IEM Daily Feature
Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Hourly rainfall

Posted: 12 Jun 2007 07:20 AM

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Distribution of hours with reported rainfall
The featured graph is the distribution of hourly rainfall observations from the Des Moines Airport for the month of June (red) and for the year (blue) since 1973. The graph shows two clear modes for rainfall in Iowa. The first being around 6 AM due to the night time thunderstorm complexes feed by the low level jet in the summertime. The second being around 7 PM due to storms fueled by the heating of the day. In general, the night time is clearly the rainiest period during June with the other summer months showing a similiar distribution.

Good = 13
Bad = 3

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