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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
552 PM CDT Tue May 22 2018

Overall it ended up a pretty nice day across a good chunk of the
state. Some morning to early afternoon showers and storms made their
way across western and southern parts of Iowa, but for the most part
faded away by mid-afternoon. The rest of the state say generally
mostly clear to partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 70s.
Northeast Iowa was an exception temperature wise though with highs
only into the low 70s. As of early this evening, much of Iowa remained
fairly comfortable with temperatures in the 70s in most spots and
partly cloudy skies. 

The story moving forward is that summer is trying to make its way into
Iowa. Highs will be the warmest of the season throughout the week, 
with much of the state likely to see mid to upper 80s throughout the 
rest of the work week and weekend. Fortunately, extreme dew points are
not expected, so heat index values should only top out into the low 
90s at times. Regardless, given that it will be the first stretch of 
relatively hot weather, please stay hydrated and cool during any 
outdoor activities. Showers and storms should move through parts of 
northern Iowa this evening and overnight, with the potential for some
locally heavy rainfall. Then later in the week, beginning Thursday 
night, showers and storms return and opportunities linger into the 
weekend. At this point in time the severe weather threat is low 
tonight and later in the week, but an isolated strong to severe 
thunderstorm may be possible. 

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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 1200 AM CDT WED MAY 23 2018

ALGONA *       CLOUDY    72  63  73 S12       30.03S                  
CLARION *      CLOUDY    70  63  78 SE10      30.04S                  
ESTHERVILLE    TSTM      67  62  84 SE8       30.02R                  
FORT DODGE *   TSTM      66  64  94 SE10      30.04R FOG              
MASON CITY     CLOUDY    67  60  78 SE12      30.06S                  
FOREST CITY *  FAIR      68  61  77 SE5       30.05R                  
WEBSTER CITY * CLOUDY    70  63  78 SE8       30.02S                  
IOWA FALLS *   CLOUDY    68  64  86 SE6       30.07R                  

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Iowa
Based on observations at 1200am CDT, Wednesday May 23, 2018

Across Iowa...temperatures are near 67 degrees west, near 73 degrees central, and near 62 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, cloudy central, and fair east. In the west, relative humidity is near 90%, and the dew point is near 64 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 70%, and the dew point is near 63 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 86%, and the dew point is near 58 degrees. The livestock heat stress category is no stress west, no stress central, and no stress east. Winds are from the east at 9 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southeast at 9 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the east at 7 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 73 degrees at Des Moines. The lowest temperature is 59 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 PALO ALTO County,IA

444 PM CDT Tue May 22 2018

 DAY ONE  Tonight

Thunderstorms are likely tonight, mainly across northern Iowa. 
Locally heavy rains are possible and a few storms may briefly 
reach strong to severe limits with large hail and damaging wind.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Wednesday through Monday

Thunderstorm chances remain in the forecast north Wednesday, Thursday
Night northwest, and also Friday area wide during the late 
afternoon and evening hours. Much of the holiday weekend will be 
dry, but there will be sporadic, brief thunderstorm chances then 
as well. A few storms may be strong, but the primary threat would 
be locally heavy rain with any of these storms.


Spotters will generally not be needed through the weekend, but a
few brief activations cannot be ruled out.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For PALO ALTO County, IA
1136 PM CDT Tue May 22 2018

Mostly cloudy. A chance of thunderstorms after midnight, then thunderstorms likely early in the morning. Low in the lower 60s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of thunderstorms 70 percent.

Partly sunny. Thunderstorms likely through mid morning, then a chance of thunderstorms in the late morning and early afternoon. High in the lower 80s. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of thunderstorms 70 percent.

Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 60s. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Mostly sunny. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Breezy. High in the upper 80s. South wind 10 to 20 mph.

Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the mid 60s. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph through midnight.

Partly sunny. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. High in the upper 80s.

Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the mid 60s.

Mostly sunny. High around 90.

Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 60s.

Mostly sunny. High in the upper 80s.

Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 60s.

Mostly sunny. High in the upper 80s.

Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Low in the mid 60s.

Mostly sunny with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. High in the mid 80s.

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Medium & Long Range Outlook For Iowa
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                MAY 28-JUN 1 MAY 30-JUN 5    MAY       MAY-JUL                      
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   Temperature:      Above        Above      Above     Normal                      
 Precipitation:      Below        Below      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

Wednesday May 23, 2018 the 143th Day of Year

Declination 20.770000
Distance 0.999717 AU
Rise 06:46 EDT Set 21:36 EDT
Transit Meridian 14:10 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:15 EDT Ends 22:08 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

An F4 tornado struck Mineral Point, WI killing 17 and injuring 45. A record 
book was carried 60 miles from a schoolhouse. In Primrose Township, the 
deed to Chandler Farm was found 10 miles away. (NWS Louisville)
An unusual late season snow blanketed eastern Iowa, with four to six inches
reported around Washington. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)
The temperature at Hollis OK soared from a morning low of 70 degrees to an
afternoon high of 110 degrees to establish a state record for the month of
May. (The Weather Channel)
An F3 tornado moved through the northeast and east sections of Leitchfield 
KY. An F0 tornado was spotted at Priceville KY. An F0 tornado touched down 
briefly in Taylor County. (NWS Louisville)

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