Sunday, January 27, 2013

Severe Weather in January?

Temperatures in the Quad Cities will be in the 50s for Monday and Tuesday.  But, a strong cold front will put a quick end to the warm temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday.  The cold front could be strong enough to even produce some severe weather to our east and to our south.  There is a slight risk for severe weather for all the areas colored in yellow.  We'll keep you posted, but it should be something to watch!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Temperatures Climb after Arctic Blast...

Temperatures were 10-20° warmer on your Wednesday.  But, that's just with temperatures in the 20s.  It still is cold, but a huge improvement compared to what it was on Monday and Tuesday.  Who would've ever thought the 20s would feel so good!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Heat Loss Through Your Head...

Do you remember your Mom telling you to put a hat on when you were a kid?  And surely the next line had something to do with how much heat is lost through your head, right?  Mom's probably right about a lot of things, but she might have been mistaken on this one...It turns out on average you only lose about 7% of your body heat through your dome...and here are a few stories explaining why!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

COLD Blast.......Winter Returns!

On Saturday it felt like spring!  Temperatures were in the upper 40s and 50s!  24 hours later the mercury dropped by 28° to almost 40° around the Quad Cities.  High temps on your Sunday only made it into the teens and 20s!  It's going to get even colder for your Monday.  That's when highs and lows will be in the single digits with wind chills well below zero!

So stay safe and bundle up as you head out the door.  Some areas are under a Wind Chill Advisory from late Sunday night into Monday afternoon.  You can find out more by about the Wind Chill Advisory by clicking here. We'll have more weather updates on-line, tonight on Ten @ 10 and Monday morning on CBS4 News This Morning starting @ 5am!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Temperatures to Tumble...ARCTIC Blast!!

I hope you enjoyed the sunshine and the warmth on Saturday as temps climbed into the 50s for high for many neighborhoods around the QCA!  But, some MUCH COLDER air is heading our way for your Sunday and Monday.  Check out what were thinking temperatures will do in the next 24-48 hours by clicking play.  Get more weather updates by clicking here to head over to our website!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Warm then Cold then Not So Bad...

     Our temperatures will be all over the place in the Quad Cities over the next week to week and a half!  Friday will be mild, with SW winds sending the temps into the middle and upper 40s!  Then our much advertised strong cold front arrives Saturday night and sends temps plummeting for Sunday through Tuesday...
     About a week from now we'll be back close to normal, and possible a little above average for January 23 - January 27th!  Here's a medium range temp prediction from the NWS CPC...

Snowflakes Have 6 Sides

Here's the answer to today's Weather Trivia question on CBS4 News at 5pm...while it's clearly impossible to examine all snowflakes we can safely say they all have 6 sides...why?  It has to do with the bonds that are holding the molecules together...

Here's a nice write up on the topic... Click Here

And more reading... Click Here

Monday, January 14, 2013

More Cold Weather in the Quad Cities Forecast

After a chilly start to this week, with highs in the 20s Sunday and Monday, things are looking warmer for the middle of the week!  We'll be back up above average Wednesday with highs near the 40° mark!  Friday and Saturday look mild too, before colder weather settles back in early next week!  Some forecast models are trending temps down into the teens for highs early next week!  Here's a 6-10 day forecast from the NWS CPC showing the likelihood of colder than normal temps in the QC, and for most of the Eastern half of the country!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Snowfall Totals this Weekend...

It didn't take too long for the snow and cold to return to the Quad Cities.  This weekend many neighborhods picked up from a 1/2" of snow to even 2"!  Kewanee, IL and Galva, IL picked up the most snow with 2".  Officially in the Quad Cities we picked up 1.4", but Davenport's Airport picked up less than inch of snow.  Many more snowfall totals can found by clicking on this link: QCA Snow Totals

The same system that brought snow to the QCA also produced some strong thunderstorms.  There were a few reports of strong winds in southern Illinois, Indiana and also in some areas along the Gulf Coast.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Old Man Winter Roars back into the Quad Cities...

After having above average temperatures and highs in the mid 50s on a Friday, a low pressure system ushered in some much colder temperatures and even snow on your Saturday.  Check out how much cooler it was on Saturday afternoon compared to Friday!  About 20-30° colder in most places!  But, don't worry while it will be colder, temperatures will be rather seasonable for the week ahead.  Lows will dip into the teens overnight and highs will climb into the 20s and eventually the 30s by mid-week!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2012 Anything but Close to Average....

The Quad Cities National Weather Service released the 2012 Climate Report.  Its preliminary, but here's what it looks like so far.   The average temperature at the Davenport airport was 52.8° while in Moline the average temp was 53.6°.  Both were about 3° above average for the year. 

As far as precipitation goes both Davenport and Moline were below average.  But, Moline was almost 11" below normal compared to Davenport, which was more than 5.5" below the average.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Saturday's Wintry Mix...

We had a weak system produce some snow and rain on your Saturday.  As of late Saturday afternoon the system was affecting  Chicago where fell as snow.  That's because temperatures in Chicago are closer to the freezing mark.  While in the Quad Cities it did start as snow, but temperatures climbed into the mid 30s.  That caused the snow to quickly change over to rain and anything that did stick melted!

Friday, January 4, 2013

2012 Severe T-Storm/Tornado Warnings


The National Weather Service has compiled all of the Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Warning for the 2012 year.   There were a few days with severe weather outbreaks, but the Southeast had a majority of the severe weather.  The Ohio River valley had more tornadoes than the Mississippi River Valley. You can also see that during the late spring and early summer warnings were issued further northeast and along the west coast. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Bright Comet Later this Year (ISON)

For all you space lovers out there 2013 could be a GREAT year for comet viewing!  Remember all the hype surrounding Haley's Comet back in the 1980s (even if it turned out less than exciting?)  A newly discovered comet could dwarf that later this year!  For much more about comet ISON check out the following links!

Wikipedia Page

Early Morning High Temperatures

As we approach the weekend, temperatures will be a bit cooler than average.  Our high temperatures today were actually close to the average high but it happened early this morning.  Temperature around 4 a.m. were in the upper 20s and lower 30s.  Sadly these temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day, dropping into the teens for the evening hours and into the single digits for the overnight low.