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KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST

KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020    

       FLOOD WARNING FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT DUBUQUE TFN! 

TODAY:  CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS LIKELY.  HIGH 58 EARLY, FALLING TEMPERATURES

                THROUGH THE DAY.  SOUTH WIND SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST 10-20 MPH.               

TONIGHT:  MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS EARLY.  LOW 28. 

TOMORROW:   PARTLY CLOUDY.  HIGH 50.     

EXTENDED OUTLOOK SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: 

DRY SUNDAY, A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND STORMS MONDAY AND TUESDAY.  HIGH’S IN THE 50’S & 60’S. LOW’S IN THE 30’S & 40’S. 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE:  17.1-FEET & RISING


KCRG Weather Blog

April is usually reliable for rain

April is known as a wetter month, especially when compared to March. Average rainfall for the month is a little over three inches in Cedar Rapids, up about 50% compared to what March offers. Over the past 50 years, the wettest April on record occurred in 2013 when 8.55” of rain fell. In contrast, the driest April occurred in 2018 when only 0.43” of rain fell. Recent trends point toward April routinely bringing at least three inches of rain. Of the past 15 years, 13 of them have exceeded three inches.

Climate review for March 2020: mild and not snowy

Unlike last year, winter passed into spring when it was supposed to. This past month had temperatures that were actually warmer than average. Precipitation was above normal, but that wasn’t because of snow. In fact, monthly snowfall totals were once again below average. March 2020 climate summary Cedar Rapids Warmest high: 70 on the 8th Coldest low: 22 on the 15th Average high temperature: 49.8 degrees, 3.3 degrees above normal Average low temperature: 31.5 degrees, 4.8 degrees above normal Average temperature: 40.6 degrees, 4.0 degrees above normal Precipitation: 2.50”, 0.20” above normal Snowfall: 2.4”, 1.6” below normal Dubuque Warmest high: 65 on the 8th Coldest low: 24 on the 15th and 21st Average high temperature: 46.3 degrees, 2.1 degrees above normal Average low temperature: 31.5 degrees, 4.9 degrees above normal Average temperature: 38.9 degrees, 3.5 degrees above normal Precipitation: 3.23”, 0.82” above normal Snowfall: 1.5”, 4.8” below normal Iowa City Warmest high: 73 on the 8th Coldest low: 28 on the 2nd and 7th Average high temperature: 52.9 degrees, 4.7 degrees above normal Average low temperature: 34.8 degrees, 5.7 degrees above normal Average temperature: 43.9 degrees, 5.3 degrees above normal Precipitation: 4.00”, 1.78” above normal Snowfall: 1.0”, 2.4” below normal Waterloo Warmest high: 71 on the 8th Coldest low: 19 on the 15th Average high temperature: 50.0 degrees, 4.4 degrees above normal Average low temperature: 32.4 degrees, 6.4 degrees above normal Average temperature: 41.2 degrees, 5.4 degrees above normal Precipitation: 3.00”, 0.94” above normal Snowfall: 2.2”, 2.4” below normal

Weather Academy Wednesday: Colors and Letters

Join Chief Meteorologist Joe Winters as he talks about colors and letters relating to weather for this week's Weather Academy Wednesday. This Facebook Live is geared towards children in grades Kindergarten through 2nd Grade.

March was warmer than normal for many

March 2020 will go down as a warmer than normal for most of the United States. While the map suggests the month was pretty smooth, it was packed with ups and downs throughout. For us in Iowa, our weather was downright wild throughout the month. At the Eastern Iowa Airport, our warmest day occurred on March 8th with a high of 70. Our coldest low occurred one week later with a low of 22. There were several light snow events throughout the month as well along with several storm complexes. Rainfall was about a half-inch above normal. The first week of March was generally the quietest as little to no precipitation fell anywhere in eastern Iowa.

Spring’s hard freezes

We have a run of weather coming up that may have you excited that spring is here. You may have had frost Monday morning, though. Don’t be fooled by the nicer weather – we still have cold mornings in April! A hard freeze is when the temperature falls to 28 degrees or colder. The average date of the last hard freeze in Cedar Rapids is April 11 in Cedar Rapids. The earliest last hard freeze on record was March 21, 1895. The latest hard freeze of the season was May 25, 1925. Dubuque’s average last hard freeze is April 13. The earliest was February 27, 1878, while the latest was May 10, 1966. In Iowa City, the average date of the last hard freeze is April 8. The earliest was March 19, 2017. The latest was May 10, 1966. Finally, Waterloo’s average last hard freeze date is April 15. The earliest last hard freeze happened on March 24, 1998 and the latest was May 14, 1895.