Saturday, September 1, 2012

At the Edge of Issac In Iowa

After originating as a tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean, strengthening to a hurricane as it passed through the Caribbean Sea, delaying the Republican National Convention in Florida, frightening New Orleans with its Katrina-esque approach, drenching Louisiana and Arkansas with torrential rain, and spawning tornadoes in Missouri, Issac finally weakened and veered northeastward. 

As the dying Issac storm system changed course, its northwest edge brushed Iowa, dropping a few inches of rain in the extreme southeast tip of the state, smearing clouds over its southeast half, and breaking a heat wave with overcast skies and a cool breeze.

Hoping to witness the far-flung edge of Issac's passage through Iowa, I loaded my kayak onto my car this evening and drove to Lake Red Rock (appearing on the map above as a narrow blue band southeast of Des Moines, just inside the outer green zone marking Issac's influence).  

Paddling along the lakeshore and gazing northwestward, I was rewarded with a spectacular sunset highlighting the cloudy arc of Issac's outermost edge.


I was thankful for the sight... but also thankful that a beautiful sunset and a pleasant breeze were the only consequences here of a storm that wreaked so much havoc to our south.

Credits: Weather maps and photos (top three frames) from National Oceanic and Atmopsheric Administration (NOAA) and National Weather Service (NWS).