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Cedar Rapids on the way to a quick recovery

Cedar Rapids had around 7″ of snow in total, which was about what they saw in Davenport, where we issued a verification for yesterday. They didn’t drop off quite as much in Cedar Rapids as they did in the Quad Cities, only cratering at 7 degrees instead of 1. Something else happened that was different for Cedar Rapids. Temperatures started to recover a bit on Sunday, with the lows actually not falling out of double digits. Forecast.io had the warmest lows on Sunday, and of all things, that was the difference between victory and second place.
Actuals: Saturday – Snow, not measured by day part, High 31, Low 7
Sunday – High 32, Low 12

Grade: C-D

Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Carson City, Nevada

Westward ho! We’re off on a 3 day adventure, covering 1724 miles at a pace of nearly 69mph. Days one and two will be a bit shorter, concluding after 551 miles. High pressure is in place right now. Will that change?

DAY ONE (Sunday)
The Upper Midwest is cold and brisk, wallowing in the back side of a strong low now shifted into Canada. The upper level trough still demarcates the back end of cold weather, and will run through western Iowa through most of the day tomorrow. Warmer weather is on its way, and there will be the beginnings of a temperature recovery as we cross into Nebraska. We will make it west for a while, before settling in at Norwalk, just to the east of Kearney. Temperatures will be much better on Monday.

DAY TWO (Monday)
It’s going to be quieter as we head westbound on I-80 on Monday. Ridging will be in place, and the trough that had caused problems the day before with some brisk north winds will be long gone. Calm day, driving through the remainder of the Plains… we should make good time. The day will end Point of Rocks, Wyoming. Only one more day to slug our way through.

DAY THREE (Tuesday)
Western Wyoming, northern Utah and most of Nevada will be problem free on Tuesday. A sharp strong trough organizing in the Pacific Northwest will struggle to bring precipitation across the Sierras. This will save us throughout most of the final third of our drive on Tuesday, but there will eventually be some spillover. The threat for rain wiil begin to threaten about an hour after we turn off of I-80, and less than an hour before we arrive in Carson City. Fortunately, at this time of arrival, we should expect some light rain, and not snow. Something to be thankful for this week, I guess.
Carson City

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hmmm… there’s a Winter Storm Warning out for Cedar Rapids right now. Remember when it was in the low 60s just a couple days ago? Yeah, me neither. Winter is… here.

At 1152pm CST, the temperature at Cedar Rapids, IA is 31 degrees with light snow falling. Like I mentioned before, there’s a Winter Storm Warning in effect until noon Saturday. An area of low pressure is pushing through MO/IL on its way to the Eastern Great Lakes. It took a while for the snow to get going earlier this afternoon, as significantly dry air was in place, but once it made it to the surface, it ramped up in a hurry. As the low shifts east, snow should come to an end around midday, with storm totals of 9-13″ possible. A FOOT OF SNOW! That’ll ruin some pre-Thanksgiving travel plans i’m sure. Thankfully, after the snow ends, high pressure shifts on through and keeps the area dry for the remainder of the weekend. Hope you had your snowblower tuned up already! Otherwise Saturday is going to be a long day of shoveling.

Saturday: Morning snow, trails off by noon. Clearing in afternoon. High 30, Low 9.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 28, Low 5.

TWC: Saturday: Snow early, becoming sunny by afternoon. High 30, Low 8.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 29, Low 6.

AW: Saturday: Colder, snowy in morning. High 30, Low 8.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and cold. High 26, Low 3.

NWS: Saturday: Snow through 8am, then gradual clearing into afternoon. Temperature falling through day. High 29, Low 4.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 29, Low 1.

WB: Saturday: Blustery and colder, morning snow, then sunny in afternoon. High 29, Low 6.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 29, Low 0.

WN: Saturday: Partly cloudy with scattered snow showers. High 28, Low 5.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 28, Low 1.

FIO: Saturday: Snow (1-2″) in morning. High 32, Low 12.
Sunday: Foggy in morning. High 32, Low 8.

Here we see the snow continuing to fall over eastern Iowa. I guess a foot of snow is penance for having such a warm November to date.

Gold Medal Weekend

The rain showers lingered a bit longer than most people expected in Cedar Rapids for Friday, with some activity lasting into the mid-afternoon hours. After that, however, conditions cleared out and Saturday was just as nice as anticipated with temps pushing to 80. Victoria-Weather claims the gold medal by not missing a single period by more than 1 degree!

Friday: 0.03″ in off and on rain showers. High 72, Low 61.
Saturday: High 80, Low 57.
Forecast Grade: A

Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Joplin, Missouri

Today we have a short road trip between neighboring Midwestern states. There shouldn’t be many weather delays on this 1-day trip, right?

Cedar Rapids

There could be some clouds lingering over eastern Iowa as low pressure pushes into the Ohio Valley, but rain showers should be long gone and the clouds should dissipate not long into the day. With high pressure moving over the region, conditions should be sunny and dry for the duration of the trip as we cruise through Des Moines and head south on I-35 past Kansas City and then on I-49 the rest of the way. Easy peasy!


Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Today we visit the Midwest, where storms have been aplenty the last few days. Will Cedar Rapids see more of this activity as we head into the weekend?

