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WARMING UP: After a very cold end to the month of May, we’ll see a warm up back to the 70s and 80s by this weekend. There’s a chance of seeing some more rain in the offing though later tonight into Saturday and again Sunday night into Monday. Rainfall from these systems look to remain light and scattered with many areas seeing a quarter inch or less. Next week looks to remain seasonal to slightly warm with rain close by but not quite moving into the state. Will look to see if this may change on future runs and future videos.

HEAT DOME: Farther into the month of June, the GFS is forecasting a heat dome over the central part of the country. This would bring temperatures well into the 80s and 90s with mainly dry conditions. This looks to last for several days and is seen intensifying by the end of the run across all but the Pacific northwest. Will continue to monitor this and see if it continues in future runs. Any rain now will be beneficial if we run into a long hot dry spell once again.

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Jeff Wilcox serves as the Assistant Lead Forecaster for the Iowa Weather Network and is in charge of daily forecasting operations. He produces the "Iowa Weather Report" four days a week, as he has since 2008, with features including a video, graphics, discussions, and more. Weather has always fascinated him since he was young. His first memory of weather was back in 1988 during the Mother’s Day Tornado Outbreak in 1988. He vaguely remembers the cold snap the state experienced around Christmas Time in 1983, but was too young to remember that vividly. Growing up in Anamosa since moving there in 1981, he has experienced all the weather imaginable from bitter cold in early 1996 to hot and humid weather in 1995 and again in 2012, to floods in 1993, 1999, 2008 and 2013, to droughts in 1988 and 2012. After doing some other website work and other interests which included publishing a novel in 2007, he finally began the Iowa Weather Blog on June 27th 2008, right after the Flood of 2008. He worked it alone for hours on end giving out weather information that he thought was appropriate for those that wanted to know what was going on in their skies and what was to come. In 2012, the Iowa Weather Blog merged with two other Iowa weather organizations in the state to form the Iowa Weather Network.

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