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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1121 AM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018

Happy Spring everyone! Wait, it is really anything but spring like
outside right now across Iowa. In fact, there is a bunch of light snow
going on across the western half of the state right now. What gives?
Alas, that tends to be March, and even April at times, in the Midwest.

Morning lows ranged from the mid 20s out east to the low and mid 30s
to the southwest, and had not moved too much by late morning with many
areas in the low to mid 30s currently. The light snowfall slowly moved
into western Iowa early this morning and is just now making its way to
the ground in areas of central Iowa. As the afternoon continues, light
will linger a while longer but is expected to fade before it can reach
eastern Iowa. Total snowfall accumulations of around an inch may be
seen in northwest Iowa, while areas further south and east will
quickly fade to under a half inch and trace amounts.  

Temperatures the rest of the week will warm a bit, but tend to stay
away from widespread spring like temperatures. Highs will peak 
Thursday and Friday ranging from the mid and upper 40s to the north 
and northeast to the 50s and even around 60 to the southwest. A quick
moving system may bring a brief hit of rain and snow Thursday morning,
but is not expected to accumulate with temperatures quickly warming.
The bigger impact may come Friday into Saturday as a system brings
about widespread rain and snow chances. Northern Iowa will have the
best shot at accumulating snow while central and southern Iowa will
likely see predominantly rain. 

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Precision Agriculture Weather Forecast For IDA County

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Regional Hourly Observations For IDA County
Issued at 1200 PM CDT TUE MAR 20 2018

CARROLL *      LGT SNOW  34  34 100 CALM      29.99R                  
CHEROKEE *     LGT SNOW  33  33  98 E5        29.99S WCI  29          
DENISON *      LGT SNOW  34  34 100 N5        30.00S WCI  30          
LE MARS *      MIX PCPN  36  34  93 NW5       30.00S WCI  32          
ORANGE CITY *  LGT SNOW  36  34  93 NW5       29.99R WCI  32          
SHELDON *      LGT SNOW  34  32  93 CALM      29.97S                  
SIOUX CITY     MIX PCPN  36  34  92 NW12      30.01R WCI  28          
SPENCER        LGT SNOW  33  28  81 SE8       29.99S WCI  26          
STORM LAKE *   MIX PCPN  32  30  93 E6        29.98S WCI  26          

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Iowa
Based on observations at 1200pm CDT, Tuesday March 20, 2018

Across Iowa...temperatures are near 36 degrees west, near 36 degrees central, and near 36 degrees east. Current sky conditions are mixed precipitation west, cloudy central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 92%, and the dew point is near 34 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 59%, and the dew point is near 23 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 52%, and the dew point is near 20 degrees. Winds are from the northwest at 12 mph west, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to mixed precipitation. The wind chill is near 28 degrees west. Winds are from the west at 3 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the northeast at 16 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. The wind chill is near 26 degrees east. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 39 degrees at Clarinda. The lowest temperature is 30 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 IDA County,IA

458 AM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018

 DAY ONE  Today and Tonight

An area of light snow will gradually shift east and end through
the day. Any daytime accumulation should remain less than an inch. 

Patchy drizzle or freezing drizzle will be possible tonight,
mainly in parts of east central South Dakota and southwest
Minnesota. Spotty light icing will be possible on elevated and
untreated surfaces. 

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Wednesday through Monday

A chance of rain and snow will impact the region Friday into the 
upcoming weekend. While some areas could see accumulating snow, 
there is too much uncertainty in the track of this system, as well
as in associated temperatures, to determine snowfall amounts at 
this time.


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NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For IDA County, IA
1143 AM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018

Light snow
possibly mixed with rain in the early afternoon, then drizzle
possibly mixed with snow in the afternoon. Little or no new snow accumulation. Highs around 39. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of measurable precipitation 80 percent.

Mostly cloudy. Lows around 29. North winds around 5 mph becoming east after midnight.

Partly sunny. Highs around 47. Southeast winds around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows around 31. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

Partly sunny. Highs around 55. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph becoming 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows around 36.

Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. Highs around 51.

Cloudy. Chance of rain in the evening, then rain
possibly mixed with snow after midnight. Lows around 36. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Mostly cloudy. Rain
possibly mixed with snow in the morning, then chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs around 44. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Mostly cloudy. Lows around 31.

Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain and snow in the morning, then chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs around 45. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

Mostly cloudy. Lows around 29.

Partly sunny. Highs around 47.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For Iowa
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                   MAR 25-29 MAR 27-APR 2    MAR       MAR-MAY                      
                 -----------  -----------  --------  ---------
   Temperature:     Normal       Normal      Below     Normal                      
 Precipitation:      Above       Normal     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

Tuesday March 20, 2018 the 79th Day of Year

Declination 0.240000
Distance 0.999721 AU
Rise 07:16 EDT Set 19:27 EDT
Transit Meridian 13:21 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:50 EDT Ends 19:54 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

A tornado (unofficially F2) struck the north side of Lexington, KY destroying 
barns and a roundhouse. (NWS Louisville)
A late winter storm in Oklahoma produced nearly a foot of snow at Oklahoma
City and at Tulsa. (David Ludlum)
The city of Juneau received 31 inches of snow in 24 hours, a record for the
Alaska capitol. (20th-21st) (David Ludlum)
A severe three day winter storm came to an end over the Central Plains. The
storm produced up to twenty inches of snow in Colorado, Nebraska and
Kansas, and left a thick coat of ice from eastern Kansas across
northwestern Missouri into Iowa. (Storm Data)

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