Beyond the Green Screen: St. Patrick’s Day Expectations

Posted on: 3:49 pm, March 12, 2013, by , updated on: 03:50pm, March 12, 2013

Cassie Heiter Weather Blog

It’s hard to believe St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. The Quad Cities definitely knows how to put on a party this time of year and will draw crowds from across the country to help celebrate. I have friends coming in from Milwaukee and Florida this weekend just for St. Patrick’s Day! How did this even happen? Is there a large Irish community here? Not that I’m complaining. I suppose it is a great reason to get out of the house after a long winter of being indoors. In fact our normal high temperature for St. Patrick’s Day is 49°! The average low is 30°.

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As of this Tuesday afternoon unfortunately it looks like we may be experiencing a cooler than normal holiday. We have a chance for a rain and snow mix very early that morning but skies should become at least partly sunny by parade time. Cross your fingers that the timing holds!

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In years recent, temperatures have been fantastic! Last year we set a record high for the day of 82°! In 2011 we had a high of 61°. You actually have to go back to 2008 to find temperatures that were in the 40’s on that day.

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While I’m not looking forward to looking for a parking spot or standing out in the cold, I have always looked forward to seeing everyone out at the parade. People are genuinely excited to be there and start the weekend off right. My co-workers are fun to be around and it’s one of the few times a lot of us are together in one place just enjoying each others company. I hope to see you out there and if you see me, just say “hey!”.
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