storms this year, three grew into hurricanes and two of those became major hurricanes. This is the fewest named storms (previous record low was eight in 1977) and the fewest hurricanes (previous record low was four in 1969, 1970, 1977 and 2007) on record since the satellite era began in the mid-1960s. An average eastern North Pacific season produces 15 named storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Rainbows To Snow

We had rainbows after storms moved through the state today. Then we will be on the way to much colder air tonight and tomorrow. There is a chance for light snow in the metro tomorrow morning.
It is going to be cold too! This evening the temperature fell from 50 degrees at 5:00 PM to 37 degrees at 6:00 PM.
Heavier snow is expected in northern Iowa. If you are planning to drive north tomorrow...check out the latest road conditions by calling 511. That number will be handy for checking all roads in Iowa and surrounding states.
The high tomorrow will come around midnight. We should be at 30 degrees by then and we will also have gusty northwest wind to face through the day. Wind chills will be in the single digits by Tuesday night.
Here are some facts on the latest date of snow in Des Moines:
Latest Date of at least a trace: Dec. 5, 1941
Latest Date of .10" of snow: Dec. 26, 1939
Latest Date of 1.0" of snow: Feb. 2, 1989

Monday, November 8, 2010

Another Great Tuesday

What a great run of weather we have seen this last week. We are looking forward to more wonderful temperatures tomorrow. Highs will hit 70 with the help of a very gusty south wind.

Last year it was 70 degrees on the 8th of November. That was the last warm day of the season. It did not hit 70 again until March 30th of 2010. We also had a ton of snow last winter that kept our temperatures in check.

I had the chance to get out on the motorcycle again today. So many cyclists were on the road. It made me think to remind others to watch our for the late-season bikers.

Big changes are on the way later this week. Highs will be in the 60s on Veteran's Day...the 50s Thursday and 40s by Friday.

There is a chance for light showers Wednesday...but a much better chance for cold rain Friday into Saturday.

Monday, October 25, 2010

High Wind Storm...Worst Since Nov. 1998

We are facing one of the most intense storms over the last 12 years. This storm is similar to the wind storm that sunk the Edmond Fitzgerald in 1975.

A HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for much of the state. The warning will start at 7 AM tomorrow and run through tomorrow night.

We are going to see wind gusts of 55 to 60 mph. The WNW wind will be steady...around 25 to 35 mph through the afternoon.

The monster low pressure will drop like a bomb over the Midwest tomorrow afternoon. This type of low pressure drop created extreme damage 12 years ago.

During that November storm in 1998... we had major damage from the 12 to 18 hours of sustained wind of 35 to 50 mph. In northeast Iowa...natural gas lines were broken because the buildings in that area actually moved under the stress of the wind. The pipes were ruptured as the buildings actually shifted.

There was wide-spread damage in the upper Midwest. Here is a pdf link to that November storm in 1998:

Be prepared for this strong storm system.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NOAA ... Extreme Winter Concerns

Here is a touch of reality on another nearly perfect day in central Iowa. The Weather Service is telling us they are concerned we could face a winter of extreme weather (over the United States) as La Nina kicks up it's ugly head this fall.

NOAA: Another Winter of Extremes in Store for U.S. as La Niña Strengthens

The Pacific Northwest should brace for a colder and wetter than average winter, while most of the South and Southeast will be warmer and drier than average through February 2011, according to the annual Winter Outlook released today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. A moderate to strong La Niña will be the dominant climate factor influencing weather across most of the U.S. this winter.

La Niña is associated with cooler than normal water temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean, unlike El Niño which is associated with warmer than normal water temperatures. Both of these climate phenomena, which typically occur every 2-5 years, influence weather patterns throughout the world and often lead to extreme weather events. Last winter’s El Niño contributed to record-breaking rain and snowfall leading to severe flooding in some parts of the country, with record heat and drought in other parts of the country. Although La Niña is the opposite of El Niño, it also has the potential to bring weather extremes to parts of the nation.

“La Niña is in place and will strengthen and persist through the winter months, giving us a better understanding of what to expect between December and February,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center – a division of the National Weather Service. “This is a good time for people to review the outlook and begin preparing for what winter may have in store.”

