The Ottumwa Courier

Community News Network

February 19, 2013

Storm coming, but snowfall amount uncertain

OTTUMWA — Another snowstorm is moving into the Midwest. We'll see snow, but how much is still anyone's guess.

The National Weather Service has been listing southeast Iowa's chances of snow on Thursday at 100 percent since the weekend. That's unsusually far in advance of a given day. But they aren't forecasting amounts just yet.

The NWS tends to be conservative about releasing the forecast for specific amounts of snow or rain, with those estimates appearing only a day or two in advance. In this case there's even more reason to play it safe: The storm's predicted track has varied considerably with the different models.

A shift of even 25-50 miles can make a major difference. One of the storms earlier this year put Ottumwa in the center of the target, only to shift late. Pella and Knoxville were nailed, but Ottumwa saw less than six inches of snow instead of the predicted 10 inches or more.

Accuweather.com isn't as shy about estimating amounts in advance. They're predicting 4-8 inches of snow in in southeast Iowa. The Weather Channel is predicting the storm will hit farther west, with eastern Iowa seeing only 1-3 inches of snow.

There's another wild card with this storm, according to forecasters. It's not clear whether the storm will be strengthening or weakening when it reaches Iowa. That could also make major differences in terms of snowfall.

The bottom line: We'll see snow. We just don't know how much.

1
Text Only
Community News Network
  • Raw oysters spike U.S. rise in bacterial infections, CDC reports

    Raw oysters, so good with hot sauce, increasingly can carry something even more unsettling to the stomach: A bacteria linked to vomiting, diarrhea and pain.

    April 17, 2014

  • To sleep well, you may need to adjust what you eat and when

    Sleep.  Oh, to sleep.  A good night's sleep is often a struggle for more than half of American adults.  And for occasional insomnia, there are good reasons to avoid using medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription.

    April 16, 2014

  • Doctors to rate cost effectiveness of expensive cancer drugs

    The world's largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.

    April 16, 2014

  • Low blood-sugar levels make for grousing spouses

    Husbands and wives reported being most unhappy with their spouses when their blood-sugar levels were lowest, usually at night, according to research released this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Missing a meal, dieting or just being hungry may be the reason, researchers said.

    April 16, 2014

  • Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 12.51.22 PM.png VIDEO: Toddler climbs into vending machine

    A child is safe after climbing into and getting stuck inside a claw crane machine at a Lincoln, Neb., bowling alley Monday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • portraitoflotte.jpg VIDEO: From infant to teen in four minutes

    Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester’s time lapse video of his daughter, Lotte — created by filming her every week from her birth until she turned 14 — has become a viral sensation.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Victimized by the 'marriage penalty'

    In a few short months, I'll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears - before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love - that she's willing to pay a much higher tax rate.

    April 15, 2014

  • Allergies are the real midlife crisis

    One of the biggest mysteries is why the disease comes and goes, and then comes and goes again. People tend to experience intense allergies between the ages of 5 and 16, then get a couple of decades off before the symptoms return in the 30s, only to diminish around retirement age.

    April 15, 2014

  • treadmill-very-fast.jpg Tax deduction for a gym membership?

    April marks another tax season when millions of Americans will deduct expenses related to home ownership, children and education from their annual tax bill. These deductions exist because of their perceived value to society; they encourage behaviors that keep the wheels of the economy turning. So why shouldn't the tax code be revised to reward preventive health?

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • bomb1 VIDEO: A year after marathon bombing, Boston remains strong

    The City of Boston came together Tuesday to honor those who were injured and lost their lives at the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing. While the day was sure to be emotional, those affected by last year's race are showing they won't let the tragedy keep them down.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National