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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1039 AM CDT Sat Oct 20 2018

Strong winds will be the theme of the morning and afternoon as a
potent cold front drops south through the state. Already this morning
several substantial gusts have been observed, including a 59 mile per
hour gust recorded at the Mason City Airport. The strongest wind gusts
of 40 to 50 mph can be expected generally over the eastern half of the
state before winds relax this evening as high pressure moves in. The
light winds and clear skies will allow for temperatures to fall off
into the 20s.  

Dry forecast rolls right into next week with no precipitation expected
through at least Wednesday. Temperatures during that period will be
near to just below normal as a few more fronts cross the region.
Rainfall chances return of the latter half of next week as the weather
pattern begins to shift. Still a lot of uncertainty as to when and who
may see rainfall, but the good news is that the threat for heavy
rainfall will be low which will give local waterways more time to dry
out after a very wet start to the fall. 

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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 300 PM CDT SAT OCT 20 2018

BURLINGTON     SUNNY     50  24  36 NW23G41   30.17R                  
FAIRFIELD *    SUNNY     48  21  34 NW23G35   30.21R                  
FORT MADISON * MOSUNNY   52  25  35 NW26G33   30.18R                  
KEOKUK *       SUNNY     52  25  35 NW24G31   30.18R                  
OSKALOOSA *    FAIR      47  19  32 N23G36    30.25R                  
CENTERVILLE *  FAIR      54  28  37 NW22      30.25R                  
OTTUMWA        LGT RAIN  49  24  37 NW26G41   30.23R                  
WASHINGTON *   SUNNY     46  19  34 NW28G39   30.22R                  

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Iowa
Based on observations at 300pm CDT, Saturday October 20, 2018

Across Iowa...temperatures are near 51 degrees west, near 49 degrees central, and near 45 degrees east. Current sky conditions are sunny west, mostly sunny central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 36%, and the dew point is near 25 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 37%, and the dew point is near 24 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 31%, and the dew point is near 16 degrees. Winds are from the northwest at 16 mph with gusts at 25 mph west, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the northwest at 23 mph with gusts at 38 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the northwest at 24 mph with gusts at 40 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 57 degrees at Clarinda. The lowest temperature is 41 degrees at Mason City and Dubuque.

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

940 AM CDT Sat Oct 20 2018


A wind advisory is in effect for the entire outlook area through
4 pm this afternoon. Northwest winds sustained 25 to 35 mph with
gusts to around 45 mph can be expected. Wind gusts of around 50 mph
are possible at a few locations.

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


The probability for widespread hazardous weather is low.


Spotter activation will not be needed today or tonight. However,
reports of wind gusts over 40 mph would be appreciated today.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For DES MOINES County, IA
327 PM CDT Sat Oct 20 2018


Brisk, sunny. Northwest wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.

Colder, clear. Near record Low in the mid 20s. Northwest 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.

Not as cool. Mostly clear. Low around 40. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunny. High in the lower 60s. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Clear. Low in the upper 30s. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

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

Sunny. High in the lower 50s.

Mostly cloudy. Low in the upper 30s. High in the lower 50s.

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. High in the mid 50s.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For Iowa
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                   OCT 26-30 OCT 28-NOV 3    OCT       OCT-DEC                      
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   Temperature:     Normal       Normal                                            
 Precipitation:     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 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)

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