Found a way to get a newer version of PHP (short of building from source at least…) on my server.. hopefully it didnt break anything..


The title pretty much says it all. But here’s the current warnings and advisories at the time of post along with the heat index.


Heat Index map from Iowa Environmental Mesonet / Iowa State University

Hot one this week

Temperatures look to remain high this week with some areas expected to hit triple digits during the later part of the week. Dew points will remain in the low to mid 70s in most locations. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Wednesday afternoon through Friday evening for areas roughly along and south of US Highway 30 in Iowa. Similar watches have been posted across southeast Nebraska, and much of Missouri and Illinois. Would definitely be a good plan to stay inside later this week.

Loops from the 18Z NAM starting 7 PM on Wednesday thru 1 AM Friday.

7/17/17 18Z NAM Temperature

7/17/17 18Z NAM Dew Point

Top500 June 2017 Edition

So the June 2017 revision of the Top500 supercomputer list is out. I thought I would look at where machines stack up in the meteorological realm from that list. I’m only including those that appear to be used for weather based on the listed owner so some could get excluded, the full list is available at

#11 UK Meteorological Office
#22 National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) – USA (Cheyenne)
#25 ECMWF – UK
#26 ECMWF – UK
#42 UK Meteorological Office
#43 UK Meteorological Office
#53 Korea Meteorological Administration – South Korea (Miri)
#54 Korea Meteorological Administration – South Korea (Nuri)
#57 Meteo France
#58 Meteo France
#74 NOAA – USA (Surge)
#75 NOAA – USA (Luna)
#92 National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) – USA (Yellowstone)
#273 National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) – USA (Tide)
#274 National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) – USA (Gyre)
#363 ‘Meteorological Service’ – China
#494 China Meteorological Administration
#495 China Meteorological Administration

As a point of reference Facebook has a machine at #31 on the list, and NVIDIA has one at #32. The fastest US machine overall on the list is Oak Ridge National Lab’s “Titan” at #4. WETA Digital (visual effects company – Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2, Deadpool, Batman v Superman, The Hobbit trilogy, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Iron Man 3, etc) has a system that clocks in at #367.


June 16 Evening Update

I’m currently sitting in my office monitoring tonight’s severe weather potential over the state and as of the moment I’m writing this there are no warnings in effect in Iowa, however severe thunderstorm watches remain in effect for northern and western Iowa until 10 PM tonight. (details below) The storms that prompted warnings across north central Iowa have all moved into Minnesota and the next round is still in Nebraska yet, prompting Tornado warnings for the area around Norfolk. These storms are currently moving southeast at around 30-35 MPH.

Omaha, NE  Radar – 5:32 PM CDT

Severe Thunderstorm Watches (yellow shaded counties)

Severe Thunderstorm Watch 339 until 10 PM CDT
Iowa Counties: Pottawattamie, Harrison, Shelby, Monona
Threats: Widespread large & isolated very large (3″) hail, widespread damaging winds & isolated gusts to 75 MPH, tornado or two possible

Severe Thunderstorm Watch 340 until 10 PM CDT
Iowa Counties: Crawford, Carroll, Woodbury, Ida, Sac, Calhoun,  Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Pocahontas, Sioux, O’Brien, Clay, Palo Alto, Dickinson, Emmett, Kossuth, Humboldt, Winnebago, Hancock, Wright, Worth, Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Mitchell, Floyd, Butler, Howard, Chickasaw, Bremer, Winneshiek, Fayette, Allamakee, Clayton
Threats: Scattered large hail, isolated very large (2″) hail, scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 MPH, tornado or two possible


Sitting here watching some videos on the Microsoft Virtual Academy and wondering what I would like to have for my PCs. A start of the list is below but I doubt I’ll be crossing anything off anytime soon.

Weather Software
GR2Analyst 2.0
WeatherStudio v3

PC Hardware
New/2nd video card for my primary desktop –

I currently have 3 Acer 18″ LCD monitors on my desktop machine, with one of those being driven by a USB-to-DVI type adapter. Unfortunately, it has a habit of freezing up from time to time, and while trivial to reset is rather annoying. However due to the age/configuration of my machine, finding a compatible card may be easier said than done. At one point I thought I was going to need a different video card to support one of my games and another app I had downloaded but the game apparently runs on my other desktop and the other app seemed to have some issues as a result of bad cached data rather than the video card. I have noticed though I’m unable to capture video from one of my weather apps that I currently use on this machine, yet the capture works fine on my laptop. I’m assuming its a weakness of the chipset on the current card (Quadro FX1500)

New monitors w/ multi-monitor stand

I currently have 3 ~18″ LCD monitors on my desk, I’m thinking of replacing them with something slightly larger and maybe adding a 4th if supported with a video card addition (see above). My work machine has 2 19″ and my machine at  the previous job had 3 20″ (which were nice) if I recall.

New(er?) Laptop

My current laptop is a bit dated as it’s the same one I’ve been using since college.. Dell Latitude D630. Still works pretty decently after minor upgrades (memory swap with the other college laptop – Gateway E265, and replacing the internal hard drive with a SSD.

UPS Units

I think that about does it for the moment..


Quiet few days

Not a lot going on in terms of weather around here, pretty much just your typical Iowa summer. The next few days look to be sunny and in the mid 90s so if you are spending time outdoors then it would be wise to take precautions as the heat index is likely to be in the low triple digits. There looks like there may be a chance for rain midweek but its too early to tell.

SNAP Tester

this is the test of the Social Networks Auto-Poster…
test only disregard…
test for Saturday June 3rd 2017…
test only disregard…
Clear at 0824…..

Tornado Watch 231


   Tornado Watch Number 231
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   1205 PM CDT Wed May 17 2017

   The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

   * Tornado Watch for portions of 
     much of western and central Iowa
     parts of northeast Kansas
     portions of northern Missouri
     parts of eastern Nebraska

   * Effective this Wednesday afternoon and evening from 1205 PM
     until 700 PM CDT.

   * Primary threats include...
     A few tornadoes and a couple intense tornadoes possible
     Isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter possible
     Isolated damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible

   SUMMARY...Thunderstorms have begun to develop early this afternoon
   across parts of north-central Kansas and into the mid-Missouri
   Valley area, and should continue expanding/spreading northeast
   across the WW area over the next several hours.  Large hail and
   locally damaging winds will be possible, along with a few tornadoes
   this afternoon and into the early evening hours.

   The tornado watch area is approximately along and 115 statute miles
   north and south of a line from 5 miles west northwest of Beatrice NE
   to 5 miles east northeast of Knoxville IA. For a complete depiction
   of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS


   REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
   tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
   area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
   threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
   and possible warnings.

Round 3

Sorry this is a short post. Parts of the state have seen severe weather the last two days including a short lived EF-0 tornado in Winneshiek County on Monday evening. I have only looked over a small amount of data but it looks like there is potentially yet another round to come through the state this afternoon & evening. The SPC is currently highlighting part of the state for an Enhanced risk of severe storms with all modes possible (see graphic). I’ll try to make another post later with an update but we shall see, otherwise check for the latest on the Iowa Weather Network  website or the website of your local NWS office.


In a case of strange timing, we just released a newly redesigned website this week as well.


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