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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1058 AM CST Sat Dec 16 2017

It has been a quiet start to the day across much of the Upper Midwest,
including here in the state of Iowa where temperatures started out
at around 30 to 35 at sunrise this morning. Well above normal highs
are expected this afternoon as a warm air mass and plentiful sunshine
spread over the area. Expect highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s with
mainly light winds. More cloud cover will likely hold temperatures
back a few degrees on Sunday, including a chance for light rain or
snow in south central and southeast Iowa.

Above normal temperatures and dry conditions are likely though the
first half of next week. Attention then turns to an area of low
pressure that will cross the northern Plains late Wednesday night into
Thursday, which will deliver cold temperatures and possibly the first
accumulating snowfall of the season to much of the state. While it is
still too early to determine snowfall amounts, those with travel 
plans during this time period should check ahead for forecast updates 
and potential impacts to local travel conditions. 

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Precision Agriculture Weather Forecast For IDA County


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Regional Hourly Observations For IDA County
Issued at 400 PM CST SAT DEC 16 2017

NORTHWEST IOWA
  
CITY           SKY/WX    TMP DP  RH WIND       PRES   REMARKS
CHEROKEE       CLEAR     46  31  55 N9G16     29.89R                  
ESTHERVILLE    PTCLDY    39  29  67 N12       29.92R                  
LE MARS        CLEAR     46  32  57 N13G20    29.89S                  
ORANGE CITY    PTCLDY    45  34  65 N7        29.90S                  
SHELDON        CLOUDY    43  32  65 N12       29.89S                  
SIOUX CITY     CLEAR     47  31  53 N10       29.89R                  
SPENCER        PTCLDY    43  30  60 N14       29.91R                  
STORM LAKE     CLEAR     45  28  53 N10       29.88R                  

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Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Iowa
Based on observations at 400pm CST, Saturday December 16, 2017

Across Iowa...temperatures are near 47 degrees west, near 54 degrees central, and near 48 degrees east. Current sky conditions are clear west, mostly cloudy central, and clear east. In the west, relative humidity is near 53%, and the dew point is near 31 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 34%, and the dew point is near 26 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 40%, and the dew point is near 25 degrees. Winds are from the north at 10 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are calm central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 3 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The livestock cold stress index is in the no stress category west, no stress category central, and no stress category east. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 54 degrees at Des Moines. The lowest temperature is 39 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

404 AM CST Sat Dec 16 2017

 DAY ONE  Today and Tonight

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Sunday through Friday

Accumulating snow is possible next Thursday. At this point, snow
fall amounts and impacts remain uncertain. 

 SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT  

Spotter activation will not be needed.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook


7-Day Forecast For IDA County, IA
428 PM CST Sat Dec 16 2017

TONIGHT
Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows around 26. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

SUNDAY
Mostly cloudy. Highs around 38. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

SUNDAY NIGHT
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows around 24. West winds around 5 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

MONDAY
Partly cloudy. Highs around 48. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph becoming 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

MONDAY NIGHT
Partly cloudy. Lows around 29. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight.

TUESDAY
Sunny. Highs around 44.

TUESDAY NIGHT
Partly cloudy. Lows around 22.

WEDNESDAY
Partly cloudy. Highs around 46.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of snow after midnight. Lows around 23.

THURSDAY
Snow. Highs around 28. Chance of snow 80 percent.

THURSDAY NIGHT
Mostly cloudy. Snow likely in the evening. Lows around 5 above. Chance of snow 60 percent.

FRIDAY
Partly cloudy. Highs around 24.

FRIDAY NIGHT
Partly cloudy. Lows around 7 above.

SATURDAY
Partly sunny. Highs around 22.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For Iowa
                                 IOWA                                                                     
                 ---------------------------------------------
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                   DEC 22-26    DEC 24-30    DEC       DEC-FEB                      
                 -----------  -----------  --------  ---------
   Temperature:      Below        Below     Normal      Below                      
 Precipitation:     Normal       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

Saturday December 16, 2017 the 350th Day of Year

---------------------------------------------------
SUN
Declination -23.350000
Distance 0.999725 AU
Rise 08:36 EST Set 17:44 EST
Transit Meridian 13:10 EST
Civil Twilight Begins 08:05 EST Ends 18:15 EST

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

DECEMBER 16TH
HISTORIC WEATHER EVENTS
...1835...
New England experienced one of their coldest days of record. At noon on
that bitterly cold Wednesday the mercury stood at four degrees below at
Boston, 15 degrees below at Norfolk CT, and 17 degrees below at Hanover NH.
The temperature at Boston was 12 degrees below zero by sunset. Gale force
winds accompanied the severe cold, and that night a great New York City
fire destroyed much of the financial district. (David Ludlum)
...1869...
A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives, 41st Congress, 
calling for the taking [of] meteorological observations at the military 
stations in the interior of the continent, and for giving notice on the 
northern lakes and Atlantic seaboard of the approach and force of storms. 
This would be signed in to law February 9, 1870, by President Grant, 
establishing what would come to be called the National Weather Service. You 
can see the actual bill on-line at: 
 here.
...1917...
An ice jam closed the Ohio River between Warsaw KY and Rising Sun IN. The
thirty foot high ice jam held for 58 days, and backed up the river a
distance of 100 miles. (David Ludlum)
...1987...
A Pacific storm battered the coast of California with rain and high winds,
and dumped heavy snow on the mountains of California. Winds along the coast
gusted to 70 mph at Point Arguello, and winds in the Tehachapi Mountains of
southern California gusted to 100 mph at Wheeler Ridge. Snowfall totals
ranged up to 24 inches at Mammoth Mountain. Snow fell for two minutes at
Malibu Beach, and Disneyland was closed due to the weather for only the
second time in twenty-four years. A winter storm which began in the
Southern Rockies four days earlier finished its course producing snow and
high winds in New England. Snowfall totals ranged up to 19 inches at
Blanchard ME. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
...1988...
Fairbanks AK reported freezing rain and record warm temperatures. The
afternoon high of 41 degrees was 43 degrees above normal. Snow and high
winds continued to plague the mountains of southern California. Mount
Wilson CA reported two inches of rain in six hours during the early
morning, and a storm total of more than 3.50 inches of rain. (The National
Weather Summary)
...1989...
Fifty-seven cities from the Southern and Central Plains to the Appalachians
reported record low temperatures for the date, including North Platte NE
with a reading of 17 degrees below zero. Squalls in the Great Lakes Region
produced 18 inches of snow at Syracuse NY, and 30 inches at Carlisle IND.
Low pressure brought heavy snow to northern New England, with 18 inches
reported at Derby VT and Saint Johnsbury VT. (The National Weather Summary)
(Storm Data)

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