It’s been a long time coming!

CaptureToday’s 87 degree high temperature in Rockford was just four degrees off the record high for the date! It’s hard to forget the heat of 2012, but to put this warmth in perspective, check out the amount of time that has elapsed since September 12th when the mercury soared to 89 degrees! Almost 20 million seconds ago.

Wednesday will be warm once again, although likely a few degrees cooler. Look for highs in the middle 80s once again before a much cooler weather pattern takes hold from Thursday on. -Eric

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This post was written by qni_it on April 30, 2013

Up, Up and Away

We look to clock in at 80° for the first time this afternoon, which is right on schedule for the Rockford area. A welcomed sight after a well below average April, but it will be short lived. We could squeeze out a second day that touches on 80° tomorrow, then the bottom will drop out and we will be back in the 50s before you know it. This major temp swing has to do with an aggressive and slow moving cold front. With the cooler air we can expect 3-4 days of scattered showers adding to our already well above average recent rainfall totals. -Greg1

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This post was written by qni_it on April 30, 2013

What Goes Up…

scaleMother Nature is giving us a pleasant surprise! Tuesday and Wednesday will bring us our first taste of summer weather! Temperatures will touch 80 degrees tomorrow and only fall to the 60s throughout tomorrow evening. We will cool off a few degrees on Wednesday, but it will still be t-shirt and shorts weather with temperatures at 76 degrees.

Unfortunately, what goes up must come down, and our summer tease will quickly turn back to spring starting Thursday. Like an old fashion scale, temperatures are going to crash down into the upper 50s on Thursday and Friday, and drop off a couple more degrees for the rest of the weekend.

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This post was written by Morgan Kolkmeyer on April 30, 2013

Tracking Strong Storms

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untitled10:40pm – The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch through 5am for most of Iowa and three counties of Northwestern Illinois. Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Carroll Co., you are in this for the possibility of large hail. Right now, no storms are imminent. Rather, storms will be in a weakening phase as they approach the I-39 corridor late tonight through early Tuesday morning. However, residents in the orange shaded areas should be on the alert for rapidly changing weather. -Eric

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9:57pm – We will keep Threatrack-2 going for areas west of I-39 tonight and tomorrow. Thunderstorms will continue to develop in Eastern Iowa for the next few hours. They will flare up and possibly produce damaging hail. However, as they move east toward the I-39 corridor, they will weaken thanks to lower dewpoints and weaker thermodynamics. For that reason, severe thunderstorms are not anticipated to be widespread tonight. However, a few localized spots could receive some hail. -Eric

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9:32pm – Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Jo Daviess Co. has been allowed to expire early. However, I’ve highlighted here a few cells trying to pop along the Mississippi River. These will move east int

o Carroll Co. by 9:45pm. We’ll monitor those and have the latest here and on 13News10@10. -Eric

(9:01:20 PM) nwsbot: Storm Prediction Center issues Mesoscale Discussion #0581 [watch probability: 40%] (View text)

(8:57:29 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS DVN: 2 E Dubuque Regional Ai [Dubuque Co, IA] emergency mngr reports HAIL of golf ball size (E1.75 INCH) at 08:26 PM CDT — quarter to golf ball size hail…time estimated from radar.
(8:57:29 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS DVN: 3 NE Dubuque Regional A [Dubuque Co, IA] emergency mngr reports HAIL of tennis ball size (E2.50 INCH) at 08:30 PM CDT — golfball to tennis ball…time estimated from radar.

(8:56:22 PM) nwsbot: DVN issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: <50 MPH, hail: 2.50 IN] for Jo Daviess [IL] till 9:45 PM CDT

(8:37:50 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS DVN: 2 SSE Dubuque Regional [Dubuque Co, IA] trained spotter reports HAIL of egg size (M2.00 INCH) at 08:24 PM CDT — time estimated from radar.

(8:17:23 PM) nwsbot: DVN issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.00 IN] for Dubuque, Jackson [IA] and Jo Daviess [IL] till 9:00 PM CDT

(2:41:01 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS LOT: 3 E Roscoe [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of pea size (E0.25 INCH) at 02:38 PM CDT — pea to dime size hail.

