Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dry and Sunny!


While we'll see some swings in the temperatures one thing we won't see much of over the next week - RAIN! There's a ton of sun in the forecast, hopefully you find some time to get out and enjoy the nice fall weather coming up!

Nice Knowin' Ya, Nicole!


That was quick! For a little while today T.D. 16 became Tropical Storm Nicole, and (poof) just like that it's gone! OK, it's not really gone but it's no longer a tropical storm. The NWS has determined that it's now an elongated area of low pressure, and later tonight a new (extra-tropical) low pressure will from off the Southeast coast. The threat for heavy rain is still there, and if you want to read more on that check out this link from weather.com:


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nicole?


We could be a few hours away from Tropical Storm Nicole! There's a new tropical depression that will be affecting Florida over the next 24 hours...For the latest check out the National Hurricane Center's website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Nice Night for Some Football!


What a Monday night! Tonight the Bears and Packers go head to head at Soldier Field in Chicago, and with both teams at 2-0 sole possession of first place is on the line! Don't forget to vote on who you think will win the game, there's a poll on the weather page (and sports page too, of course) at cbs4qc.com!

And by the way, the weather looks perfect! Expect a few clouds and temps in the 50s for most of the game!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tropics


Before we dive head-first into a cool, fall weekend here in the QC here's a quick check on the Tropics! Lisa is a hurricane, again. But that storm doesn't pose too much of a risk as it's way out in the Atlantic and heading North.

Matthew is now a Tropical Storm over land down in Central America...and will eventually curve to the Northwest, after moving due West for now. Eventually this could re-emerge in the Gulf of Mexico, if that happens things could get a little more interesting! For now though, things are relatively quiet other than these 2 storms.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

More Mississippi Flooding?


Portions of Minnesota and Wisconsin have seen TREMENDOUS amounts of rain over the last couple days, with some places picking up more than 10 inches and amounts of 5-6 inches being fairly common for a lot of places. This water will all end up in the Mississippi River and eventually work it's way downstream. That means we will see big rises on the big river next week, and depending on exactly how things go some big flooding, believe it or not, is possible!

To read more on all the rain up North check out this site from the NWS La Crosse, WI!

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=arx&storyid=57895&source=0

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Countdown to Fall!



It won't be long now until FALL arrives! The season officially begins on Wednesday night, just after 10 pm. The fall equinox is one of 2 moments throughout the year when the sun's direct vertical rays strike right on the Equator. In the Quad Cities and throughout the world everyone will have 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness...even though the sunrise officially today was at 6:49 am and the sun set at 6:59 pm. For more on why it works out that way check out this link from Wikipedia!

http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

T-Storm Update



As of 2:30 pm severe storms continue around Iowa City, with a new warning in effect until 3:30 pm. So far the worst of the weather has passed Northwest of the QC, with Monticello, IA especially hard hit from winds and hail.

Severe T-Storms Developing


Severe storms have popped up just West of the QC...and they're heading East at about 45 mph. The storms are producing winds of about 60 mph and hail up to the size of golf balls in some spots! The storms should arrive in the QC between 3 and 4 pm this afternoon.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Way Up!


Temperatures have gone WAY UP this afternoon across most of the area, with highs in the upper 80s so far for a lot of us! These readings are through 3pm, for a look at official highs today check out CBS4 News at 5!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hometown Forecast for 9/20


If you want your Hometown Forecast just send us a picture from your town at weather@cbs4qc.com or tmcinerney@cbs4qc.com and you'll be featured next Sunday night on Ten at 10 on CBS4.

*Ted

A Chilly Sunday--- For Most of Us!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chance for Severe Weather


There's a slight chance for some severe t-storms Wednesday evening. An area of low pressure is swinging through the region today providing a good chance for showers/storms. Some of the storms could produce winds of about 60 mph and hail. So far no watches have been issued for the QCA, if that changes we'll be sure to let you know!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vacation Spots Threatened!




A few popular vacation spots are being threatened by tropical storms/hurricanes right now! Bermuda is in the crosshairs of a major hurricane, Igor. Places like Cancun and Playa del Carmen will be affected by Tropical Storm Karl within the next 24 hours...

Here's the address for the National Hurricane Center...

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml

Mid-Week Rain



Our mid-week storm is still on track to dump some needed rain on the area starting Wednesday afternoon. The rain should be winding down by Thursday morning as the storm passes by the QCA, parts of the area could see up to 2 inches of rain though! If your yard needs a little water right now this should be just what the doctor ordered!