“Other climate factors will play a role in the winter weather at times across the country,” added Halpert. “Some of these factors, such as the North Atlantic Oscillation, are difficult to predict more than one to two weeks in advance. The NAO adds uncertainty to the forecast in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic portions of the country.”

Regional highlights include:

Pacific Northwest: colder and wetter than average. La Niña often brings lower than average temperatures and increased mountain snow to the Pacific Northwest and western Montana during the winter months, which is good for the replenishment of water resources and winter recreation but can also lead to greater flooding and avalanche concerns;

California and the Southwest: warmer and drier than average. This will likely exacerbate drought conditions in these areas. All southern states are at risk of having above normal wildfire conditions starting this winter and lasting into the spring;

Northern Plains: colder and wetter than average. Likely to see increased storminess and flooding;

Southern Plains, Gulf Coast States & Southeast: warmer and drier than average. This will likely exacerbate drought conditions in these areas. All southern states are at risk of having above normal wildfire conditions starting this winter and lasting into the spring;

Florida: drier than average, with an equal chance for above-, near-, or below-normal temperatures. Above normal wildfire conditions;

Ohio and Tennessee Valleys: warmer and wetter than average. Likely to see increased storminess and flooding;

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic: equal chances for above-, near-, or below-normal temperatures and precipitation. Winter weather for these regions is often driven not by La Niña but by weather patterns over the northern Atlantic Ocean and Arctic. These are often more short-term, and are generally predictable only a week or so in advance. If enough cold air and moisture are in place, areas north of the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast could see above-average snow;

Central U.S.: equal chances of above-near-or below normal temperatures and precipitation;

Hawaii: drier than normal through November, then wetter than normal December through February. Statewide, the current drought is expected to continue through the winter, with several locations remaining on track to become the driest year on record. Drought recovery is more likely on the smaller islands of Kauai and Molokai, and over the windward slopes of the Big Island and Maui;

Alaska: odds favor colder than average temperatures with equal chances of above or below normal precipitation. The interior and southern portions of the state are currently drier than normal. A dry winter may set Alaska up for a greater chance of above normal wildfire conditions in the spring.

This seasonal outlook does not project where and when snowstorms may hit or total seasonal snowfall accumulations. Snow forecasts are dependent upon winter storms, which are generally not predictable more than several days in advance.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Belmond Tornado Anniversary

Here is some 8mm film featured on YouTube that shows the devastation in Belmond. A tornado destroyed much of the town on October 14, 1966.

Today is the 44th anniversary of the tornado that forever changed the landscape of Belmond, Iowa.

On October 14, 2: 55 PM an F5 tornado slammed into the small north Iowa town. 600 homes were damaged or destroyed. The tornado turned down Belmond's main street. 75 businesses were ripped apart. 6 people were killed, most were older folks who were trapped in their homes.

If the tornado had hit about a half hour would have certainly killed more people who were lining the main street watching the homecoming parade. Belmond was scheduled to play Lake Mills that night. By the time the tornado hit, the students watching the parade were back in class. Teachers were able to move the students to the basements of the school buildings as the tornado roared through town.

Top Ten Warmest Summers

Most of us will remember summer 2010 for the flooding. The second in as many years with 100 year floods.

It was miserable for many who are still dealing with the damage from flooding. FEMA announced today the extension for Iowans to report the damage from flooding. November 12th is the new deadline.

It might not surprise you that this summer was also the one of the hottest on record. It was the seventh warmest summer since the late 1800s.

Here is the hot item from the National Weather Service public information line this morning:







Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Storm Line Tuesday

It was the end to the dry weather in central Iowa today. A storm line that moved through the state this afternoon left heavy rainfall and even piles of hail around the Saylorville Reservoir.

The Picture is from the National Weather Service office in Johnston. The hail fell from the storm cell that collapsed right over the top of their Doppler radar.

At 4:00 the storm moved into the north side of Johnston. The hail started to pile up around 4:20. The indentation in the hail near the left side of the parking lot is a foot print.

The folks at the NWS said about .92" of rain came with this storm. Some of that total was from hail melting in their rain gauge.

