Posts Tagged ‘bitter cold’

Heavy Snow Later Today

We dropped below zero this morning in the Quad Cities for the first time this winter.  The last below zero morning was in early March 2014 when it was -12°.

Much colder air is on the way by the middle of the week after a moderate to heavy blanket of snow falls Monday evening and Monday night.


A “Winter Storm Warning” goes into effect in the yellow shading later Monday into early Tuesday morning and a “Winter Weather Advisory for the same time frame in the blue shading.

Here’s how much snow will fall this evening and overnight tonight.

The heaviest snow will fall between 6 p.m. Monday and midnight.

Snow Forecast

By Tuesday night, we drop to -5° to -15° for lows and Wednesday’s highs will stay below zero.

Wednesday night’s lows will be in -10° to -20° range and wind chills could make it feel more like -20° to -40°.

Be careful this week with the cold and snow, it’s going to be brutal.


Into The “Deep Freeze” For a Few Days

The big weather story over the next 72 hours will be the bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous, life-threatening wind chills.  Blowing snow today could also be a problem, especially north of the Quad Cities.

Before we talk about the cold and the wind chills, let’s talk snow.

With the blowing wind, it was hard to get an accurate measurement of the snow Saturday night, but amounts were not as heavy as forecast with 3″ across the far north and lesser amounts to the south.

Even with the official 0.7″ of snow in the Quad Cities, it pushes us into the record books.  This is now the 10th snowiest January on record in the metro area.

For the winter, the Quad Cities are now up to 31.6″ of snow.

Winter Snow

That is our average snowfall for the season and without being a meteorologist, you know that we’ll be getting more snow this winter!  Right now, we’re just about a foot of snow shy of this being one of the 25 snowiest winters on record in the Quad Cities.

Now, let’s talk wind, cold, and wind chills.  Here are all of the advisories and warnings for Illinois and Iowa.  Let me sort it out.

Sunday Monday Weather Iowa Winter Weather

The fuchsia coloring over the Quad Cities, eastern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois is a “Winter Storm Warning” from 6 p.m. Sunday to 3 p.m. Monday for bitterly cold wind chills and blowing snow.

The red across central Iowa is a “Blizzard Warning” from noon Sunday to midnight for bitter cold wind chills and blowing snow causing white out conditions.

The blues are various warnings and advisories for wind chills and that gold-ish brown color in western Iowa is a “High Wind Warning”.

Deep Freeze

Temperatures tonight will drop to around -5° to -15°, but with the strong winds factored in, it’ll feel more like -20° to -40°.

Monday’s highs will stay below zero and Monday night’s lows will drop to around -15° to -20°, which would make it the coldest night this winter!

Slight improvement is on the way Tuesday.  We might actually climb to near zero or above, especially in our southern hometowns.  Meanwhile, the northern hometowns will stay below zero.

However, with winds of 20 to 40 miles-per-hour through Wednesday, wind chill factors will stay in the -20° to -40° range and even colder to the north.


We finally start climbing out of the “deep freeze” Wednesday with highs the rest of the week in the teens and 20s — above zero!

More light snow is possible later today, Thursday, and, again, next weekend.


More Snow & Much Colder This Week

After hitting 43° in the Quad Cities Sunday with beautiful sunshine, much colder air is on the way for much of this week with some snow.

The first round of snow will arrive later today and tonight.

Accumulations will be around 1-2″ north and northeast of the Quad Cities and around 2-3″ from the Quad Cities southward.

Let’s put this into perspective.  Before this snow even arrives, the Quad Cities (officially, in Moline) has already picked up 28.4″ of snow this winter.  In a typical winter, we see 31.6″ of snow.

For January, we’re up to 13.6″ of snow.  The average for January is 9.4″!

Prior to today’s snow event, we’re only 3.1″ away from this being one of the ten snowiest Januarys on record in the Quad Cities.

More light snow or flurries are in the forecast Wednesday and, again, Friday night and Saturday morning.

Much Colder

Bitterly cold air barges back in tonight through much of the rest of the week.

Overnight lows through Friday morning will be below zero and daytime highs  Tuesday and Thursday will only be in the single digits!

