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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
549 PM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018

This afternoon was not nearly as nice as the past couple of days
across Iowa. A system moving through the area has drastically
increased cloud cover, leaving overcast conditions for most Iowa
today. High temperatures reached the mid to upper 30s. Winds have 
been easterly at 15 to 20 miles per hour. Rain showers have been 
slowly moving northward across Iowa. A few locations have reported 
thunder with these showers. By early evening, radar indicated a line 
of rain showers from Fort Dodge southeast across the Des Moines metro 
and into Ottumwa. There have been several reports of ice pellets and 
sleet mixed in with this rain. Temperatures around 530 PM were in the 
mid 30s across Iowa. 

Conditions across the Great Plains have been mostly cloudy as this
system continues to develop. Wintry precipitation has been reported
across northern Nebraska, with rain showers in Missouri. This system
has resulted in a drastic temperature contrast across the region, with
mid to upper 60s in portions of Kansas and Missouri, to mid 30s across
Nebraska and Iowa. 

For the rest of this evening, wintry mixed precipitation will 
continue throughout most of the state. Temperatures overnight will 
hover right around the freezing benchmark of 32 degrees. For portions 
of northern and eastern Iowa, travel conditions will become slick 
overnight and into Saturday morning. After this system passes, Iowa 
will see a brief dry period, and temperatures will slowly recover 
back into the 40s. However, the weather pattern becomes active at the 
start of the next work week, with a few systems forecast to move 
across the area that will bring several rain showers. 

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Precision Agriculture Weather Forecast For JACKSON County

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Regional Hourly Observations For JACKSON County
Issued at 1100 PM CDT FRI MAR 16 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS   FAIR      33  29  85 E17       29.92S WCI  22          
CHARLES CITY * CLOUDY    34  21  60 E20G25    29.94S WCI  22          
CLINTON *      MIX PCPN  31  28  89 E21       29.98F WCI  18          
DECORAH *      CLOUDY    34  19  55 E14       29.96F WCI  24          
DUBUQUE        FRZ RAIN  32  24  72 E16       29.98F WCI  21          
MONTICELLO *   CLOUDY    34  28  80 E10       29.96R WCI  26          
OELWEIN *      CLOUDY    32  32 100 E18G28    29.93S WCI  20          
WATERLOO       MOCLDY    33  30  88 E13       29.94S WCI  24          

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Iowa
Based on observations at 1100pm CDT, Friday March 16, 2018

Across Iowa...temperatures are near 33 degrees west, near 35 degrees central, and near 34 degrees east. Current sky conditions are mixed precipitation west, cloudy central, and freezing rain east. In the west, relative humidity is near 96%, and the dew point is near 32 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 82%, and the dew point is near 30 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 79%, and the dew point is near 28 degrees. Winds are from the east at 7 mph west, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to mixed precipitation. The wind chill is near 27 degrees west. Winds are from the east at 12 mph with gusts at 21 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. The wind chill is near 27 degrees central. Winds are from the east at 17 mph with gusts at 25 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds and freezing rain. The wind chill is near 23 degrees east. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 36 degrees at Clarinda and Burlington. The lowest temperature is 31 degrees at Clinton.

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 JACKSON County,IA

416 PM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018


Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will be possible along and
south of Interstate 80 this evening. Some of these storms will
produce cloud to ground lightning and small hail.

Rain mixed with sleet will move up across the Outlook area this
evening. There will even be temporary bouts of freezing rain this
evening but mainly on elevated surfaces. The rain will then 
become more widespread freezing rain, sleet, and snow along and 
north of Interstate 80 after 10 PM and into the overnight. 
Freezing rain may result in ice accumulations of up to one tenth 
of an inch over portions of east central Iowa and northwest 
Illinois. Localized swaths of one to two tenths of an inch of ice 
will also be possible, with most of the thicker ice glaze
occurring on elevated surfaces and after Midnight. Up to one and 
a half inches of wet snow will be possible along and north of a 
line from Independence Iowa, to Clinton Iowa, and Sterling 
Illinois. Lesser snow amounts will occur toward the Freeport 
Illinois area. While some slick spots will be possible on 
untreated roadways and bridges, ice accumulations are expected to 
be limited to vegetation and elevated surfaces. A Winter Weather 
Advisory for tonight into Saturday morning, has been expanded 
south to the Interstate 80 corridor, and west of Cedar Rapids.


Saturday morning, the Winter Weather Advisory will remain in 
effect until 10 am over portions of eastern Iowa and northwest 
Illinois. A wintry mix is expected to move out of this area by mid
morning with additional light ice and snow accumulations 


Spotter activation is not anticipated through tonight. Reports of
slick roads would be appreciated tonight, as well as snow
accumulations of an inch or more and ice accumulations over a
tenth of an inch.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For JACKSON County, IA
1057 PM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018


Light rain possibly mixed with freezing rain late in the evening. Light snow through the night. Freezing rain possibly mixed with rain after midnight. Little or no new snow accumulation. New ice accumulation of less than one quarter of an inch. Low in the lower 30s. East wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.

Cloudy with a chance of freezing rain possibly mixed with snow and in the morning, then mostly sunny in the afternoon. High in the mid 40s. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.

Mostly clear. Low in the upper 20s. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly sunny. High in the lower 50s. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Low in the lower 30s. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Partly sunny. High in the upper 40s.

Mostly cloudy. Low in the mid 20s. High around 40.

Partly cloudy. High in the lower 40s. Low in the mid 20s.

Sunny. High in the mid 40s.

Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 20s.

Mostly cloudy. A chance of snow in the morning, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High in the upper 40s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For Iowa
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                   MAR 22-26    MAR 24-30    MAR       MAR-MAY                      
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   Temperature:     Normal        Below      Below     Normal                      
 Precipitation:      Above        Above     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 17, 2018 the 76th Day of Year

Declination -0.940000
Distance 0.999721 AU
Rise 07:21 EDT Set 19:24 EDT
Transit Meridian 13:22 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:55 EDT Ends 19:50 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 winter storm in southwestern and central Tennessee produced 26 inches of
snow at Riddleton, and 18.5 inches at Memphis. It was the deepest snow of
record for those areas. (David Ludlum)
Record cold on Saint Patrick's Day: Louisville 9, Lexington 4, Bowling 
Green 16. (NWS Louisville, KY)
The temperature at Snake River WY dipped to 50 degrees below zero, a record
for the U.S. for the month of March. (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987)
A powerful spring storm produced severe thunderstorms over the Central Gulf
Coast States, and heavy snow in the High Plains Region. A tornado caused
three million dollars damage at Natchez MS, and six inches of rain in five
hours caused five million dollars damage at Vicksburg MS. Cactus TX
received 10 inches of snow. Western Kansas reported blizzard conditions.
(The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

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