Forecast Details for Oto, IA

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Overnight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. South wind around 5 mph.
Saturday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west southwest after midnight.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north in the afternoon.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Monday: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 44. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 54.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 52.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 57.

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Weather Topic: What is Rain?

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Rain Next Topic: Shelf Clouds

Precipitation in the form of water droplets is called rain. Rain generally has a tendency to fall with less intensity over a greater period of time, and when rainfall is more severe it is usually less sustained.

Rain is the most common form of precipitation and happens with greater frequency depending on the season and regional influences. Cities have been shown to have an observable effect on rainfall, due to an effect called the urban heat island. Compared to upwind, monthly rainfall between twenty and forty miles downwind of cities is 30% greater.

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Weather Topic: What is Sleet?

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Sleet is a form of precipitation in which small ice pellets are the primary components. These ice pellets are smaller and more translucent than hailstones, and harder than graupel. Sleet is caused by specific atmospheric conditions and therefore typically doesn't last for extended periods of time.

The condition which leads to sleet formation requires a warmer body of air to be wedged in between two sub-freezing bodies of air. When snow falls through a warmer layer of air it melts, and as it falls through the next sub-freezing body of air it freezes again, forming ice pellets known as sleet. In some cases, water droplets don't have time to freeze before reaching the surface and the result is freezing rain.

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