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Weather Wayback… Iowa is fun for everyone

Anthony’s third in a trio of forecasts back at the beginning of February and end of January was for Iowa City. The weather was typical for early February, if a little bit warmer than normal, as temperatures were close to 30 by Thursday, February 3rd. This was due to sunny skies during the day, which also meant chilly temperatures under clear skies overnight. There was a three way draw atop the leaderboard, as Victoria-Weather had a nearly flawless forecast on February 2nd, while Accuweather and the National Weather Service caught up on the third. It was close all the way around, with the top three only 4 degrees better than the last place outlets.
Actuals: Wednesday, February 2nd – High 24, Low 14
Thursday, February 3rd – High 30, Low 13

Grade: B

Iowa City, Iowa to Phoenix, Arizona

Two road trips in one day today. This one will see us take a southwesterly voyage, where as the other, later tonight, well, that will be southwesterly as well. Our drive will cover 1514 miles and will last for nearly 3 complete days. At this pace, our average speed will be 64.6mph. The third day will be slightly shorter, but in general, we will cover about 516.5 miles per full day of travel. It’s snowing in Minnesota today, so a trip down to Phoenix from nearby Iowa City certainly doesn’t sound so bad right now.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)

A cold front is moving through the Mississippi Valley as we speak tonight. Flow aloft in support of the trough and behind it is fairly weak, and broadly ridging behind the initial front. What does this mean to the average traveler? It means sunny skies and light winds. We’ll make it through the most well populated part of our drive, and end up in Goddard, Kansas, just west of Wchita.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
Westerly flow and the mid-April time of year means we are in prime time for lee troughing and dry lines. Weak low pressure will indeed develop in eastern Colorado, with a dry line dangled south along the Texas/New Mexico border. We may see some storms touched off from Guymon, Oklahoma to Tucamcari, New Mexico, meaning that the Texas Panhandle will be a ripe environment for a few showers and thunderstorms. On either side of this area of thundertorms, we will be in pretty good shape. We won’t see a soul for miles at a time, but the weather will be most agreeable. The day will end in Clines Corners, New Mexico, which we will reach about an hour ahead of Alburquerque.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
Hot high pressure is sliding into the intermountain west, and will be in place by Thursday. It’s not a huge stretch that Arizona and New Mexico are dry and warm, but the set up is more reassurance that we are out of the woods in terms of thunderstorms. Phoenix will be warm and dry upon our arrival, which is pretty much what one looks forward to when they go to Phoenix.

Kalamazoo, Michigan to Iowa City, Iowa

Let’s take a little road trip shall we? Today’s is an easy one, just 350 miles separate Kalamazoo from Iowa City. Perhaps Western Michigan is off to play a non-conference game against the University of Iowa? Let’s see if weather will slow down our jaunt to see some quality athletics!

A few snow showers that fell during the early morning hours, but will have dissipated by the time we wake up and start heading out the door. High pressure is nosing its way over the Midwest, which should keep the entire route over northwest IA, northern IL, and eastern IA dry. There’ll be some passing clouds at times, but nothing we should be particularly worried about. A pretty easy drive!

Iowa City, Iowa

Off to a city so nice, Iowa named it after itself! Hmmm, seems a bit conceited though, right? Bah, we’ll let it slide this time. They’re good people!

At 1052pm CST, the temperature at Iowa City, IA was 22 degrees under overcast skies. High pressure over the Dakotas/Montana extends into the Midwest tonight, keeping conditions fairly quiet, despite a small bit of flurries scurrying on by towards the southwest. These won’t affect Iowa City overnight as the shift into Missouri. Over the next couple of days, that high pressure will shift directly over the Midwest, keeping the conditions in Eastern Iowa fairly quiet. It’ll be a little bit chillier than it has been the last couple of days, so might have to bundle up just a little more for the rest of the workweek. But at least it’ll be dry!

Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 25, Low 14.
Friday: Morning clouds, burning off by afternoon. High 27, Low 11.

TWC: Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 26, Low 17.
Friday: Partly cloudy. High 29, Low 17.