(2:33:30 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS LOT: Roscoe [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (E1.00 INCH) at 02:31 PM CDT —

untitledHere is a look at the storm right now. It is moving east at about 38 mph, producing some pea sized hail and brief gusty wind. This storm continues below severe limits. -Eric

(1:50:22 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS MKX: Juda [Green Co, WI] trained spotter reports HAIL of penny size (M0.75 INCH) at 01:49 PM CDT —

(1:37:46 PM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS DVN: 1 ESE Nora [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of half inch size (E0.50 INCH) at 01:08 PM CDT —

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nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS DVN: Orangeville [Stephenson Co, IL] emergency mngr reports HAIL of nickel size (E0.88 INCH) at 01:29 PM CDT — time estimated from radar.

Good Monday afternoon! Chief Meteorologist Eric Sorensen here. We’re tracking a strong thunderstorm across the metro. Your reports are appreciated! Tweet me http://www.twitter.com/ericsorensen or send me an e-mail. Be safe everyone! -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on April 29, 2013

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Jo Daviess County until 1:15pm. The system is capable of producing damaging wind and quarter size hail. It is tracking due east. Stay tuned for more updates! -Greg1

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This post was written by qni_it on April 29, 2013

A Few Rumbles

Clusters of showers and thunderstorms fired up along a frontal boundary in northwestern Wisconsin, southern Minnesota and northern Iowa on Sunday night. While this activity will likely lose energy and weaken before having an effect on the Stateline, the boundary will continue to push east for Monday.  A few showers are possibly near Dubuque, Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin Monday morning as this activity fizzles out.

While temperatures are expected to warm into the low 70s locally with some sunny breaks, a few showers and thunderstorms may redevelop along and ahead of the boundary on Monday afternoon in northwestern Illinois.  There is some concern that a thunderstorm or two may contain sizeable hail and gusty wind.  While our risk for a severe thunderstorm is low, it is not out of the question…..especially along and west of Interstate 39.

It is important to keep in mind that showers and isolated thunderstorms will be scattered in coverage, so not everyone will get wet. The chance of rain is only 50 percent. Be sure to tune into 13 News Today and 13 News at 5 and 6pm on Monday for the latest details. -Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on April 28, 2013

April Ends on a Warm Note

April 2013 has been consistently cool.  As of this blog post, 17 days have had high temperatures below normal.  When factoring in high and low temperatures, 19 days have been below normal in Rockford.  The last three days of the month, however, will buck the trend.

Sunday’s high temperature is expected to reach 70 degrees in Rockford.  This is significant in many ways.  It will be the first 70 degree day of the year in the Forest City and the first since October 25, 2012!  On average, Rockford usually sees its first 70 degree day around April 2nd.  Sunday April 28th would be the second latest first 70 degree day in Rockford’s climatological history.  The latest first 70 degree day ever observed was May 6, 1971.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on April 27, 2013

AMAZING VIDEO: Giant whirlpool in Latvia

We have had some serious flooding in the past few weeks. But if I saw this, I’d be running away! What do you think? -Eric

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This post was written by qni_it on April 26, 2013

Wonderfully Warm Weekend

We have all been craving a warm spring like weekend jam packed with sunshine and low on rain. Our wish has been granted! This weekend will bring us three incredible days (if you include Friday like I do!). High temperatures will range from the middle 60s to low 70s with sun dominating most of the time. Even our overnight temperatures will be mild keeping us in the 40s and 50s. Enjoy this warm up and get outside because next weekend looks to be 15-20 degrees cooler! -Greg012

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This post was written by qni_it on April 26, 2013

Tornado Anniversary

Saturday marks two years since the deadly Tuscaloosa, Alabama tornado.
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Stormchaser Mike Wilhelm was along the interstate and documented the tornado from close range. His commentary is enough to put goose bumps on your arms.


Do you have a tornado plan?

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2013