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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 PALO ALTO County

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Regional Hourly Observations For PALO ALTO County
Issued at 1000 AM CST FRI NOV 16 2018

ALGONA *       CLOUDY    28  25  86 NW10      30.05R WCI  19          
CLARION *      CLOUDY    28  25  86 NW13      30.06S WCI  18          
ESTHERVILLE    CLOUDY    25  22  88 W8        30.05R WCI  16          
FORT DODGE *   CLOUDY    33  28  81 NW7       30.06S WCI  27          
MASON CITY     CLOUDY    27  24  89 NW13      30.06R WCI  16          
FOREST CITY *  CLOUDY    28  27  93 NW12      30.06R WCI  18          
WEBSTER CITY * CLOUDY    34  28  80 NW12      30.04S WCI  25          
IOWA FALLS *   CLOUDY    31  28  86 W14       30.07R WCI  21          

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Iowa
Based on observations at 1000am CST, Friday November 16, 2018

Across Iowa...temperatures are near 35 degrees west, near 38 degrees central, and near 35 degrees east. Current sky conditions are partly sunny west, cloudy central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 82%, and the dew point is near 30 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 76%, and the dew point is near 31 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 75%, and the dew point is near 28 degrees. Winds are from the northwest at 7 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 29 degrees west. Winds are from the west at 13 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. The wind chill is near 30 degrees central. Winds are from the west at 13 mph with gusts at 23 mph east, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. The wind chill is near 26 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 41 degrees at Clarinda. The lowest temperature is 25 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 PALO ALTO County,IA

419 AM CST Fri Nov 16 2018

 DAY ONE  Today and tonight

An initial light rain and light snow mix during the evening will 
transition to all light snow later tonight with an inch or two of
accumulation possible by daybreak.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Saturday through Thursday

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.


Spotter activation will not be needed, but snowfall reports are
always appreciated.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For PALO ALTO County, IA
806 AM CST Fri Nov 16 2018

Mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of light rain possibly mixed with snow and late in the afternoon. Colder. High in the upper 30s. North wind 5 to 15 mph.

Breezy. Light rain likely through midnight. Light snow until early morning, then a chance of light snow early in the morning. Snow accumulation up to 2 inches. Low 15 to 20. East wind 10 to 15 mph shifting to the north 15 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.

Mostly cloudy until late afternoon then becoming mostly sunny. Breezy, colder. High in the mid 20s. North wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.

Mostly clear. Low around 10. North wind 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west after midnight.

Sunny. High in the lower 30s. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Mostly cloudy. Low 15 to 20.

Partly sunny. High in the mid 30s.

Mostly cloudy. Low 15 to 20.

Mostly cloudy. High in the mid 30s.

Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 20s.

Sunny. High in the mid 40s.

Mostly clear. Low in the upper 20s.

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