RiverWayStories: Citizen Science

Jan 10, 2015

Quad Cities National Weather Service / http://www.crh.noaa.gov/wxstory.php?site=dvn

Bitterly cold air has arrived. And forecasters from the Quad Cities National Weather Service say the low temperatures with winds of 15 to 25 MPH, will combine to create an extended period of wind chills of -30 below zero and even approaching -40 below in some areas. The weather service says the dangerous conditions will stick around for about 30 hours. So if you must spend any time outside, cover all exposed skin and dress in layers. It takes 15 minutes or less for frostbite to set in.

(Updated Tuesday at 7:30 am; previous story below)  

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities say a winter storm is still forecast to produce 5 to 8 inches of snow, mainly along and north of Interstate 80. And after the snowfall ends, we can expect bitterly cold conditions with high temperatures below zero and wind chills approaching 35 below.

Quad Cities National Weather Service / http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=41.49149&lon=-90.56603&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=graphical

After blustery conditions through tomorrow morning, the Quad Cities could get a lot more snow. The National Weather Service in Davenport has issued a wind chill advisory for parts of eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois. It'll be in effect from 9:00 p.m. until tomorrow morning at 10:00. As of this morning, at the Quad City Airport, 2.3 inches of snow had fallen, with 1.5 inches at the Davenport Airport, and 0.8 at the airport in Dubuque. 

Meteorologists say a winter storm with potentially heavy snow will arrive late tomorrow afternoon and continue through Monday night. 

RiverWayStories: Don't Wait for Spring

Jan 3, 2015

2014 Was Cold

Jan 2, 2015
Quad Cities National Weather Services / http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/dvn/climate/KDBQ2014plot.png

Last year was the coldest on record in Dubuque, and the sixth coldest in the Quad Cities. In Dubuque, 2014's average temperature was 43.7 degrees, breaking the record of 43.8 set in 1875. In the Quad Cities, last year's average temperature was 3.5 degrees colder than usual at 47.3 degrees.

The Return of the Ospreys

Dec 27, 2014

Bald Eagles

Dec 20, 2014


Dec 13, 2014

Steve Hager / submitted

Once again, Kelly McKay will spend the next three weeks outside, documenting the number of times he sees cardinals, crows, eagles, hawks, herons, sparrows, and other birds. The Christmas Bird Count will begin on Sunday in the Quad Cities. 

Blog for Iowa

After two years of planning, a federal agency has okayed the Iowa DNR's plan to reduce air pollution in Muscatine County. This week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the approval of Iowa's State Implementation Plan to cut fine particle emissions.  Amy Algoe-Eakin, from the EPA, says in recent years, air in the county has not met government standards for fine particulate matter. It's a pollutant that can lead to health problems.