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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1045 AM CDT Sat Mar 24 2018

Heavy snow continued to fall across the northern half of the state
with the heaviest amounts were falling over the north central and
northeast counties. The heaviest snowfall amounts so far were 10 to 15
inches. Further south, in central Iowa, snowfall amounts were
generally 1 to 3 inches. Showers and thunderstorms were being reported
over southeast Iowa. Low temperatures were in the middle 20s north to
the lower and middle 30s central and south. Strong east to northeast
winds were 10 to 20 mph with stronger gusts around 30 mph.

A large storm system centered over northern Missouri will continue to impact
the state and region through this afternoon. A variety of winter 
weather is expected today with heavy snow north and near blizzard 
conditions at times this afternoon. Farther south a mixture of rain 
and snow is expected to continue into the afternoon hours. Winter 
Storm Warnings and advisories are in effect for much of the region 
today. By Sunday, look for drier weather with temperatures rebounding
into the 30s and 40s across Iowa. Another weaker storm system will 
impact the area Monday into Tuesday, bringing rain to the region.

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Precision Agriculture Weather Forecast For DES MOINES County

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Regional Hourly Observations For DES MOINES County
Issued at 1200 PM CDT SAT MAR 24 2018

BURLINGTON     CLOUDY    34  33  96 NE18G26   29.95R WCI  23          
FAIRFIELD *    CLOUDY    34  32  93 E21G32    29.95S WCI  22          
FORT MADISON * LGT RAIN  34  34 100 E18       29.95R WCI  23          
KEOKUK *       CLOUDY    37  36  93 E17G28    29.92R FOG     WCI  28  
OSKALOOSA *    LGT RAIN  32  32  99 E23G31    29.97R WCI  19          
OTTUMWA        MIX PCPN  34  32  92 E20G28    29.95R FOG     WCI  23  

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Iowa
Based on observations at 1200pm CDT, Saturday March 24, 2018

Across Iowa...temperatures are near 31 degrees west, near 33 degrees central, and near 31 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, light snow central, and snow east. In the west, relative humidity is near 89%, and the dew point is near 28 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 92%, and the dew point is near 31 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 89%, and the dew point is near 28 degrees. Visibility is less than one mile central and east. Winds are from the northeast at 21 mph with gusts at 26 mph west, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. The wind chill is near 18 degrees west. Winds are from the east at 20 mph with gusts at 26 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds and light snow. The wind chill is near degrees central. Winds are from the east at 25 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds and snow. The wind chill is near 17 degrees east. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 37 degrees at Lamoni and Clarinda. The lowest temperature is 27 degrees at 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 DES MOINES County,IA

357 AM CDT Sat Mar 24 2018


A winter storm warning or advisory remains in effect until this evening
over large portions of the outlook area. Snow, heavy at times will gradually
taper to flurries this evening before ending with mostly locations
receiving an additional several inches of snow along and north of the
I-80 corridor. Isolated non-severe thunder-snow is possible this morning.
Hazardous travel conditions are expected in locations that receiving
significant snow today. 


Monday Night and Tuesday  periods of rain and embedded non-severe
thunderstorms are expected with rain totals mainly light to moderate.


Spotter activation is not anticipated through tonight. Any reports of
snowfall amounts over an inch and hazardous travel conditions would
be appreciated.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For DES MOINES County, IA
1142 AM CDT Sat Mar 24 2018

Windy, colder. Light snow possibly mixed with rain early in the afternoon, then light snow possibly mixed with rain and freezing rain late in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. High in the mid 30s. East wind 20 to 30 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.

Mostly cloudy. Light snow likely possibly mixed with rain and in the evening. Little or no snow accumulation. Low in the upper 20s. Northeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Mostly sunny. High in the upper 30s. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the morning.

Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Low in the lower 30s. East wind 10 to 15 mph.

Not as cool. Mostly cloudy. A chance of light rain and freezing rain in the morning, then light rain likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High around 50. Southeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Not as cool. Rain. Low in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Rain likely. High in the upper 50s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Colder. Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain in the evening. Low in the mid 30s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Partly cloudy. High in the lower 50s. Low in the mid 30s.

Partly sunny. High in the lower 50s.

Partly cloudy. Low around 30. High in the upper 40s.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For Iowa
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                MAR 29-APR 2 MAR 31-APR 6    MAR       MAR-MAY                      
                 -----------  -----------  --------  ---------
   Temperature:      Below        Below      Below     Normal                      
 Precipitation:     Normal        Below     Normal      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 March 24, 2018 the 83th Day of Year

Declination 1.810000
Distance 0.999721 AU
Rise 07:09 EDT Set 19:31 EDT
Transit Meridian 13:20 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:43 EDT Ends 19:58 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

...1910...Louisville's warmest March temperature: 88 degrees. 
(NWS Louisville)

...1912...Residents of Kansas City began to dig out from a 
storm produced 25 inches of snow in 24 hours. The snowfall 
total was nearly twice that of any other storm of modern 
record in Kansas City before or since that time. A record 40 
inches of snow fell during the month of March that year, and 
the total for the winter season of 67 inches was also a 
record. By late February of that year Kansas City had 
received just six inches of snow. Olathe KS received 37 
inches of snow in the snowstorm, establishing a single storm 
record for the state of Kansas. (23rd-24th) (The Kansas City 
Weather Almanac) (The Weather Channel)

...1921...Near Stamping Ground (Scott County, Ky) a tornado 
(unofficially F2) killed horses and cattle as it destroyed 
several barns. A stronger tornado (unofficially F3) destroyed 
two homes near Kirksville (Madison County), blowing one of 
the homes' rugs a mile away.  (NWS Louisville)

...1929...Louisville's warmest March temperature: 88 
degrees. Also Bowling Green's warmest March temperature: 92 
degrees.  (NWS Louisville)

...1937...A powerful tornado (unofficially F4) moved 
from extreme eastern Fayette County, Ky to Winchester (Clark 
County KY), where most of the destruction and the five 
fatalities probably occurred.  (NWS Louisville)

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