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Damp and cool weekend ahead

What an unpleasant day to get outside. Rain takes over and cool temperatures continue across all eastern Iowa. Winds won’t help us out much either, with a northeasterly wind at roughly 5 to 15 mph. Expect highs to reach only into the 40s once again. As for the rest of the weekend, make plans indoors! The rain continues to be likely throughout both Saturday and Sunday. You may catch a break here and there, but rain will be likely most of the weekend. By break in the rain, we’re talking about a light drizzle to cloudy skies throughout the late evening and overnight hours tonight into early Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon the rain will pick right back up. An inch and a half to two inches of rainfall is likely on top of what we’ve already seen. Those who get under heavy rain bands will see a bit more. Temperatures will also stay cool throughout the weekend, only warming into the 40s once more.

Almost always wet in April

Even in some of the driest calendar years, our area will always see rain in April. In fact, you have to go back to April of 2005 since the Eastern Iowa Airport did NOT see at least three inches of rain for the month. Three inches seems to be the magic number that’s in the April bank nearly every year. The image you see is of accumulated rainfall this month. You can see several bulls-eyes of precipitation within the map, and it’s within these areas that picked up torrential rainfall on a few different occasions. Much of the state has been wet and planting is a little behind in spots due to the wet conditions. No doubt the weekend rainfall will be adding to these numbers as many places should pick up 1-2”. Monthly totals will probably be in the 4-8” range over eastern Iowa. We’ll know for sure by Monday!

Beyond The Weather – Not To Miss Events

As we have seen the past several days, and now into the weekend, clear skies will be hard to find. As a result looking at the evening sky will be tough through this weekend. That’s why I thought I would look ahead at the rest of 2017 to see if there are any events you will want to mark on your beyond the weather calendar. August 21 – This is our chance in the United States to see a total solar eclipse. Although we will not reach totality in eastern Iowa, we will be able to experience quite a show, barring clouds. If you miss this one the next chance you have will be in 2024. November 13 – During November the planets Venus and Jupiter will be close to Earth making them very bright in the sky. On the 13th of November Venus and Jupiter will be close together in the eastern sky during the morning. December 13 – The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks and this year it is likely we could see up to 120 meteors per hour. The moon will not prevent you from viewing this shower in the morning sky, when the peak is predicted. Happy Stargazing!

Ideal weather for indoor plans

A few sprinkles are possible throughout the afternoon and of course it will continue to be much cooler than normal. Don't be surprised if a few flurries are spotted. High temperatures will warm into the upper 40s. It will also be breezy. Winds will blow out of the west at 10 to 20 mph. Winds will lighten up tonight out of the northeast, but the chance for showers move back in late. Overnight lows will drop into the upper 30s. Pushing into the weekend things get wetter and cooler. Friday the chance for showers becomes more likely throughout the day and even into the evening hours. Saturday and Sunday rain continues to be likely especially into the afternoon. Winds will be blustery as well. This weekend would be a good one to spend indoors and cuddled up in a warm blanket.

Highs in the 40s not as unusual as you might think

April is going to be ending in a showery and cool way. In fact, high temperatures may not even hit 50 degrees Sunday and Monday. If that’s the case, we’ll be well below normal, but not in territory that’s unheard of. Having a high colder than 50 in the last week of April through first week of May is more common than you might expect. As a matter of fact, it happened just last year. Cedar Rapids had a high of 49 degrees on April 27 and 30, as well as on May 1. We had it happen twice during those two weeks in 2014, and twice in the first week of May of 2013. The high failed to hit 50 once in the last week of 2012 and 2011. It also happened in 2008, 2007, and 2005. While the upcoming temperatures may seem cool – and they are – this is something that happens surprisingly often. Such weather can’t last very long, though, since the Sun’s angle is getting higher day by day. That means the chance of highs in the 40s gets lower day by day.