Feature Forecast: Eastern Iowa; Feature Forecaster: Jennifer Hildreth

We are fortunate enough to have a guest to take us into the weekend! Jennifer Hildreth from KGAN, the CBS outlet in Cedar Rapids. So I don’t steal any of her thunder, I will let her take things away!

Hi, I am Jennifer Hildreth. As a kid, I became hooked on weather after a tornado ripped through my hometown in the middle of the night, with no warning. Okay, not sure if I would call it hooked exactly….probably more like terrified. Either way, I eventually took an interest in learning as much as I could about tornadoes and the weather. However, it took a while for me to figure out that I wanted to make weather my career. I started college at the University of Northern Iowa majoring in Elementary Education. After a year, I decided that it was not the career path I wanted to follow. So I switched gears and changed schools. In 2003, I graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Meteorology.

I am currently a weekend meteorologist and feature reporter at KGAN & KFXA, the CBS & FOX affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  I have only worked here for about 7 months. Before that, I spent 5 years as the weekend meteorologist at KWWL (NBC affiliate) in Waterloo, Iowa.  Both stations cover most of eastern Iowa.  Since I am originally from Waverly, Iowa, it is nice getting to work and forecast for the area where I was born and raised.

Okay enough about me, let’s get to the forecast.

An area of high pressure will move southeast into the Midwest for the weekend.  This means dry, but cooler weather in eastern Iowa this weekend.  Below is a picture of the surface map for Saturday morning.

Since the area of high pressure will be almost directly overhead on Saturday, we will see mostly sunny skies and light northerly winds. But even with the sunshine, temperatures will only warm into the upper 40s by Saturday afternoon.  A weak disturbance will move through Minnesota on Saturday night into Sunday. This will bring light rain chances to central Minnesota, but we will remain dry with only a few clouds here in eastern Iowa. The clouds will help to keep us slightly warmer Saturday night, but they will also keep us chilly on Sunday.  Below is a look at the weekend forecast for eastern Iowa.

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You can find more information about Jennifer on the KGAN/KFXW website: http://www.cbs2iowa.com/

Or feel free to email her at: jlhildreth@sbgnet.com