Facebook Prize Package Winner

We want to thank all of our loyal 13 Weather Authority Facebook fans!  And we want to welcome all of our new fans!  Unfortunately, we only have one prize package to give away at this time.  But, we’ll have more to come in the future!

The winner of four tickets to Magic Waters, four tickets to Klehm Arboretum, and a $20 gift card to Capone’s Eatery is Brittany Luke Strohecker from Pearl City, Illinois.  Congratulations!!!!

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on June 30, 2012

Showers & T’Storms Sunday

There’s a bit of uncertainty for timing storm chances with our current weather pattern.  Our chance of rain depends on many variables, including cloud cover from existing storms, the exact location of  the frontal boundary, atmospheric stability, and heat/energy from the sun…..just to name a few.

Showers and thunderstorms developing over the Plains states Saturday night are the main focus now.  Some of those storms may hold together and brush our local area.  It looks like our best chance for rain will begin by sunrise Sunday morning.  A warm front will lift north from central Illinois throughout the day, and will act as a triggering mechanism for isolated thunderstorms.  I stress the word ‘isolated,’ since our chance of rain will be 30% and thunderstorms will be limited in coverage.  Isolated storms will remain possible through Sunday evening.

In regards to Threatrack|HD, I’ve put our severe weather risk at a Level 2, or Low Risk.  As witnessed Friday along the I-88 corridor, some thunderstorms may turn severe and contain damaging wind gusts.

Hopefully we can see some beneficial rain without any of the severe stuff!

-JA

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on June 30, 2012

LIVE warnings, updates, and storm reports

(9:01:31 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS LOT: Franklin Grove [Lee Co, IL] broadcast media reports TSTM WND DMG at 08:15 PM CDT — power lines down in town. relayed by broadcast media. time estimated.

(8:22:32 PM) nwsbot: LOT continues Tornado Warning for Lee, Ogle [IL] till 8:45 PM CDT …AT 818 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR FRANKLIN GROVE…OR 5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF DIXON…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

(8:08:54 PM) nwsbot: LOT issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 70 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for De Kalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle [IL] till 9:30 PM CDT

(7:52:00 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS DVN: Milledgeville [Carroll Co, IL] emergency mngr reports TSTM WND DMG at 07:49 PM CDT — several trees and limbs down.

(7:36:11 PM) nwsbot: LOT issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Lee, Ogle [IL] till 8:30 PM CDT

(7:47:53 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS DVN: Milledgeville [Carroll Co, IL] emergency mngr reports TSTM WND GST of E60 MPH at 07:45 PM CDT — heavy rain reported as well.

(7:35:25 PM) nwsbot: DVN continues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Whiteside [IL] till 8:30 PM CDT

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This post was written by qni_it on June 29, 2012

Strong storms possible this evening

A cluster of damaging thunderstorms continues to move across Eastern Iowa. These storms have a history of producing tennis ball sized hail near Newton, IA (outside of Des Moines). Shortly after 5pm, the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office reported a 90mph wind gust near Marengo, Iowa. These storms mean business and will continue racing east at 60mph with damaging straight line wind through 7pm.

By 7pm, these storms will cross the Mississippi River around Clinton. Eventually, we expect a gradual turn to the southeast. This should occur when the storms cross the Misssissippi River bringing the highest threat of severe weather to areas along I-88. However, the storm may build on its north side.

We will have nonstop coverage this evening and through the weekend. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on June 29, 2012

Exactrack|HD Rainfall Estimates

Some much needed rain showers and even thunderstorms moved through northern Illinois Friday morning.  Areas south and southwest of Rockford picked up some appreciable rainfall.  The Forest City saw around 0.10″ of rain.  The I-88 corridor picked up the most rain, with a large chunk of real estate receiving around half an inch.

Our Exactrack|HD rainfall estimate tool shows that areas north of Sterling/Rock Falls were lucky; around 1 inch fell there!  On the flip side, northern areas of Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry and southern Wisconsin counties were hard-pressed to see a few drops of rain.

Any rain is welcomed, but this morning’s rainfall hardly made a dent in our deficit.  Rockford is still nearly 6 inches below normal!  Scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday night may provide more relief for our area.

-JA

 

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on June 29, 2012

That’s local news for ya!

And THIS is why WREX-TV has ten minutes of nonstop news at 10 o’clock. LOL -ES

 

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This post was written by qni_it on June 28, 2012

Rockford’s first June 100 degree high since 1988!

Three official reporting stations hit the century mark in Northern Illinois and they all begin with Chicago! Chicago-O’Hare Int’l Airport, Chicago-Midway Int’l Airport, and Chicago-Rockford Int’l Airport. -ES #blamechicago

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This post was written by qni_it on June 28, 2012

VIDEO: International Space Station captures Colorado wildfires

Check out this video from NASA. It shows the extent of the wildfires near Colorado Springs and the smoke plume that has made it over most of the Upper Midwest and Plains States.

You may have noticed a tinge of brown along the horizon due to the smoke from the fires. This will promote bad air quality for us tonight until the wind shifts. On the good side, it will make for a more brilliant sunset in a little over an hour from now. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on June 28, 2012

Slightly better chance of storms next few days

Yeah, it’s a slim chance…but it’s at least SOMETHING! The intense 100 degree heat we experienced on Thursday will pivot a little further south on Friday with middle 90s likely here in Northern Illinois. 100 degree temps are still possible south of I-80 as a front becomes hung up between LaSalle and Peoria. All eyes will be on the main branch of the jetstream which slowly nudges south from the US/Canadian border into Minnesota and Wisconsin.

These two factors, plus a few upstream thunderstorm clusters bring at least a chance of storms to our forecast. Today, our drought officially was designated a “Moderate Drought” from the University of Nebraska, the unit responsible for analyzing dry conditions. So any rainfall…even a few sprinkles are welcome!

Storm clusters, known as Mesoscale Convective Systems may be born in Northwest Iowa during the next 24-48 hours. A west to east jetstream wind will move these storms in our direction. The timing will be almost impossible to forecast, but it still warrants 20-30 percent probabilities of precipitation into the weekend.

Keep doing your rain dances everybody!!! -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on June 28, 2012

Temp Talk

The day has come, that day where we could reach 100 degrees in June for the first time in nearly a quarter century (24 years to be exact). A lot of hype has gone into today and it is with just cause. The one hundred degree mark isn’t as common as you might think. We have hit that number 105 times in 106 years, roughly once per year. Once per year seems like quite a bit but you have to factor in the years where we saw multiple 100 degree days, like 1936 for example. That year we saw the most 100 degree days in one year in Rockford’s history, 15. Of those 15, 9 were all in succession. Our hottest temp ever recorded was also in 1936 at 112 degrees!

The majority of our 100 degree days have come in July, which makes today even more rare. Today’s record high is 103. It looks like that record will hang on to live at least another year as today’s forecasted high is 100. As rare as today will be, we can’t feel all that special. There have been 100s well earlier in the year, like 1934, when we hit 100 degrees on May 31. That was and still is the earliest we ever hit the century mark. So while you battle the heat, remember this isn’t all that common yet it will be gone before you know it.

-GB

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This post was written by GregBobos on June 28, 2012