A May Record (And Not the Good Kind)

May 20, 2015: Did you know that we have had as many days in the 50’s this month as we’ve had days in the 80’s so far? Yep. Three days a piece.  That doesn’t count the 40°, record-setting weather for today.

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Today’s coldest high temperature record was 51°, set in 2002.  A high of 47° this afternoon definitely broke that record.  We ended up being 26° below average.

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The atmosphere was cold enough to produce ice pellets as rain added insult to the injury of the cold, May weather. The ice didn’t accumulate, but still wasn’t pleasant to see.

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For those of you wanting to have the warmer weather back, you’ll get your wish.  We will rocket into the 70’s starting tomorrow.

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on May 20, 2015

Cool May Weather

May 19, 2015: Conditions today felt more like March than May after a round of unseasonably cold weather slipped in behind a cold front on Sunday. The weather each day has been much cooler than the day before, dropping from the 80’s on Sunday to the 50’s today.

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The northern portion of the jet stream has dipped well southward, providing a quick spring chill to most of the upper Midwest and Great Plains states.

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Overall, we were 15 degrees below average today, and getting to be near record territory.  Today’s coldest high temperature was in the 40’s, so we were still 10 degrees off, but close enough to take a peek at the record books.

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Wednesday will not be much better.  The upper 50’s stick around because of the extensive cloud cover and the cold air not moving out yet.  We should have much more summer-like conditions by the holiday weekend.

-Alex

 

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on May 19, 2015

It’s Cold, but is it Record Breaking Cold?

February 19, 2015: The Stateline is no stranger to wicked cold winter temperatures, and dangerously cold morning wind chills. We’re used to layering up, warming our cars, and heading out into the bitter cold. This morning was another day to add to the list of uncomfortably cold mornings with hazardous wind chills. But could this one be one for the record books?

Turns out, it might be TWO for the record books.

Potential record number 1:
If Rockford’s high temperature stays in the single digits today, a 79 year old record will be broken. February 15-18, 1936 holds the record for Rockford’s latest consecutive days of single digit temperatures. Yesterday, Rockford hit a high temperature of 8°. If we combine yesterday with today’s forecast of single digit high temperatures, we’ve got ourselves a record of the latest occurrence of 2 or more consecutive single digit high temperatures.

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Potential record number 2:

If Rockford’s high temperature only climbs to 6° or less, a 56 year record will be broken. On February 19th, 1959 Rockford only reached a high temperature of 7°, which is still the coldest for this date on ever recorded.

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We’re so lucky, right?

-Morgan Kolkmeyer

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This post was written by Morgan Kolkmeyer on February 19, 2015

Say It Ain’t Snow!

All eyes have been on a system approaching this weekend that’s set to bring us measurable snowfall.

The timing of this system seems to be pretty consistent among forecasting models. Snow should start moving into the Stateline on Saturday evening, and  continue to give us snow throughout Sunday morning, afternoon, and even through the evening. However, by the time we head into Sunday evening, we’re talkin’ light snow. Which leads me to the next point- when are we talking the heaviest snow? Starting at 12AM Sunday (midnight Saturday) and lasting through lunch on Sunday is when we’ll see the heaviest snowfall across the Stateline.

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We won’t be seeing the heaviest snowfall out of the system. The bulk of the precipitation stays to our south, keeping us out of the “bullseye.” But don’t put the shovels away just yet! I’m anticipating 2-4″ of snow to fall across the Stateline, with places along I-88 to fall on the higher end of that spectrum. We cool down to the single digits overnight on Sunday, making way for icy conditions on your Monday commute.

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Stick with us throughout this evening and through the weekend as we continue to track this system!

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This post was written by Morgan Kolkmeyer on January 30, 2015

Chilly Mid-July Low Temperatures

Wednesday morning’s low temperatures were a bit on the chilly side! Although we are in the middle of July, temperatures bottomed out in the upper 40s and lower 50s across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. These kind of temperatures are what we usually expect in mid-May or mid-September!

Weds. July 16, 2014 Low Temps.

Weds. July 16, 2014 Low Temps.

