Looking Back

Yesterday’s storms are well off to the east and we have entered a much calmer (and cooler) weather pattern. In just the matter of 24 hours, some of our hometowns received almost 3″ of rainfall! Places that were the bullseye for our biggest storms yesterday even had some flash flooding this morning, but conditions have improved greatly as we have gone through the day. radarBe prepared for cooler temperatures for the rest of the week as highs struggle to stay in the 60s today through Friday. – Greg

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This post was written by GregBobos on May 13, 2014

Weekend Outlook

The Easter weekend is upon us and the weather will cooperate for most of it. CaptureTomorrow will be full of sunshine and highs into the 50s. Saturday we begin to cloud up but pump up the temperatures into the low 60s! Easter Sunday brings us middle 60s and the chance for a few scattered showers, though most of those should hold off until late in the day. If you have the umbrella on standby you should be good to go! Have a great weekend! – Greg

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This post was written by GregBobos on April 17, 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 GregBobos on March 20, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Facts

Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone! Here is a look at some of our records for today (and yes it was 82° two years ago from today), and a look at the week ahead. sdfsdfsfNotice, we have more 40s and 50s for high temperatures than we do 30s! Not too shabby right? – Greg Capture

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This post was written by GregBobos on March 17, 2014

Rare Middle East Winter Storm

While we’re used to it here in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, other parts of the world are not.  We’re talking snow, ice, and cold temperatures of course!  Thursday into Friday, a wintry mess blanketed parts of the Middle East.  Parts of Palestine, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey were walloped with once-in-a-lifetime snows.  Parts of Israel picked up over 12 inches snow, with some locations closing in on 2 feet!

palms

 

While most of us probably picture the Middle East as an arid, desert landscape with hot temperatures, snow isn’t necessarily uncommon in the wintertime.  There are some locations that see a little snow every winter.  But the magnitude of snow from this Thursday and Friday was extremely rare.  The city of Jerusalem recorded its first major snowfall in over 50 years!

mosque

 

Check out some pictures and a few news stories by clicking on the links below:

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on December 13, 2013

Chilly Start to Black Friday

If you headed out this morning to get in on some of the great deals and big savings, it only took you a few seconds to realize that it was a very chilly start to the day. chilly This week has been loaded with chilly mornings, but there is a bright side as we chug along into the rest of the holiday weekend. Our overnight lows will be limited to the 20s for the next 4 nights which will feel much more tolerable than the recent string of single digits and teens. chillyWe will even kick up the high temperatures into the low to mid 40s by the middle of next week. – Greg

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This post was written by GregBobos on November 29, 2013

Sportsman’s Forecast

The first firearm hunting season in Illinois wraps up on Sunday, while Wisconsin’s will continue through the end of the month.  Sunday’s forecast calls for a good deal of sunshine throughout the Prairie and Badger states.  A few random flurries are possible in far northern Wisconsin, otherwise dry weather is expected in both states.

Wisconsin regional forecast

Wisconsin regional forecast

The big story is the cold.  Northern Wisconsin will wake up to below zero temperatures while southern Illinois will start off in the middle teens.

Illinois regional forecast

Illinois regional forecast

Locally, we will rise into the middle 20s after a frigid start in the single digits. Wind will play a factor as it shifts from northwest to southwest between 5 and 15 miles per hour. Wind chills will be around zero in the morning and in the lower teens during the afternoon.

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on November 23, 2013

Washington Tornado: EF-4

The National Weather Service has completed a preliminary survey of the damaged caused by yesterday’s tornado in Washington, IL. The results have lead the weather service to categorize the twister as an EF-4, the second strongest classification. This particular tornado is believed to have had wind speeds between 170-190mph. Here are the criteria for an EF-4.  24We will keep you posted as more develops! -Greg

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This post was written by GregBobos on November 18, 2013

Falling Back

changes 2Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end for 2013.  At 2am Sunday, we will set our clocks back one hour.  As a result, our sunrise and sunset times will change.  The sunrise on Sunday will be before 7am—daylight will come a little earlier.  But many of us are dreading that sunset time—before 5pm!  In fact, the sun will not set after 5pm again for another 83 days! 

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on November 2, 2013

A Trick or a Treat?

The only thing on most of our minds today is whether or not the rain will end in time for trick-or-treating this evening. 2We wish that there was an easy way to give a definitive “yes” or “no” to this question, but we will be on the borderline of the backside of this rain system as we head into the evening. This afternoon rain will continue with the chance of a few small embedded thunderstorms. By mid to late afternoon the heavier rain will begin to dissipate leaving the rest of our activity much more scattered in nature. All of our simulators have rain ending west of Rockford as we make it toward 5-6pm with areas Rockford on east still dealing with lingering rain.3 Here is to hoping that the simulators got this one wrong and this system pushes east even faster so we can all have a dry and fun-filled trick-or-treat experience! -Greg

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This post was written by GregBobos on October 31, 2013