Author: Ben Maurer

Ben is the founder and CEO of Iowa Storm Center. He provides weather consulting services to businesses and operations in the energy and agriculture industry. His family has owned a private grain elevator and feed mill since 1953. In Ben's spare time, he likes to look at long range patterns and spend time with friends and family.

A potent winter storm will impact portions of the forecast area starting late tonight, maximizing Saturday morning and ending Saturday afternoon/evening. Read on for the full details with the ISC models for snow and wind within this article… Before we get into the forecast I want to mention that when the probability maps are created for a certain amount of snow, that means that we are not confident enough to issue a snowfall forecast at that distance and that things can change. Now that we are less than 12 hours from the event, I have been able to get a…

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A clipper system will pass through the forecast area tonight through Friday with a quick round of gusty winds and light snow accumulation. Then a more potent storm system will hit Friday night through Saturday, so read on for all the details… The clipper will start with a pulse of snow working into northwest Iowa 9-11 PM tonight and the risk quickly pressing southeast into central and eastern Iowa overnight into Friday morning. Strong northwest winds with gusts 30+ MPH will accompany the leading edge of the snow so greatly reduced visibility will be possible for a time as snow…

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A strong arctic air mass will eye the forecast area by the end of the month after several snow chances hit the forecast area, so read on for details… Temperatures are very cold north of the states and with time, this will dive south into the forecast area. The start of the event will come this weekend and into the first half of February. The cold air mass maximizes the first week of February with readings that can potentially come close to December 2022 standards. That was the time we had near 50 below wind chill values in northwest Iowa…

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The Iowa Storm Center Winter Storm Watch was issued Monday and now the final warning product, this is it. Heavy snowfall rates and gusty winds will be the main threat with this system. The full ISC model suite is below, so read on for the details… A strong pacific storm system will begin to impact the forecast area later this morning through Thursday morning. This will bring a conveyor belt of ample moisture stretching from northeast Colorado through Nebraska and into west/north Iowa. Temperatures are warm aloft across southwest Iowa this morning which will lead to a window of freezing…

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Iowa Storm Center has issued a Winter Storm Watch for northwest, north central, northeast, west central, central, southwest and south central Iowa. Read on for the details… Date: 1/16/23 at 11:25am Central Timing:¬†Effective later Wednesday through Thursday…. Discussion: A strong Pacific storm will move out of the southwest overnight on Tuesday and into the entire watch area through Wednesday. The thought line right now is wintry mix works into southwest Iowa by daybreak Wednesday with snow working into western Iowa late morning through the afternoon and into the evening. Central Iowa may start with a heavy rain before changing over…

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The first storm front in a series will pass through Iowa starting tomorrow (Monday) and going through early Tuesday. This will bring showers/thunderstorms and even some snow to the forecast area. A larger storm system follows Wednesday through Thursday. Read on for the full details… An upper level low will continue to pivot northeast tonight through Monday with the track directly over the center of Iowa from southwest to northeast. A few scattered showers are possible before midnight tonight, but the main activity will hit thereafter into Monday morning with a line of showers and thunderstorms overspreading the forecast area.…

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Iowa Storm Center has issued a Weather Advisory for a series of storm systems that will begin to take hold on the area this coming week, so read on for details… After a brief lull in the pattern, the storm track will target Iowa beginning Monday January 16th and going through the last week of the month. A ridge across the northern part of the nation that has brought above average temperatures will move east by the second half of the weekend which will open the door for several troughs (storm systems) to pass through the forecast area. The Iowa…

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The Iowa Storm Center long range models continue to show an active moisture stream through late month with multiple storm systems expected during this time, so read on for details… A long duration storm front that brought an abundance amount of moisture to the mid-section this past week has finally exited but the storm track will continue as we tap into a zonal flow this weekend and thereafter. This will bring storm systems zipping through the central/southern plains from west to east and given the atmospheric river that is pounding the west coast, we should have decent moisture with each…

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A strong storm front will slide through the state later tonight, maximizing Tuesday night and ending later Wednesday evening. Read on for the details including the Iowa Storm Center model suite for rain, snow and ice. The frontal zone will start to impact the forecast area this evening with wintry mix north and showers/thunderstorms south increasing from west to east. By Tuesday morning, the dry slot will move in allowing for a brief lull in precipitation with an exception across northwest Iowa. The mix bag activity will continue Tuesday afternoon across northwest Iowa before transitioning to a heavy snow with…

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The clipper system that passed through on Christmas day was one of a series of systems that will continue into the New Year and thereafter before we have a pattern flip, so read on for the details… The active pattern continues as we close 2022 and open 2023. The snowfall total so far for the season here at the office in Spencer is already 17″ and will increase through the rest of the season, on the above average scale once all said and done. Other cities across Iowa have also cashed in on a decent amount of snow for the…

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