Tropics Heating Up!

Tropical Storm Chantal is churning the seas off of the Northeastern U.S. coast. It’s our thrid tropical storm so far in this slow-so-far-hurricane season. Chantal strengthend to a Tropical Storm early Tuesday, but never affected the U.S. mainland. Chantal could bring some healthy squalls to Newfoundland tonight and dissipate in colder waters late in the week.

While we will say good-bye to Chantal, we may be saying hello to Dean in the coming days! A tropical wave heading toward the Caribbean may ignite later this week. Our computer models are picking up on this now…and tracking it westward. Should it develop, it will encounter favorable conditions for tropical development. -ERIC

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on July 31, 2007

We’ve added a new poll question to our blog! Feel free to vote (only once please) and we’ll give the results of our poll on 13News each night.

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on July 31, 2007

We’ve added a new poll question to our blog! Feel free to vote (only once please) and we’ll give the results of our poll on 13News each night.

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on July 31, 2007

Wednesday and Thursday: A/C’s a must!

We hit the nail on the head when we forecasted a 89° high temperature for Monday. We’ll be a degree or two warmer for Tuesday and a degree or two warmer on Wednesday. No big deal, right? What is more important is the fact that our humidity will come up in a big way during the next 48 hours.

(Aren’t you excited that I’ve finally jumped into the 21st Century and figured out how to export movies from our weather computer?)

Click on the link below for a look at our 13Futurecast model which shows how the humidity will be brought in by the wind. For much of Tuesday, our surface winds (out of the east and northeast) will keep the rich, humid air to the south. Once we go into Wednesday, our surface winds will shift out of the south and tug on that tropical airmass that lies to our south into our area.

Heat index values will likely stay in the 88-92° range tomorrow but look for a range of 93-98° for Wednesday and 94-99° for Thursday. -ERIC
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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on July 31, 2007

Starting my Christmas List early this year

I know it’s only July, but I officially started my Christmas list! A company has invented an umbrella that doesn’t just keep you dry in a downpour, it actually forecasts the weather!

For instance, the handle lights up if there’s going to be rain in the next 12 hours! Get ready to pony up! When the umbrella goes on sale, look for a $125 pricetag.

Click here to find out how to order one for me (or the weather weenie on your list). ;-)

-ERIC

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on July 30, 2007

Hard to complain about the heat if you put things in perspective!

No question about it, it’s going to be a a very warm week for Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. The warmest temperature we’ve seen in Rockford so far this year is 93°. We’ll be up into that territory by midweek with a fair amount of humidity. However, before we complain about it, look at the forecast high temperatures for Monday in Iraq! Imagine working in that desert sunshine. Shade is hard to find out there. -ERIC

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on July 30, 2007

I Love This Show!

So this really doesn’t have anything to do with weather. Well..I guess it does. It takes place in the heartless Bering Sea and is one of the most deadliest jobs around. About a year and a half ago I really got into the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch”. This year I never missed an episode and I love the days where they have the Deadliest Catch marathon…like today! I’m just amazed at the work that both the fisherman and camerman go through every season! I also think a part of it has to do with the unpredictable weather the Bering Sea has to offer. I know…what a weather nerd. :)
I just thought I would see how many other people enjoy watching the show.

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on July 29, 2007

Needing Rain


Despite the recent rains the past couple of days, we are still over an inch shy of where we should be for this time of the month. On average, we typically should see 4.10″ of rain for the month of July. So far, we’re just under two and a half inches. The weather pattern we’re going to be getting into for this upcoming week will allow storm systems to bypass us to the north and keep us dry through at least the end of the week.

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on July 29, 2007

Great Weekends In July

It’s hard to believe that July is almost over with. But just within a few days, August will soon be here. One thing we will surely remember, however, are the great weekends. Every weekend this month was relatively nice. The first weekend was a little hot, but the weekends to follow were fairly comfortable and this one is no exception. Lets hope this nice weekend weather will continue into August!

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on July 29, 2007

The sky is falling!

For 78 year old Jan Kenkel, the sky did fall on Thursday morning. A fifty pound chunk of ice crashed through the roof of her Dubuque, Iowa home!

Get the full story from our sister station KWWL-TV.

Image courtesy of The Dubuque Times-Herald. They also have a story on it.

So, what do you think it is? Could it really be a megacryometer? Could it be ice that formed on the outside of a high-altitude aircraft? Could it be ummm….well, let’s hope it’s not that! -ERIC

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on July 27, 2007