Posts Tagged ‘colder’

Storms Today, But Snow Tomorrow!

February is already off to an interesting start.

We had a near record high of 57° yesterday in the Quad Cities, thunderstorms overnight into Tuesday morning with vivid lightning and some small hail, and now some snow is on the way.

As the wet weather comes to an end Tuesday morning and temperatures crash Tuesday afternoon, a disturbance moving out of the Plains will bring a band of light snow to the area Wednesday.

snow-wednesday

The snow could start late Tuesday night with the best chances of seeing accumulation across our southern hometowns.  They could pick up an inch or so.

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In the Quad Cities, we might get around one-half inch.

Northern hometowns will only see a few flurries — if anything.

After a couple of colder days Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the upper-20s, we warm to near 50° again Friday and Saturday.

Anthony

Big Temperature Drop On The Way (This Fall)

It’s now September and I’m sure some of you are ready for the cooler temperatures and pumpkin-flavored everything!

Pumpkin Pie Vodka

We ended August with over eight inches of rain (8.07″) making it the eighth wettest August on record in the Quad Cities.

While we still have three more weeks before the official beginning of fall, it’s now “Meteorological Fall”.

Met Fall

That’s what meteorologists call the three months of September, October, and November, the transition between the three warmest months of the year to the three coldest months.

This is also the time of the year when we see the biggest drop in temperatures.  At the beginning, September 1st, the average highs and lows are 82° and 60°.

By the end of November, the average high is 41° and the low is 24°!

Over the next three months, we normally have 8.62″ of rain (and melted snow).  Yes, snow.  In November, we average 1.2″ of snow!

Anthony

It’s Almost Fall & It’s Getting Colder

Although we’ve already experienced some chilly weather, we’re still a few days away from the official start of fall.  Autumn begins in the Quad Cities Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 9:49 a.m.

While we saw a high of 86° last week, it’s going to be some time before we get to enjoy temperatures like that again thanks to a series of cold fronts that will give us sporadic chances of rain and the coldest air of the summer and fall.

I added summer in there because since it’s technically still summer and we’ll be dropping into the 30s tonight across the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys.

We’ve already had several mornings recently with lows in the 40s, but we officially haven’t had a low temperatures in the 30s in the Quad Cities since April 27, 2012, when we dropped to 36°.

After a chilly Tuesday with highs in the low-60s, we’ll warm back into the 70s Wednesday and Thursday as we await our next cold front.  That will bring some light rain Thursday night and Friday.

When that strong cold front passes through Friday, high pressure from Canada builds into the Midwest Saturday.  This will give us a mostly sunny start to the day with increasing afternoon clouds and a chance of some chilly rain showers.  Skies clear out Saturday night and we could be seeing low temperatures Sunday morning in the low-to-mid-30s.

Frost will be likely on the scarce pumpkins (the dry, hot summer weather produced a shortage across Illinois) Sunday morning.

The last time we saw a freezing low temperature in the Quad Cities was 32° on April 23, 2012.  On April 12, 2012, we dropped to 28°, which is cold enough to be called a “hard freeze”.

The cooler than average temperatures will pretty much dominate our weather for the rest of September.  That doesn’t mean we won’t see mild days ahead of cold fronts, but for the most part, it will be cooler.  The Climate Prediction Center agrees.

Have a great rest of the weekend and enjoy the last few days of summer.

Anthony