Iowa Weather Discussion November 30th 2012


NOTE: No video today but we should return with one tomorrow.

WARMER AIR: Readings are continuing to warm day by day as we head toward the weekend. There will be some fog and low clouds today especially in the northern counties with the warmer air running up and over the colder air at the ground. Sunshine breaks out this weekend with a slight chance of rain Saturday, but the better chances hold out until Monday.

BACK TO SEASONAL: A cold front will move through the state Monday with a chance of showers and perhaps a few isolated thunderstorms. Severe weather is not expected. Rainfall will be light as some areas may not even see a drop of rain from this system either. A tenth to a quarter inch will be the norm for those that happen upon some precipitation on Monday. Temperatures will drop back into the 30s and 40s for highs with readings warming again ahead of another front that will come through Thursday night and Friday of next week. That storm has a much better chance of some rainfall and perhaps some snowfall with the cold air filtering in behind the front.

TRENDS SHOWING NO TRENDS: On the IWR two days ago, we showed on the video a storm around the 11th and 12th of December that looked to be a big snowstorm across the state. We also mentioned that it was likely going to change several times between then and now. It’s changed and right now this run shows a lack of a low pressure center, most of the moisture along the gulf coast and little snow (perhaps an inch or two around here). Not what I’d call a “blizzard”. We’ll keep watching it in future IWR’s.

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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.

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