This ends the two weeks of dry weather. The last time we had a dry spell like that was last year....the end of August and first few weeks of September.

October ... nice and dry

It has been just a great October. It seems like we are getting some pay-back for the very wet and active 2010.

For the first time this year, we have a chance for coming in under the average monthly rainfall totals. To date, 2010 is the 38th warmest year on record. We'll see if the next couple months shape up to be warmer than normal. This week will keep us moving closer to the top 30 warmest years.


Here are a couple little history facts and a site from the National Weather Service that takes us to "this date in history" archive.

Living in the mid-latitudes as we do allows us to experience a wide range of weather phenomena and temperature extremes. The range of recorded temperature extremes in the United States is 214 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest temperature on record in the U.S. is 134 degrees and the coldest is -80 degrees. The recorded temperature range for the entire planet is an amazing 263 degrees. With the hottest temperature on record being 136 degrees and the coldest a bone chilling -127 degrees.

On this day in Iowa weather history...

1899: Unseasonably warm weather brought the temperature into the lower 90s across about the southwestern half of Iowa. At Des Moines a high of 91 F makes this the latest date of the year on which 90 degrees has ever been reached at that location. Other reported high temperatures included 91 F at Centerville, Denison, Greenfield, and Onawa, 92 F at Carroll and Glenwood, and 93 F at Clarinda, Council Bluffs, and Red Oak.

Monday, October 11, 2010

JDRF Big Money Weekend

Hey... hope you all had the chance to get out and enjoy the great weather this weekend. It was fabulous.

I was thrilled to see over 300 folks who took time Saturday night to enjoy great food, drink and the opportunity to bid on some great items that raised money for people with type 1 diabetes.

Over $300,000.00 was raised during the event at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines. It was great to see so many with open hearts and check books.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Color is Coming

Fall colors are migrating across the state. The great weather this week has helped to bring out the oranges and reds as the sun blazes the glory of nature's palate.
The Iowa map is from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The Forestry Department wants us to know the red zone indicates the colors start to change the first couple weeks of October. The orange color shows the central portion of the stat sees the change in color during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of this month. The yellow zone is where the fall foliage takes the new hue during the last week of October to the first week of November.

Many variables come into play with our trees switching to winter mode. It is interesting how much the summer rainfall and drier fall will help to promote brighter colors. You can learn more by going to NOAA's fall color page.

Thanks to NOAA for the leaf picture on the top of the page.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shawn Moore Family Fundraiser

There is a golf Fundraiser Thursday, September 30th... 9:30 AM shotgun start... at Toad Valley in Pleasant Hill. This $50.00 a person golf event is to help the family of Shawn Moore.

Here is their story....

Shawn lost both arms below the elbow and both knees below the knees because of a heart ailment. The fundraiser was set-up to raise money for Shawn's medical bills and rehab with prosthesis.

Shawn made it through the surgery and was doing well. In July, three days before his 35th birthday Shawn died.

The charity event is going on to help his children...including 12 year old Cierra who wrote this entry about why her Dad should be considered for the Play It Foreward fundraiser at Toad Valley.

Hi! I'm Cierra Moore and I'm 12 years old. On June 4th 2010, my dad Shawn Moore became a quadruple amputee due to a heart infection. The heart doctors told us that he only had a 1% chance of surviving and if he did..he certainly wouldn't survive the quadruple amputation surgery..well my dad exceeded their expectations and survived...thanks to the doctors and my dad's will to survive. The amputation consisted of amputating his arms (right below the elbow) and legs (below the knee), and it's pretty devastating... as my dad is only 34 years old. My dad also had a tricuspid valve replacement along with a pace maker implanted into his heart. I've been helping take care of my dad by feeding him, giving him medication and just supporting my dad anyway I can. A couple of weeks ago , my friends and I made cookies on a stick and raised about $478 in a few days. We would like to raise more money and have the proceeds go towards prosthetics , medication or anything else my dad might need. My dad has supported me by taking me fishing and just always taking the time to support me..and now it's my turn to be there for him! Thank you for considering my application.

