Iowa Environmental Mesonet Daily Bulletin for 20 November 2018


Title: Dr Ray Arritt Obituary
Date: 19 Nov 02:37 PM
Author: Daryl Herzmann

Last week, the coordinator / professor in charge of this project died unexpectedly due to a stroke. Here is his published obituary, which has details on the arrangements made for him.

Dr. Raymond Ward Arritt

SEPTEMBER 19, 1957 – NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Raymond W. Arritt, 61, of Ames, passed away unexpectedly of a stroke on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held at Stevens Memorial Chapel in Ames on Tuesday, November 27 at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow at Northminster Presbyterian Church. A visitation will be held Monday, November 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stevens Memorial Chapel.

Ray was born September 19, 1957, to Muriel Louise Smith and Raymond Ward Arritt, Sr. in Covington, Virginia. He grew up in Lynchburg and Richmond, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia, where received his B.A. in Economics and Environmental Science in 1979 and his M.S. in Environmental Science in 1982. It was during the final semester of his undergraduate degree that he met his beloved wife Teresita Navarrete in 1979. They married within a year of their first date, on March 29, 1980.

Ray and Tere followed Ray’s career as he earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins in 1985 and then took his first professorship at the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1988. In Kansas they had their children, Spencer (Tracy) and Kevin (Laura). The family moved to Ames, Iowa in 1993 and Ray worked at Iowa State University until the day of his death.

Ray was a consummate scientist, an avid biker, and most proudly a loving and devoted husband and father. We remember his gentle and generous demeanor, his love of music, and his thoroughly offbeat sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his mother, and survived by his father, his wife, and his two sons and their families. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Emergency Residence Project of Ames and the Food Bank of Iowa.

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Daily Feature

'18-'19 Winter Storm #4
Date: 19 Nov 05:34 AM
Votes: Good: 10   Bad: 1 Abstain: 0

The snow producing winter storm systems came in rapid succession this past weekend with the first round dropping upwards of four inches over mainly northeastern Iowa and the second round impacting southern Iowa with slightly higher totals. The featured map analysis of available NWS and CoCoRaHS reports is for the second storm. Some of the totals shown in far southeastern Iowa may been a combination of snow from the first storm. All of this snow will likely not survive for Thanksgiving as temperatures are expected to warm.

NWS Watch/Warning Summary for 12 AM 19 Nov 2018 - 12 AM 20 Nov 2018 CST

Summary By WFO Watches
Tornado 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Svr Tstorm 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flash Flood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0---

ARX = LaCrosse, WI DVN = Davenport, IA DMX = Des Moines, IA OAX = Omaha, NE FSD = Sioux Falls, SD

IEM Cow Report

No Warnings Issued