Eagles expected to hatch soon!

Check out this live video feed from Decorah, Iowa. We previewed this camera back in early March where three eggs were seen in the nest. Apparently, the eggs are expected to hatch any hour or any day now. Check back often to see if you can glimpse the hatching live! -ES

Live video by Ustream

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on March 31, 2011

Weird weather for April Fool’s Day

A system working in from the Plains states will bring a rain/snow mix to the region tonight as temperatures fall into the lower 30s. Any accumulation would be VERY minor, mainly on grassy areas. As we head through the day on Friday, temperatures will warm just enough to change any wintry mix to rain. However, the frozen precipitation may not be over. Instability aloft may cause the rain to be heavy for brief periods and should that happen we could have some pea to dime sized hail! So don’t be fooled if your eyes play some games with you tomorrow.

Oh by the way, last year on April Fool’s Day we were in the 80s! -ES

p.s. Yes, I used the humor tag.

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on March 31, 2011

Severe weather rakes Florida

12:35pm - As severe weather continues in eastern Florida, multiple tornado warnings are in effect. I used our 3D X-Vision to literally slice one of the tornadic storms in half to get a better view of what is happening just north of Melbourne. What you see here is two large precipitation cores with a lull in the rain/hail just north of Melbourne Beach. This is likely where an updraft is as things in the atmosphere are suspended. If there is a tornado with this storm, it will likely be in this area.

As of this post, there have been 6 tornado reports in Florida, mostly around the Tampa area.

 

 

Courtesy CNN:

Severe weather tore across central Florida on Thursday, trapping about 70 people at an airport in Lakeland, and spawning an apparent tornado in Tampa, the National Weather Service said.

Approximately 70 people were reported trapped in a collapsed building at the Sun ‘n’ Fun Aviation Fair at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida due to severe winds, the weather service said.

In Tampa, meanwhile, an apparent tornado touched down in Hillsborough County, parts of which were under a tornado warning that the weather service issued at 11:51 a.m. The warning covered parts of Hillsborough as well as parts of Polk County.

 

Photos courtesy: WTSP – Tampa

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This post was written by Aaron Brackett on March 31, 2011

This one is for us weather geeks!

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This post was written by Aaron Brackett on March 31, 2011

This is more than a snowblower!

KCRA-TV in Sacramento reports live over a massive snow-moving operation on the Union Pacific main line near the Donner Summit. Click on the image to be redirected to kcra.com and watch the video. Can you imagine the sound of that thing? -ES

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on March 30, 2011

Severe weather season slowly migrates north

Severe storms spawned tornadoes in New Orleans and Orlando yesterday and today as a strong cold front moved along the Gulf Coast. This is just another sign that this year’s severe weather season is lagging. These areas typically receive their severe weather in February and early March. The stormtrack continues to track further south (which in turn keeps us in the Upper Midwest cool).

Over the next few weeks, we’ll see some subtle changes to the jetstream pattern. This will bring the area of severe weather a little further north, affecting Northeast Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Southern Illinois will be a more frequent place to receive thunderstorms as the worst of the weather shifts further north each week.

By the middle of April, familiar stormy locations will be under the gun like Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Wichita. Storm season will begin to get back on track after being so slow this year (partly due to La Niña coming to an end). Storms break out in April and early May out in the Plains. Our stormiest time of year comes in late May to mid June. -ES

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on March 30, 2011

Several days below average already, will we go double digits?

Although we are seeing sunny skies today, temperatures still won’t cooperate. If we don’t get to 52° this afternoon, this will be the 9th consecutive day of below average cold in Rockford. Tomorrow, I am forecasting a high of 52 which would be right at our seasonal normal. If we somehow do not reach this, I believe this count will reach double digits as a cool weekend is in store.

 

-Aaron

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This post was written by Aaron Brackett on March 30, 2011

Clouds give us a jump start on today’s temperatures

Once again, early morning cloud cover has given us a mild night despite the continued northerly flow. This kept overnight lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s for most places in northern Illinois while south central Wisconsin saw teens and even single digits just north of Madison.

Computer guidance this morning wanted to give a high of 45, but with the warm overnight temperature, I believe we may end up closer to 50 this afternoon!

 

-Aaron

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This post was written by Aaron Brackett on March 30, 2011

Storm Spotting Class

Mark your calendars!  If you haven’t already attended a storm spotting class, there is one coming up next Monday in Whiteside County.

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This post was written by Cyndi Kahlbaum on March 29, 2011

Yes, it can snow this time of year

Keep your fingers and toes crossed that temperatures won’t fall any more because our rainy systems the next few days could turn to snow. (Just an outside chance.) -ES

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This post was written by Eric Sorensen on March 29, 2011