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Iowa Forecast Discussion November 8th 2012

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SLOWLY WARMING: It is going to get warmer the next few days. More sunshine along with breezy southerly winds will bring temperatures back into the 50s and 60s to end the work week and head into the weekend ahead of the storm system that will bring drastic changes for the weekend into next week.

WEEKEND STORM: The storm is still on track for the weekend with some scattered showers possible Saturday with more numerous activity coming Saturday evening into Sunday across the state. Some of the storms on Saturday could be strong to severe with any threat mainly coming from damaging straight line winds and perhaps some large hail also. The main window for precipitation from the 00z GFS looks to be 9pm Saturday night through Midnight Monday Morning. Rainfall could be significant with three quarters to an inch and a quarter possible. There will be a big drop in temperatures on Monday behind the front with highs struggling to get out of the 30s in many areas with north to northwesterly winds.

FARTHER ALONG: The cold air lasts through at least mid week next week before winds turn southerly and temperatures warm back toward 50 degrees once again. Another storm is possible next Friday but this could miss most of the state to the south. We’ll keep tabs on that storm to see if this moves in our direction in future model runs. Thanksgiving right now still looks mainly dry and seasonal but we’ve seen about everything for the past two days so we can’t make a forecast just yet for Turkey Day.

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Jeff Wilcox serves as the Senior Forecaster at the Iowa Weather Network with primary focuses in long term weather operations and climatology. Weather has always fascinated me since I was young. My first memory of weather was back in 1988 during the Mother’s Day Tornado Outbreak in 1988. I can vaguely remember 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, I’ve 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, Droughts in 1988 and 2012. After doing some other website work and other interests which included publishing a novel in 2007, I finally began the Iowa Weather Blog on June 27th 2008, right after the Flood of 2008. I worked it alone for hours on end giving out weather information that I thought was appropriate for those that wanted to know what was going on in their skies and what was to come. I continue to work on the blog along with the Iowa Weather Network which was created back in 2012 and continue to do so to this day.