June 29, 2020

The heat is on and it will be a hot, humid week. It begins Monday with low rain chances and hot temperatures:

 Humidity will is going to be very high... dew points in the 70s is very uncomfortable.

 That will translate to heat index values in the 90s to near 100 degrees Monday afternoon.

 There will be little relief today with just a few scattered showers and thunderstorms near and east of the Mississippi.

 In fact, that's where most of the rain will...

June 28, 2020

Right now it's kind of both that's going to get you. But the humidity is running high.. something that's pretty typical this time of year. In order to discuss humidity we have to talk about the dew point temperature. Here's an explanation of the dew point from the National Weather Service in La Crosse: 

"The dew point is the temperature the air needs to be cooled to (at constant pressure) in order to achieve a relative humidity (RH) of 100%. At th...

June 21, 2020

Thunderstorms rolled through the area during the day Saturday. Some storms were strong and produced hail and gusty winds. Now more storms will roll through into Monday. An area of strong storms will move out of Nebraska and move through Iowa into Monday morning.

Storms will likely be in a weakening state, but some strong ones may survive into the early morning hours. There will then be additional rounds of storms through the day...

 The Storm Predi...

June 21, 2020

The Summer solstice occurred at 4:44 pm on Saturday, marking the longest day of the year (in terms of daylight). We do start to now slowly lose daylight (just by a few seconds at first) from now on.

Meteorological summer began on June first -- marking the warmest time of year, on average. Regardless, it felt like summer outside. It was warm, it was muggy, and there were periodic showers and thunderstorms. Sunday will be another warm day:

 Most of t...

June 14, 2020

It's been a REALLY pleasant weekend around eastern Iowa. Crisp mornings, comfortable afternoons and plenty of sunshine. Not much more you can ask for in the middle of June. And it was a much needed break for a lot of us from the rain. Now warmth is going to build back in with a big area of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere: 

 This will send temperatures back up, but humidity won't climb all that much. So it won't be terribly unco...

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