AW: Thursday: Partly sunny. High 26, Low 15.
Friday: Clouds giving way to some sun. High 28, Low 14.

NWS: Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 25, Low 13.
Friday: Decreasing clouds. High 27, Low 14.

WB: Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 23, Low 17.
Friday: Mostly cloudy. High 27, Low 16.

WN: Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 25, Low 12.
Friday: Partly cloudy. High 27, Low 14.

FIO: Thursday: Partly cloudy starting in the morning, continuing until afternoon. High 28, Low 15.
Friday: Mostly cloudy until afternoon. High 29, Low 16.

There is a bit of cloud cover moving just over the city, mainly off to the southwest. That’s about as exciting as it’s going to get for the rest of the work week.

Dogged by dynamics

The system that caused yesterday’s devastating tornado outbreak through Anthony’s home town and throughout northern Illinois was a perfect example of a spring time storm, capable of impressive air mass advection. This certainly did us in with the forecast in Iowa City. Temperatures were cooler than anticipated on Wednesday before the system moved into town, but conversely, after the warm front lifted north, temperatures were much higher than anyone had in the forecast on Thursday. WeatherNation was pretty decent on Tuesday, with the coolest forecast on Wednesday. It was a disaster on Thursday all the way around. Fortunately, not a literal one for Iowa City. There was some large hail south of town, but nothing in the city.
Actuals: Wednesday – Thunderstorms reported, not measured, High 56, Low 45
Thursday – .16 inches of rain, thunderstorms, High 78, Low 39

Grade: D

Huntington, West Virginia to Iowa City, Iowa

We’re going to hit the road again on this fine Tuesday afternoon. Well, the drive will be on Wednesday, and that’s the good news. It will only be one day, covering 622 miles at a pace of about 61.9mph. That should tell you that the drive will be a little more than 10 hours, which is entirely manageable, but a little longer than we are typically accustomed to. Let’s hit the road.


If things hold as they are now, we should navigate the Ohio Valley in the most fortuitous manner possible. It’s going to be cutting it close, but I think this route is the best case scenario for a drive through the Plains. A warm front continues to lie north of our route, and at the beginning of the day, we will see some showers through eastern Kentucky into southern Indiana. More robust and severe thunderstorms will develop along a wave in the afternoon over those areas, but in the afternoon and well after we have reached Illinois. There will be some clearing through the Land of Lincoln, and we will pass through Champaign and Peoria with mostly clear skies. Low pressure in the Plains will touch off heavy thunderstorms in central Missouri, with only some rain at the north end of the system as we arrive in Iowa City. Severe storms all around, but none along the route. That’s brilliant.
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Iowa City, Iowa

We’re looking for weather updates from the Upper Midwest today, and the home of the University of Iowa.

At 152PM, CT, Iowa City was reporting a temperature of 48 degrees with overcast skies. The state was smothered in low clouds, north of a warm front along the Missouri border, and there is light rain over the northwestern part of the state, with stronger thunderstorms over the north central areas, particularly northwest f Fort Dodge. A split in the jet structure has led to a surface trough running from Iowa to the Dakotas, enhancing the precipitation over the Upper Midwest.
This rain will shift out of the region overnight tonight, leading to a bit of clearing in the morning. An upper level jet trough will lead to the development of low pressure over the High Plains, as the lee enhances. This will be a major severe weather maker, however the severe storms will likely be south and east of Iowa. Iowa City will start to see more general ran and thunderstorms tomorrow evening, with the rain potentially continuing through the night. Thunderstorms will wrap up with a chance for severe weather late on Thursday morning, followed by some stratiform rain and plummeting temepratures.
Tomorrow – Rain early, with thunderstorms late, High 63, Low 43
Thursday – Thunderstorms early, then rain through the afternoon, High 67, Low 47

TWC: Tomorrow – PM Thunderstorms, High 66, Low 45
Thursday – Scattered strong storms/wind, Hiig 72, Low 49

AW: Tomorrow – Areas of fog in the morning; otherwise, cloudy with a shower in the afternoon High 63, Low 44
Thursday – A morning t-storm, cloudy, breezy, warmer; a severe afternoon t-storm; thunderstorms can be severe High 72, Low 48

