September 6, 2020

Strong to severe thunderstorms have been moving through Minnesota and Iowa overnight and will continue into Sunday. I'm going to make this brief because I'm working overnight covering these storms. Large hail has been falling in parts of Minnesota and Iowa and the threat for strong storms will continue into the morning in Illinois as well.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been posted for eastern Iowa and will likely be extended into portions of Ill...

August 30, 2020

It's not going to be much but rain is coming to start the new week. As they say something is better than nothing... A cold front will move through the Midwest Monday and lead to a few showers and storms.

 The front stalls out to the southeast of Iowa and there will be some additional showers and storms on Tuesday:

Right now no severe weather is expected with these two events and not much heavy rain either. Here's a look at the rainfall totals throu...

August 30, 2020

August has been bleak for rain across much of the Upper Midwest. On one hand the lack of rain has been beneficial for areas cleaning up after the August 10th derecho. On the other hand there are many areas that are in need of the rain (and those areas cleaning up from the derecho and dry areas do overlap, too). Iowa is experiencing the worst of both... the worst of the drought and worst of the derecho damage. 

Here's a list of rainfall totals for...

August 23, 2020

The heat is back on. Luckily many have power back after the derecho and hopefully those who don't get it soon because you'll want the A/C cranked. Here's a look at the temperatures Sunday afternoon:

 The heat continues through the start of the new week with a big area of high pressure in the upper levels:

 SO Monday gets even hotter and it will get more humid, too:

 Tuesday... even hotter:

 Heat index Tuesday:

 And with all of that heat will come litt...

August 23, 2020

There is a long road ahead across the Midwest. Many in Iowa and Illinois still reeling from the derecho of August 10th. The roads themselves are literally lined with trees. Lined with debris. Stacked several feet high.

The brunt of it in Cedar Rapids where wind speeds of 110 to 140 mph occurred that day for roughly an hour. Likely the strongest derecho in Iowa and among the strongest in the U.S. The National Weather Service tells me the duration o...

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