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Summer Was Dry and Slightly Warmer Than Average

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https://www.weather.gov/dvn/Climate_Monthly_08_2019
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Quad Cities National Weather Service
Summer weather statistics

After a wet spring, the Quad Cities area had a dry summer. Meteorologist David Sheets, from the National Weather Service in Davenport, says August was slightly cooler on average, and it rained slightly less than usual. 

But for June through August, he says it was drier than normal. He and his co-workers are relieved no flood warnings are currently in effect for local rivers. Instead, they've been discussing Hurricane Dorian. 

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Credit https://twitter.com/NWSQuadCities / Quad Cities National Weather Service
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Quad Cities National Weather Service
Image from a local weather service tweet on Sept. 1st

Sheets says the Quad Cities office usually sends up a weather balloon twice a day to take measurements.

But to help hurricane forecasters, two more launches, at noon and midnight, have been added.

The data will added to forecast models and gives a more complete picture of what the weather system  may do and where it may go. 

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Credit Quad Cities National Weather Service
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Quad Cities National Weather Service
Expected temperatures for the fall on top with expected precipitation on the bottom

This fall, Sheets expects the weather to be closer to normal.

Temperatures in September, October, and November should be near normal to above normal.

And precipitation should be near normal.

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