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Beyond the Weather: Watching Venus

A clear sky the next few nights gives us the opportunity to travel into the heavens above for a beyond-the-weather view. During the next week, take a look for a paring of Venus and the moon. The moon moves from the waning crescent to the new phase on February 23rd. As the moon emerges as a fine crescent, it will slowly rise higher in the sky each evening and pass the planet Venus. On February 24th, look in the western sky about 50 minutes after sunset – assuming the clouds break enough. The moon will be a very thin crescent near the horizon. On successive nights, at the same time, the moon will appear larger and higher off the horizon. During this same time, look for a very bright light in the western sky. This is the planet Venus. From the 24th through the 27th, the moon will appear to get close to and pass Venus. Happy stargazing!

Season-to-date snowfall comparison in eastern Iowa

Cedar Rapids’ snowfall so far this season has added up to 29.3 inches. This is behind last year’s pace when 42.2 inches had already fallen! Out of the past 50 seasons, the most by this date was 54.8 inches in 2007-2008. On the flip side, the lowest to-date amount was a mere 7.0 inches in 2001-2002. In Dubuque, 33.5 inches has fallen this season. At this time last year, 45.0 inches had come down. 2007-2008 had a whopping 60.6 inches by now, although 1978-1979 was just behind at 60.3 inches. In 2001-2002, 7.2 inches had fallen. Iowa City has had far less than some other places, coming in at 16.1 inches. This is less than half of the total at this point last season, which was 38.3 inches. The most in the past 50 seasons was in 2007-2008 at 54.3 inches, and least was 6.9 inches in 2012-2013. In Waterloo, there’s a tie for the most snowfall through this point in the season. 48.3 inches fell just last season in 2018-2019 and in 2009-2010. Waterloo’s lowest to-date snowfall in the past 50 seasons was 7.8 inches in 1975-1976.

Do you remember how warm it was three years ago?

At this time in 2017, grills were going across eastern Iowa and people were outside enjoying themselves. We were in the midst of an incredible week of warmth that finally capped with an all-time February record high at Cedar Rapids of 76 degrees! This warm stretch started on February 17th and lasted through the 22nd, breaking most records along the way. It wasn’t confined to Iowa, either. Much of the country had unusual warmth that lasted around a week. Several days after the record warmth broke, temperatures fell below normal for highs as we sank into the 20s. This didn’t hold up for March, though. In fact, we had highs in the 20s mid-month – some 20 degrees below normal!

Snowfall totals for February 17-18, 2020

These are the snow reports received from late Monday morning through Monday overnight. When a location has a number and direction, that indicates how many miles from the city center the report was. For example, "1 NNW Dubuque" was reported one mile north-northwest of the center of Dubuque. If a location isn't listed, it's because there was not a report from there. 3 SSE Steuben (Crawford Co, WI): 6.4" 1 WNW Mount Zion (Crawford Co, WI): 6.0" Eastman (Crawford Co, WI): 5.0" New Hampton (Chickasaw Co): 5.0" Boscobel (Grant Co, WI): 4.0" Platteville (Grant Co, WI): 4.0" 3 NW Burton (Grant Co, WI): 3.8" Hawkeye (Fayette Co): 3.7" 4 E Rockford (Floyd Co): 3.6" Marble Rock (Floyd Co): 3.5" 1 NW Fayette (Fayette Co): 3.5" Randalia (Fayette Co): 3.5" 2 SSE Nora Springs (Floyd Co): 3.0" 1 SSE Charles City (Floyd Co): 3.0" 4 WSW Lancaster (Grant Co, WI): 2.8" 6 NE Postville (Allamakee Co): 2.5" 2 NE Cresco (Howard Co): 2.4" Tripoli (Bremer Co): 2.4" 1 NNE Prairie du Chien (Crawford Co, WI): 2.1" 5 WNW Lancaster (Grant Co, WI): 2.0" Muscoda (Grant Co, WI): 2.0" 1 S De Soto (Crawford Co, WI): 2.0" 1 NNW Dubuque (Dubuque Co): 2.0" 8 ENE Decorah (Winneshiek Co): 2.0" Strawberry Point (Clayton Co): 1.8" Wauzeka (Crawford Co, WI): 1.5" 1 SSW Osborne (Clayton Co): 1.5" 2 WNW Dubuque (Dubuque Co): 1.5" 3 NNW Decorah (Winneshiek Co): 1.5" Rickardsville (Dubuque Co): 1.3" Guttenberg (Clayton Co): 1.2" Fennimore (Grant Co, WI): 1.0" Dubuque Airport (Dubuque Co): 0.4"

