Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CST
Partly Cloudy
Temperature
34°F
Dew Point
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Humidity
89%
Wind
SSW at 8 mph
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29.92 in. F
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Sunrise
07:01 a.m.
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04:25 p.m.
Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 33 to 36 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 11 and 15 miles per hour from the southwest. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Saturday
46°F / 33°F
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Sunday
45°F / 33°F
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Monday
33°F / 13°F
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Tuesday
20°F / 10°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
30°F / 19°F
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Thursday
19°F / -5°F
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Friday
11°F / -3°F
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Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CST
Saturday...Temperatures will range from a high of 46 to a low of 33 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 8 and 16 miles per hour from the south. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will remain steady at 37 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 10 miles per hour from the southwest. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 36 to 38 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 9 miles per hour from the south.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 40 to 46 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 10 and 16 miles per hour from the south. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected.
Sunday...Temperatures will range from a high of 45 to a low of 33 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 2 and 20 miles per hour from the south. 0.56 inches of rain are expected. 1.40 inches of snow are expected.

Iowa's largest solar farm to open

Aug. 6, 2014 | 0 comments

KALONA, IA (AP)

Local, state and federal leaders gathered to celebrate the opening of Iowa's largest solar farm Thursday in a ceremony near Kalona.

The farm is expected to generate enough energy to power about 120 homes, the Des Moines Register reported.It adds about 2,900 solar panels to the region's growing base of sun-powered energy.

Eagle Point Solar of Dubuque built and owns the farm, but Farmers Electric Cooperative will buy the power and take possession after a decade. Farmers Electric Cooperative has about 650 members and started looking at solar energy in 2008 because of rising energy costs.

The cooperative's CEO Warren McKenna said the group wanted to get 15 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2025.

"We don't have wind in southeast Iowa," he said. "Solar was our only option."

Heartland Power Cooperative, which has 5,200 members, said earlier this month that it's looking at options for a $1.5 million array that would be home to 1,200 solar panels near St. Ansgar.

"We hope to see more utilities figure out ways to make solar work," said Josh Mandelbaum, an attorney at Environmental Law & Policy Center in Des Moines. The organization has pushed for more solar adoption in the state.

"I don't think that this will be the biggest project for long," he said. "Utilities are well positioned to build large projects and advance solar in the state."

Barry Shear, president of Eagle Point Solar, said he believes solar development should take off in Iowa.

"It's right around the corner," he said.

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