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MONSOON SEASON

Technically, the Midwest does not have a monsoon season, a period where there's a dramatic increase in summer precipitation, mainly due to thunderstorms.  No weather authority is going to argue that point. However, official or not, monsoon season is here and has been for the past three months. Showers and thunderstorms over that period have been prolific rain producers, and we are at a place now where we are getting too much of a good thing.


One of the forces that drives a monsoon is deep moisture, generally tropical in nature. We certainly had that Tuesday evening when available water vapor was measured around 2.50 inches.

Wind is another key aspect of monsoons. It must be from a direction that transports moisture. Below you can see winds at 500mb transporting and escorting tropical moisture right into the heart of my area.

Where the moisture pooled, was where intense thunderstorms blew up Tuesday afternoon and evening. Look at the powerful line of storms cutting across the Iowa, Illinois border around 6:30pm.

Numerous severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings were issued for my area, as was a Tornado Watch. A couple of brief tornado touchdowns were indicated near Iowa City and Nichols, Iowa. Winds were especially impressive in a supercell that tracked along I-80 near Iowa City. 81 mph wind gusts were registered at both Riverside and Williamstown, Iowa. Millersburg clocked a gust of 70 with a couple more reports winds near 60 mph. John Miller sent me this image of a shelf cloud produced by a supercell approaching Muscatine. Nicely done!

This lightning detection product shows lightning strikes over about 3.5 hours time, ending at 9:00pm.

The system brought another round of excessive rainfall, not surprising with the tremendous water vapor available. This is what the Doppler indicates for rain totals through 11:30pm. Tuesday evening. Amounts of 3–6 inches are indicated over NE Iowa and SW Wisconsin, the approximate location of a crest that is advancing downstream along the Mississippi.

The additional heavy rain has increased projected crests on the Mississippi. Most other rivers and streams are on the rise as well. All the way from Dubuque to Burlington, major Mississippi crests are anticipated over the next week, which is what the purple boxes indicate.

For all intents and purposes, rain with this system rapidly ends over the far southeast early Wednesday, allowing for a welcome day of dry weather. Skies will clear out and highs will reach the low to mid 80s. It will be another muggy day with all the residual moisture.


THE 4th OF JULY

The stationary boundary that caused all the excitement Tuesday begins to inch north again as a warm front Thursday. A cluster of storms that develops Wednesday night may clip my southern counties by Thursday morning before diminishing and dying off. The boundary continues to make slow progress north during the day, getting into central Iowa by afternoon. Moisture increases once again and instability is rejuvenated, setting the stage for additional storms Thursday night. Most likely, these would form in the northern half of my area ahead of the slow moving warm front. If we get lucky, much of Thursday afternoon and evening could remain dry until the low level jet kicks in again after sunset. That might give us the window necessary to allow for outside activities and fireworks. Highs look to be tempered by some passing clouds, helping to keep readings in the low 80s.


Later Thursday night, scattered showers and storms are likely in the north as a cool front approaches and encounters the warm front and its moisture. How widespread the rain becomes is an unknown, but where any storms can pop, some downpours are once again possible. Some of this activity may linger into parts of Friday as the disturbance closes off and forms a cold pool enhancing instability, especially in the afternoon. Partly cloudy skies and slightly below normal temperatures are expected, with highs Friday in the upper 70s to low 80s. Here's the 500mb disturbance that produces the unsettled weekend weather.

Saturday may start fine, but the cold pool aloft should again spark enough instability to produce widely scattered hit-and-miss late day showers or a few storms, especially in the north. Highs will once again hold in the upper 70s to low 80s.


Both the EURO and GFS indicate another NW flow disturbance Sunday with the potential to produce additional showers and storms. The Monsoon season continues! Aside from a slight decline in temperatures, little change is expected to close out the holiday weekend.


Here's what guidance is suggesting for additional rainfall between now and Sunday. Let's hope it turns out lighter than shown.


The EURO

The GFS

Monsoon season or not, that's all I've got for now. Have a good "dry" day and roll weather.


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7 GREAT REASONS TO VISIT GALENA


1. It’s Steeped In History

2. It’s Home To One Of The Best Main Streets In America

3. The Restaurants Are Amazing

4. There’s A Lot To Do Outdoors

5. You Don’t Have To Travel To The Mountains To Go Skiing

6. It’s A Great Place To Spend The Fourth Of July

7. Did I Mention The Shopping?

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