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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
449 AM CST Fri Nov 16 2018

Clouds covered much of Iowa early this morning, but skies remained 
clear for the time being southwest. There was no precipitation as of
yet. Temperatures were fairly uniform in the 30s heading toward
daybreak. Brisk northwest winds were in place over the northeast half
of the state with gusts as high as 25 to 35 mph at times, but they
diminished to light and variable southwest where skies were still 

The weather across the region will remain dry for most of the daylight
hours, but a mixture of light rain and light snow will spread from 
South Dakota across Minnesota into northern Iowa by late afternoon. 
This trend will continue into the evening as it crosses Iowa, but the
precipitation should mainly be snow for northeast Iowa and adjacent 
sections of Minnesota and Wisconsin. These areas may see several 
inches of snow by daybreak Saturday with Winter Weather Advisories in 

After this precipitation ends Saturday morning the outlook into 
Thanksgiving calls for an extended period of mainly dry conditions
with good travel weather. It will remain cold with below normal
temperatures from the weekend into early next week, but warming is
expected for Wednesday into Thanksgiving with mild, above normal
temperatures by that time.

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Precision Agriculture Weather Forecast For LINN County

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Regional Hourly Observations For LINN County
Issued at 900 AM CST FRI NOV 16 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS   CLOUDY    32  28  85 NW13      30.03R WCI  22          
CHARLES CITY * CLOUDY    27  25  93 NW12G17   30.02R WCI  16          
CLINTON *      CLOUDY    35  30  82 W16       29.99R WCI  25          
DECORAH *      CLOUDY    30  30 100 NW10G17   29.96R WCI  21          
DUBUQUE        CLOUDY    33  28  81 NW10      29.96R WCI  25          
MONTICELLO *   CLOUDY    32  28  86 NW14      30.00R WCI  22          
WATERLOO       CLOUDY    30  26  85 NW12      30.04R WCI  20          

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Iowa
Based on observations at 900am CST, Friday November 16, 2018

Across Iowa...temperatures are near 35 degrees west, near 37 degrees central, and near 35 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, cloudy central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 85%, and the dew point is near 31 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 78%, and the dew point is near 31 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 78%, and the dew point is near 29 degrees. Winds are from the north at 7 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 29 degrees west. Winds are from the northwest at 15 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. The wind chill is near 28 degrees central. Winds are from the west at 17 mph with gusts at 25 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. The wind chill is near 25 degrees east. 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 38 degrees at Ottumwa. The lowest temperature is 24 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 LINN County,IA

354 AM CST Fri Nov 16 2018


Snow is expected tonight across the area. Accumulation will be
possible for areas along and north of Interstate 80. One to two
inches of snow will be possible along the highway 20 corridor,
elsewhere, less than an inch is expected. Light snow accumulation
on snow is possible and this may lead to slippery conditions on
untreated roadways.


Snow, possibly mixing with or changing to rain will continue
Saturday morning through around 9 AM, before moving east of the
region. An additional 1 inch or less is possible, mainly over
Illinois. Temperatures will rise above freezing Saturday morning,
which should keep impacts to roads mainly slushy or wet.


Spotter activation will not be needed today and tonight. Snowfall
reports over 1 inch are appreciated. 

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For LINN County, IA
714 AM CST Fri Nov 16 2018

Mostly cloudy. High in the upper 30s. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the morning.

Cloudy. A chance of light snow and rain in the evening, then light snow possibly mixed with rain after midnight. Snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Low in the upper 20s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.

Cloudy. A 30 percent chance of light snow in the morning. High in the lower 30s. North wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.

Colder. Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Low around 17. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunny. High around 30. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly clear. Low around 20.

Mostly cloudy. High in the mid 30s. Low in the lower 20s.

Partly cloudy. High in the mid 30s. Low in the mid 20s.

Mostly clear. High in the lower 40s. Low around 30.

Mostly sunny. High in the upper 40s.

12-48 Hr Surface Forecast Maps, TWC 4-Panel Surface Forecast, Fire Danger, Day 1 Precip, Day 2 Precip, Days 1-5 Precip, Severe Weather Pot.-Day 1, Day 2

Medium & Long Range Outlook For Iowa
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                   NOV 21-25    NOV 23-29    NOV   NOV18-JAN19                      
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   Temperature:      Above        Above      Below      Above                      
 Precipitation:     Normal        Above      Above     Normal                      

....  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

Friday November 16, 2018 the 320th Day of Year

Declination -18.970000
Distance 0.999723 AU
Rise 08:06 EST Set 17:52 EST
Transit Meridian 12:58 EST
Civil Twilight Begins 07:37 EST Ends 18:21 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

Record daily precipitation amounts were set: 1.96 inches at Lexington and 
1.50 inches at Bowling Green, KY. (NWS Louisville)
More than six inches of snow fell at Tucson AZ. (David Ludlum) (The Weather
The most severe November cold wave in U.S. history was in progress. A
weather observing station located 14 miles northeast of Lincoln MT reported
a reading of 53 degrees below zero, which established an all-time record
low temperature for the nation for the month of November. Their high that
day was one degree above zero. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)
High winds and heavy snow created blizzard conditions across parts of
eastern Colorado. Wind gusts reached 68 mph at Pueblo, and snowfall totals
ranged up to 37 inches at Echo Lake. In Wyoming, the temperature dipped to
14 degrees below zero at Laramie. Strong thunderstorms in Louisiana
drenched Alexandria with 16.65 inches of rain in thirty hours, with an
unofficial total of 21.21 inches north of Olla. Flash flooding in Louisiana
caused five to six million dollars damage. (15th-16th) (Storm Data) (The
National Weather Summary)

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