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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
449 AM CDT Sat Oct 20 2018

Clear skies, generally light west winds, and temperatures in the 40s
prevailed across the region early this morning. A sharp cold front 
continued to sag south across Minnesota and around 4 AM this morning 
was just south of the Twin Cities area. Strong winds gusts developed 
behind this cold front where several locations recorded northwest 
winds gusting to 35 mph. 

Expect the aforementioned cold front to blast through the state from
north to south during the morning hours today. Wind gusts in excess of
40 to 45 mph are likely over northern and eastern sections of the Iowa
today. The winds are forecast to subside by the late afternoon today.
The rest of the weekend and throughout the week next week is looking
to remain dry and cool. Most days are forecast to have highs remaining
in the 50s, with the exception of MOnday seeing some spots rise into
the lower 60s. 

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Precision Agriculture Weather Forecast For BENTON County

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Regional Hourly Observations For BENTON County
Issued at 800 AM CDT SAT OCT 20 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS   FAIR      43  35  73 W16       30.01R                  
CHARLES CITY * FAIR      41  25  52 NW35G44   30.03R                  
CLINTON *      FAIR      42  36  79 W14       29.96R                  
DECORAH *      FAIR      41  28  60 NW15G28   29.94R                  
DUBUQUE        FAIR      42  33  70 W20G29    29.93S                  
MONTICELLO *   FAIR      43  36  75 W14       29.97S                  
OELWEIN *      FAIR      43  34  70 NW22G30   29.99R                  
WATERLOO       FAIR      43  34  70 NW14G25   30.02R                  

Current Temperatures, Dewpoint, RH, Wind, Regional Obs, Surface 4-Panel

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Iowa
Based on observations at 800am CDT, Saturday October 20, 2018

Across Iowa...temperatures are near 39 degrees west, near 44 degrees central, and near 42 degrees east. Current sky conditions are clear west, clear central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 72%, and the dew point is near 31 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 67%, and the dew point is near 34 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 73%, and the dew point is near 34 degrees. Winds are from the northwest at 8 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 33 degrees west. Winds are from the northwest at 15 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the west at 12 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 47 degrees at Quad Cities. The lowest temperature is 37 degrees at Storm Lake and Estherville.

Current NOWCAST not available:
Nowcasts are not issued routinely during fair weather. Only when
precipitation or other significant weather is occuring in this county will these
forecasts be issued. Currently, there is no short term forecast in effect.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook For BENTON County,IA

324 AM CDT Sat Oct 20 2018


Northwest winds of 25 to 40 mph will be seen from late morning
through mid-afternoon. Some wind gusts approaching 50 mph are 

Area rivers are experiencing flooding. Please see the           
latest Flood Statements and Flood Warnings for details.


The probability for widespread hazardous weather is low.


NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For BENTON County, IA
843 AM CDT Sat Oct 20 2018


Windy, cooler, sunny. High in the mid 40s. Northwest wind 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph.

Colder, clear. Low in the upper 20s. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

Sunny. High in the lower 50s. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.

Mostly clear. Low in the upper 30s. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunny. High in the upper 50s. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Clear. Low in the mid 30s.

Clear. High in the lower 50s. Low in the lower 30s.

Sunny. High in the lower 50s.

Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Low in the upper 30s.

Mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of rain. High in the lower 50s. Low in the upper 30s.

Mostly cloudy. High in the lower 50s.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For Iowa
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                   OCT 25-29 OCT 27-NOV 2    OCT       OCT-DEC                      
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   Temperature:     Normal       Normal                                            
 Precipitation:      Above        Above                                            

....  Medium and long range outlooks provided by NCEP/K. Thomas Priddy
5 Day Rainfall Forecast, 6 to 10 Day , 8 to 14 Day , Text, 30-Day Outook, 90-Day Outook, 120-Day Outlook
Almanac Information

Saturday October 20, 2018 the 293th Day of Year

Declination -10.680000
Distance 0.999721 AU
Rise 08:33 EDT Set 19:24 EDT
Transit Meridian 13:58 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 08:06 EDT Ends 19:51 EDT

Calculations made for central point in the state.
Time in ET -- and will vary due to location and
elevation -- Priddy

Historical Weather And Climate Facts For Today

An exceedingly great storm struck eastern New England causing extensive
coastal damage from Massachusetts to Maine, and the highest tide in 47
years. (David Ludlum)
Remnants of Pacific Hurricane Tico caused extensive flooding in central and
south central Oklahoma. Oklahoma City set daily rainfall records with 1.45
inch on the 19th, and 6.28 inches on the 20th. (17th-21st) (The Weather
Cold arctic air invaded the Upper Midwest, and squalls in the Lake Superior
snowbelt produced heavy snow in eastern Ashland County and northern Iron
County of Wisconsin. Totals ranged up to 18 inches at Mellen. In the
western U.S., the record high of 69 degrees at Seattle WA was their
twenty-fifth of the year, their highest number of record highs for any
given year. Bakersfield CA reported a record 146 days in a row with daily
highs 80 degrees or above. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
Unseasonably warm weather continued in the western U.S. In California,
afternoon highs of 96 degrees at Redding and Red Bluff were records for the
date. (The National Weather Summary)
Forty-nine cities reported record low temperatures for the date as readings
dipped into the 20s and 30s across much of the south central and
southeastern U.S. Lows of 32 degrees at Lake Charles LA and 42 degrees at
Lakeland FL were records for October, and Little Rock AR reported their
earliest freeze of record. Snow blanketed the higher elevations of Georgia
and the Carolinas. Melbourne FL dipped to 47 degrees shortly before
midnight to surpass the record low established that morning. Showers and
thunderstorms brought heavy rain to parts of the northeastern U.S. Autumn
leaves on the ground clogged drains and ditches causing flooding. Up to
4.10 inches of rain soaked southern Vermont in three days. Flood waters
washed 600 feet of railroad track, resulting in a train derailment. (The
National Weather Summary)(Storm Data)

Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky