Southern Hills Mall closed temporarily due to loss of power, according to posts on the mall's Facebook page. The post announcing the mall closure went up at 5:44 p.m., and a later post at 7:14 p.m. announced that power had been restored.
Researchers and educators at 38 Iowa colleges and universities indicate Iowa will see the annual number of days above 90 degrees increase from 23 to 67 by 2050, with a once-in-a-decade likelihood of temperatures reaching 105 degrees. “Time is running out,” one researcher said.
A spokesman for a Texas company partnering with Microsoft said it has not yet determined where exactly in Iowa it will roll out broadband but added that the decisions will be guided by “where we can make investments most cost effectively.”
One strong indicator is the prediction that there won't be an El Nino in the Pacific Ocean. Last winter, such an event unleashed a band of air currents that crossed the ocean, leading to frigid temperatures across the Midwest.
The National Weather Service says a tornado was reported around 5:30 p.m. about 5 miles southeast of Cushing, and another report was received around 5:40 p.m. from 5 miles north-northeast of Ida Grove. It's uncertain whether the sightings were of the same twister.
The National Weather Service says the storm is likely to be centered over the Nebraska Panhandle, then move east. The system could drop some snow on northwestern and northern Iowa on Friday or early Saturday, and temperatures are likely to drop well below freezing.
Friday's high will likely top off at 39 degrees. However, cloudy skies and northwest wind gusting to 40 mph will make things feel raw. This trend will continue Friday night. Clear skies will replace the clouds and the overnight low will drop to 30.
In February, the Iowa Tourism Bureau and the Travel Federation of Iowa bestowed the 2019 "outstanding attraction" honor on the all-seasons park. "It just goes to show you how much of an impact Cone Park has not only had on the Siouxland region, but also the entire state," a city official said.
Officers followed tire tracks on the snow and located a stolen vehicle in the alley behind 2620 Dakota Ave. Police officers followed footprints through snow from the stolen vehicle to the the location of a suspect.
Union County, home to the affluent Dakota Dunes community, continued to post the region's highest figures -- $107,497 in 2018, up from $103,772 the prior year. In Woodbury County, per capita personal income rose roughly $2,000.
Sheriff Dave Drew tweeted that Highway 20 was completely shut down in eastern Woodbury County with multiple semis stuck and blocking the roadways. While visibility was good, the roads were 100 percent snow or ice-covered.
On those rare occasions when I’ve been able to talk on the phone or check social media, I’ve heard about relatives who have died from the flu, Bruce Miller says. Mind you, I never heard about these folks before now.
"While it will be wet throughout the day, the temperature will stay steady at around 34, above freezing," a National Weather Service meteorologist said. "That will mean we'll see more rain than drizzle or snow."
"Everyone can go tubing. You don't need special skills for it," said Natalie Verschoor, an 18-year-old Bishop Heelan student in her second year working at Cone Park. Here's the inside scoop on how to have the best experience.
"If a system like this occurred a month from now, the precipitation would be in the form of rain,' a meteorologist said. "Since it is still cold enough now, the precipitation for this system is all snow."