Posts Tagged ‘record warmth’

How Will This Blizzard Affect Us?

It’s been a very warm November, but some big changes are on the way.

Before that happens, we’ll likely reach a record high of 75° in the Quad Cities Thursday.

While we start out warm Friday morning in the low-60s, a strong cold front will pass through the area bringing wind, crashing temperatures, and the coldest air of the season this weekend.

This front is associated with the season’s first powerful storm that will bring moderate to heavy snow to parts of the Plains and upper Midwest.


Blizzard conditions are expected across parts of Minnesota and South Dakota.  A foot of snow and 60 mile-per-hour winds are possible there Friday.

For us, we could see a few showers later Friday.

As the cold air and wind comes in, some wrap around moisture may bring a few snowflakes Friday night and early Saturday.

However, it’ll be nothing like the snowstorm that hit us just before Thanksgiving last year (November 20th and 21st). You didn’t forget that record 9.9″ of snow that broke the 1974 record of 9.8″?

Record Snow Nov

Snow Saturday Morning

If you’re heading out to the Festival of Trees parade in Davenport Saturday, it’ll be breezy and chilly.

By afternoon, for Moline’s “Lighting on the Commons”, it’ll still be very cold, but the winds will start to subside.

Sunday look nice, but chilly.  Highs will be aorund 43°.

Meteorologist Anthony Peoples

Snowy Start to March 2014

UPDATED POST:  SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014, 4:04 p.m.

It’s finally starting to snow.  While I still expect moderate snow tonight, many locations will probably have less snow than I originally called for yesterday and this morning.

So, basically expect about 2-5″.


ORIGINAL POST:  SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 2014, 8:53 a.m.

February ended up being the snowiest February on record in the Quad Cities with 22.3″ of snow.

March is going to start out pretty snowy, too.

Sick of Winter

After a little bit of snow Friday night into early morning Saturday, we’ll get a break until later today when the next round of moderate snow moves through Iowa and Illinois.

Remember, I’m only the messenger.  But, in reality, I’m shooting for 70″ this winter and the all-time record!

This is where we stood Friday night before the weekend snow in the Quad Cities.

Snow Stats -- Friday Morning

Here is how much snow I’m expecting from through Sunday

Snow This Weekend

Although I put this forecast snow graphic together Friday morning, it still looks reasonable this weekend — give or take an inch.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect from the National Weather Service pretty much from Saturday afternoon into Sunday for all of the area.


On average, the Quad Cities picks up 4″ of snow in the month of March.

Last March, we saw 10.6″ of snow.

And, March 2012 was the warmest March on record in the Quad Cities with an average temperature of 53.3°.  That was 14.2° above average.

It was also the warmest March on record in the United States.



First Snow Of The Season

Happy Sunday to you!  Now that I have your attention, it looks as though the Quad Cities may experience the first snowflakes of the season later today and early tonight.  Last Tuesday, some light snow fell up around Dubuque, Iowa, and Savanna, Illinois, so this won’t be their first.

It’s a good thing that I took advantage of the record warmth yesterday when we hit 71° to hang the Christmas lights outside.

Today, a strong cold front will move across the Mississippi River and bring much colder weather, rain, and a few thunderstorms this morning and by later this afternoon and early tonight that rain will mix with or change over to sleet and then light snow before ending!

Oh no!  However, we’re getting off easy.  This same front and storm system brought up to 18″ of snow to North Dakota and now bitterly cold air is on the way for tonight and Monday.

If we get light snow this evening and early tonight, it won’t be too far off from our first snow last year, which fell on November 9th.

And, while only 0.3″ accumulated (and that was the only measurable snow in November 2011), it was a special snow for me.

As you recall, last winter was Miss ABBA’s last one and after she was diagnosed with cancer in late March 2011 and given two to three months to live, I was grateful that she was healthy, happy, and that she defied the odds and enjoyed the first flakes of snow in the fall.  I want you to know that I’ll continue to remember my precious golden in my blogs up until the one year anniversary of her death (February 3rd) and then I’ll remember her only in my heart and in my memories.  So, there’s still a few more blogs about her to come. 🙂

And, before you freak out over the possibility of a few snowflakes, here’s another case of just how bad it could be today.  It was on this date 101 years ago on 11/11/1911 (I just love using all of the ones) that the infamous “Great Blue Norther” or “11/11/11 Blue Norther” hit the upper Midwest.  It brought snow, sleet,  and crashing temperatures in the cold air and tornadoes out ahead of it in the warm air.

Around noon, the high temperature reached 79° in Keokuk, Iowa, in the southeastern part of the state.  Between 2 and 3 p.m.. the temperature dropped 37°  and by midnight, it was down to 14°.  The high temperature the next day on November 12, 1911, in Keokuk was only 17°, which was 62° colder than the day before.

There were nine tornadoes in five states that day with 13 deaths.  The first tornado touched down just west of Davenport, Iowa, damaging five farms and one barns.  Luckily, only one person was hurt, because tornadoes near Janesville, Wisconsin, killed nine people and injured 50.

So, let it snow, because it could definitely be worse this time of the year.

Everyone, enjoy your Sunday.  We’re going to build a blazing fire in the fireplace, make some popcorn, drink peppermint martinis, and watch movies.  I’m definitely in the Christmas spirit and although Gretel has already seen it, we’re going to watch “Arthur Christmas” to kick off the season.

Christmas is coming and you have to believe in something!