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Waterloo is well behaved

There is a lot to love about summer. The warm weather and sunshine, the seemingly endless family vacations. One thing I really appreciate is how well models handle the weather when there is weak high pressure in a region. Guidance was pretty spot on in Waterloo, and unless you got really free thinking, the forecasts all worked out very well. There was a 4 way tie for 2nd, actually, but there was one outlet who inched past the rest. The Weather Channel had the best forecast by themselves, narrowly better than all the rest.
Actuals: Tuesday – High 80, Low 56
Wednesday – High 81, Low 56

Grade: A-B

Waterloo, Iowa

We’re off to the upper Midwest for this evening’s fprecast. What can we expect in the Hawkeye State?

At 954PM, ET, Waterloo was reporting a temperature of 68 degrees with clear skies. A light northwest wind and a dew point in the 50s assured the most comfortable night in some time for eastern Iowa. An area of low pressure over northern Ontario was cycling in the cooler air towards the Upper Midwest, behind a line of thunderstorms marching towards the Ohio Valley.
Expect one of the best days of the summer tomorrow in eastern Iowa, with plesant temperatures and mostly sunny skies. A weak ridge will start to build back into the region for Wednesday. It won’t have enough strength to bring showers or storms north to Waterloo, but there will be some high clouds and a bump to the temperatures.
Tomorrow – Sunny, High 80, Low 57
Wednesday – Partly cloudy, High 82 Low 58

TWC: Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, High 79, Low 56
Wednesday – Partly cloudy, High 81, Low 57

AW: Tomorrow – Sunny High 78, Low 55
Wednesday – Sunny High 81, Low 57

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny High 79, Low 57
Wednesday – Mostly sunny High 81, low 58

WB: Tomorrow – Sunny High 79, Low 57
Wednesday – Mostly sunny High 81, low 58

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly Sunny High 79, Low 57
Wednesday – Partly Cloudy High 81, Low 59

FIO: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy overnight.High 80, Low 57
Wednesday – Light rain starting in the evening. High 79, Low 60

With it being July, I have to believe full sun will allow temperatures to outpace the models. Thus, I’m warmer than everyone else. Here is the satellite, with some convection to the south.

Waterloo, Iowa to Hanford, California

This is my first road trip in quite some time, so that’s exciting. It’s a 3 1/2 day drive from Waterloo to Hanford, covering 1914 miles. We will be able to zip through those lonely western freeways at about 67.3mph, with 538 miles ticking off the odometer before the day is over.

A remnant area of low pressure lies over the Great Lakes, and a spiraling nuisance batch of clouds and drizzle or flurries across most of the state of Iowa. It will probably be dry, but it will almost certainly be cloudy and there is a slight chance for some flurry activity just as we get going. The dividing line between clouds and sun will be very sharp, and likely around Bellevue, Nebraska, things will really clear out. Sunny skies will follow us to North Platte. Stay at the Hampton Inn. It’s pretty nice.

The weather off to the north of our route will be slightly disturbed as we head through Colorado. No problems along our route, but there may be some snow around Craig, but not in Grand Junction. IT will be an easy drive, aside from the rampant elevation changes. We will sneak across the border into Utah and stop in Westwater for the night. (There is almost nothing in Utah.)

An invasion of moisture will filter into southern Utah on Saturday. The thing is, unless there is a lot of moisture in southern Utah, it won’t mean much. The other thing is, we will be in Vegas and beyond by the time it arrives. We will continue through Las Vegas and will stop in the Mojave at Halloran Springs, free of any inclement weather.

It’s a short hop to Hanford from Halloran Springs. As we descend into the San Joaquin Valley, we will see some low clouds dissipating, giving way to a rather pleasant afternoon, which will be the case in Bakersfield, Fresno, and of course, Hanford.

Waterloo, Iowa

Not terribly far south of the Twin Cities is Waterloo, Iowa, a town I’ve driven through a few times en route to see relatives in Illinois. Let’s see how this fine city is doing as we draw February to a close!

At 654pm CST, the temperature at Waterloo, Iowa was 31 degrees under overcast skies with light to moderate snow falling. A strong area of low pressure is centered near the IN/MI border, and isn’t really expected to make much progress over the next 12-18 hours. Waterloo is sitting firmly on the western edge of this system, which has cut a swath of blizzard carnage from the TX Panhandle (where it dropped 20 inches of snow in Amarillo) through the Central Plains up into the Great Lakes and is finally start to wind down a bit. However, eastern IA and northern IL continued to rack up some snow as they sat in the deformation zone region on the west/northwest sit of the low as it slowly shifted northeast. While the precip will weaken tonight into tomorrow, and the low slowly weakens, Waterloo is still going to be in the prime area on the backside for seeing lingering wraparound snows throughout the day. Additional accumulation shouldn’t be terribly much, only another inch or so, but it will be a nuisciance for sure. Activity winds down Wednesday night and trail off as flurries as we move into Thursday morning. High pressure starts to move into the Plains, and while it will remain cloudy, dry conditions are expected for Thursday. Waterloo missed the main punch from this winter storm, but they still got a couple good jabs from it

Wednesday: Periodic snow showers. High 34, Low 27.
Thursday: Cloudy skies expected. High 32, Low 23.

TWC: Wednesday: Snow showers expected. High 32, Low 28.
Thursday: Some morning flurries expected. High 33, Low 25.

AW: Wednesday: Cloudy with light snow. High 34, Low 25.
Thursday: Times of clouds and sun. High 35, Low 23.

NWS: Wednesday: Snow expected, around 1-2 inches. High 34, Low 27.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High 33, Low 24.

WB: Wednesday: Snow and breezy. Around 1 inch of accumulation. High 34, Low 27.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High 33, Low 24.

Here some bands of snow continuing to linger over Iowa, with a decent band found just south of the city. These should become weaker and most disorganized throughout the night and tomorrow.


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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Manchester, New Hampshire to Waterloo, Iowa

We have a two and a half day drive ahead of us with this forecast, perhaps getting out of the way of Hurricane Sandy which moves ever closer to the east coast. Will the 1304 mile journey be in time? Plan on a pace of 61.9. That will mean our first two days will be through after 495 miles, with the final leg, of course, being a half day. Let’s go dodge some hurricanes.

Our concern on our Saturday leg will actually be a boundary moving through the Great Lakes and not Sandy. The trip through southern New England and eastern New York will be surprisingly calm, given the storm that’s to come. We will start to see clouds after we pass through Utica, with the threat for rain starting as we pass through Syracuse. Heavier rain with a good dose of cold air behind it, will be a problem when we hit Buffalo. This storm has caused snow in the Midwest, but I think, strange as it sounds, that we will have too much moisture to create snow, as temperatures in Buffalo won’t cool quite enough. Still, it will be rainy and dreary when we arrive in Blasdell, a southern suburb of Buffalo.

Sandy will keep that boundary pinned in the eastern Great Lakes, and will keep rain in the forecast through Cleveland. At the back end of this system, don’t be surprised if at this point, precipitation begins to change over to snow. That won’t last too long, and by the time we get out of the Cleveland metro, we should be in for drier roads. It will still be cloudy through northern Indiana and the south side of Chicago. We will make it through Chicago before stopping in the equally cloudy but by this point fairly day Princeton, Illinois, just west of La Salle.

While Manchester gets blasted by Sandy, we will only contend with some clouds and a very isolated drop as we cross the Mississippi into Iowa. Waterloo will be on the cusp of a warming trend, but it won’t be there yet.