Next Front Looking Weak, Part II

Remember this post from Tuesday morning in regards to Wednesday’s back door cold front?

“The next front to pass through the region is missing quite a few ingredients in order to produce some showers. It is set to slip through the region tomorrow afternoon. First off, it has very little moisture to work with. Dew points are likely to sit in the 50s during this timeframe. The area of high pressure to the south of us will block the transport of moisture for quite awhile. Secondly, the parent low of this cool front is well up into Canada so there is very little forcing or upward movement to kick up some wet weather. ExacTrack is trying to produce some isolated showers but with the rain chances so low, I’m keeping the forecast dry. However, I will call for some fairweather clouds to develop Wednesday afternoon.”

Well, there is another back door cold front set to swing across the region Saturday afternoon. This ExacTrack picture is outputting the same scenario, by trying to produce some popcorn showers late in the day on Saturday. Even if there is somehow enough instability in the atmosphere, the activity is going to be quite sparse. I would say our rain chances during this time period are roughly 10%. I took the liberty to issue a “BBQ Alert” this morning for the next three days. So fire up the grill and throw on some burgers and brats, or if you prefer: steaks and chops! -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on September 19, 2008

Save our State Parks Petition

Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn has launched an online petition drive in an attempt to keep eleven state parks open that Governor Blagojevich has slated to close this November.

Lowden State Park and Castle Rock State Park, both near Oregon, Illinois will be closed in November unless something is done to stop these plans. If you would like to participate in this petition, please click here.

I must say that WREX-TV does not endorse either side of this debate. However I felt it was in our best interest to allow you the opportunity to make your feelings about this issue known. What do you think about the possible loss of our two state parks?

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This post was written by qni_it on September 18, 2008

Best commercial ever?

Not quite, I guess, but still pretty funny. Perhaps I should change my name…?

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This post was written by qni_it on September 17, 2008

Leaves beginning to change!

I’ve noticed some pretty nice color showing up in area maples over the past few days. So it’s probably that time of year to make plans to get outdoors and take in the splendor that autumn brings: beautiful fall foliage.

According to travelwisconsin.com there is some widespread color now showing up around the Wausau-Rhinelander area up into the Keweenaw Peninsula of the U.P. Later this month, Northern Wisconsin will be the place to be. As October rolls in, we’ll see the best color right around here! One thing to remember: maples are always the first to turn, oaks are last.

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This post was written by qni_it on September 17, 2008

Boating Season Not Done Yet


Golfing, boating, or fishing. It doesn’t matter what activity you choose this weekend, just make sure you do it outdoors as we continue to experience a nice stretch of sunny and warm weather.

As I blogged about yesterday, today’s cool front is going to do little to change our weather. ExacTrack actually removed all precipitation across the Stateline during this morning’s model run. The only impact this front will have on us is a shift in our wind direction. Southwesterly winds today will allow the warming trend to continue and push our highs today 5° warmer than yesterday. As we get more of an easterly flow off of Lake Michigan tomorrow, our temperatures will take a slight dip. We’ve still got to be thankful as 74° is still the average high for this time of year. The direction flips around into a southwesterly flow again for Friday, which means a few spots could get close to 80° again.

Fall officially begins on Monday at 10:44am CDT. It doesn’t appear as though Mother Nature cares about sticking to the calendar. The 6-10 day outlook keeps our temperatures above average throughout the entire next work week (September 22nd-26th). -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on September 17, 2008

Getting darker sooner

Eric: “Want to make a blog post about the sun going away?”
Me: “Where’s it going?”
Eric: “… the Southern Hemisphere.”

Ask a silly question, get a silly answer, I suppose.
I leave work at 7 during the week and have definitely noticed how much darker it is at that time with each passing day. In fact, we’re losing about three minutes a day right now and have less than 12 and a half hours of daylight now.
The good news is that we’re nearly halfway through the downswing; the autumnal equinox is Monday. We’ve been diminishing our hours of daylight for about three months… and in three more, we’ll be adding light to each day!
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This post was written by qni_it on September 16, 2008

Ike’s wake

A few before-and-after photos of places ravaged by Ike have been released by by the USGS. You can view the information here; more pictures will be added soon.

Here are the photos that have been released at this point. Anybody who thinks the warnings that those who remained “may face certain death” were unnecessarily strong… well, these pictures put that to rest. The blue arrows point out an identifiable feature in each of the pairs.

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This post was written by qni_it on September 16, 2008

Next Front Looking Weak


The next front to pass through the region is missing quite a few ingredients in order to produce some showers. It is set to slip through the region tomorrow afternoon. First off, it has very little moisture to work with. Dew points are likely to sit in the 50s during this timeframe. The area of high pressure to the south of us will block the transport of moisture for quite awhile. Secondly, the parent low of this cool front is well up into Canada so there is very little forcing or upward movement to kick up some wet weather. ExacTrack is trying to produce some isolated showers but with the rain chances so low, I’m keeping the forecast dry. However, I will call for some fairweather clouds to develop Wednesday afternoon.

The river levels from this past weekend’s rainfall in the WREX viewing area well below flood stage, but that is not the case to the south of us. Click here for the link to the latest river observations as well as the forecasts for the next 48 hours. Also, here is a link to the rainfall totals from September 12th-14th for all locations in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on September 16, 2008

Two Great Floods

Justin Gehrts and I were reminiscing about the Labor Day Flood of 2006. While searching for pictures from that day we found this looping radar view. Wow!

Now here’s the same radar picture from the 2007 flooding event August 7th. We found these images from raycomweb.com. The author has an interesting perspective on the storms.

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This post was written by qni_it on September 15, 2008

Turn Off the Faucet


Mother Nature is finally turning off the faucet for awhile. After a weekend in which the Chicago area broke a few records for rainfall, we are watching our weather pattern settle down. The Rockford International Airport measured over 3″ of rain between Friday and Sunday. That sends our monthly rain total over 6″, which is almost double what we typically receive over the entire month. This morning’s drizzle has ended, which amounted to a mere 0.05″. The rest of the day appears dry, as well as the rest of the 7 day outlook. If this past weekend’s weather bummed you out, turn that frown upside down because next weekend we could be pushing 80° with nonstop sunshine! -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on September 15, 2008