1. Sunny, clear Veterans Day, weekend
A good Friday to all. The good news? We're looking at sunny skies through the weekend. The bad news? It's going to end sometime, so enjoy it while you can. Afterall, it's a long weekend for many.
Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.
Today will be sunny with a high near 53 degrees and a low around 30 degrees.
Saturday will be sunny with a high near 52 degrees and a low around 33 degrees.
Sunday will be sunny with a high near 56 degrees and a low around 40 degrees.
Not bad for November, eh?
Here's some Veterans Day weather trivia from the NWS: Veterans Day has been a very unique day weather-wise in the Quad-Cities.
In 1911, a tornado touched down 1 mile west of Davenport around 1 p.m. Later that afternoon, the temperature topped out at 76 degrees, which set the record high for the date. By midnight, the temperature had plummeted 62 degrees for a low of 14 degrees. That's just two degrees shy of the current record low for the date (12 degrees set in 1950).
Veterans Day 1940 is known for the sudden onset of winter conditions which caught many people off-guard resulting in numerous frostbite injuries and dozens of fatalities.
2. Veterans day parade today in downtown Davenport
Davenport's annual Veterans Day parade will step off at 10 a.m. this morning and will be followed by a ceremony at the Scott County Courthouse. (see above parade route)
Citizens wishing to view the parade should park along the parade route or in one of the parking ramps before 10 a.m. Vehicles parked on the parade route are not permitted to leave their parking spaces until the parade passes.
Both sides of Western Avenue from the 5th Street railroad tracks to 3rd Street will be closed to traffic at 8 a.m. to allow for parade staging. Temporary no parking is being enforced along Western Avenue until noon.
Vehicular traffic during the parade will be held and controlled by Davenport Police Department as the parade passes along the route.
3. Wundram: My advice to Hillary Clinton
Writes Bill: "Back in 2007, when Hillary Clinton was first casting an eye on the White House, she visited Davenport and this noospaper. We chatted briefly. She wanted to know what I did here and how long I had been doing it.
"Going back 12 years, in 1995 the Associated Press had written a story saying that the then-first lady was thinking about writing a newspaper column, a la Eleanor Roosevelt. My response to that news was in the form of an advice column.
"Lo, many years later — Dec. 20, 2007 — I was startled to get a letter from Hillary after our visit mentioning that 1995 column. The advice in it is timely today, after her election-day defeat by Donald Trump." Read more.
4. Baer is first Q-C starter at Iowa since 1998
When Bettendorf’s Nicholas Baer steps onto the court for the beginning of tonight’s season opener against Kennesaw State, he will be the first Quad-Citian in nearly two decades to start for the Iowa men’s basketball team. Read more.
5. 'Mr. Thanksgiving' back for 46th year
The man synonymous with Thanksgiving dinner in the Quad-Cities is back and shows no signs of slowing down. Bob Vogelbaugh, aka "Mr. Thanksgiving," is hosting his 46th annual community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 24 at the SouthPark Mall in Moline. Read more.
6. Adventurous Quad-City women
Since 2007, when the Quad-Cities Women's Outdoor Club’s founders hosted their first gathering — a hike at Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island — the nonprofit organization has grown to almost 300 members. They range in age from 18 to upper 70s.
From alpaca shearing in Geneseo and Vespa scootering in Galena, to indoor skydiving in Naperville and kayaking on the Chicago River, the club promotes exploration of the Quad-City area and beyond. Read more from Jack Cullen.