At 252pm CDT, the temperature at Cedar Rapids, IA was 76 degrees under overcast skies. While the skies are overcast, more significant cloud cover is found off to the north and west as some shower activity has been trying to get going. A disturbance shifting through SD/NE will push through IA overnight tonight, kicking off another round of showers and storms but looks like the worst will be off over the southern half of the state and over northern Missouri. There might be a few lingering showers as we push into the afternoon, but most of the activity should have shifted off to the east by then. The disturbance then moves on and becomes a fully-formed low pressure system over the Ohio Valley, but a ridge of high pressure looks to move over the Midwest in the wake of the low. This should clear out things on Saturday and allow temperatures to make a run at 80. Looks like a good start to the weekend!

Friday: Morning showers/thunderstorms, drying out in afternoon/evening. High 73, Low 61.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, a bit warmer. High 79, Low 56.

TWC: Friday: Early morning showers, then cloudy. High 75, Low 64.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 81, Low 57.

AW: Friday: Cooler with showers around. High 72, Low 62.
Saturday: Pleasant with clouds and sun. High 78, Low 56.

NWS: Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly cloudy. High 74, Low 62.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 78, Low 57.

WB: Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 75, Low 62.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 78, Low 58.

WN: Friday: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. High 73, Low 63.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 79, Low 57.

FIO: Friday: Rain in the morning and afternoon. High 73, Low 63.
Saturday: Few afternoon clouds. High 78, Low 59.

Here we see some high clouds moving over Eastern Iowa, with some of the cooler cloud tops off to the northwest housing some light rain showers.


Cool Down In The Plains

With high pressure settling over the region, the dry forecast for Cedar Rapids panned out pretty well. Only the difference of a couple degrees meant first to worst. It was a bit colder than most would imagine the area to be for late July, but I’m sure it was enjoyed by pretty much everybody. Accuweather edged out VW by a single point to take down the victory.

Tuesday: High 79, Low 61.
Wednesday: High 75, Low 54.
Forecast Grade: B

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Real life got in the way yesterday, so with a little bit of cajoling, we will be producing two forecasts today, one for Cedar Rapids (which was supposed to arrive yesterday) and another for Albuquerque, which was always on the schedule.

At 1152AM, CT, Cedar Rapids was reporting clear skies and a temperature of 78 degrees. The measurable that needs to be monitored this afternoon will be the dew point. The juicy air is producing a dew point near 70, and an upper level wave moving through the Canadian Prairies is set to set off thunderstorms through the Western Great Lakes this afternoon. What remains to be seen is how far to the south those storms will reach, as the cold pool that is expected to trigger the wet weather isn’t terribly strong. The potential energy across the region should provide fuel for severe storms should the cold air sink far enough south provide a trigger to get them going in the first place.
AFter the cold front sneaks through, a narrow dome of surface high pressure will slide in over eastern Iowa. A short wave moving through the Ozarks and Missouri may generate some clouds for Cedar Rapids tomorrow afternoon, but following this afternoon’s chance for thunderstorms, the next two days in Cedar Rapids will be quite enjoyable, with both the warmth and humidity taking a break.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 77, Low 62
Wednesday – Mostly sunny. High 77, Low 52

TWC: Tomorrow – Partly Cloudy High 80, Low 63
Wednesday – Sunny High 79, Low 56

AW: Tomorrow – Less humid with partial sunshine High 78, Low 64
Wednesday – Partly sunny High 76, Low 55

NWS: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 79, Low 65
Wednesday – Mostly sunny, High 78, Low 58

WB: Tomorrow – Not as warm. Mostly sunny. High 79, Low 65
Wednesday – Mostly sunny. High 78, Low 58

That is quite the cool down. Not bad, Cedar Rapids. Here is the satellite, showing some clouds in the northwestern part of the state. Any storm generation would likely initiate up there.

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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Dalton, Georgia to Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Even though it seems like Georgia and Iowa are much further apart, it will only be a day and a half drive from Dalton to Cedar Rapids, covering a mere 758 miles. It’s not really rife with interstate, our drive, but there is enough to allow speeds of about 62.6mph, and rack up 501 miles on the odometer on Sunday. Let’s make our way to the cornfields of Iowa, even though they are covered in snow.


Our drive couldn’t have been timed better, really. We will leave Dalton as an area of low pressure begins to explode out of the western Gulf of Mexico, a clipper exits the Great Lakes and another strong system slides into the northern Rockies. We will weave between all three as we make our way towards St. Louis. Cloudy skies will probably be the norm as we arrive in Nashville, and will continue to be so until Lake St. Louis, Missouri, where we will call it a night.

All right, so maybe the drive won’t be perfect. The system in the west is expected to move quickly, and will be on top of us in Missouri soon after we turn north from Lake St. Louis. Fortunately, for the beginning of the drive, we will be seeing rain. Unfortunately, that rain may begin to freeze as we get to about Mount Union Iowa, and will fall as sleet or freezing rain for the rest of the way to Cedar Rapids. Very dangerous. The key in driving in freezing rain is to never put yourself in a situation where you have to break. Plenty of distance from cars in front of you, roll to a stop if you can. And we will roll to a stop in this abysmal weather in otherwise marvelous Cedar Rapids. It usually smells like oatmeal!