Bundle up and brace yourself for the next dose of winter weather!


Arctic Chill Arrives Behind Snow

Score one for the Snow Miser!

Snow Miser

Despite my best efforts of upping the snow total forecast for the Quad Cities, it turned into a nightmare when the final totals came in.

Snow 1

Officially, in the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois, picked up 7.8″ of snow in the past 24 hours, while Davenport only saw 1.1″ at the airport!  Seriously, that much of a difference over just a few miles!  More on the snow coming up, but the cold is now the bigger story for days to come.

Saturday’s high temperature in the Quad Cities ahead of our latest accumulating snow was 33°.

Sat High

It’s going to be some time before we see it that warm again with Arctic cold and brutal, dangerous wind chills settling in today through Tuesday.

While we started out in the teens very early Sunday morning, temperatures will continue to fall throughout the day and by the time you wake up Monday morning, lows will be around -20°.  Once you factor in the wind, it’s going to feel more like -30° to -50°!

Wind Chill Warning

A “Wind Chill Warning” (blue shading) is in effect from Sunday through noon Tuesday for all Iowa and Illinois and much of the northern part of the United States!


Monday is going to be the worst day with high temperatures remaining well below zero in the -5° to -10° range.  Some hometowns northwest of the Quad Cities may not even reach -10° for highs!

Those are the actual temperatures.  The wind chills will be continue to be down around -40° into Tuesday morning!

By the way, since we’re in record cold territory, the coldest high temperature ever in the Quad Cities is -12°!

This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation and frostbite and hypothermia (the loss of body heat required to function) can sneak up on you.  Be dressed properly to go outside and be prepared in case you get stranded outdoors.

I know this may sound technical and the temperatures are in Celsius, but focus more on the symptoms of hypothermia on the left hand side of the graphic and actions to take on the right side.


The good news is that by the end of the upcoming week, we’ll likely see highs above 30° again!

Now, let’s talk about snow.

Snow 2

If you watched me Friday on CBS4, I stated that the latest computer models were hinting that the heavier snow from central Illinois might back its way into the Quad Cities.  And, if that materialized, we’d definitely get more than an inch of snow in the metro area.

When I posted my forecast Saturday in my blog, I said 1-3″ for much of the area and more down to the southeast.

Snow This Weekend

We easily surpassed that at Quad City International Airport, the official reporting station for the Quad Cities.  In Moline, we picked up 7.8″, but the airport in Davenport only received 1.1″.

Here is the reason why we got more snow than we all forecast.  When the snow started Saturday afternoon, temperatures were around 30° and, typically, at temperatures like that you get a 10:1 ratio of snow.  It’s wetter.  From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, 1.3″ accumulated in Moline.

As temperatures drop, the snow has a lower-moisture content and it can easily fluff up to several inches.  That is definitely what happened in some of our hometowns.

In Moline, between 6 p.m. and midnight Saturday, we picked up another 3.1″.  And from midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday, another 3.4″ for that 7.8″ total!  Score one more for Mother Nature and Old Man Winter!

However, that still doesn’t make up for the sharp cut-off from Moline to Davenport from almost eight inches of snow to just about an inch!

The snow is pretty much over now.

Fish Pond Snow

Here are some of the snow totals reported in to my colleagues at the National Weather Service:  9.5″ Monmouth (IL); 7.8″ Moline (IL)*; 7.2″ Altona (IL); 7.0″ Galva (IL); 7.0″ Galesburg (IL); 7.0″ Stronghurst (IL); 6.8″ Macomb (IL); 6.1″ Princeton (IL); 6.0″ Burlington (IA); 6.0″ Kewanee (IL); 5.7″ Keokuk (IA); 5.4″ New Windsor (IL); 5.3″ Geneseo (IL); 4.5″ Fort Madison (IA); 3.1″ Colona (IL); 3.5″ Industry (IL); 3.0″ Mount Pleasant (IA); 2.8″ Dallas City (IL); 2.5″ Cambridge (IL); 2.0″ Freeport (IL); 1.8″ Bettendorf (IA); and 1.1″ Davenport (IA).

