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Irma over Iowa

10 Sep 2017 06:11 AM
As was done a few weeks ago for Hurricane Harvey, today's featured image transposes Key West's RADAR data to Iowa to give some size perspective to Hurricane Irma. The image nicely shows extent of the eye wall, which would be bringing 100+ MPH winds all the way from Pella to Des Moines.

Voting:
Good: 5
Bad: 0

Tags:   hurricane  


Harvey Rain Rates

04 Sep 2017 06:27 AM
The featured table presents an analysis of available one minute interval precipitation observations from ASOS sites near Hurricane Harvey in Texas. While the total column simply presents the six day precipitation total, the other seven columns show the computed hourly precipitation rate based on actual totals over the given period. The chart shows some mind blowing rates experienced of over ten inches per hour at the one minute timescale and even over four inches per hour on the hourly time scale.

Voting:
Good: 8
Bad: 0

Tags:   hurricane   precip  


Harvey Tornado Warnings

28 Aug 2017 04:24 AM
Tropical Storm Harvey continues to absolutely pound SE Texas. While the mind blowing amounts of rain have, rightly so, garnered the vast amount of public attention, Harvey has also produced an extreme number of storms warranting tornado warnings. The NWS Houston office has been at the epicenter of this and has issued a prodigious amount of warnings over the past three days. The featured chart displays IEM computed maximum number of tornado warnings issued over a three day period. The chart also displays the maximum number for the local Iowa offices between 1996 and 2017 for comparison. Even just considering the 73 warnings issued on Sunday by Houston, this total is substantially higher than anything here in Iowa over all three days combined.

Voting:
Good: 8
Bad: 1

Tags:   hurricane  


Harvey in Iowa

26 Aug 2017 03:16 PM
Hurricane Harvey roared onshore last night as a Category 4 storm. While the initial storm surge and extreme winds have subsided, day upon day of heavy rains are expected in the area as the storm takes its sweet time to move north. For the sake of perspective for us Iowans, the hurricane as depicted by Corpus Christi, TX NEXRAD last night is shown transposed into Iowa as if it was observed from the Des Moines NEXRAD. The scale of such storms is remarkable!

Voting:
Good: 11
Bad: 0

Tags:   hurricane  


RADAR Composite valid on 25 August 2017

Hurricane Harvey

25 Aug 2017 05:40 AM
It has been over 10 years since a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) has made landfall on the United States. While technically still a Category 2, Harvey appears to be strengthening this morning and may make Category 3 strength before landfall. Regardless of the category, tremendous amounts of rain and storm surge are expected to bring significant issues to Texas and Louisiana.

Voting:
Good: 15
Bad: 0

Tags:   hurricane  

Hurricane Matthew

07 Oct 2016 05:46 AM
The saga of Hurricane Matthew continues this morning with the center of Hurricane just off the eastern Florida coastline. The featured map displays NEXRAD composite reflectivity this Friday morning with the classic presentation of a hurricane shown. The forecasted track of this storm continues to be tantalizingly close to the coastline with even a 10 mile difference in track making a tremendous difference in impact. Hopefully the track goes further offshore and folks are spared the worst of the storm.

Voting:
Good: 17
Bad: 0
Abstain: 1

Tags:   hurricane  


Hurricane Sandy

29 Oct 2012 05:10 AM
While living in the here and now, it is sometimes difficult to grasp the historic event that is unfolding with Hurricane Sandy. Sandy will be associated with infamous names like Andrew, Camille, Hugo, and Katrina. The featured image displays a visual comparison of forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the track of Sandy up until this morning. The track does not tell the whole story of the size and impacts from this storm system that are being felt from Maine to Florida and to the west even to Chicago!

Voting:
Good: 18
Bad: 2

Tags:   hurricane  


Hurricane Irene

28 Aug 2011 05:28 PM
Hurricane Irene hit the east coast of the US this weekend bringing flooding rains and significant storm surge. The eye of the hurricane came ashore Saturday morning close to Morehead City, North Carolina. The featured chart is of one minute interval ASOS data from airport sensor in town. The one minute interval data was not available after about 11 AM local time. The traces nicely show the change of wind direction as the eye passes overhead along with the decrease in wind speed. This station was chosen for this plot as it had the lowest pressure reported among the automated sensors the IEM collects data from in the area.

Voting:
Good: 18
Bad: 13

Tags:   hurricane   eye  


Its name is Earl

03 Sep 2010 06:05 AM
Hurricane Earl is working its way up the eastern coast this morning, but appears it will not directly hit land until it weakens to a tropical storm. The featured map displays peak wind gusts reported thus far in North Carolina and values have yet to reach hurricane strength.

