Amazing timelapse of Sandy coming into NYC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat

Happy Halloween! Here’s a list of Trick or Treat times for our local cities and villages.  Not all towns sent in their Trick or Treat times to WREX, so you might have to contact your local officials for times.  Here’s the link to the official list on the WREX website.

The forecast for tonight calls for a mostly clear sky with a northwest breeze (10-20mph) and temperatures in the lower 40s.  As the evening progresses, some upper 30s are possible.  Make sure you dress accordingly!  And if you have any extra candy, Eric, Greg, and I will always take donations!

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on October 31, 2012

Halloween History

Today’s crystal clear skies are going to lead to a chilly but very pleasant trick-or-treating experience for thousands of kids across the Stateline. Our high today will only take us up to 49 degrees and temps this evening will dip into the low 40s. However, it could most definitely be colder today. The coldest Halloween high temperature ever recorded in Rockford was 32 degrees back in 1917. On the flip side, the warmest Halloween we have see came back in 1950 when the mercury climbed all the way up to 84! I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween tonight! -Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on October 31, 2012

Get ready for winter driving!

Hurricane Sandy brought feet of snow to West Virginia and accumulating snows as close as Indiana and Ohio today!

I guess it’s that time of year when we have to start thinking about safe driving. Once again, we will give you the “Impact” when winter storms are forecast. On the side bar of our blog, you’ll notice a traffic signal.

For most days this winter season, the traffic signal here will be green. Keep in mind that even though we may indicate a green light, you could encounter some adverse driving conditions. Snows that accumulate but aren’t enough to satisfy the criteria for a Winter Weather Advisory will be green. You should be able to get to your destination but make sure you drive safely.

The signal will change to yellow when we’re forecasting dangerous driving conditions in the next few days. It may not be yellow for that day’s weather, but rather for a system that is in the forecast. Generally, Winter Weather Advisories of 2-5 inches of snow will be given a yellow light. However, possible winter storms in the future will also be given the yellow. Check back for updates here.

When the red signal is displayed, travel is discouraged. This will coincide with Winter Storm Warnings, Ice Storm Warnings, and Blizzard Warnings. Significant accumulations of snow or ice are likely which will have adverse effects on road conditions. Make plans to travel at another time and watch for updates here on the blog.

We want to make it easy for you to understand the forecast and make plans when severe winter weather is in the forecast. Check back often to see what Mother Nature has in store! -Eric

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This post was written by qni_it on October 30, 2012

WREX-TV is StormReady!

Today was an exciting day for us here at WREX-TV! We were honored to be recognized by the National Weather Service for being ready for severe weather and having a safety plan. Members of the National Weather Service forecast office in Chicago/Romeoville designated WREX-TV as StormReady this morning.

We knew we were ready back in May 2011 when our severe weather plan was put into action during a long-track tornado. We were able to keep our coverage going non-stop, while broadcasting from the basement of the station! It was a “What if?” several years before that prompted us to have the plan in place should we ever need it. And we’ve gone beyond just that. Every employee of WREX participates in tornado drills and knows what to do in the event of severe weather. This includes inside and outside of our building since we’re out in the elements a lot!

In order to achieve this status, we had to also we have a redundant system of receiving weather alerts. In fact, we have a weather radio, NWS Weather Chat, EAS, Scanners, and Text Alerts. No problems there!

Finally, we had to have a team in place able to make the right decisions during severe weather. Because if we’re not safe during the worst of the weather, it jeopardizes our ability to bring the news to you.

If you would like more information on the StormReady program and how your business/community can get involved, contact me personally at esorensen@wrex.com or click here. -Eric

 

 

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This post was written by qni_it on October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy in 1 minute, 49 seconds

Check out this timelapse of New York City during Hurricane Sandy. Power goes out around :42. -Eric

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This post was written by qni_it on October 30, 2012

Overnight East Coast Developments

According to The Weather Channel – 7 million people are without power this morning, more than 1 million of those in New York. Davis, West Virginia has already seen 18 inches of snowfall with much more expected in the next 48 hours.

Early this morning, President Obama declared New York and Long Island “major disaster areas”. This makes federal relief funding available for folks affected in the area.

According to CNN: The storm has claimed the lives of at least 16 in the United States.. This brings the death toll to 84 after the storm wreaked havoc on the Caribbean last week. Also, a levee broke early this morning in Moonachie, New Jersey leaving up to 1000 people in need of rescue due to several towns being in up to 4 to 5 feet of water.

More updates to come as things develop. -Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on October 30, 2012

Coverage of the landfall of Hurricane Sandy

Here is a live stream from The Weather Channel.

Raw video of wind blowing facade off of building in New York City.

Raw video of explosion at ConEd power plant in New York City.

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This post was written by qni_it on October 29, 2012

Bracing for Sandy

Hurricane Sandy has begun to pick up speed as it races to make landfall on the upper east coast later today into tonight. This super storm could threaten up to 50 million people from the New England states to as far west as Ohio. It is projected that up to 10 million people could lose power within the next 24 hours which has left power companies reaching out to other states to assemble help from across the country. As of this morning, nearly 9000 flights have been cancelled affecting global travel. This system could affect people as far west as Ohio because of its sheer size. Tropical Storm force winds will be felt as far as 500 miles away from the center of the storm as it makes landfall. Up to at least 7 inches of rain could fall over New York and New Jersey within the next 24 hours and some spots in the Appalacian Mountains could see up to 3 feet of snowfall. The timing of this storm could also enhance the flooding it brings. Its landfall tonight, during the high tide of a full moon could lead to much higher waves than if the storm would have impacted the coast earlier in the day. In anticipation of the threats Hurricane Sandy could cause, President Obama declared 6 states (Massachusettes, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) emergency areas so that those states could already begin receiving federal relief assistance. The 13 Hurricane Authority will keep you posted on all the updates to come regarding Hurricane Sandy. -Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on October 29, 2012

Wicked Waves

Hurricane Sandy and her remnants have quite the mess in store for the northeastern quadrant of the United States.  Strong wind gusts up to 90mph, coastal beach erosion, heavy rainfall in excess of 10 inches, flooding, areas of heavy snow with blizzard conditions….Sandy is packing quite the punch.

Only about 60 miles east of Rockford is Lake Michigan.  That lake, and the other four Great Lakes, will have quite the wind and wave storm of their own for the next couple of days.  Storm warnings, gale warnings, and lake shore flood advisories have been posted for areas along the lake shores.

Lake Michigan will endure strong, northerly wind gusts up to 60mph.  As a result of the northerly wind and the orientation of the lake, waves will increase (especially on Tuesday) to 20 to 25 feet!  That does not happen very often! Some damage is possible with lake shore flooding, coastal and beach erosion, and traffic problems.  Lake Shore Drive, with it’s proximity next to Lake Michigan, may be closed down for a time if waves reach the highway.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on October 28, 2012