NWS: Tomorrow – A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, High 59, Low 44
Thursday – Showers and thunderstorms High 70, Low 49

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 59, Low 44
Thursday – Breezy…Warmer. Showers and thunderstorms likely. High 70, Low 49

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Cloudy with Scattered Storms High 59, Low 45
Thursday – Mostly Cloudy with Thunderstorms Likely High 70, Low 48

FIO: Tomorrow – Light rain starting in the afternoon. High 63, Low 47
Thursday – Light rain in the morning and afternoon and breezy starting in the afternoon. High 71, Low 44

Storms are brewing for the state of Iowa. There are a few rumblers in the northern part o the state right now, but they will be spreading elsewhere soon enough.
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Anderson, Indiana to Iowa City, Iowa

We are on our way to Iowa City today, which happens to be just south of a nasty complex of severe storms. The drive will be 6 hours and cover 392 miles. In the end, that will be about a 62.7mph pace. The day won’t be completely lost with such a short travel day, so let’s see some of the Plains and avoid some thunderstorms.

A cold front is stalled in the Northern Plains and the strong complex of thunderstorms in eastern Iowa will deteriorate as it shifts east away from the boundary, so we will start with a clean slate to begin our day tomorrow. For the most part, the drive will be hot and humid. The heat and humidity will lead to widespread clouds which may spit out a shower, but I don’t think it will be much of a thunder threat. The primary cold front will set itself up from northern Wisconsin to northern Iowa, and along it, a strong area of thunderstorms will develop tomorrow evening. We should be able to beat it to Iowa City, if it makes it that far south at all. Expect for some nasty thunderstorms over northern Iowa regardless of what goes on in Iowa City. Maybe we will see them on the horizon.
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A front stalls and temperatures skyrocket

The forecast for eastern Iowa over the weekend was fairly consistent. A two pronged wave would lead to a stalling boundary in the area. Isolated clusters of thunderstorms were seen on Saturday, and then the boundary stalled, and the area was inundated with rain, measuring in inches. The only thing was that the stalled boundary on Saturday did so a little bit further to the northwest than anyone had anticipated. Even warmer air infiltrated the Iowa City area (highs reached 83), and meant that the heaviest stripe of rain shifted away from Mount Pleasant and more towards Des Moines and Ottumwa. Iowa City would have been in the heavy swath regardless, and they managed to see 2 inches on Sunday. It’s clear and cool now in Iowa City, where Victoria-Weather and the NWS had the top forecast.
Actuals: Saturday – .08 inches in rain/thunderstorms, High 83, Low 51
Sunday – 2.08 inches of rain, High 63, Low 44

Grade: C

New Orleans, Louisiana to Iowa City, Iowa

Back to back road trips for us. While the trek from New York to Louisiana will have to deal with some general rain showers, our journey north along the Mississippi will contend with some more sinister conditions. The drive is going to take almost two full days and cover 920 miles at a pace of 64.8mph, which means our first day’s mileage will be 518. Into the teeth of the tiger we go!

New Orleans
Our charge upstream along Old Muddy will be warm and humid. Expect some very dense fog as we leave New Orleans, but otherwise fair conditions. A vast system organizing in the northern Plains will make our Sunday drive even more intimidating, but for Saturday, it will mean only an influx of summerlike air. The day will end in Kewanee, Missouri, which is just north of the Bootheel.

Sunday is where the crap hits the fan. The cold front associated with this low will stretch from southern Iowa to northern Kansas, but an undercutting trough associated with the upper level low will light up fairly early in the day. We will dodge rain drops and embedded thunderstorms as soon as we start out, though the coverage won’t be comprehensive.. The strongest storms we encounter will be on the west and north side of St. Louis. When we get north of this line, we start moving into the stalled boundary over Iowa. Somewhere between Hannibal and the state line into Iowa, we will run into a wall of water. Not just rain for the rest of the trip to Iowa City, torrential, unrelenting rain. Areas like Mount Pleasant in southeastern Iowa will see maybe even 3 inches of rain. That reminds me. Maybe we should check our windshield wipers before we go.
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