Voting:
Good: 41
Bad: 5

Tags:   hurricane  


No me gusta Gustav

01 Sep 2008 07:18 AM
Hurricane Gustav is very close to making landfall this Labor Day morning along the Lousiana coast. This system is expected to slow down and produce large amounts of rainfall. Eventually, this system will work north and bring some rain to Iowa.

Voting:
Good: 16
Bad: 11

Tags:   hurricane  


6:15 AM NEXRAD on 19 Aug 2008

Tropical Storm Fay

19 Aug 2008 06:33 AM
Tropical Storm Fay came ashore in Florida this morning just under hurricane strength. Fay is expected to emerge on the Atlantic Coast side of Florida and perhaps stregthen to a hurricane. The storm system is expected to bring much needed rainfall to areas that have been dry this year.

Voting:
Good: 20
Bad: 10

Tags:   hurricane  


Hello Dolly!

23 Jul 2008 06:25 AM
(Hard to pass up not using that feature title.) Dolly is a strong category 1 strength hurricane that is expected to make landfall along the Texas coast today. NEXRAD composite imagery shows the well defined eye and a tornado watch is in effect for the right front quadrant, which is favored for tornado development during landfall. The primary impact looks to be extremely heavy rainfall as the system moves slowly west. Sometimes these systems will eventually work their way toward Iowa, but the steering currents in the atmosphere do not favour that path.

Voting:
Good: 24
Bad: 9

Tags:   hurricane  


7 AM NEXRAD and wind gusts on 24 Oct 2005

Hurricane Wilma

24 Oct 2005 07:14 AM
Hurricane Wilma made landfall this morning near Cape Romano packing winds up to 125 mph. The featured plot shows peak gusts from the Florida ASOS network up till 7 AM this Monday morning. Wilma is in a hurry and will be well east of Florida by later this afternoon.

Voting:
Good: 16
Bad: 4

Tags:   hurricane  


4 AM NHC track on 23 Sep 2005

Hurricane Rita

23 Sep 2005 07:30 AM
It is going to be a long weekend for our friends along the gulf coast. Hurricane Rita is set to come onshore Saturday and slowly move north. The big story may be the tremendous amounts of rain (20+ inches) that may fall over the weekend.

Voting:
Good: 16
Bad: 8

Tags:   hurricane  


6:55 AM NEXRAD on 29 Aug 2005

Hurricane Katrina

29 Aug 2005 07:00 AM
Hurricane Katrina is moving onshore early this Monday morning as a category 4 storm. An automated sensor in New Orleans has recorded a peak gust of 74 knots with the strongest winds expected later this morning.

Voting:
Good: 12
Bad: 6

Tags:   hurricane  


8:15 AM NEXRAD+watches 16 Sept 2004.

Hello Ivan

16 Sep 2004 08:25 AM
Ivan came ashore early this morning in grand fashion with a beavy of reporters standing in its way. Ivan will continue to weaken and move slowly to the NE dumping many inches of rainfall on folks in the SE US. The red box on this plot represents a tornado watch. Ivan has already produced deadly tornados in Florida.

Tags:   hurricane  


5 AM advisory on 3 Sep 2004.

Waiting for Frances

03 Sep 2004 08:25 AM
The folks in Florida are counting down the hours until the arrival of Frances. This well advertised hurricane has prompted the evacuation of millions of people and is expected to do considerable damage with winds nearing CAT 4 strength. For Iowa, landfalling hurricanes usually mean that our weather slows down with storm systems finding it difficult to get to the East Coast.

Tags:   hurricane  


9 AM NEXRAD composite on 18 Sep 2003.

Isabel

18 Sep 2003 09:16 AM
Hurricane Isabel will make landfall later today. Current NEXRAD composite shows this system nicely.

Tags:   hurricane  


Lili Landfall

03 Oct 2002 08:26 AM
Hurricane Lili came ashore this morning packing winds of over 100 MPH. Like Isidore, this system will slide to our south and east. We are stuck between really warm air and really cool air with lots of clouds and good chances of rain.

Tags:   hurricane  


Isidore

26 Sep 2002 08:23 AM
In times like this, it is a good thing that Iowa does not have any ocean-front property. Tropical Storm Isidore moved on-shore this morning and is projected to stay SE of Iowa. Meanwhile, a cold front is parked in NW Iowa waiting for Isidore to pass before completing its trek across Iowa.

Tags:   hurricane