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NEW COPIES OF DERECHO 911, IOWA'S INLAND HURRICANE ARE AVAILABLE. Around Christmas we sold the last of the 1500 copies of our book on this historic thunderstorm, the most damaging in U.S. history. Due to continued demand we ordered a limited number of 250 for those of you interested in having the most authoritative account of this extreme event. Books are selling fast so don't miss this opportunity to own the weather story of a generation. You can get yours at

I ordered one of your Derecho books about the storm in Cedar Rapids, IA back in December. I love it! I had also bought one that the Cedar Rapids Gazette sold. Your book by far is so much better, you have a lot more pictures and it just tells more of the story. Thank you for putting a wonderful keepsake together! Do you have any left? If so can you tell me how to get at least one more.

Thank you so much! Penny Brecke

Before I get into our local weather I wanted to show how winter has taken it's grip across the country with cold, snow, and ice. Winter Storm Warnings stretch across Texas and Wind Chill Warnings go from Missouri to the Canadian border.

It has been a brutal stretch of cold recently and it continues through the day of love... Here's a look at the temperature departure from the last seven months:

Temperatures have been running 15 to 30 degrees below normal. That's due to the arctic air in place and of course the deep snowpack.

Snow depth across much of the area is sitting at 12-16 inches.

And to add insult to injury more snow fell Friday night into Saturday morning:

There's not a lot of snow on the table but there's a whole lotta cold. Sunday will be another bitter day with high temperatures remaining near and below zero:

Gotta love it... it will likely be the coldest Valentine's Day on record for many:

It will feel even colder with winds of 10 to 15 mph generating some brutal wind chills through the day:

There will be the chance for light snow Sunday night through Monday, especially in southeast Iowa into Illinois

The cold will run into Monday with temperatures starting off well below zero Monday morning:

And the bitter wind chills to go along with it:

And Monday afternoon will be near zero:

The arctic air will start to lift out Tuesday into Wednesday and temperatures will gradually climb up through the week.