The Day Davenport, Iowa Expects To See Its First Snowfall Is Sooner Than We Think
December 21st is the OFFICIAL first day of Winter and the shortest day of the year, however, once it decides to start snowing is when many people start to call it Winter weather.
I guess what we should be wondering is, when is the first snowfall going to be in Iowa? Not to be in a hurry to break out the snowblower, but I would like to plan my outdoor activities accordingly.
The almanac predicts the "first bite of winter" is expected to come earlier than last year's.
Two-Month Weather Prediction
Here are the predicted Iowa weather patterns for the next two months from Almanac.
|Oct 1-9||Rainy periods, cold|
|Oct 10-14||Sunny, turning warm|
|Oct 15-22||Rain, then sunny, warm|
|Oct 23-31||Rainy periods, mild|
|October||temperature 58° (2° above avg.)|
precipitation 3.5" (2" above avg. north, 1" below south)
|Nov 1-3||Showers, warm|
|Nov 4-6||Sunny, chilly|
|Nov 7-9||Rainy periods, mild|
|Nov 10-17||Showers, then sunny, turning colder|
|Nov 18-22||Snowy periods, very cold|
|Nov 23-30||Rain and snow showers, mild, then snow, frigid|
|November||temperature 42° (1° below avg.)|
precipitation 2" (avg.)
The first predicted talk of snow appears in late November, sometime between the 18th - 22nd.
Almanac Winter Forcast Prediction
National Weather Service Archives
The National Weather Service Archives show that in the Quad Cities the first snow above 0.1" usually comes sometime around November 21st, the earliest being September 25th, 1942. The latest above 0.1" didn't come until January 4th, but that was back in 1913.
As far as measurable above an inch of snow, the average date of arrival for the Quad Cities is December 5th. The earliest snowfall we've ever seen above an inch, came on October 18th, 1972, when 2" of the fluffy stuff came down on us.
The latest in the season that the Quad Cities has had above an inch of snow, was February 10th in 1944 - at that point, just save it up for next year, right? Don't waste it at the end of the season.