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April 6, 2020

It's going to be a mild start to the week, but the end will be quite different. April is usually an active month. It can be filled with a lot of rain, sometimes snow, warmth and even cold. As we head toward the middle of the month (really starting in the next few days) cooler weather will likely take over. Here's the outlook from the Climate Prediction Center for April 11-15:

Let's talk about how we get to those dark blues.. First off, average hig...

April 5, 2020

After a chilly Saturday temperatures will be rebounding back toward normal for the end of the weekend. Temperatures will continue to warm up through the start of next week. Here's a look at the temperature change from Saturday afternoon to Sunday:

That translates to temperatures that look like this, under plenty of sunshine:

 The warmth continues to build Monday ahead of our next storm system:

 Showers and thunderstorms will be possible as a warm...

March 30, 2020

The last month has been a rather active period of time. There's been a lot of rain and some snow and March is running above normal for precipitation. Here's a look at the precipitation (liquid equivalent of rain + snow) for the last 30 days:

 We've had severe weather, rivers rising, and just a whole lotta days with clouds. We're finally going to see more sunshine and a drier week up ahead. The weather pattern is going to be a lot less active in th...

March 29, 2020

We had been talking about this risk for a while and it came to a head when tornadoes touched down across the central U.S. Saturday. The strongest of the day was near Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Then, storms started rotating in Iowa and Illinois and several tornadoes touched down. Damage was reported around Bridgewater, Oelwein, Hudson in Iowa and there were several tornado reports in Henry county, Illinois. Here's a map of the damage reports from Saturda...

March 23, 2020

Snow fell across parts of the Midwest Sunday and added up in the grass. Luckily snow won't stick around on the ground too long. (But at least it's something pretty to look at!) Here's some of the totals that were in Sunday evening and there will likely be more through the night:

 Temperatures will be warm enough to melt the snow away Monday afternoon:

 There will be a system that passes to the south of Iowa Tuesday and brings rain to Missouri, Illi...

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