March: In like a lion, out like a…

The old saying states if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. March 1st brought the Rockford area a soaking 0.6″ of rain, but it looks like March 31st may bring another round of soggy weather. The graphic to the left is a sampling of the GFS model for Saturday at 1pm. The graphic to the right is a sampling of the NAM model for the same time frame. If either scenario holds true we could be looking at warm temperatures and some fairly strong thunderstorms. The GFS pumps out less rainfall than the NAM, but both models are thinking at least another half inch of rain before this storm system moves on. Get your roars ready! -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on March 28, 2007

Warm Air Disrupted!

One of the first things I do when I get into the weather center each afternoon is check out the temperatures. While the Rockford area sits at an unbelieveable 76° at 3pm, the Chicago area is in the 50s and the Milwaukee area is in the 40s!

You can actually see the cold front on doppler radar. Click on the image to see it in motion. The little blue line that goes from SE Rockford to the south suburbs of Chicago is the front in motion! It is actually enhancinc the lift…for some thunderstorms across Lee County, IL right now!

It’s amazing to see the shorts and tee-shirt weather south of the front…winter coat weather north! The front will slowly sag southeastward in the direction of the blue arrow through the afternoon and may continue to fire up some storms, capable of some small hail through 7pm.

Temperatures in the Rockford area will fall into the 50s by 5pm. The forties will be kept snugly along the Lake Michigan shoreline. -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on March 27, 2007

What’s the hold up?

We’ve been talking about a stationary front overhead for several days now. Why hasn’t this frontal boundary moved out of the area yet? The reason is a very strong area of high pressure that is spinning over the Carolinas. It is acting as a bully and has put up an impenetrable fence. Until this blocking mechanism moves off of the coast our atmosphere will remain unstable due to the clashing of the warm and relatively cooler airmasses overhead. -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on March 27, 2007

Almost too good to be true!

When the thermometer rose to 79° on Sunday, many of us thought it couldn’t be beat. In fact, we broke a record high for the date.

Sunshine and a warm start-up temperature (63°) gave that 79° a run for the money.

At 2:37pm the thermometer made it to 80° at the Chicago/Rockford Int’l Airport…one of the earliest 80 degree temperatures in recent memory! In fact, we haven’t seen a March-80 in nine years!

I saw some lucky folks boating down the Rock River, I saw a man riding a horse down Auburn Road, and I smelled a barbeque along North Main. One thing that I’ve never seen before? A boy (probably about ten years old) was riding down the Sinnissippi Bike Path while talking on a cell phone. Welcome to 2007, right?

What did you do to celebrate our first 80? Post a comment! -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on March 27, 2007

Study: Global Warming may create new climates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some climates may disappear from Earth entirely, not just from their current locations, while new climates could develop if the planet continues to warm, a study says.

Such changes would endanger some plants and animals while providing new opportunities for others, said John W. Williams, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Read more here.

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This post was written by qni_it on March 27, 2007

Watch for Your Hometown Forecast!

We are starting up something new on 13News Today. As you well know, the weather isn’t uniform across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. In an effort to further detail the disparities among the viewing area, I will be issuing a hometown forecast every morning. Each morning I will pick a city whose weather stands out or varies the most from the Rockford area.

The inaugural hometown forecast is for Rock Falls, Illinois where they could easily break the 80 degree mark. This type of warmth is more typical of late June than late March! -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on March 26, 2007

Severe Threat Tonight


As the old saying goes, “You win some…you lose some”. The storms tonight stayed well off to the north this evening in northern Wisconsin. A line of storms is moving through central Wisconsin and may fill in a little to the south, but other than that things should be pretty quiet and warm!

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This post was written by qni_it on March 26, 2007

New Record

With breezy southerly winds and lots of sunshine this afternoon, temperatures were quick to rise into the middle and upper 70s! Today will be a day that goes down in the record books. We reached 79 degrees breaking the old record of 76 set back in 1907!
Monday will be another warm day. Highs are expected to reach the middle to upper 70s once again!
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This post was written by qni_it on March 25, 2007

Flood Watch Issued

Flood Watches have been issued for parts of the WREX viewing area through Sunday evening. While it’s pretty quiet so far this evening, and approaching warm front will move north through the overnight on Saturday and we could see a few showers and even some thunderstorms. With the threat of thunderstorms, heavy downpours are possible. With all the recent rain we’ve seen this past week, the ground in some spots is fairly saturated. So as rain continues to fall, the ground will not be able to soak it up as quickly, leading to flooding.

One a side note: I was watching the Weather Channel this morning (yes, I know) and they were talking about some of the flooding that has been occurring in Indiana and Ohio. Well, one lucky reported manged to run into Colts head coach, Tony Dungy, along a flooded residental road. After talking to him for a while, the reporter told Tony that “he has seen cars make it through, and the only time they’ve gotten stuck was when they tried to turn around in muddy yards.” He then preceded to tell Tony to “just drive down the middle of the road and you should be fine.” And he did!! I didn’t get a chance to see if Dungy actually made it, but please let this be a reminder to you that if you come across a road that is flooded, no matter if you think you can make it through or not, just TURN AROUND! -CANDY

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This post was written by qni_it on March 25, 2007

Severe Threat Sunday

Sunday could prove to be bumpy for some who live in parts of Wisconsin. A moderate risk for severe weather is expected there while all of the WREX viewing area is in a slight risk. As a vigorous area of low pressure moves northeast tonight and Sunday, it will draw in a lot of moisture from the gulf along with warmer tempertures.
Rain and thunderstorms are expected tonight as a warm front creeps further north through northern Illinois. A few storms could be ongoing Sunday morning, but we may actually see a break in the early afternoon before the low pressure settles over southern Minnesota. Storms could fire up as early as mid afternoon in northern Iowa and move east into southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois by late afternoon. A few of the storms could be on the strong side with hail and damaging winds. The latest severe weather update will be issued late tonight from the SPC and we will have the newest outlook for Sunday afternoon.
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This post was written by qni_it on March 24, 2007