National Weather Service http://iowapublicradio.org en Sandbagging in Solon as Eastern Iowa Braces Against Flooding http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sandbagging-solon-eastern-iowa-braces-against-flooding <p></p><p>Flash flood warnings have been issued across eastern Iowa, and communities are bracing themselves for heavy rain through the end of the week.&nbsp;</p><p>In Solon, about 15 people scrambled to fill sand bags and load them onto volunteers’ pickup trucks Wednesday afternoon. Some were bound for their neighborhoods; others, to a daycare down the road.</p><p>Tom Trump drove a load of sandbags back to his subdivison on the south side of Solon, where a large pool of water was slowly creeping up to his neighbors’ basement windows.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:09:07 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 19401 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sandbagging in Solon as Eastern Iowa Braces Against Flooding When Severe Weather Strikes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-severe-weather-strikes <p>In May of 2011, Joplin Missouri was hit by the deadliest single tornado since record keeping began in 1950.&nbsp; After that disaster, the National Weather Service evaluated their warning system and public response to it.&nbsp; That led to a more specific warning system that went into effect in Iowa on April 1.&nbsp; Today we hear from two Iowa National Weather Service meteorologists about the new “impact-based” warning system. We also listen back to our conversation last year with storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski and his firsthand account of the Joplin tornado.</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:41:36 +0000 Ben Kieffer 18601 at http://iowapublicradio.org When Severe Weather Strikes Snow Piles on Des Moines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/snow-piles-des-moines <p>A winter snow storm dumped several inches of unexpected snow on the Des Moines area Tuesday morning,&nbsp; much of it during the morning rush hour.&nbsp; Forecasters are adjusting their predictions as more snow moves into the region.</p><p><a href="http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dmx/">National Weather Service</a> Meteorologist Jeff Johnson says the storm's trajectory defied predictions, which had put most of the snowfall in southeast Iowa.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:19:14 +0000 Sarah McCammon 16483 at http://iowapublicradio.org Snow Piles on Des Moines