KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST
KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020
FLOOD WARNING FOR THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT DUBUQUE TFN!
TODAY: MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SCATTERED SHOWERS. HIGH 54.
SOUTHEAST WIND 10-20 MPH.
TONIGHT: MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND STORMS. LOW 50.
TOMORROW: PARTLY CLOUDY, BREEZY AND WARMER WITH AN ISOLATED SHOWER OR
STORM POSSIBLE. HIGH 70.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY:
A CHANCE OF SHOWERS WEDNESDAY, COLDER AND DRY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. HIGH’S IN THE 60’S WEDNESDAY, THE 40’S THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. LOW’S IN THE 30’S & 40’S.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 18.8-FEET & RISING
Easter is just one week away, here’s a look at how the last 5 years played out in Cedar Rapids. Over the past 66 years, the average temperature on Easter, no matter what day it falls on, is 57 degrees. Last year, in 2019, we had the warmest Easter over the past recorded 66 years at 84 degrees. 80s have only happened 3 other times on the holiday, in 2014, 1987, and 1977. In 2018, it was a pretty chilly Easter with highs only at 33 degrees. Above average weather again in 2017 with a high of 69 degrees. The earliest Easter over the past 5 years happened in 2016, on March 27th with a high of 46. The high on Easter in 2015 was 71 degrees. This year, right now, we are predicting highs in the 50s.
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.
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
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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.