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June 29, 2019

It was a noisy Friday morning across the eastern half of the state. Thunderstorms have been sweeping the area at regular intervals the last few days. They've been developing along the northern flank of a heat dome that is building and going to bring us the warmest weekend in several months.

Below is a GOES-East infrared satellite image taken at 10:05 am Friday courtesy of the College of DuPage weather website. The dark red colors just to the west...

June 28, 2019

It's been no secret flooding has plagued much my local region and the central part of the country dating back to March. Record snowfall this winter, heavy spring rains and rapid snow melt led to many rivers over spilling their banks including the mighty Mississippi where flood warnings have been more prevalent. The map below shows the number of days this year that a National Weather Service office has had at least one active flood warning. The of...

June 27, 2019

Just five months ago we were all shivering and dreaming of warmer days. Some of us (including me) counting down to summer when we could walk outdoors in shorts and t-shirts, attend fairs, outdoor events, festivals or simply take the dog for a stroll around the neighborhood. Remember nearly five months ago on January 30th the thermometer dropped to a level it had not before?

Cedar Rapids, and many other communities around the region...

June 26, 2019

I'm not sure about you, but there were several times during what seemed like the never ending winter where I said to myself, "I can not wait until summer." Well, the wait is over. The next several days will contain plenty of warmth and humidity making summer weather fans, rejoice!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the month of June has been running cool. In fact, before today we went nine full days without an 80° temperature in Cedar Rapids. Ver...

June 25, 2019

Hello again everyone. My name is Brandon Marshall. I work with Terry at KGAN/KFXA in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Swails is away at a weather conference in beautiful Maine this week. I'm sure he'd rather be there during the winter when the landscape is covered in the "white gold" as he says. I'll be taking over the blog this week keeping you up-to-date as best as possible on what to expect and plan for from Mother Nature. I'm sure he may chime in with an up...

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