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KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017 

TODAY: TURNING MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH: 70 WINDS: S 5-10.

TONIGHT: MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW: 44 WIND: S 5-10.

TOMORROW: PARTLY CLOUDY AND WINDY. HIGH: 70 WIND: S 15-25

EXTENDED OUTLOOK, TUE-THURS: 

A CHANCE OF SHOWERS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. HIGH’S IN THE 50′ AND 60’S AND LOW’S IN THE 50’S TUES, 40’S WED AND 30’S THURS.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE:  14.8-FEET & RISING

KCRG Weather Blog

Warmer with an abundance of sunshine

We’ll see the sunshine again today! Only this time, we’ll be much warmer. Winds will switch directions this afternoon and begin to blow of out of the south at 5 to 10 mph. This makes a huge impact on our temperatures. We’ll warm into the low 70s. Make sure to get outside again today! The Kernels have their first pitch this afternoon at 2:05 PM at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium or if you’d like just take a nice walk. Monday will bring a few more clouds, but you’ll still see the sun. Expect temperatures to rise back into the low 70s. Winds Monday will be a bit blustery. Winds will blow out of the south at 15 to 25 mph. Wind gusts will likely be stronger at times. Unfortunately the fantastic spring like weather disappears into the week. Rain chances move in and temperatures drop into the 50s. Rain chances will be off and on throughout the week. Don’t expect it to be a wash out by any means.

Seasonable April weather this weekend

High temperatures today will be slightly warmer than yesterday’s thanks to a little more sunshine and of course a much lighter northerly wind. High pressure sits just to our north, which is the reason we’ll be so beautiful this weekend. Clear skies will stick around for the evening hours and lows will drop back into the upper 30s and low 40s. Sunday comes in with a lot of sunshine and even warmer temperatures! Highs will warm into the upper 60s and for some, you may even hit 70 degrees. The sun will help us out, but this time of year we really depend on wind direction to kick out temperatures up. So expect a wind out of the south on Sunday at roughly 5 to 10 mph. The fantastic weather sticks with us throughout Monday with partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 60s, however the clouds will thicken even more throughout the day. Our next weather maker is moving closer to eastern Iowa. The chance for showers and storms will begin Tuesday and precede into late week.

Improvement in Southern Iowa

As we enjoy a nice day, we have had big improvements in the dry conditions from I-80 and points to the south over the past 30 days. At the start of March, south-central and southeast Iowa had a moderate drought condition. Since March 20th, that part of the state is above normal by nearly 5”, and we’ve had a break in the rain over the northwest part of Iowa. While this didn’t make up all of the large deficit, it did help quite a bit. It’s better than not getting any rain, which would have undoubtedly let to a severe drought condition. What this means is that we are drought-free over Iowa at this time, which is good! There is a small sliver of abnormally dry conditions near Fairfield, Ottumwa, and Washington, but this area is no longer officially in drought per the drought monitor.

Beyond The Weather – The Lyrids Peak

After wet and stormy days across Iowa we will enjoy several dry days ahead. Cooler weather moves in with highs staying in the 50s. A quieter weather pattern means we will have the opportunity to look into the heavens this weekend for some beyond the weather views. The Lyrid meteor shower can be seen late this week and weekend. It is in the northeast sky that you will need to watch. The meteors will be to the left of the star Vega which is part of the constellation Lyra. Also through the weekend, in the eastern sky, before sunrise, look for the Moon and Venus to pair up near the horizon. The Big Dipper is an easy target in the night time sky. Look in the evening to the north and you will see the famous constellation. You can use it to find the North Star, Polaris, which is the tip of the handle to the Little Dipper. Follow the two stars on the end of the dipper straight down and it will run into Polaris. Happy stargazing!

Cool and gloomy Thursday

Any of the rain and storm chances have moved out of the TV9 viewing area as the cold front continues to move eastward. Mostly cloudy skies will control eastern Iowa today. Temperatures will only top out into the upper 50s and low 60s. It will be breezy today as well. Expect winds out of the northwest at 15 to 25 mph. Wind gusts will be stronger at times. Skies will begin to clear out a bit as high pressure moves closer to the viewing area. Partly cloudy skies will take over later this evening and winds will die down out of the northwest at 5 to 15 mph. Finally more sunshine for Friday! The sunshine will look great, but it will still be a bit cooler than what we’ve been thanks to a northeasterly wind. Winds will be roughly 10 to 20 mph with gusts reaching higher at times. A sneak peek for the weekend, temperatures will warm and the sun will continue to shine. I guess you could get out and about this weekend without any worry of getting wet!