Saturday, September 14, 2013

One Extreme to the Next

It has been quite the week of weather in the Quad Cities.  Monday & Tuesday met or broke their respective record highs (99° Monday & 97° Tuesday).  Wednesday, the Quad City International Airport saw its first measurable rain in 36 days, tied for the 3rd driest stretch on record (longest stretch was 45 days)!  Burlington also ended their longest dry stretch of 42 days on Wednesday.  More beneficial rain is expected across much of the area Sunday.

The rain was associated with a cold front on Wednesday, which slowly cooled temperatures into the 70s to round out the week.  Friday night was a clear night, allowing for all the radiation from the day to escape back into the atmosphere, cooling temperatures off in the upper 30s to lower 40s all across the area!  The Quad Cities tied the record low temperature of 39° set back in 1974!
A 60° temperature swing in just five days in the Quad Cities!
The average high for this time of year is 78°, while the average low is 55°.  By the end of the month those averages go down to 71°/48°.

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