Minneapolis storm chaser tracks area storms

Storm chaser Melanie Metz of Minneapolis rushed down to Northwest Iowa Tuesday when she learned conditions were primed for tornadoes.  Driving north from Manson on 290th Street, she saw a funnel develop and drop down three miles directly east of Palmer at 6:22 p.m. “I saw the rotation in the clouds, then I saw dust rotating on the ground before […]

Climate experts: Iowa drought likely to extend into spring planting season

Iowa has a slightly elevated risk of the drought in western counties pushing into spring planting season, a top federal climate official said. Dennis Todey, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, told 50 regional climate and natural resources officials last week that the lingeringLa Niña conditions in the Pacific Ocean could mean drier conditions […]