This map shows expected rains through the end of the week, with the QCA highlighted in an area

Sunday, September 12, 2010

In Motion Now!

video

Severe Thunderstorm Rolled Through Jo Davies County


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
613 PM CDT SUN SEP 12 2010

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0555 PM TSTM WND GST 1 ENE HANOVER 42.26N 90.27W
09/12/2010 E70 MPH JO DAVIESS IL TRAINED SPOTTER

WINDS ESTIMATED 60-70 MPH.

0555 PM TSTM WND DMG 1 ENE HANOVER 42.26N 90.27W
09/12/2010 JO DAVIESS IL TRAINED SPOTTER

LARGE TREE BRANCHES DOWN.

A Hurricane was close by on September 11th


From the smaller image of the New York Harbor area you can actually see the smoke from the Twin Towers.

United we Stand Nine Years Later!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Football Forecast


Heading to Iowa City on Saturday for the big Hawkeye/Cyclone matchup? Have fun and here's your forecast!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Late Week Rain


We're still looking at a good chance for rain late Thursday through Friday. However, there are a couple different camps most of the forecasting models are falling into with regards to the rainmaker moving through the Plains. First, it's the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine that will provide quite a bit of rain to some folks in the Midwest over the next 48 hours.

Some weather models are taking the brunt of the moisture through Northern Missouri and into Southern Illinois. If this happens rain totals in the QC will be less than impressive (.50") However, some other models are taking the storm directly through the QC, which would drop up to 2 or 3 inches of rain in our area from Thursday through Friday. Both situations are plausible, and we should start to see more agreement in the models over the next 12 hours, stay tuned!

This graphic is a 5-day rain total from the NWS Hydrometeorological Prediction Center.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Tropical Storm Hermine To Affect the QC!


A new tropical storm has popped up in the Gulf of Mexico, and unlike Earl which threatened the East Coast and had no big effect on our weather, Hermine (her-MEEN) will eventually affect our weather here in the QC! The storm will be making landfall just south of the Texas/Mexico border more than likely as a strong tropical storm or a very weak hurricane. Through the next couple days the remnants, and plenty of moisture, will stream north through Texas and the Plains states. By Thursday night and Friday rain is likely here in the QC as what's left of Hermine works its way through the Midwest! This graphic is from the National Hurricane Center and shows the expected path of the tropical storm...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Small but Potent T-Storm



The thunderstorms don't look too impressive on radar but they have caused some problems tonight, especially just south of the QC...wind gusts to 50 mph have been common with a few gusts up to 70 mph! Automated sites at he QC Int'l Airport measured winds of about 50 mph and 70 mph! The storms are fading a bit but still have the potential to cause some problems. At last check there are about 6,000 people without power as of 11:20 pm, and we've heard several reports on the scanners of trees and/or power lines down in Rock Island County.

A Few Showers



We've got a few scattered showers/t-showers moving through on our Sunday night. Most of the rain will be very light, with the exception of those that find themselves right under a thundershower. In that case you can expect a quick shot of moderate rain, a few bolts of lightning and some strong and gusty winds. These scattered showers are developing along a warm front that is moving through the area tonight. By Labor Day we're looking at more sunshine, breezy conditions and highs in the mid 80s!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Cooling Down! (9 pm temps)


Have you been outside this evening? It feels like fall out there! Temperatures should bottom out around 50 early Saturday morning, and some places will drop into the upper 40s believe it or not!

Earl


Here's the latest from the NHC on Hurricane Earl, which will be downgraded to a tropical storm sometime later tonight. It'll still be a long night though around Cape Cod, as heavy rain and strong gusty winds roll through the area.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Earl Downgraded to Cat. 2


It's still a hurricane, but Earl has been downgraded all the way to a Category 2 storm tonight. The storm is passing just East of the Outer Banks, NC. In about 24-36 hours from now it'll be another close call with the US mainland, as the storm comes very close to coastal Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Nightly Earl Update...



It's time to check the progress on Earl once again...and as expected it continues to move toward the NC coast. It's back up to Category 4 status, with winds of 135 mph! Hurricane/Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect from North Carolina through New Jersey, with Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watches in effect through portions of New England. Earl will be extremely close to the Outer Banks, if not on/over the Outer Banks, by late Thursday night and early Friday.