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Tuesday briefing: Delays possible today on John Deere Road, Q-C pays tribute to Ginsberg, and couple finds stranger sleeping in their home
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Tuesday briefing: Delays possible today on John Deere Road, Q-C pays tribute to Ginsberg, and couple finds stranger sleeping in their home

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NWS: Summary

Fall "officially" arrives at 8:31 a.m. with the autumnal equinox. That means equal parts sunshine and darkness for the region. From now until December, nights will continue to get longer while daylight becomes a premium. 

Here's today's forecast from the National Weather Service.

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 79 degrees and a low around 56 degrees.

Wednesday will be partly sunny with a high near 79 degrees and a low around 57 degrees.

The Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes

NWS: Fall

There are only two times of the year when the Earth's axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, resulting in a "nearly" equal amount of daylight and darkness at all latitudes.

These events are referred to as Equinoxes.The word equinox is derived from two Latin words — aequus (equal) and nox (night).

At the equator, the sun is directly overhead at noon on these two equinoxes. The "nearly" equal hours of day and night is due to refraction of sunlight or a bending of the light's rays that causes the sun to appear above the horizon when the actual position of the sun is below the horizon.

Additionally, the days become a little longer at the higher latitudes (those at a distance from the equator) because it takes the sun longer to rise and set.

Therefore, on the equinox and for several days before and after the equinox, the length of day will range from about 12 hours and six and one-half minutes at the equator, to 12 hours and 8 minutes at 30 degrees latitude, to 12 hours and 16 minutes at 60 degrees latitude.

— The National Weather Service

Traffic signal maintenance could cause delays in Moline

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Moline and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) crews will be performing maintenance on the traffic signal at the intersection of 16th Street and John Deere Road beginning at 7 a.m., Tuesday. Work will be completed the same day, but drivers can expect delays during this time.

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