Cierra Moore
(moore love)
(moore faith)
(moore life)

Cierra is only 12, a 7th grader at S.E. Polk. She is amazingly mature...and will be at the course through the day.

She told one of the people helping with the fundraiser that there is a business class offered at S.E. Polk for fundraising...but only geeks enrolled. She says now she is in the class and understands how important it is to give back to the people in our communities.

You can walk up and get in on the event. Take time to enjoy the great weather and do something amazing for this family.

You can also donate to the family by visiting the Toad Valley web site;

Monday, September 27, 2010

therealedwilson....a Twitter Fake

I had a couple friends tell me there was person on Twitter that was calling himself/herself "therealedwilson". Both of these friends were sort of shocked that I was not "therealedwilson" because the person on Twitter was using my picture from the web site and was talking like a weather person.

Tonight Keith Murphy came to the news desk and told me he started laughing when "therealedwilson" Twittered it was going to be MOIST tonight. Keith said he then realized this person was not Ed Wilson of Channel 13. We laughed and then I said..."Well it was moist this morning." There was quite a bit of fog.

So to the person who is trying to be "therealedwilson" get real and stop using my name and picture on Twitter. To those 87 folks who are following this person on Twitter...sorry you were fooled by this Twitter twit.

So now what am I going to call myself when I start to tweet? The "reallyrealedwilson"?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


For every season....turn...turn...turn. We are on our way to fall.
The season of Autumn hits tonight at 10:09. The days start to get shorter..the nights longer.

The NOAA graph shows the tilt of the sun is really the culprit to the cooler days and leaves turning to brighter hues of orange and red.

The temperature really has very little to do with the color of leaves. Interestingly, the lack of sunlight...or chlorophyll makes the leaves change from greens to yellows, orange, red and brown.

Winter solstice is just around the corner. Yahoo!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Flash Flooding Again...

Heavy rainfall continues this early afternoon. Right over central Iowa we have a Flash Flood Warning that includes 8 counties north of Interstate 80 between Carroll and Marshalltown. The warning goes until 4:30.
This is a picture from our backyard in Waukee this noon. Heavy downpours created a river through our yard to the neighbors to the creek behind our homes.
The cold front that was expected to move all the way through the state stalled out over central Iowa.
Make sure you watch out for flooded areas...or areas that commonly flood. Make sure to call those who might be driving and not know about the flooding to make sure they watch for the roads that might be covered by flood waters.
More storms are expected tonight and again tomorrow night into Thursday. More flooding is certainly possible.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The fog this morning was thick. We had a dense fog advisory through 9 AM. The low clouds allowed the streets to remain very wet and the visibilities were near zero an many areas.

This afternoon the warm front to the south will lift and the south wind will be gusty at times. I do not think there is going to be a ton of sun over the northern 1/2 of Iowa. Temperatures will remain cooler because the stratus cloud-cover will hold on through the afternoon.

From Des Moines to Missouri....the sunshine will boost our temperatures to the middle 80s. The south wind will also kick in the higher temperatures. We could see a 30 mph gust today.

The week is still looking wet. More storms are expected tomorrow through Thursday. We could see heavy rainfall over much of the state.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wet...Windy...Warm and Active Week

So I had the opportunity to be at the Iowa State/Kansas State game Saturday. It was a warm day...the game was not as hot.

You will see by the picture that I was on the Kansas State side. One of my best friends had the tickets and he happens to be a K-State graduate. It just so happens he also played football at Kansas State and lettered four years as a Wildcat.

I did proudly weather the crowd and the heat in my Iowa State colors. It was like being in the mouth of the giant purple people eater. Good game...and very nice K-State fans. Wonder if they would have been so kind if ISU won the game. I also threw in a little video of the Iowa State marching band before the game.

The weather between Kansas City and Des Moines is often much different on any given Saturday. This weekend was no exception. We left K.C. today and it was 91 degrees. The sun was bright and the humidity was high. We ran into the fog and drizzle around Osceola. Dense fog was around the car until Warren County. By the time we hit was 56 degrees and we had light drizzle.

There will be a strong south wind along the front to the south of Des Moines tonight. The warm front will lift to the north and the gusty south wind will help warm us to the middle 80s tomorrow.

