Dry and Windy!

With the passage of a cold front late last night, the atmosphere has really dried out! That combined with very gusty winds this afternoon will not make it a good day to burn any leaves you may have raked up this past weekend. Plus, I’m sure they have all blown away by now :-)

With such low levels of humidity in the air and strong winds, it would make it very easy for a simple fire to turn out of control quickly. The good news is, if your leaves haven’t blown away yet, the winds will slowly subside over the next couple of days. It will still be a little breezy Wednesday afternoon so you might want to wait until the end of the week to do any burning!

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This post was written by qni_it on October 31, 2006

Trick or Treat Weather

Happy Halloween to you! Hopefully your day brings more treats than tricks! For all of our little ghosts and goblins, Mother Nature’s going to give us dry weather…but plenty cold! Growing up in Rockford, I remember many Halloweens and most were cold! At trick-or-treat time we’ll see temperatures around 40°.

If you’re looking for Rockford area trick-or-treat times, I’ve got that for you!

Roscoe: 5-8:00pm
Winnebago: 5-8:00pm
Rockton: 5-8:00pm
Rockford: 5:30-7:30pm
Freeport: 5-7:30pm
Cherry Valley: 5:30-7:30pm
Machesney Park: 5-8pm
Loves Park: 5-8 pm
Belvidere: 4-8pm

What was your favorite costume as a kid? -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 31, 2006

What is DST and why do we use it?

How many of you enjoy the longer days in the summer and the extra hour of sleep in the fall? I know I sure do! But why do we “Spring Forward” and “Fall Back?” Well, I did some research and found some interesting articles. Check this one out!

Another thing? Daylight Saving Time has been extended for one extra month, starting next year! Read more about it! -CANDY

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This post was written by qni_it on October 30, 2006

Special treat for you skywatchers!

The SWAN comet has been seen streaking across the night sky this past week! Unfortunately, those with high-powered telescopes will have the best sight but some may see it with the naked eye! Look about 45° up in the sky to the west-northwest. Click on this sky-map and print it for your use out in the field. Let me know if you get any glimpses of the SWAN comet. Leave a comment or send me an E-Mail! -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 29, 2006

No severe threat with powerful cold front

As temperatures on Monday will surge near 70° for much of the Midwest, a powerful cold front looms to our northwest.

One thing is different between this cold front and many spring-time fronts. For one, during the spring time, cold fronts don’t usually make it far enough south to stop the moisture flow off the Gulf of Mexico. A cold front did just that on Friday…one that was strong enough to produce a damaging tornado in the panhandle of Florida. Over the weekend, high pressure over middle Tennessee will allow dry, southwest winds to heat us up before our strong front arrives late Monday night.

This type of frontal passage is typical for October/November in the Upper Midwest. Because we’re in such a progressive weather pattern, systems are too quick to move through before the atmosphere can charge itself up. Severe weather is not possible with the front Monday night…and with such dry low-mid levels of the atmosphere, I’ll keep rain chances out as well! -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 28, 2006

Clouds will break…Winds will howl!

Another day with cloudy skies here in Rockford…another dismal look at the clouds through our 13Skywatch cameras. Today was the 13th day of cloudy skies just this month! Our cloudy weather pattern will change tomorrow as a moisture-starved front pulls through early Saturday morning. While we’re expecting more sunshine, the winds will most definitely howl! For Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin winds are expected to gust near 35mph for much of the day. Wind Advisories have been posted for much of Northern Indiana with High Wind Warnings in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Hold onto the fedora! -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 27, 2006

Bring the garden indoors!

Autumn has sure made a firm grip on the Upper Midwest. However, think again if you think the growing season is over. Surely, you’ve seen the billboards across town about “Hydroponics” offering a pesticide-free, indoor growing environment. But for the beginner, think small! Many plants such as peppermint, chives, and rosemary will thrive indoors during the winter months, so long as they have some adequate sunshine. You can purchase these plants at area greenhouses and home centers, even this late in the season. I found a great article from the DIY Network on growing plants during the colder months. Check it out!

If you’d like to try something a little more challenging, you can purchase the supplies to create your “indoor garden.” Hydroponics is increasing in popularity. I, for one, don’t have much of a green thumb (unless my green pen explodes in my hand) but it may just be the perfect hobby as winter approaches. Do you move your veggies indoors for the winter? Post a comment! -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 27, 2006

Raging California Wildfires

A fast spreading fire took the life of four firefighters in Southern California on Thursday. Nearly 200 people were told to evacuate near Palm Springs as Santa Ana winds fanned the fire. Investigators say that an arsonist started the fire that has burned over 10,000 acres of land.

Click here to learn more about how Santa Ana winds work. Click on the satellite image to see the huge smoke plume. Amazing! -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 27, 2006

Things are looking up!

Don’t get too down because we’re back in the 40s over the next couple of days. Things are definitely looking up by the first part of next week. It’ll warm up for nearly all areas of the Upper Midwest!

Once we can get rid of this pesky storm system that is to our south, the skies will begin to clear once again late on Saturday and Sunday. By Monday we’ve got a shot at 60 degrees! However, it does look like it is going to be a short-lived warm up because by the time next Wednesday rolls around, temperatures could fall back into the upper 40s. The treat comes before the trick! -CANDY

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This post was written by qni_it on October 26, 2006

Rocky Mountain Snow!

Quite a winter storm is shaping up for high plains of Colorado! Many locations along I-25 are under Winter Storm Warnings and Blizzard Warnings for Thursday. While most locations were in the middle to upper 50s on Wednesday, temperatures will crash. An area of low pressure will rapidly deepen (Meteorologists call this event a “bomb”). The “bombing” low will cause winds to gust near 50 miles per hour over the front-range of the Rockies. Denver could see near six inches of snow with some areas around Colo. Springs and Pueblo near a foot!

For more information, check out our affiliate websites www.9news.com and www.koaa.com.

For us, we’ll see only rain…but more importantly, only a little rain! The current storm track takes the powerful low from Oklahoma to Ohio by Friday. (Image courtesy of Accuweather.com) Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin will be on the northern fringes. While quite a thick deck of clouds is expected, rainfall will likely only add up to an 1/8 of an inch here. Some areas downstate could receive in excess of an inch.

With this system tracking south, it’ll likely allow us to clear out a little bit over the weekend. It’ll still be blustery and cool on Saturday, but Sunday will feature quite a bit of sunshine! -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 25, 2006