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KCRG TV9 First Alert Forecast For Dubuque and the Tri-States

KCRG TV9 FIRST ALERT FORECAST FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2018 

                   FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9AM THIS MORNING. 

TODAY:  MOSTLY SUNNY, BREEZY AND MILD.  HIGH 56.  SOUTHWEST WIND

                10-20 MPH & GUSTY.          

TONIGHT:  MOSTLY CLEAR.  LOW 33.  

TOMORROW:  MOSTLY SUNNY.  HIGH 48.  

EXTENDED OUTLOOK THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: 

DRY THURSDAY AND SATURDAY, A CHANCE OF ISOLATED SPRINKLES FRIDAY.  HIGHS IN THE 50’S & 60’S. LOWS IN THE 30’S & 40’S.

 MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE:  15.5-FEET & RISING


KCRG Weather Blog

Gusty winds this week are typical for October

With no measurable precipitation in the coming days, the main forecast focus has been on the wind. In October, the average wind speed increases notably as the month goes on. Typically, the passage of fronts and incoming or departing high pressure systems will produce the pressure difference necessary to create notable wind gusts. The past few days, we have gusted over 20 mph with ease. Start looking for the wind to increase again toward the end of this week and into this weekend. It’ll probably be quite breezy for the Hawkeyes on Saturday!

Fall colors are about at their peak

Wet weather in the fall can cause the changing leaf colors to be less vivid. The foliage this year has still been pretty respectable, despite the sopping wet start to October. According to this week’s report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, northern Iowa is turning the corner past peak. In northeastern Iowa, the maple, hickory, oaks, and some of the aspen trees are still showing color but are expected to stop soon. In east-central Iowa, peak is expected this week although the ash and walnut trees have been losing their leaves. In southeastern Iowa, many of the trees are reported as yellow while the sumac and maples showcase their red. Peak there is expected sometime around this weekend. Gusty winds later this week into the weekend will probably cause many leaves to fall. That, along with peak color expected to come over the next several days, your time to enjoy this part of the season is quickly drawing to an end.

Two confirmed tornadoes touch down in Eastern Iowa Tuesday

At least two tornadoes touched down in Eastern Iowa as severe weather moved across the area Tuesday. One tornado was spotted near Blairstown in Benton County. Emergency management officials said no damage was reported. A second tornado was reported near Chelsea but no damage was reported. Minor damage was reported in rural Cedar Falls as the storms moved through. Officials said several structures were damaged at the farm but no injuries were reported. It isn't clear if the damage was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds. While officials were on the lookout for severe weather, they're also concerned about heavy rain that could lead to flooding in areas already waterlogged from rain over recent weeks.

Current river levels and forecasts

These are links to the most updated river levels and forecasts. River forecasts include about the next 48 hours of expected rainfall. Just like weather forecasts, river forecasts will be changed as new information comes in on rainfall amounts and how the water is moving through the river system. Below each river graph is a list of impacts that happen at various river levels. BEAVER CREEK New Hartford CEDAR RIVER Charles City Janesville Finchford (West Fork of the Cedar) Cedar Falls Waterloo Vinton Cedar Rapids Conesville DES MOINES RIVER Ottumwa ENGLISH RIVER Kalona IOWA RIVER Marshalltown Tama Marengo Coralville Lake (No impacts listed, but spillway crest is 712.0 feet) Iowa City Lone Tree Columbus Junction MAQUOKETA RIVER Manchester Maquoketa MISSISSIPPI RIVER Lansing Lynxville, WI/Harpers Ferry McGregor Guttenberg Dubuque Bellevue SKUNK RIVER Oskaloosa Sigourney SHELL ROCK RIVER Shell Rock TURKEY RIVER Spillville Elkader Garber UPPER IOWA RIVER Bluffton Decorah Dorchester WAPSIPINICON RIVER Independence Anamosa

Beyond the Weather: October’s planets

We have started the month on a wet and cloudy note and the current pattern continues to look that way for another week. Hopefully by the middle of the month the weather will cooperate, giving us chances for some nighttime viewing. When that occurs, here are the planets we can see this month. Mercury can be hard to find. This month, our smallest planet will be above the southwest horizon after sunset. Use binoculars to help you find it. Venus will need to be caught in the sky the next few days, but your chances aren’t promising. It’s in the southwest sky after sunset. By October 9th, it will be lost from view until November. Mars is easy to find in the south-southeast sky throughout the month of October. It will be easily distinguished with its reddish tint. Jupiter is in the west-southwest sky and will be lower and lower on the horizon as the month moves along. Saturn makes a nice target this month. Look in the south-southwest sky after sunset. You should be able to see the rings of Saturn if you use a telescope. Happy stargazing!