Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
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Temperature
54°F
Dew Point
51°F
Humidity
89%
Wind
CM at 0 mph
Barometer
30.14 in. F
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10.00 mi.
Sunrise
05:22 a.m.
Sunset
08:25 p.m.
Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 52 to 70 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 13 miles per hour from the south.
7-Day Forecast
Sunday
70°F / 52°F
Light Rain
Monday
76°F / 64°F
Light Rain
Tuesday
73°F / 55°F
Light Rain
Wednesday
77°F / 56°F
Scattered Showers
Thursday
79°F / 58°F
Light Rain
Friday
75°F / 43°F
Light Rain
Saturday
55°F / 36°F
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Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Sunday...Temperatures will range from a high of 70 to a low of 52 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 17 miles per hour from the southsoutheast. 1.20 inches of rain are expected.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 66 to 70 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 6 and 15 miles per hour from the east. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 62 to 65 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 6 and 17 miles per hour from the east. Rain amounts between three quarters and one inch are expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will remain steady at 65 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 12 miles per hour from the southeast. Rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are predicted.
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 76 to a low of 64 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 6 and 29 miles per hour from the southsouthwest. 0.41 inches of rain 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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