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KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017       

TODAY:   MOSTLY SUNNY.  HIGH 60.  SOUTHWEST WIND 5-15 MPH.           

TONIGHT:  CLEAR.  LOW 43.  

TOMORROW:  SUNNY, BREEZY AND MILD.  HIGH 67. 

EXTENDED OUTLOOK WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: 

NO RAIN EXPECTED.  HIGH’S IN THE 60’S & 70’S.  LOW’S IN THE 40’S. 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE:  13.3-FEET & FALLING

KCRG TV First Alert Forecast

KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017       

TODAY:  PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON. 

                 HIGH 65.  EAST WIND 5-10 MPH.              

TONIGHT:  MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS.  LOW 56.  

TOMORROW:  CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS AND STORMS LIKELY.  HIGH 68. 

EXTENDED OUTLOOK SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: 

DRY AND WINDY SUNDAY.  DRY AND PLEASANT MONDAY AND TUESDAY.  HIGH’S IN THE 50’S  SUNDAY, THE 60’S MONDAY AND TUESDAY.  LOW’S IN THE 30’S AND 40’S 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE:  12-FEET & RISING

KCRG Weather Blog

October so far has been among the wettest on record

After dealing with dry weather through August and September, the first half of October has been awfully wet. 3.43” fell at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids from October 1 through 16, the second-most on record since 1953. If no more rain fell, it would be the 17th-wettest October on record, with records going back to 1953. The climate site in Marion, where records go back to 1892, has had its fifth-wettest October 1-16. 3.73” has fallen there, making it the 26th-wettest October overall. Dubuque has had a whopping 6.04”, the most to ever fall in the first 16 days of October since records began in 1873. This is also its ninth-wettest October. Iowa City’s airport has gotten 3.03” of rain, which is the second-wettest October 1-16 there, and the ninth-wettest October. However, records there are only from 1944 to 1952 and then again since 1998. The wastewater treatment plant south of town has records that go back to 1893. 2.88” of rain has fallen there, and that’s the 15th-wettest October 1-16 and 47th-wettest October. Finally, 4.40” of rain has fallen in Waterloo, where records have been kept since 1895. Like Dubuque, this is the wettest the first 16 days of October have ever been, and it’s the ninth-wettest October overall.

Mild and pleasant for the remainder of this week

Despite a couple of breezy days, the rest of the workweek will consist of very comfortable weather. High pressure will be the theme through Wednesday, keeping our skies mostly sunny to partly cloudy. Winds will ramp up some that day, as a weak cold front approaches from the west. That cold front will not make much of an impact, with the exception of a few more clouds on Thursday. That may also drop our temperatures just a couple of degrees. For the rest of the workweek, high pressure moves back in, keeping us quiet. However, a more potent cold front will start to approach on Friday, so look for an increase in clouds. Rain chances arrive by Saturday.

Winds die down, frost possible overnight

Winds will blow out of the northwest today at roughly 15 to 25 mph. Gusts will be stronger, anywhere from 30 to 40 mph. If driving a high profile vehicle, slow down and be cautious of your surroundings. With the northerly winds and passing of the cold front, temperatures will only top out into the 50s today. Mostly sunny skies will begin to move in later into the afternoon. Clear skies will last throughout the evening and winds will die down, allowing for lows to drop into the 30s. Patchy frost will be likely early Monday morning. Be sure to cover your plants or bring them indoors if possible. The cooler weather won’t last too long. Highs are expected to warm into the 60s for Monday and even warm by the end of the week.

UPDATE: Strong storms possible Saturday

Areas in yellow are under a slight risk for strong to severe storms. This area includes Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. Areas highlighted in orange are under a Level Two risk (moderate risk) for severe storms. The strongest of the storms will occur during the late afternoon and evening hours Saturday. The main threats with the upcoming storms include isolated large hail and strong damaging winds. The tornado threat is low, but cannot be ruled out completely. Heavy rain is also expected with this system. At this time rainfall totals look to be around a 1.0” to 2.0”. Of course locally higher amounts are possible under heavier storms.

Entering stratus season

Hopefully you are able to enjoy the nicer weather conditions today compared to the last few days. Time really is ticking for beautiful days, though. Enter the dreaded Stratus season. November and December are cloudy months overall, and it’s a very sudden process. This is due to the influx of cooler air masses and lowering sun angle, yet enough lingering moisture to hold dew points up somewhat. This tends to result in saturation and the development of Stratus clouds. This graph shows the frequency of having an overcast sky condition observed at 3pm. As you can see from the “climatology” bars (a fancy way of saying average), the cloud coverage ramps up a ton going into November and December. Another way to look at this is an approximate 30-50% increase in overall cloud coverage in November and December compared to October.