Rockford did not reach a record low temperature, however. The record low for July 16th is 46 degrees from the year 1945. Rockford bottomed out at 50 this morning. It could have been worse, though. Parts of northern Wisconsin and Minnesota fell into the upper 30s!

Chilly Weds. Morning in Wisconsin

Chilly Weds. Morning in Wisconsin

The forecast for Thursday morning remains cool. Low temperatures may flirt with the record low of 49 degrees, set in 1976.

FutureTrack: Another Cool Morning Thursday

FutureTrack: Another Cool Morning Thursday

If you’re wondering when things are going to warm back up around here, check out THIS BLOG POST.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on July 16, 2014

What Month is it?!

Unseasonably cool air will stick around for the next couple of days. Even though the calendar says it’s the middle of July, our temperatures will keep things feeling like it’s the middle of September! Our average high temperature this week is 85 degrees. Our average low is right around 63 degrees. Statistically speaking, this is usually the warmest time of the year.

Forecast Low & High Temperatures vs. Normal

Forecast Low & High Temperatures vs. Normal

Our low temperatures will bottom out in the 50s through Saturday morning. It appears that our record low temperatures will remain untouched. Record low temperatures for the next couple of days are in the middle 40s. However, a couple of our usual cool spots may dip below 50 degrees for an hour or two, especially Wednesday morning.

Low 50s (maybe even cooler Wednesday morning)

Low 50s (maybe even cooler Wednesday morning)

High temperatures will be hard-pressed to reach 70 degrees Tuesday afternoon!

Barely Hitting 70 on Tuesday

Barely Hitting 70 on Tuesday

After Tuesday, though, high temperatures will increase a couple of degrees every day. Here’s a look at the 7-Day Forecast; temperatures will be comfortably mild by the end of this week. Next week, there is a good chance for us to see a string of days with above normal temperatures.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on July 14, 2014

Clouds Keeping Us Cool

We have entered into a cool stretch that will be giving us three straight days with high temps in the 50s. That means our highs will be some 15-20 degrees below average. Not to mention, the next two nights will drop all the way into the upper 30s. Just for a quick reality check, our average high temp over the next three days is 72° – GregCapture

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This post was written by qni_it on May 15, 2014

Slam Dunk!

CaptureWe have officially and finally made it into spring! Today and tomorrow look great when it comes to temperatures with highs today in the mid to upper 40s and we make a run for the mid to upper 50s tomorrow. In fact, some spots along the I88 corridor could push near 60 degrees! Make sure you enjoy these two days, because late tomorrow we bring in a chance for a few scattered showers. Those showers will then usher in a cool spell that will leave us with highs in the 30s Saturday-Wednesday. It won’t be a bitterly cold spell, but our highs will be more than ten degrees below average. – Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on March 20, 2014

Chilly Sunday on Tap

After some light snow Saturday night, cold air will usher into northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin for Sunday. Our afternoon temperatures will only reach the upper 20s. To put this into perspective, we average upper 20s for highs in early January! Our average high temperature for the middle of March is well into the upper 40s.

Sunday Morning Wind Chill: Single Digits

Sunday Morning Wind Chill: Single Digits

Thanks to a blustery northeast wind sustained between 10 and 20mph with gusts up to 30mph, our wind chill will be biting! On Sunday morning it will range from 0 to 10 degrees. By Sunday afternoon, it will ease into the teens.

We’ll warm up a handful of degrees more for St. Patrick’s Day on Monday and then it’s back to the 50s by Election Day Tuesday. Click HERE for the 7-Day.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on March 15, 2014

Records All Around

We have officially flipped the calendar into the month of March, but I think someone forgot to tell Mother Nature, because this stands to be one of the coldest March days on record. This morning was brutally cold once again with the low temperature in Rockford bottoming out at -11°. 11pmwindchillThat reading blew our low temp record for this date out of the water. The previous record of -4° was set back in 2002. Our -11° also tied the record for the coldest March temperature ever recorded. 1As if those aren’t enough records for one day, if we do not top 18° this afternoon, today will go down as the coldest high temperature ever on this date! – Greg Capture

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This post was written by qni_it on March 3, 2014