That 7.8″ is the official total for the Quad Cities out of Moline, Illinois.  There are other parts of Moline with less snow than that.

Please brace yourself for the dangerous cold and wind chills next few days!


Snow & Dangerous Cold Is On The Way

It’s the weekend and I want to post a short blog because snow is on the way, but more importantly, dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills.

A strong cold front is pushing into central Iowa around daybreak Saturday.  This will cross the Mississippi River today as we reach a high temperature around 30° in the Quad Cities and then the bitter cold arrives tonight.

Light snow and flurries are possible this morning, but snow is more likely Saturday afternoon.  The heaviest snow will fall tonight and early Sunday for us.

Snow This Weekend

Accumulations northwest of the Quad Cities and over to Galena, Illinois will generally be less than one inch.

1-3″ are possible around Freeport, Sterling, Princeton and Macomb, Illinois, to the Quad Cities, and back to Muscatine and Burlington, Iowa.  (Many of us will be on the lower end of that range.)

Down around Galesburg, Illinois, 3-6″ of snow are possible.  As you head into central Illinois, a “Winter Storm Warning” is in effect for more than 6″ of snow.

This will be winding down tomorrow.

Now, let’s talk cold and wind chills.


Saturday night’s lows will drop to near zero or the single digits and climb very little Sunday.

By Sunday evening, we drop below zero and when you wake up Monday morning, temperatures will be around -20°!  When you factor in the wind, it’ll feel more like -30° to -50°!  We don’t see that too often and this is very dangerous!

Monday’s highs will stay well below zero and Monday night’s lows will again be around -15° to -20°.  Wind chills, again, will be in the -30° to -50° category.

Hypothermia and frostbite (and even death) can occur in a short period of time in those temperatures and wind chills.  Please be very careful later this weekend and early next week!


Here’s a breakdown of this map from my friends over at the National Weather Service office.

The light blue covering the Quad Cities and northwest is a “Wind Chill Warning” that basically runs from Sunday through Tuesday for those dangerous wind chill factors that I talked about earlier in the blog.

The purple color that covers Knox County and to the east of the Quad Cities is a “Winter Weather Advisory” for the 3-6″ of snow expected there, and the pink is the “Winter Storm Warning” for the 6″+ of snow.

The bottom line is be safe and enjoy the 30° high today.  There is some good news.  After this chill, temperatures could be in the 30s later next week!

Have a great weekend.


Random Friday Thoughts — January 18, 2013

Happy Friday, my friends. I hope you all have a great weekend.  Here are the random thoughts going through my mind.


With southwesterly winds today and tomorrow, temperatures will likely soar into the 40s across the Quad Cities before bitterly cold air blasts in Sunday into early next week.  We could even see some snow Sunday night with that transition.

Check out this map at noon on Monday that shows the core of the bitterly cold air sitting right over the Midwest and the Great Lakes.


It’s likely that Monday and Tuesday’s high temperatures will be in the low teens with some single digit highs possible.  Overnight lows could be dropping below zero Monday night.

The last time we saw single digits highs in the Quad Cities was back on February 8, 2011 with a high of 9° and a low of -6°.  Our last high temperature below zero was January 15, 2009.  It only reached -6° that day and dropped to -21° that night!  BRRRRRRRRR!  The only way a below zero high could be achieved early next week is if we get heavy snow Sunday night.

Also, from a climatic standpoint, January 15th-19th is the coldest period of the winter in the metro area!


With the cold snap earlier this week, I’m glad the de-icer in our fish pond is still working and it’s still mostly unfrozen.  Since our fountain is sending a constant spray of water into the air, the wind-blown water is freezing on contact to the rock foundation and is making for a rather cool display.  And, the fish are still doing great.  You can see one of them in the second picture.

Ice 3Ice 2


The only trip I have planned this year, Las Vegas, in now less than a week away.  Before I plan anything else, I’m waiting to see what transpires with my career or decide what to do next before I make additional vacation plans.

Nevertheless, my Lady Gaga concert is next Friday.  The reviews have been fantastic, but there has been controversy.  I blogged two days ago about her spat with Sharon Osbourne and the gun play in the show.

