Drought conditions ranging from moderate to extreme just a few weeks ago have gotten smaller or even erased. The latest Drought Monitor issued Thursday morning shows that unusually dry conditions continue from roughly Highway 30 and south. This is because there are still some leftover effects of the very dry weather in August and September. A few small pockets of moderate drought dot the area, too, but those are much smaller than they had been.
Mild weather has returned after a relatively chilly start to the week. So far this season, Cedar Rapids’ and Dubuque’s coldest low has been 33 degrees. Iowa City has gotten as low as 36 degrees, while Waterloo made it to 32 degrees. These all occurred this past Monday and, for being the first cold snap, were running behind the norm. Waterloo has had its first freeze of the season. The average first date of that is October 2, so this year was a couple weeks after that.
Soggy weather has been traded in for an opportunity to dry out. We'll have full sunshine today and seasonable highs in the lower 60s. The sky remains clear tonight but frost won't be a concern as lows stay in the lower 40s. Tomorrow's looking great with sunshine and highs close to 70. It'll be a tad breezy in the afternoon. We'll keep highs within a couple degrees of 70 on Wednesday and Thursday as a partly sunny sky rolls on.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".