DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are recruiting people to help monitor the state’s weather as part of a volunteer network. The state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says data on rain, hail and snow that’s collected by volunteers will be used for flood forecasting, scientific research and general weather interest. The department’s state climatology office works with the National Weather Service in Des Moines to make sure the data is immediately available for free online.
Interested volunteers just need a four-inch diameter rain gage and a suitable location for the gage.
The Colorado Climate Center established the volunteer network in 1998, and it’s available in all 50 states and Canada. Iowa joined in 2007 and has more than 300 registered volunteers.
337 AM CST THU NOV 21 2013
AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-MADISON
337 AM CST THU NOV 21 2013
…LOCALIZED DENSE FOG EXPECTED EARLY THIS MORNING…
AREAS OF FOG WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SUNRISE ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL IOWA. SOME OF THIS FOG WILL BE LOCALLY DENSE WITH VISIBILITIES OF LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. BE PREPARED FOR RAPID CHANGES IN VISIBILITIES OVER SHORT DISTANCES THIS MORNING. THE FOG IS EXPECTED TO LIFT AFTER SUNRISE AS A COLD FRONT ADVANCES ACROSS CENTRAL IOWA.
331 AM CST THU NOV 21 2013
TODAY…CLOUDY…BREEZY…COLDER. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN BEFORE NOON. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND LIGHT SNOW EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON…THEN LIGHT SNOW LIKELY LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…LIGHT SNOW UNTIL EARLY MORNING…THEN LIGHT SNOW LIKELY EARLY IN THE MORNING. BREEZY…COLDER. SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 1 INCH. LOW AROUND 20. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 90 PERCENT.
FRIDAY…CLOUDY THEN BECOMING PARTLY SUNNY BEFORE NOON THEN BECOMING SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 20S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 10 TO 15. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SATURDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE. HIGH 22 TO 29.
Parts of Iowa will be in for a coating of white by tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon as a wintery storm system is headed our way. Meteorologist Kevin Skow, at National Weather Service office in Johnston, says the front will be bringing very low temperatures and plenty of precipitation. Skow says, “It’s going to start out as rain across our area but then colder air will work in from the northwest and cause that rain to change over to snow, especially across the northwestern half or so of Iowa tomorrow evening.”
A wide section of Iowa could have a blanket of white snow before the weekend arrives. “In general, we’re expecting anywhere from one to three inches, with the highest amounts in northwest Iowa closer to the Sioux City-Sioux Falls area,” he says. While it’s still fall for another month, this storm will definitely feel like winter, as the front may bring in the coldest air of the season so far.
Skow says, “Cold air will work in here on Friday and Saturday and highs on Saturday will only be in the mid-teens to mid-20s across Iowa and the lows on Saturday night will dip down into the single digits above zero with some areas even getting below zero.” Daytime highs by early next week will be back closer to normal in the 30s to low-40s across Iowa.
With the chance of accumulating snowfall to occur in Clarinda later this week the Clarinda Police Department is reminding the citizens of Clarinda about the emergency snow ordinance. The ordinance states that: “No person shall park any motor vehicle or other apparatus upon any street of the city that will obstruct the removal of snow when there has been an accumulation of two (2) inches or more. Any vehicle left parked on any street in violation of this ordinance may be impounded, and the registered owner of the vehicle will be subject to a $15.00 parking fine, and payment of all applicable towing and storage fees in order for the vehicle to be released.”
401 AM CST WED NOV 20 2013
EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS. BREEZY. NOT AS COOL. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 50 PERCENT.
TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. ISOLATED SHOWERS THROUGH MID MORNING. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 20 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 30S. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.
THURSDAY…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN IN THE MORNING…THEN LIGHT RAIN LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. COLDER. HIGH AROUND 40. TEMPERATURE STEADY OR SLOWLY FALLING IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 60 PERCENT.
THURSDAY NIGHT…SNOW…BREEZY…COLDER. SNOW ACCUMULATION AROUND 1 INCH. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 80 PERCENT.
FRIDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. COLDER. HIGH AROUND 30. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. COLDER. LOW 10 TO 15.
SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. LOW 5 TO 10 ABOVE.
COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT – PAGE IN IOWA; IN NEBRASKA –SEWARD-LANCASTER-CASS-OTOE-SALINE-JEFFERSON-GAGE-JOHNSON-NEMAHA-PAWNEE-RICHARDSON.
1145 AM CST TUE NOV 19 2013
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST
IOWA…WEST CENTRAL IOWA AND SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA.
.DAY ONE…THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT
VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON…AS GUSTY SOUTH
WINDS COMBINE WITH LOW HUMIDITY.