Today: Mostly cloudy. Very cold. High in the lower 20s. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy then becoming partly cloudy after midnight then becoming mostly cloudy. Low 5 to 10 above. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. High in the mid 20s. Southeast wind near 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of light snow. Low 5 to 10 above. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
New Years Day: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Colder. High around 15.
Wednesday Night: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Low zero to 5 above.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High 5 to 10 above.
The record high in Iowa in 2013 was 106 degrees — back in May — and the record low a minus 27 just last week. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says temperatures in Iowa for 2013 have averaged out to slightly below normal. “Rainfall wise, almost right at normal, but as usual, that doesn’t tell the whole story,” Hillaker says. This past spring was very wet and the late summer and early fall were dry, which means precipitation levels for 2013 in Iowa average out to be average, according to Hillaker.
“Overall, though, this year was quite a bit wetter than 2012, thanks to that wet spring,” Hillaker says. “…Going into winter this year with more soil moisture in the ground than we had at this point last year and actually even at this point two years ago as well, so we’re in a little bit better shape in soil moisture now than the last couple of years, but still quite a bit drier than what would be usual going into the winter season.” The months of May and April were the wettest ever recorded in Iowa, while August and September were very dry, but don’t rank as some of the driest ever.
Hillaker says there were pockets of southeast Iowa that were exceptionally dry this summer. “The Burlington area, for example, had just a trace of rainfall for the full month of August which was easily a record low for that area of the state,” Hillaker says, “and there were, you know, scattered areas of the state that set some records as far as low totals in July and August and maybe in a few cases in September, but nothing where the state average was quite that low.” Hillaker uses the phrase “consistently cool” to describe the temperatures recorded in Iowa this past year.
“Got off to a January-February period that was a little bit milder than unusual for mid-winter, but still nothing really out of the ordinary, but then a really cold spring season — especially March and April — and a relatively mild summer as well ’til we got rather late into August where the summer heat finally returned and had a rather warm end to the summer into the early fall,” Hillaker says. “More recently, November and December, of course quite a bit colder than usual once again.” The temperature dropped to 27 degrees below zero on Christmas Eve in Osceola.
“That was easily our lowest temperature of the calendar year and actually, our lowest temperature anywhere in Iowa in almost three years,” Hillaker says. The year’s record high — of 106 degrees — was recorded in Sioux City on May 14th. “Which is about two weeks earlier than we’ve ever seen a temperature that high in the state, but that ended up being the highest reading of the whole year, actually by quite a ways,” Hillaker says. “Most of the state didn’t see triple-digit temperatures.” Hillaker says that 133-degree variation between highs and lows is unique on the planet.
The only other place besides the upper Midwest that sees such wide temperature swings is in Russia. Hillacer says the climates in these two areas are “so contrasting” because they in the middle of a large land mass, without the “moderating” influence of oceans or large lakes. Russia actually straddles two continents and Hillaker says South America isn’t as large as North America, so that’s why temperatures in the southern hemisphere don’t vary that much.
Today: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny and cold, with a temperature rising to near 7 by noon, then falling to around 3 during the remainder of the day. Wind chill values as low as -20. Windy, with a north northwest wind 21 to 26 mph decreasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around -2. Wind chill values as low as -15. North northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 23. Wind chill values as low as -15. South wind 7 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. Calm wind becoming south southeast 5 to 9 mph in the morning. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9.
New Year’s Day: A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 14.
306 AM CST SUN DEC 29 2013
…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST EARLY THIS MORNING…
* WINDS…NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE UNTIL AROUND 6 AM CST.
* IMPACTS…WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT… ESPECIALLY FOR LIGHT WEIGHT AND HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.
Today: Sunny, with a high near 53. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Tonight: A slight chance of snow showers and freezing drizzle before midnight, then a chance of flurries and freezing drizzle between midnight and 3am, then scattered flurries after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -10. Windy, with a south southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northwest 20 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny and cold, with a temperature falling to around 3 by 9am. Wind chill values as low as -20. Windy, with a north northwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around -3. Wind chill values as low as -15. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 14. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 15.
New Year’s Day: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16.
350 AM CST FRI DEC 27 2013
TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 20S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY…COLDER. SCATTERED FLURRIES AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE. WEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. MUCH COLDER. SCATTERED FLURRIES IN THE MORNING. HIGH 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH IN THE MORNING.
SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW ZERO TO 5 BELOW.
MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGH AROUND 15.
403 AM CST THU DEC 26 2013
TODAY...PARTLY SUNNY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN CLEARING. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 15 TO 20. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.
FRIDAY…SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 40. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 20S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY…BREEZY…COLDER. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF FREEZING DRIZZLE AND FLURRIES AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE.
SUNDAY…CLOUDY…BREEZY. MUCH COLDER. SCATTERED FLURRIES IN THE MORNING. HIGH 10 TO 15.
SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW NEAR ZERO. HIGH AROUND 15.