Moline to hit 90 degrees for first time this year

Posted Online: July 21, 2014, 9:41 pm
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By Tyler Langan,

The temperature in Moline is expected to rise above 90 degrees today for the first time this year, according to the National Weather Service,

Bill Nichols, a meteorologist at the NWS, said this is the latest date ever that the Quad-Cities has recorded a plus-90 degree day since record-keeping began in 1880.

The previous record was July 21, 1960, he said.

The late appearance of a plus-90 day comes in a year when temperatures have been below normal, Mr. Nichols said, and precipitation levels have been above normal.

"For the month of July, we're running 6 degrees below normal. That's quite exceptional," Mr. Nichols said. "That's well below normal for July."

Since June 1, 12.3 inches of rain have fallen in Moline, which Mr. Nichols said is significantly above normal. The average rainfall for that period is 7.2 inches.

Highs today are forecast between 90 and 92 degrees, Mr. Nichols said, and a cold front moving in tonight will again bring temperatures below normal, along with about a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.

The thunderstorms are expected to last through the night, followed by clear skies and highs in the upper 70s for about a week.

"For most people, they're going to be pleased with the weather," Mr. Nichols said.

For the next two months, Mr. Nichols said the temperatures should stay slightly below average and precipitation levels will be near average.


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1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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