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Weather Summary for Iowa
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
453 PM CST Mon Feb 19 2018

A wintery mix of precipitation was noted across Iowa this afternoon.
Dense fog and some light rain was reported over east central Iowa
while periods of rain occurred over the southeast third to half of 
the state. across the northwest, periods of light freezing rain was 
reported. Temperatures ranged from the lower to mid 20s across the 
west and north to the mid to upper 40s across the southeast. A west to
northwest wind at 10 to 15 mph was common across the state. 

The region will remain in an active pattern for this week. Round two
of the storm system impacting the region today will come tonight and
Tuesday. Showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain will occur across
southeast portions of the Upper Midwest while further northwest,
periods of freezing rain or drizzle will be the main impact to the
area depositing up to a quarter inch of ice and making for treacherous
travel and some potential for broken tree limbs and downed power lines
in the heavier ice accumulations.  

A brief break will come on Wednesday before another system impacts
the region on Wednesday night and Thursday bringing another chance for
freezing rain or freezing drizzle and some snow to northern areas.
Then after a brief break Friday, another system will move across the
area Friday night and Saturday. Highs will be on the cool side with
20sand 30s expected although late in the week, some moderation into 
the 30s and 40s will be possible. Lows will be in the single digits 
and teens moderating into the upper teens to lower 30s. 

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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 900 PM CST MON FEB 19 2018

ALGONA *       CLOUDY    25 N/A N/A MISG      29.81S                  
CLARION *      CLOUDY    27  28 100 N10       29.80R WCI  17          
ESTHERVILLE    CLOUDY    18  16  92 N15       29.85R FOG     WCI   4  
FORT DODGE *   CLOUDY    25  24  96 N7        29.82S WCI  17          
MASON CITY     CLOUDY    26  24  92 N17       29.79S WCI  13          
FOREST CITY *  CLOUDY    28  27  93 N7        29.80S WCI  21          
WEBSTER CITY * CLOUDY    27  27 100 NW13      29.79S WCI  16          
IOWA FALLS *   CLOUDY    31  31  99 NW9       29.80R FOG     WCI  23  

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Iowa
Based on observations at 900pm CST, Monday February 19, 2018

Across Iowa...temperatures are near 19 degrees west, near 28 degrees central, and near 47 degrees east. Current sky conditions are cloudy west, cloudy central, and cloudy east. In the west, relative humidity is near 88%, and the dew point is near 16 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 92%, and the dew point is near 26 degrees. In the east, relative humidity is near 90%, and the dew point is near 44 degrees. There is patchy fog central. Winds are from the north at 12 mph west, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 7 degrees west. Winds are from the northwest at 13 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. The wind chill is near 17 degrees central. Winds are from the west at 10 mph east, where conditions are favorable for spraying. 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 51 degrees at Quad Cities. The lowest temperature is 18 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

825 PM CST Mon Feb 19 2018

 DAY ONE  Tonight

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the area for freezing 
rain and ice accumulations. Please refer to the National Weather 
Service website at for further details.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Tuesday through Sunday

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the area through Tuesday
morning for freezing rain and ice accumulations. Please refer to 
the National Weather Service website at for 
further details.


Spotter activation will not be needed, however icing reports and
reports any storm related damage would be appreciated.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For PALO ALTO County, IA
854 PM CST Mon Feb 19 2018


Areas of fog through the night. A chance of freezing drizzle in the evening. Light freezing rain possibly mixed with sleet and snow after midnight. New snow and sleet accumulation just under a half inch expected. New ice accumulation up to one tenth of an inch. Low 15 to 20. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.

Cloudy. A chance of freezing drizzle possibly mixed with snow through mid morning. Patchy fog in the morning. Breezy. High 15 to 20. Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to around 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.

Partly cloudy. Very cold. Low zero to 5 above. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph through midnight.

Sunny. High around 20. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Partly cloudy. Low zero to 5 above. East wind around 5 mph.

Mostly cloudy. Light snow likely in the afternoon. Light snow accumulations possible. High in the mid 20s. Chance of snow 60 percent.

Cloudy. Light snow through midnight, then a chance of light snow after midnight. Not as cold. Low 15 to 20. Chance of snow 80 percent.

Mostly cloudy. High in the upper 20s.

Mostly cloudy. Low around 15.

Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of light snow in the afternoon. High in the lower 30s.

Mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of light snow through midnight. Low 15 to 20.

Mostly sunny. High in the mid 30s.

Partly cloudy. Low 15 to 20.

Mostly sunny. A 20 percent chance of light snow in the morning. High in the mid 30s.

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 
                FEB 25-MAR 1 FEB 27-MAR 5    MAR       MAR-MAY                      
                 -----------  -----------  --------  ---------
   Temperature:      Above       Normal      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

Monday February 19, 2018 the 50th Day of Year

Declination -10.910000
Distance 0.999723 AU
Rise 08:03 EST Set 18:53 EST
Transit Meridian 13:27 EST
Civil Twilight Begins 07:36 EST Ends 19:20 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. Lapham, in Cincinnati, wrote the first public weather forecast.
Severe thunderstorms spawned sixty tornadoes in the southeastern U.S.,
killing more than 420 persons and causing three million dollars damage.
Georgia and the Carolinas hardest were hit in the tornado outbreak. (David
A tornado struck Mount Vernon IL. The tornado killed sixteen persons along
its 62 mile path. (David Ludlum)
High winds across the southern half of the Great Plains, gusting to 85 mph,
caused the worst duststorms since the 1930s. Graders were needed in places
to clear fence high dirt drifts. (The Weather Channel)

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