Then a strong cold front will slide through the state Tuesday and Wednesday. Storms are expected through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

It will be cooler Wednesday...but another warm front will lift from the south and kick in the 80s for Thursday. Gusty south wind will whip up another chance for storms Wednesday night and Thursday.

Like Iowa State...we might all get ready for the roller coaster of ups and downs. Good luck and good game to everyone.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Indianola Bike Night...Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night the city of Indianola is going to be hopping and rolling with thunder as they host the Bike Down to I-Town Bike night.
During the summer every third Friday of the month you will find one of the region's largest motorcycle gatherings.
The city square is the target and it is full of people showing off their rides and lots of great food, entertainment and family fun. The event starts at 6 and goes until 10. On the average night there are 3000 to 5000 bikes. Admission is free and tomorrow night's band is Cruise Control.
Tomorrow night there will be some clouds overhead, but the threat of storms will move in well after the thunder on the ground moves out of Indianola.

Plug for Brew Pub

I had the chance to hang out in Ottumwa last weekend during the Hogs 4 Dogs Heartland Animal Rescue League and we were treated to a great dinner at a new restaurant/brew pub.
It's the Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company. You can find it right on Main Street. The place is in a very cool renovated area of Ottumwa's downtown.
You are looking at the back of the restaurant. It is right on the Des Moines River.
Through the street-side entrance you will see a huge bar that has the company's own micro brews. The three original beers include a west coast pale, a raspberry wheat and a brown ale. They will also have a seasonal beer on tap.
To the owner...Tim Ware...way to go! This is a great addition to the Ottumwa downtown area. This is the kind of place that is going to be the lifeblood of Main Street. Our towns need people who will take the risk and put together classic places to gather. This will help keep the lights on in the storefronts of the hearts of our Iowa communities.

Busy Year...Bigger Than Texas!

This graph is courtesy of of the Iowa Environmental Mesonet at the Iowa State University Department of Agronomy. It shows just how active 2010 has been.
For the first time since 1997 we have had more watches than the state of Texas. The bottom graph shows the percentage of watches issued for Iowa. This year has seen the highest percentage.
No wonder I've seen more of the weather office than my wife and kids this year.
You have to check out the EMI site. They do a great job with interesting facts about Iowa weather you won't find anywhere else.
A must for all weather geeks. Check out their web site:

Forecast Time!

The clouds are going to clear later this afternoon...but we will only see the upper 60s for highs. Friday is looking nice with highs in the middle 70s. It will be sunny in the morning with more clouds moving in by the afternoon. There is a chance for showers and thunderstorms late Friday night and early Saturday.

Saturday night and Sunday morning will also be active with a chance for showers and thunderstorms. It will not be a complete wash-out for the weekend... but it will be more active than we thought earlier this week. Highs will stay in the upper 60s Saturday and 70s on Sunday.
More active weather is on the way this weekend.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rainbow...Good Sign

Rainbow pictures came into the photolink last night and I even had a chance to run out and get a shot of the very light colored rainbow between our NBC dish and tower downtown.
The storms yesterday dropped over 2 inches of rain in Cass County over in western Iowa...and then dumped about the same amount in Appanoose County in southeastern Iowa.
The Waukee/Ottumwa football game had to be called early because of lightning. (Waukee won 31 to 7) They were playing in Ottumwa last night after the Friday night game was called because of severe weather.
More showers are expected later today and heavy rainfall again tomorrow night. The stationary front that is parked over the Midwest is the headache maker for all our forecasts this week. Once it finally kicks us the heavy rain tomorrow... we will see drier weather Thursday and Friday.
Have a great day and keep the promise of the rainbow with you through the next couple days.

Monday, September 13, 2010

More pictures from the Hogs 4 Dogs benefit over the weekend. You can see the dog "patch" on his motorcycle. Patch was so happy to be riding on the trip. He would look behind and see the riders coming up on the road and actually smile! It was amazing. So cool.
you can also see there were plenty of hugs from the Hogs 4 Dogs riders. No complaints from me.
The Heartland Animal Rescue League was fabulous to host Aaron Brilbeck and me.