Winds of Change

It was another chilly morning with temperatures once again starting off in the lower and middle 20s! But today we’ll see temperatures in the lower 50s versus the middle 40s like we did yesterday. The reason…wind direction!

Even though there was ample sunshine on Tuesday, winds were coming in from the west/northwest. This really doesn’t do us any good if we want to see warm (or semi-warm) temperatures this time of year. Today, however, winds have been a little breezy from the south/southeast and so as a result, temperatures will be able to make it into the lower 50s! But don’t get too use to those southerly winds. Low pressure will move to the south of us and bring an increase in the cloud cover and a chance for rain late Wednesday night and into Thursday.

So get out and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts this afternoon! -CANDICE

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This post was written by qni_it on October 25, 2006

Brighter Mornings Ahead!

If you’re an early-riser you don’t need me to tell you that it’s pretty dark in the mornings nowadays! In fact, the sun rose today at 7:20am. By the time we get to Saturday, we’ll lose a few more minutes of light. Look for a sunrise at 7:24. I looked through the official sunrise records for Rockford and realized the latest sunrise of the year occurs right around New Year’s when the sun rises at 7:25am…only a minute later than Saturday! Click on this link to see the sunrise/sunset times for any city in the nation, for any date.

Besides getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, what’s another good thing about turning the clocks back Saturday night? Brigher mornings next week! Let’s just hope the clouds will go away so we can actually see one! -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 24, 2006

Frosty Morning!

It was a very chilly start for Stateline residents this morning. With clearing skies and light winds overnight, it was very easy for temperatures to fall into the low and mid 20s this morning. Wind chill values were even in the teens in some spots!

The last time we saw temperatures start off this chilly was back on the 15th of October, when the mercury dropped to 26 degrees. Thankfully we were no where near the record low this morning…. 18 degrees set back in 1981. With such a chilly start this morning, it’s going to be hard to get temperatures to warm up past the mid to upper 40s this afternoon.- CANDY

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This post was written by qni_it on October 24, 2006

Cosmic Rays Linked to Global Warming? Details tonight at ten!

No, I’m not talking about this one on the air… but I wish I could take a poll on what you think of this!

An article by LiveScience Magazine today reported that the earth’s warming trend might be caused by a decrease of starlight. I admit, I am not an expert on cosmic rays, but it seems a little far-fetched to me.

I have heard many theories on global warming, but this one’s new to me. Read the article, but don’t forget to comment on this one! -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on October 23, 2006

Blame it on El Nino?

I’ve mentioned before how this autumn season compares to the 1997/1998 El Nino. (El Nino winters bring us milder, drier weather.) But looking at the similarities between this year and 1997 is the key to figuring out how this winter will pan out. The winter of 1997/1998 began on a very cold, wet note but ended up being very mild and dry!

So, should we blame October’s cold on El Nino or the late Chris Farley? (Click on the link to see his infamous SNL parody).

Tim Halback, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Chicago office points out that 2 of the top 8 warmest autumns happened during El Nino years (1963 & 1941). While he agrees that this year’s onset of El Nino is very similar to 1997/1998, El Nino winters usually begin in the autumn…and are very warm! Precipitation may help us figure this out a little more. Certainly, El Nino autumns are very wet! Looking at our climate data, we’ve been rather wet since September, so we’ll take some of the blame off of Farley!

One thing is certain here: The effect El Nino has on our weather is nearly impossible to predict. More times than not, we dissect the information after we’ve experienced the El Nino winter.

So, we’ll continue the thought that October will end on a cool, wet note. After that, things should warm to above-normal levels. -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 23, 2006

Week 9 of Friday Night Football!

“41…55…34…41…hut…hike!” There’s your temperature extremes for the weekend! Be glad that Friday Night Football isn’t on Saturday! Things won’t be too bad for tonight’s games. In fact, winds will be on the light side with no threat of rain. Last week was rather dismal, so let’s hope Mother Nature brings our hometown team a win tonight!

My cousin David Michels who is on the JV team for Winnebago High School recently broke his collarbone in practice so I’ve got to get a “Get well Dave!” out there. And good luck to his team tonight: The Winnebago Indians! Hopefully Dave is back on the team in no-time. I am 100% sure he’s rooting the team on from the stands.

Have a great weekend! -ERIC

p.s. what team do you think will lead the Nic-9 to a championship???

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This post was written by qni_it on October 20, 2006

More cold air on the loose!

It seems like we’ve been so unlucky the past two weeks! In fact, very few weekends in the month of October have been sunny! While we’ll enjoy some sunshine for the first half of Friday, temperatures will be well below normal. A system will develop out in the plains on Friday and tap the Arctic keg! One of the interesting parts of this weekend’s story is the fact that this system actually will produce quite a bit of precipitation across the Midwest. What I’m looking closely at is the end of the precip. Saturday will be quite rainy around here, but as temperatures drop Saturday afternoon/evening, the precipitation will be winding down. Rain will change to snow Saturday night, but accumulations are unlikely at this time simply because this system will be pulling away.

We’ll be blustery and cold for Sunday with a few snow showers. A miserable high of 40°. If you’ve got ANY good news at all, post a comment. I need something to look forward to! -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 19, 2006

…and then there’s this!

I’m not sure how many people are familiar with “The Onion” newspaper, but it was a must-read for me back in my college days at NIU. Today, I stumbled on a story that was written about storm chasers and their sometimes lack of sanity. Keep in mind, “The Onion” is a parity newspaper. Nothing should be taken completely serious, but this one is pretty good!
Chasing Tornadoes Is All I Have
(Note: “The Onion” is not intended for readers under the age of 18.)

Did you know that “The Onion” is printed on the same printing press as the Rockford Register Star? -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 18, 2006

Watch for the Northern Lights on Friday night!

Okay, why would I put a blog entry about the Northern Lights when we’re expected to be cloudy for the next week? Before I give you the forecast, here’s the science!

A large coronal hole may be opening up on the side of the sun nearest earth. This could trigger a geomagnetic storm for the planet on Friday, October 20th. If this occurs, a large display of northern lights will be visible. While the chances of this potential display making it this far south is in question, certainly if your plans take you to Wisconsin or the U.P., be on the look out.

Now that I’ve gotten your hopes up? Time for the forecast! During the next seven days, there is only one clear night in the forecast…and that’s Friday night! -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 17, 2006

First signs of a major winter storm!

I got goose bumps when I looked at the GFS computer model this afternoon! A significant storm system will take shape on Thursday over the southern plains and track into the Midwest by the weekend.

This system is very close to the “perfect storm” when it comes to producing snowfall. Storms that track from Oklahoma to lower Michigan often pick up copious amounts of Gulf moisture. This one certainly isn’t perfect (given the time of year and the robust water content) but bears some watching!

The other thing this storm may have is a good deal of cold air! As you can see the freezing line goes from near Milwaukee to Champaign Sunday morning. This would put northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin in a prime spot for snowfall. If this were December we’d be in for several inches. However the calendar reads October. The perverbial wrench has been thrown in. For now, I’ll have some question marks on the extended forecast…the headlines will go up if the GFS can continue to paint the same scenario for the Saturday night/Sunday timeframe.

What do you think of this early-winter weather? Does it make you want to start your Christmas shopping? Post a comment below and we’ll open this up for some discussion! -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on October 17, 2006