Weekend Weather: Two for Two


Last weekend brought 80° temperatures to much of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. After spending nearly all hours of Thursday in the 40s, temperatures will once again rebound. A warm dome of high pressure continues to build across the Rockies. In this visible satellite image, you can see the pesky area of low pressure that has been present over the eastern half of the US for the better part of this week. You can also see a small “shortwave” of low pressure spinning through Nebraska and Kansas. This feature will continue diving into the lower Mississippi River valley tonight and tomorrow.

Temperatures are expected to surge above 70° for Saturday with some areas peaking above 80° for Sunday. Some middle 80s are possible on Monday before our atmosphere begins a slow cool-down (actually back to average) for the middle of next week. (warm up graphic courtesy of accuweather.com)-ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on April 27, 2007

Rockford: Al’s Pick City!

This aired a few weeks ago on the Today Show. I thought I would post it just in case you missed it. -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on April 27, 2007

Tornado Strikes Plainfield and Bolingbrook

The National Weather Service in Romeoville, Illinois has confirmed a tornado touched down in Will County today.

Here is the official report from the NWS:

A small tornado touched down at Route 126 and Eastern Avenue in
Plainfield at 258 pm CDT and continued for 3.2 miles to near Patrick
Henry Parkway and Essington Road in Bolingbrook around 309 pm. The
tornado path width was only about 5 yards wide. The tornado was
rated EF0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale with winds estimated at 65 to
near 80 mph.
The first damage was at a nursing home just northeast of downtown
Plainfield. An SUV in the parking lot was flipped on its side and a
couple other vehicles were jostled. There was roof damage to the
nursing home where shingles and a couple small sections of roofing
were torn off.
The funnel then passed over an older neighborhood with mature trees
and ranch homes. There was no visible damage in this area. The large
trees may have sheltered the neighborhood. The funnel then moved
over an area of lakes with very few homes. There was a report of a boat
damaged near 135th Street.
The next signs of damage were in a subdivision just southwest of the
corner of Essington Road and 127th Street. This is a new subdivision
with large two story homes and only small trees. These homes were
more exposed. Here there was minor damage to several homes. Most of
the damage was to shingles and playground equipment. The tornado
continued into another subdivision north of 127th where trampolines
and lawn furniture were blown around by the twister. The flying
debris damaged siding on a few homes. The tornado damage ended in a
subdivision under construction on the east side of Essington Road
where a construction trailer was damaged. The funnel dissipated over
Bolingbrook Golf Club.
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This post was written by qni_it on April 26, 2007

Don’t Forget the Headlights

On my way into work this morning I counted 22 cars without their headlights on…in the pouring rain! Just remember that when you have to use your windshield wipers, turn your headlights on. It’s much easier to you coming! – CANDY

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This post was written by qni_it on April 26, 2007

Puddles drying up for the weekend!

As of 10am the Rockford Airport had recorded another half an inch of rain. The ground is saturated at this point and minor flooding is becoming a bit of a concern. Be careful of ponding on roadways and low lying areas. A Flood Watch is in effect through this afternoon for Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Carroll, and Whiteside County.

Rain showers will remain fairly constant through the rest of this afternoon. The showers will turn to sprinkles during the overnight hours, and the skies should be mostly dry by the time your Friday morning commute rolls around. Speaking of Friday, we’ve got a weekend upon us! 13News is the only station that is committed to your community! We will be showcasing some of our local community events on each weathercast Thursday through Saturday. For more events in and around your neighborhood, click here.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 26, 2007

Bad air in Beijing!

Take a close look at this satellite image of particulate pollution over Beijing, China. Click on the image to enlarge.

A northerly wind allows the pollution to drift southward. (NASA image courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response Team). -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on April 26, 2007

Tornado kills ten in South Texas

Residents in Eagle Pass, Texas are trying to cope with a tornado that took nearly a dozen lives late Tuesday night. The National Weather Service has rated this an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The San Antonio Express News has some great coverage on their website. -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2007

Sheryl Crow Update!

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Crow’s toilet paper comment was a joke taken out of context.

image: Sheryl Crow, far left, and Laurie David met Karl Rove at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Their conversation with Rove about global warming was not a success, Crow and David said. (Read more here)

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2007

Not an All Day Rain Event

Wet weather is in the forecast for today, but it will not be a constant rainfall. Here is how you can plan your day.

As of 7:30am the tail end of the widespread showers from last night were moving out of Winnebago County. Soaking rains have already brought over an inch of rain to Freeport, Rochelle, and DeKalb. Sterling has a whopping 1.77″ in the rain gauge. Rockford has seen .81″ in the last 8 hours.

This morning and afternoon the showers will be spotty in nature. Though the rain will come and go, the cloud cover will not. Cool and breezy conditions will be sticking with us all day long. By tonight, another batch of widespread rain should cover the Stateline. The showers could be heavy at times. Therefore, Mother Nature might be waking you up periodically again tonight. -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2007

Sheryl Crow proposes limit on T.P. to help the environment

Singer Sheryl Crow has said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment.

Crow has suggested using “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”.

Read more here. -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2007