Wow, I thought I had not posted in awhile. I looked back and it looks like my last post was during the chase day back in October. Oops. That said, there hasn’t really been much for interesting weather around here, aside from the suprise blizzard on January 16th. Those who follow me on social media may have seen the quick photo i snapped on my cell phone looking out across Urbandale from the building I work in. Hopefully for 2014 I will be doing a better job of posting on here. I have some travel plans in April and am hoping to purchase a new camera before I leave, or at least by chase season. I also would like to upgrade the RAM in my laptop before chase season, if not before my trip. I purchased a car adapter for the laptop so it should be interesting to see if that works any better than the inverter has. Hopefully I will be able to add to my weather software selection or maybe a couple books along the way, any suggestions?
Out chasing today, check the tweets & live feed for latest.
Severe Weather is possible across much of Iowa and portions of surrounding states today with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma placing roughly the northern half of the state in a Moderate Risk for severe weather. Tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds are all possible today. I will likely be heading towards northwestern Iowa to start and will hopefully update later as things progress.
SPC Day 1 Outlook
Its looking like severe weather could make a return to the state on Friday with all modes of severe weather possible. Anyone planning on attending high school football games on Friday night or other outdoor activities should pay attention to the weather. Here is a quick look at the SPC Day 3 Outlook and I’ll try to post more information later today.
With the extremely dry conditions this fall, the Fire Chiefs in a number of Iowa counties have issued bans on open burning. Bans are in effect for the following counties: Audubon (as of 8/31), Calhoun (as of 9/7), Clinton (as of 9/11), Greene (as of 9/6), Louisa (as of 9/12), Muscatine (as of 9/11), Scott (as of 9/11), and Webster (as of 9/5, excluding the City of Fort Dodge). These bans are in place until the Chief’s decide to lift them, I will try to keep a current list as I hear of them.
The AMBER Alert from the previous post has been CANCELLED. According to the Iowa State Patrol the child was located in Cedar Rapids.
Urbandale residents within a quarter-mile radius of 142nd Street & Oak Brook Drive are being ordered by police to evacuate their homes due to a gas main that was struck by a contractor working in the area. Those without anywhere to go are being directed to the Urbandale Fire Station 42 at 3927 121st Street according to the Des Moines Register.
Severe weather will be possible this afternoon and evening with all modes of severe weather possible. The outlook from the Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma shows the possibility for severe weather exists over most of Iowa and into portions of neighboring states. Hopefully I will be able to post further updates this afternoon.
The Storm Prediction Center is expecting to issue a Tornado Watch for central & eastern Iowa within the hour. Stay tuned for updates.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
1052 AM CDT WED JUN 12 2013
WASHINGTON IA-VAN BUREN IA-SCOTT IA-MUSCATINE IA-LOUISA IA-LINN IA-
LEE IA-KEOKUK IA-JOHNSON IA-JEFFERSON IA-JACKSON IA-IOWA IA-HENRY IA-
DUBUQUE IA-DES MOINES IA-DELAWARE IA-BENTON IA-BUCHANAN IA-CEDAR IA-
CLINTON IA-JONES IA-JO DAVIESS IL-HENRY IL-MCDONOUGH IL-MERCER IL-
PUTNAM IL-ROCK ISLAND IL-STEPHENSON IL-WARREN IL-WHITESIDE IL-
BUREAU IL-CARROLL IL-HENDERSON IL-HANCOCK IL-
1052 AM CDT WED JUN 12 2013
…HIGH RISK FOR SEVERE WEATHER ACROSS EASTERN IOWA AND NORTHWEST
ILLINOIS THIS AFTERNOON…
INGREDIENTS ARE COMING TOGETHER SUPPORTING A HIGH THREAT FOR SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS WITH DAMAGING WINDS…LARGE HAIL AND TORNADOES OVER
MUCH OF EASTERN IOWA…WEST CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST ILLINOIS THIS
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP BETWEEN NOON AND 3
PM OVER PORTIONS OF EASTERN IOWA AND NORTHWEST ILLINOIS. THESE
STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WINDS OVER 70 MPH…LARGE HAIL
AND TORNADOES…WITH MOVEMENT TO THE EAST AROUND 40 TO 50 MPH.
INDIVIDUAL STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO ORGANIZE INTO A LINE OF STORMS
WITH WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WIND AS THEY EXIT EAST ACROSS
NORTHERN ILLINOIS FROM MID TO LATE AFTERNOON.
A TORNADO WATCH WILL LIKELY BE ISSUED FOR THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON.
WHILE THE THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER IS NOT IMMINENT…THIS IS A
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION AND YOU SHOULD MAKE PLANS FOR WHERE
YOU WILL TAKE SHELTER IF WARNINGS ARE ISSUED. CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA
WEATHER RADIO OR LOCAL MEDIA OUTLOOKS FOR FURTHER UPDATES AND