Memorial Day Weekend 2014: Mighty Fine Forecast

A beautiful holiday weekend lies ahead of us! Ample sunshine and a bright blue sky is in the forecast for Saturday. Temperatures will rise into the mid-to-upper 70s across much of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. If you’re headed east toward Lake Michigan, expect cooler air thanks to the cold lake water. Mainly clear skies will stick around Saturday night with lows in the lower 50s.

FutureTrack Saturday

FutureTrack Saturday

Sunday will be even warmer, with highs pushing 80 degrees. A mostly sunny day will include a few more clouds than Saturday, especially by afternoon. A widely-isolated shower is possible after dark. An isolated thunderstorm is possible overnight as temperatures stay comfortable, falling to near 60.

FutureTrack Sunday

FutureTrack Sunday

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will enter our forecast for Memorial Day as temperatures warm up into the lower 80s. We’ll notice an increase in humidity on Monday as well. Our chance of rain is 50% so we will have plenty of dry time with some peeks of sunshine!

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on May 23, 2014

Average Rising; Forecast Falling

As we enter the last week of February, we typically expect temperatures to rise above freezing during the day. Our average high temperature is 40 degrees by next weekend!

Welcome to reality! We’re headed back into the deep freeze, at least by late February standards. Our forecast highs are in the teens and 20s. Low temperatures will fall below zero.  The core of the cold air will be in place from Tuesday evening through Friday afternoon. Click here for the 7-Day Forecast.

Forecast Highs: 15-25° colder than average

Forecast Highs: 15-25° colder than average

It will be cold enough that a few long-standing records will be in jeopardy:

  • record low temperature on Wednesday, February 26th (-6° from 1994)
  • record cold high temperature on Wednesday, February 26th (11° from 1920)
  • record cold high temperature on Thursday, February 27th (18° from 1912)

The good news is that our weather will be relatively quiet, in terms of what’s falling from the sky. Late Monday and Monday night, a dusting to an inch of snow is possible.  The rest of the time we’ll get to enjoy some sunshine!

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on February 22, 2014

Gaining Daylight

Since December 15th, our sunset times have been getting later.  Since December 21st—the winter solstice—our total amount of daylight has been getting longer.  Since January 10th, our sunrise times have returned to getting earlier with each passing day.

Gaining Daylight

Gaining Daylight

The amount of daylight we receive will continue to increase through the summer solstice in June.  We’ve gained about 19 minutes of daylight since the winter solstice.  In just one month’s time—February 13th—we will gain an additional 1 hour and 7 minutes! 

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on January 12, 2014

Looking on the Bright Side

For those of you who dislike our lack of daylight this time of year (including yours truly), I’ve got great news!

Between December 3rd and today—Saturday December 14th—Rockford’s sunset time was 4:24pm.  Beginning tomorrow and lasting through June, we will see increased daylight at the end of every day!  Sunday’s sunset will be at 4:25pm.

sunsets

Keep in mind that daylight as a whole will not increase until after next weekend.  The Winter Soltice arrives Saturday, December 21 at approximately 11:17am CST.

Here’s to looking on the bright side!

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on December 14, 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

November: Big Changes Ahead

The tricks and treats have come and gone, and now it is time to dig into one of the most transitional months of the year, November. 2We will go from an average high temperature of 56 to a high of 39 degrees. Our daylight will also diminish pretty quickly, by the end of the month we will only see daylight for just over 9 hours a day. Many people look forward to this month because it is the start of the holiday season and Thanksgiving is just mere weeks away. However for other folks, this just means that we are now only 54 days away from Christmas! With all that in mind, enjoy your November and the beginning of the holiday season. – Greg3

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This post was written by GregBobos on November 1, 2013

High and Dry

If you woke up this morning and didn’t know the date, you would never guess that we are heading into the middle of October, would you? We are once again seeing high temperatures well above average. The high on this date should clock in at 66°, however, we are likely to jump close to 10 degrees warmer than that. Low to middle 70s can be expected through the end of the week. 1The other feature that isn’t going away anytime soon is the amount of sunshine we will get. Today will remain crystal clear, and though a few clouds will creep in the next several days, the big change won’t come until the weekend when a cold front arrives and brings with it the chance for rain. We can thank high pressure for keeping the clouds away, and the jetstream for keeping the cool air trapped our northwest. – Greg2

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This post was written by GregBobos on October 8, 2013

Calm & Comfy

The title says it all! The next five days will be nearly picture perfect. CaptureThey will be jam packed with sunshine and our temperatures will be a touch above average, but just cool enough to keep that fall chill in the air as we head into the middle of October. Today looks to be the coolest day in the next seven with highs only pushing into the low 60s. A ridge of high pressure will dominate the Midwest the rest of the week giving us a breeze out of the south, along with the warm air it will carry with it. Expect low to mid 70s Tuesday-Friday with no real chance for rain until the weekend. Enjoy! -GregCapture2

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This post was written by GregBobos on October 7, 2013

Another Warm-Up

Saturday’s high temperatures maxed out as much as 15 degrees warmer than average across the Stateline.  All of us climbed into the lower 80s except western Jo Daviess County, where clouds and showers enveloped the sky earlier than the rest of the area.

High Temperatures - 09/28/2013

High Temperatures – 09/28/2013

A cold front, which brought clouds and scattered showers for much of Saturday evening and night, will set the stage for a brief cool down on Sunday. Sunday’s highs will top out in the lower 70s across the area.  Our average high this time of year is 70 degrees.

Warming Up Again

Warming Up Again

A warming trend will heat things up around here as early as Monday!  Highs will climb into the middle 70s.  A return to the lower 80s is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.  The sun will be with us that entire time, but the threat for rain returns by the end of the week.

-Joe

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This post was written by Joe Astolfi on September 28, 2013

Half & Half

We are slowly inching toward the weekend and have reached a point where the 7 day outlook is split in half. The first half, will be much of the same that we have already been experiencing throughout this first week of fall. Our cloud cover will be limited, and our temperatures will gradually be on the increase. CaptureHighs in the low 80s are a good bet on both Friday and Saturday.. then the second half settles in. Late Saturday into Sunday morning a cool front will track across the area bringing with it the chance for showers and thunderstorms (so much for our sunshine.. at least for a little while). On the back side of the showers, our temperatures will once again be limited to the low 70s. – GregCapture2

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This post was written by GregBobos on September 25, 2013