January 17, 2018

We're back in the deep freeze with sub-zero temperatures and wind chills that have fluctuated in the range of 15-30 below for much of the past 48 hours. With another below zero temperature Wednesday morning that makes it 15 of the past 24 days with sub-zero lows in Cedar Rapids. Pretty impressive!

I'm happy to say that there's light at the end of the tunnel and our temperatures are set to take a major turn towards the warmer side of the ledger (a...

January 16, 2018

The clipper that just powered its way across the Midwest has certainly lived up to its billing. We promised you snow, wind, and bitter cold wind chills and we got 'em. Here's a snowfall graphic. Most of my area picked up 1-5".

These are the wind chills we'll be facing Tuesday morning. Most spots in my region 15 to 25 below! Thanks to the NWS Quad Cities for the graphic.

The cold will keep us in a tight grip through Wednesday and then a major thaw k...

January 14, 2018

A vigorous clipper will deliver a triple pronged punch of snow, wind, and bitter cold to the Midwest Sunday night and Monday. While the system is short on moisture its long on cold and wind that will blow the powdery snow that ends up falling. 

The surface features look like this on the 0z GFS Sunday night at midnight. Notice the packing of the isobars to the west where a 1052mb high is approach NW Montana.

As I mentioned the clipper is lean on moi...

January 12, 2018

How about that cold front? Talk about a wake up call! Temperatures all around the region dropped 20-25 degrees in a matter of a few hours. Here in Cedar Rapids we plunged 34 degrees from 46 at 6:00am to 12 at 2:00pm. That's an eye opener.

Now that the cold is here, it's here to stay through the middle of next week. Here's the 5 day temperature departure at 5,000 feet ending January 16th. 

Projected surface high temperatures on the GFS Friday, Satur...

January 11, 2018

Well, we finally had a 40 degree day Wednesday, the first since December 19th. That ended a 20 day stretch of cold that was pretty darn intense. For much of the Midwest it was the coldest stretch of weather since February 2013. The low of 24 below here in Cedar Rapids was just 5 degrees from our coldest all-time temperature of 29 below set in 2009.

The worst of the cold was endured during the period December 25 to January 7 when temperature d...

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