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April 9, 2020

Late Wednesday afternoon we turned the switch on for a much cold weather pattern for much the remainder of April. As of 7:00 pm temperatures over all of my area were running 20-30 degrees cooler than 24 hours earlier!

With the arrival of the colder air storms again developed in parts of my area Wednesday afternoon. As they departed weather photographer Paul Brooks to this beautiful shot in Cedar County, Iowa.

There were again some reports of severe...

April 8, 2020

After an absolutely beautiful afternoon and highs in the upper 70s to near 80, conditions became conducive for severe hail along a southward advancing cold front Tuesday evening. Storms rapidly developed and it just so happens that I was in the right place for some of the bigger stones. Here in Marion, Iowa and parts of NE Cedar Rapids, golf ball sized hail (with some stones as big as tennis balls) broke some car windows and damaged the body of m...

April 7, 2020

We enjoyed a a mild winter here in the Midwest but now (when we least want it) it's about time to pay the piper. Following a springlike day Tuesday a significant pattern change arrives in the form of a late afternoon cold front.that should mean at least 2 weeks of below normal temperatures.

The Weather Prediction Center has a moderate to high risk of hazardous temperatures in the April 14 to 16th time frame.

 There's a greater than 70 percent chanc...

April 4, 2020

A dramatic cold front brought a wall of cold air across my region Friday. At 1:00 pm temperatures ranged from 72 around St. Louis to 24 just west of Mason City in NC Iowa. While it was 60 in the Quad Cities a little over an hour away in Cedar Rapids it was 37. Ahhh...the fortunes of weather!

Many places behind the front were 30-40 degrees colder than just 24 hours earlier.

Light showers, and in some areas freezing rain and drizzle fell with a thin...

April 3, 2020

I talked a couple days ago about what looked to be a potential temperature crash the middle of next week. Today's data continues to push that agenda and if anything, it's even colder. Here's a meteogram for Cedar Rapids showing highs dropping from 75 next Tuesday April 7th to 43 the 12th. Even worse, it shows 4 consecutive days with highs in the 40s and a maximum of 41 the 15th (normal is 62). This might be a bit overdone but it's certainly not t...

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