Families wanting to celebrate this Mother’s Day outdoors should take a sweater along as the high today is expected to reach only into the middle 50s, but there won’t be the high wind that kept people bundled up Saturday.
In downtown Davenport, vendors at the Beaux Arts Fair had to protect merchandise and tie down tents as a steady wind of 20-30 mph began about 9 a.m. A steady stream of patrons made it to the festival, but stayed bundled up in coats, caps and gloves.
The highest gust through Davenport was 45 mph at 2 p.m., meteorologist Dan Ferry of the National Weather Service said.
“We’ll start out the day in the 30s, and climb into the middle 50s for the high,” he said. Skies should be sunny all day.
It won’t be the coldest Mother’s day on record, according to National Weather Service statistics kept at the Quad-City International Airport, Moline. The coldest daytime temperature for Mother’s Day was 43 degrees set in 1960. The coldest low temperature for the day was 32 degrees set in 1888. The hottest was 90 degrees set in 1956.
The temperatures rebound in a big way with the highs reaching the upper 60s Monday, and then climbing into the middle 80s Tuesday.
The Mississippi River is continuing to climb at Lock and Dam 15, Rock Island, and is expected to reach 16 feet Tuesday, one foot above the 15-foot flood stage for its second flood of the season. It will stay above flood stage through next Saturday, Ferry said The Wapsipinicon River at DeWitt crested again Saturday at 11.7 feet, above its 11-foot flood stage.
Davenport Public Works Director Mike Clarke said only a few road closures will be in place with that prediction. South Concord Street remains largely closed. Credit Island will remain closed, while the intersection of Marquette Street and River Drive will be under some water. Also, sections of the westbound lanes of River Drive between Myrtle and Warren streets will be affected.
Centennial and LeClaire parks will also see some inundation, Clarke said, while the demountable floodwall at Modern Woodmen Park remains installed to protect against a flood of 18 feet. The ballpark remains open for its Quad-City River Bandits game at 2 p.m. today.
Clarke said other roadway closures will be put in place when needed.