Born Brave Bus Gaga

But, I want to talk about the “Born Brave Bus”.  This is what I blogged January 4, 2013, “Several hours before Gaga hits the stage at each of her American shows, her Born This Way Foundation will provide the “Born Brave Bus”, which offers a free, safe space for 13- to 25-year-olds ‘to learn more about local resources on anti-bullying, suicide prevention, and mental health services.'”

While Gaga is reaching out to young people, the Florida Family Association, out of Tampa, spent about $1,900 to fly a plane in the background of the “Born Brave Bus” with a “NOT BORN THIS WAY” banner in Tacoma, Washington, Monday.

The anti-gay group’s website states, “How would you feel if your child or grandchild went to a concert where unbeknownst to you they were convinced to embrace a homosexual or transgender lifestyle for a lifetime?”  It’s also asking for donations to fund flying this plane and banner at other Lady Gaga concert stops!  Incredible!

I was “Born This Way”!  And, if I had the chance, I’d like to ask those in the Florida Family Association that if they think I was “NOT BORN THIS WAY”, I’d like to know when they chose to be straight?????


Baby FoodClimate Change John Lennon Mary J. Blige


Yes, Joan, I love food and I love talking about it. 🙂

I was reading an article this week, “Tel Aviv…+76 Other Things to Love About Israel”.  Tel Aviv is on my bucket travel list and I want to do it while I’m still relatively young enough to get the full experience.  And, one of the things that it mentioned was falafel.


I had this for the first time in Houston in early October (it’s that little ball at the top of the picture) and I would love to have it again. Does anyone know of a place in the Quad Cities with authentic Mediterranean food?  I could Google it, but I trust my friends more. 🙂

If you’ve never had it or heard of it, falafel is a deep-fried patty or ball made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans (down Hannibal Lecter!) and served in a pita or lafa, (flatbread).  It’s then topped with salads, pickled veggies, and served with an incredible sauce consisting of tahini (paste made from ground sesame seeds), lemon juice, salt and olive oil.


“Have a nice life, Dick!”


January 14 2011

I posted this cool picture taken by Ben Hanan January 14, 2011.  Maybe I’ll be back on the “green screen” somewhere this spring!

January 15 2012

And, Miss ABBA’s Kermit stuffed animal was not really hurt in this twisted winter game that Gretel, ABBA, and I were playing January 15th of last year.



This summer 2012 crime thriller, directed by Oliver Stone, came out on DVD in November.

It stars a very sexy Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as a couple of marijuana growers in Laguna Beach, California, and their girlfriend, O, played by Blake Lively (Mrs. Ryan Reynolds) of “Gossip Girl”.

While I never saw “Friday Night Lights” and I haven’t seen the highly panned “John Carter” or “Battleship”, watching Kitsch’s intensity in this movie, I’d venture to say that the U.S. box office failures of those two Hollywood movies had bigger issues other than the actor.

They are contacted by a Mexican drug cartel, which sends them a video of several people being beheaded.  The cartel, headed up by Elena (Salma Hayek), wants them to join their organization.  Hayek is incredible in this movie as a cold-hearted, savage leader.

“Savages” is a very intense and violent movie.  But, it’s realistic.  More and more, in the U.S., we hear how innocent, and not so innocent, people are brutally murdered in the escalating Mexican drug trade.  This movie allows us to witness it in the safety of our homes.

I highly recommend this movie.



The 1980s English band, Spandau Ballet, which was part of the New Romantic movement, is making a comeback 30 years later.  It’s been that long????

While the band scored 17 Top 40 hits in the U.K., Spandau Ballet only had three hits in America.

In 1983, “True” reached #4 in the U.S. (#1 in the U.K.).  “Gold”, the follow-up single, only peaked at #29 and the third single, “Only When You Leave” stalled at #34.

Belgium DJ Basto, who’s worked with Lasgo, Kylie Minogue, Flo Rida & Sia, and the Wanted, remixed that 1983 hit and this week, it cracked the Top Ten on the Billboard Dance chart at #8.


And, in case you want to reminisce, here’s the 1983 original.