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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1059 AM CST Mon Dec 18 2017

Areas of dense developed once again overnight, this time over portions
of central and southern Iowa including the Des Moines metro. The fog
reduced visibility down to a quarter mile or less at times and created
a few slick spots on roads as temperatures were near or below
freezing. The fog has mostly dissipated as of late morning, giving way
to mostly sunny skies across the state of Iowa. Temperatures through
the next 3 days will be quite mild for mid December with afternoon
highs in the 40s and 50s. 

Significant changes are on the way for the end of the week as colder
air plunges south into the region. Chances for rain or snow arrive on
Thursday and continue into Thursday night and Friday. Some parts of
Iowa may see their first accumulating snowfall of the season. The best
chance for accumulating snowfall looks to be across northern Iowa, but
cannot be ruled out for locations further south at this time. A
significant drop in temperatures is expected as the system departs 
the area, which will likely keep temperatures below normal through the
weekend and the Christmas holiday. Additional chances for light snow 
are possible through the weekend. Those with holiday travel plans 
should monitor the forecast through the week for winter weather 

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Precision Agriculture Weather Forecast For JACKSON County

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Regional Hourly Observations For JACKSON County
Issued at 1200 PM CST MON DEC 18 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS   SUNNY     40  33  76 SW13      29.90F WCI  32          
6HR MIN TEMP:  23; 6HR MAX TEMP:  40;                                

CLINTON *      MOSUNNY   41  34  76 W17       29.93F                  
DECORAH *      CLOUDY    34  30  86 SW8       29.83F WCI  27          
DUBUQUE        MOSUNNY   34  31  88 SW14      29.89F FOG     WCI  25  
6HR MIN TEMP:  30; 6HR MAX TEMP:  35;                                

MONTICELLO *   SUNNY     37  32  81 SW9       29.91F HAZE    WCI  31  
OELWEIN *      CLOUDY    39  32  75 SW15      29.86F WCI  31          
WATERLOO       MOSUNNY   40  29  64 SW14      29.86F WCI  32          
6HR MIN TEMP:  24; 6HR MAX TEMP:  40;                                

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Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Iowa
Based on observations at 1200pm CST, Monday December 18, 2017

Across Iowa...temperatures are near 46 degrees west, near 44 degrees central, and near 42 degrees east. Current sky conditions are sunny west, mostly sunny central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 55%, and the dew point is near 31 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 67%, and the dew point is near 34 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 73%, and the dew point is near 34 degrees. Winds are from the southwest at 9 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 21 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the west at 13 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. 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 49 degrees at Burlington. The lowest temperature is 34 degrees at 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 JACKSON County,IA

432 AM CST Mon Dec 18 2017


No hazardous weather is expected at this time.


A storm system moving through the region Thursday night through
Friday will bring rain and snow to the outlook area. Although 
the exact track of the system is still not certain, current 
indications suggest light snow accumulations will be possible 
mainly north of a line from Independence, Iowa to Galena, 


Spotter activation will not be needed today or tonight.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For JACKSON County, IA
1212 PM CST Mon Dec 18 2017

Mostly sunny. High in the mid 40s. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 30s. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the evening.

Sunny. High in the mid 40s. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Mostly clear. Low in the lower 20s. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Partly sunny. High in the upper 30s. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly cloudy. Low in the mid 20s.

Cloudy. High in the lower 40s.

Mostly cloudy. Rain possibly mixed with snow in the evening, then a chance of rain and snow after midnight. Low in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain possibly mixed with snow. High in the lower 40s.

Colder. Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Low around 20.

Colder. Mostly cloudy. High in the upper 20s. Low around 12.

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. High in the lower 20s.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For Iowa
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                   DEC 23-27 DEC 25-DEC 31    DEC       DEC-FEB                      
                 -----------  -----------  --------  ---------
   Temperature:      Below        Below     Normal      Below                      
 Precipitation:      Below        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

Monday December 18, 2017 the 352th Day of Year

Declination -23.410000
Distance 0.999725 AU
Rise 08:38 EST Set 17:45 EST
Transit Meridian 13:11 EST
Civil Twilight Begins 08:07 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

A tornado swept across Jackson County, Williamson County and Franklin
County in southern Illinois killing eleven persons. (David Ludlum)
A heavy lake-effect snow blanketed the southern and southeast shores of
Lake Michigan leaving up to 22 inches of snow at Valparaiso IND. (David
Record cold hit the north central states. At Havre MT the mercury plunged
to a record reading of 34 degrees below zero. (Sandra and TI Richard
Sanders - 1987)
A storm over southern California left up to 16 inches of snow in the
mountains and upper deserts, with 13 inches reported at Lancaster. Edwards
Air Force Base was closed, and Interstate 5 was closed from Castaic to the
Tehachapis Mountains. (18th-19th) (The Weather Channel)
A strong winter storm, which developed off the coast of New Jersey and
moved out to sea, lashed the northeastern U.S. with high winds, heavy rain,
and heavy snow. The storm left snowfall amounts of up to 30 inches in
Vermont, 24 inches in Massachusetts, and 20 inches in New Hampshire. The
highest rainfall amounts approached four inches in southern New England,
where winds gusted to 70 mph. (Storm Data)
A weakening storm moved into the Rocky Mountain Region producing six inches
of snow at the Platoro Reservoir in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The
storm then spread rain and drizzle across the Southern High Plains into the
Middle Mississippi Valley, with thunderstorms over Texas. (Storm Data) (The
National Weather Summary)
Warm weather prevailed in the central U.S. while cool weather prevailed
across the eastern states. Sheridan WY, with a record warm afternoon high
of 68 degrees, was seven degrees warmer than Key West FL. (The National
Weather Summary)
A winter storm moving out of the Great Plains Region spread freezing rain,
sleet and snow across parts of the southeastern U.S. Freezing rain resulted
in 170 auto accidents in the Memphis area during the evening hours.
Unseasonably warm weather continued ahead of arctic cold front. Miami FL
equalled their record for December with an afternoon high of 87 degrees.
(Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

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