Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
****WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY THROUGH FRIDAY****
**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 roads...blue is wet roadway...pink 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.
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 state...in 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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.
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.
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
Monday, December 20, 2010
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.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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
Saturday, December 11, 2010
ABSOLUTELY NO TRAVEL IN SIOUX COUNTY TONIGHT. THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION HAVE PULLED ALL REMAINING PLOWS AS OF 5 PM FOR THE
REST OF TONIGHT. ALL RURAL ROADS ARE OR SOON WILL BE IMPASSIBLE.
CITY STREETS ARE ALSO IMPASSIBLE. VISIBILITY IS DOWN TO ZERO IN
RURAL AREAS AND LITTLE IMPROVEMENT IN CONDITIONS IS EXPECTED
OVERNIGHT. RESCUE OF ANY STRANDED INDIVIDUALS TONIGHT MAY BE
IMPOSSIBLE. IF YOU DO BECOME STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.
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.
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 post...it 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
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
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
Monday, November 8, 2010
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
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: http://www.eas.slu.edu/CIPS/ANALOG/11NOV1998.pdf
Be prepared for this strong storm system.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
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
Today is the 44th anniversary of the tornado that forever changed the landscape of Belmond, Iowa.
On October 14, 1966...at 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 earlier...it 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.
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:
...SUMMER 2010 WAS QUITE WARM IN DES MOINES...
VERY WARM CONDITIONS WERE PERSISTENT IN DES MOINES DURING THE SUMMER
MONTHS OF JUNE...JULY AND AUGUST. IN FACT...DURING THIS 92 DAY
STRETCH...THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS ONLY BELOW NORMAL ON 11
DAYS IN DES MOINES.
THE AVERAGE HIGH FOR THIS SUMMER IN DES MOINES WAS 86.0 DEGREES.
THIS WAS THE WARMEST AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE IN DES MOINES SINCE
1988 WHEN THE AVERAGE WAS 89.8 DEGREES. THIS ALSO RANKS AS THE 25TH
WARMEST AVERAGE HIGH IN SUMMER SINCE 1878.
THE AVERAGE LOW FOR THE SUMMER IN DES MOINES WAS 67.6 DEGREES. THIS
WAS THE WARMEST AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE IN DES MOINES SINCE 1983 WHEN
THE AVERAGE WAS 68.3. THIS RANKS AS THE 2ND WARMEST AVERAGE LOW FOR
SUMMER SINCE 1878.
THE AVERAGE OVERALL TEMPERATURE FOR THE SUMMER WAS 76.8 DEGREES.
THIS WAS THE WARMEST OVERALL AVERAGE SINCE 1988 WHEN THE AVERAGE WAS
77.6 DEGREES. THIS SUMMER RANKS AS THE 7TH WARMEST ON RECORD IN DES
MOINES SINCE 1878.
ALL OTHER SITES IN CENTRAL IOWA WERE ABOVE NORMAL DURING THE SUMMER
BUT NOT TO THE EXTENT OF DES MOINES. DES MOINES IS CONSISTENTLY ONE
OF THE WARMEST OVERNIGHT LOWS FOR THE STATE OF IOWA. IT IS LIKELY
(ALBEIT UNCONFIRMED) THAT THE DES MOINES TEMPERATURES ARE BEING
INFLUENCED BY INCREASED URBANIZATION AS COMPARED WITH OTHER NEARBY
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 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; www.toadvalley.com/playitforeward
Monday, September 27, 2010
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
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
Monday, September 20, 2010
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
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 Waukee...it 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
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
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.
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.