Weather

Nearly four years after the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids, you can still sell your damaged home to the city. That window’s about to close, however. More than 100 people have signed up for the final round of buyouts – even though they’ve stuck it out this long. Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports.

Last fall, officials predicted that farmland along the Missouri River might be out of production for at least a year. The flood of 2011 piled up sand dunes, gouged out deep holes and killed off many of the microbes that help crops grow.

But now it’s spring, and farmers are back on the land trying to fix what nature broke.

There’s something not quite picture-perfect about this picturesque farmland, known as Blackbird Bend, along the Missouri River near Onawa.   A 24-row corn planter is brushing over the tops of an already stunning winter wheat crop, twelve inches high. 

Severe weather experts from throughout the country will be at an annual Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference in Ankeny later this week.  Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski who will give his firsthand account of last year’s massive tornado in Joplin, Missouri.  Ben also talks with Alabama TV meteorologist James Spann of ABC 33/40 in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa about his experience broadcasting severe weather coverage during a violent outbreak of storms in April of last year.  Finally, Ben talks with National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Smith about

Severe weather experts from throughout the country will be at an annual Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference in Ankeny later this week.  Join host Ben Kieffer as he talks with storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski who will give his firsthand account of last year’s massive tornado in Joplin, Missouri.  Ben also talks with Alabama TV meteorologist James Spann of ABC 33/40 in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa about his experience broadcasting severe weather coverage during a violent outbreak of storms in April of last year.  Finally, Ben talks with National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Smith about

In the past week, scores of people have been killed and injured by tornadoes in the Midwest and South. Ben Kieffer talks with meteorologist Alan Czarnetzki of the University of Northern Iowa about the series of deadly storms and the weather outlook in Iowa as we approach spring. Ben will also talk with the Director of Iowa's Economic Development Authority Debi Durham about growing Iowa's economy and its population.

The shovels and snow blowers remain locked in the garage and golf courses are open for business- not the typical January in Iowa. Ben talks with Craig Cogil of the National Weather Service about changing Midwest weather patterns and State Climatologist Harry Hillaker checks in with his 2011 weather summary. Later, the new head of Iowa's Homeland Security Department, Mark Schouten, lays out his priorities for the coming year.

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