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KCRG TV9 First Alert Forecast For Dubuque and the Tri-States

KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR SUNDAY OCT 7TH, 2018 

TODAY:  PARTLY CLOUDY, BREEZY. HIGH 51. NORTHEAST WIND 5-15 MPH.  

TONIGHT:  MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A LOW OF 36. 

TOMORROW:  CLOUDY CHILLY, BREEZY AT TIMES WITH A FEW SPRINKLES POSSIBLE. HIGH OF 42.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY: 

PARTLY CLOUDY MONDAY AND TUESDAY, POSSIBLE FROST GOING INTO WEDNESDAY WITH LOWS IN THE MID-30’S. SUNNY AND CLEAR ON THURSDAY, WITH HIGHS IN THE 40’S.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE:  15.99-FEET & STEADY


KCRG Weather Blog

Two confirmed tornadoes touch down in Eastern Iowa Tuesday

At least two tornadoes touched down in Eastern Iowa as severe weather moved across the area Tuesday. One tornado was spotted near Blairstown in Benton County. Emergency management officials said no damage was reported. A second tornado was reported near Chelsea but no damage was reported. Minor damage was reported in rural Cedar Falls as the storms moved through. Officials said several structures were damaged at the farm but no injuries were reported. It isn't clear if the damage was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds. While officials were on the lookout for severe weather, they're also concerned about heavy rain that could lead to flooding in areas already waterlogged from rain over recent weeks.

Current river levels and forecasts

These are links to the most updated river levels and forecasts. River forecasts include about the next 48 hours of expected rainfall. Just like weather forecasts, river forecasts will be changed as new information comes in on rainfall amounts and how the water is moving through the river system. Below each river graph is a list of impacts that happen at various river levels. BEAVER CREEK New Hartford CEDAR RIVER Charles City Janesville Finchford (West Fork of the Cedar) Cedar Falls Waterloo Vinton Cedar Rapids Conesville DES MOINES RIVER Ottumwa ENGLISH RIVER Kalona IOWA RIVER Marshalltown Tama Marengo Coralville Lake (No impacts listed, but spillway crest is 712.0 feet) Iowa City Lone Tree Columbus Junction MAQUOKETA RIVER Manchester Maquoketa MISSISSIPPI RIVER Lansing Lynxville, WI/Harpers Ferry McGregor Guttenberg Dubuque Bellevue SKUNK RIVER Oskaloosa Sigourney SHELL ROCK RIVER Shell Rock TURKEY RIVER Spillville Elkader Garber UPPER IOWA RIVER Bluffton Decorah Dorchester WAPSIPINICON RIVER Independence Anamosa

Beyond the Weather: October’s planets

We have started the month on a wet and cloudy note and the current pattern continues to look that way for another week. Hopefully by the middle of the month the weather will cooperate, giving us chances for some nighttime viewing. When that occurs, here are the planets we can see this month. Mercury can be hard to find. This month, our smallest planet will be above the southwest horizon after sunset. Use binoculars to help you find it. Venus will need to be caught in the sky the next few days, but your chances aren’t promising. It’s in the southwest sky after sunset. By October 9th, it will be lost from view until November. Mars is easy to find in the south-southeast sky throughout the month of October. It will be easily distinguished with its reddish tint. Jupiter is in the west-southwest sky and will be lower and lower on the horizon as the month moves along. Saturn makes a nice target this month. Look in the south-southwest sky after sunset. You should be able to see the rings of Saturn if you use a telescope. Happy stargazing!

Climate review for September 2018

This past September will be remembered as being unusually wet, which led to two rounds of flooding on many of our rivers. It was also a fairly warm month, overall. Cedar Rapids Warmest high: 92 on the 20th Coldest low: 40 on the 29th Average high temperature: 75.8 degrees, 1.3 degrees above normal Average low temperature: 55.6 degrees, 4.5 degrees above normal Average temperature: 65.7 degrees, 2.9 degrees above normal Precipitation: 6.69”, 3.53” above normal Dubuque Warmest high: 89 on the 17th and 20th Coldest low: 33 on the 29th Average high temperature: 74.3 degrees, 1.9 degrees above normal Average low temperature: 54.6 degrees, 3.0 degrees above normal Average temperature: 64.4 degrees, 2.4 degrees above normal Precipitation: 8.93”, 5.47” above normal Iowa City Warmest high: 93 on the 20th Coldest low: 40 on the 29th Average high temperature: 77.6 degrees, 1.7 degrees above normal Average low temperature: 57.0 degrees, 4.5 degrees above normal Average temperature: 67.3 degrees, 3.1 degrees above normal Precipitation: 7.05”, 3.66” above normal Waterloo Warmest high: 92 on the 17th Coldest low: 33 on the 29th Average high temperature: 74.2 degrees, 1.1 degrees below normal Average low temperature: 53.8 degrees, 3.1 degrees above normal Average temperature: 64.0 degrees, 1.0 degree above normal Precipitation: 13.35”, 10.72” above normal (new record for September and for any month)

The difference between frost and a freeze

The first frost advisory of the season is in place for northern Iowa Friday night. While we associate frost with cold conditions and possible plant damage, it shouldn’t be confused with the end of the growing season. In a frost situation, it’s generally pretty patchy and only occurs for a fairly brief time. Because of that, usually only the leaves of plants are damaged by frost and not the stem or veins. In a freeze, temperatures drop to 32 or colder and the growing season draws to a close. This is enough to permanently damage most plants (and kill some insects, too). When the temperature gets below 28 degrees, the term “hard freeze” or “killing freeze” is used.