National Weather Service storm spotter training schedule

Each year, local National Weather Service offices hold storm spotter training classes. They are free, open to the public, and run for about two hours. Training classes cover types of severe weather, what to look for, and how to safely observe and report severe weather. Reports from trained storm spotters are important to the National Weather Service and to us at KCRG-TV9. Knowing what kind of severe weather is or isn't happening helps us let others in a storm's path know what to prepare for. Radar is a useful tool, but having ground truth from the people’s eyes is invaluable. These are the scheduled locations and dates for storm spotter training in our area: Tuesday, February 18 6:30 p.m. Butler/Bremer County – Allison Butler County Courthouse, 428 6th St. Wednesday, February 19 4:30 p.m. Meskwaki Settlement – Tama Meskwaki Veterans Convention Center, 1504 305th St. Wednesday, February 26 7:00 p.m. Mahaska County – Oskaloosa 2342 Iowa Highway 92 Wednesday, March 4 6:30 p.m. Jefferson County – Fairfield Elks Lodge, 511/2 S. Main St. Saturday, March 7 1:00 p.m. Linn County – Marion St Mark's Lutheran Church, 8300 C Avenue Monday, March 9 6:30 p.m. Jones County – Anamosa Lawrence Community Center, 600 E Main St. Thursday, March 12 7:00 p.m. Clayton County – Monona Fire Station, 201 N. Page St. Monday, March 16 6:30 p.m. Buchanan County – Independence MHI, 2277 Iowa Ave Tuesday, March 17 6:30 p.m. Henry County – Location TBD Wednesday, March 18 6:00 p.m. Iowa County – Williamsburg Williamsburg Recreation Department, 939 S Highland St. Thursday, March 18 6:30 p.m. Howard County – Location TBD Thursday, March 19 6:00 p.m. Washington County – Location TBD Thursday, March 19 7:00 p.m. Poweshiek County – Grinnell Grinnell Police/Fire, 1020 Spring St. Monday, March 23 6:00 p.m. Black Hawk County – Waterloo Hawkeye Community College - Tama Hall, 1501 E. Orange Rd. Monday, March 23 6:30 p.m. Grant County, WI – Lancaster Lancaster High School, 806 E. Elm St. Tuesday, March 24 6:00 p.m. Marshall County – Marshalltown Iowa Valley Continuing Education, 3702 S. Center St. Tuesday, March 24 6:30 p.m. Dubuque County – Dubuque Dubuque County Emergency Management, 14928 Public Safety Way Wednesday, March 25 6:30 p.m. Johnson County – Coralville The Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa Center, 2301 Oakdale Blvd. Registration is required and seating is limited to the first 150 participants. Please register for your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/storm-spotter-training-2020-tickets-89100334499 Wednesday, March 25 6:30 p.m. Fayette County – Elgin Fire Station Thursday, March 26 5:30 p.m. Clinton County – Clinton Clinton High School, 817 8th Ave S. Monday, March 30 6:30 p.m. Muscatine County – Muscatine Musser Public Library, 408 E. 2nd St. Monday, March 30 6:30 p.m. Allamakee County – Postville Fire Station, 121 E. Greene St. Wednesday, April 1 6:30 p.m. Crawford County, WI – Location TBD Wednesday, April 8 6:30 p.m. Floyd County – Charles City Youth Enrichment Center, Floyd Co. Fairgrounds, 2516 Seven Mile Rd. Thursday, April 9 6:30 p.m. Tama County – Toledo Toledo Reinig Center, 1007 S. Prospect Dr. Monday, April 13 6:30 p.m. Hardin County – Eldora Hardin County Emergency Management, 1031 Edgington Ave.