A rare occurrence!

Thermometers in Rockford surged up to 92° on Monday. How rare is that? Going back to 1901 (when record-keeping began) there have only been 21 times that we’ve gotten to 90° in the fall season! The most recent time that’s happened was back in 1997. So, if you thought today was rare, you were right!

By the way, the latest date we’ve ever gotten to 90° was October 6, 1963.

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This post was written by qni_it on September 24, 2007

Record high temperature tied today

Temperatures surged to 92° on the nose of gusty southwest winds. That 92° ties an 87 year old record! 90s are very rare in the autumn months. In fact, before today, it had only happened 21 times.

What do you think about this steamy weather? Take it or leave it?

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This post was written by qni_it on September 24, 2007

Rain in the Offing?

Our rain chances this morning are very low, but they will be rising here shortly. Right now a cold front is slowly sweeping through the Dakotas, and kicking up a few showers as it moves east. We will be well ahead of the front, which means we will be well ahead of the area with the greatest instability. One or two storms are possible this afternoon, but I would expect the majority of the viewing area to stay dry today. Tonight three or four storms are possible, but again the activity will remain very spotty. The cold front will cross the Stateline during the daytime hours tomorrow. Due to this factor, I am expecting the wettest time frame to lie between sunrise and sunset on Tuesday. On the backside of this rainmaker is a significantly cooler and drier airmass. This will send our rain chances way down, and cause us to be able to bask in some very comfortable weather. -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on September 24, 2007

Midwest Fall Foliage Report

You’ve probably noticed a few more yellow and orange trees in the Stateline. As temperatures cool and sunlight gradually fades, the leaves will change into their brilliant oranges and reds. Some areas along Lake Superior are nearing their peak colors! We will continue to monitor fall’s progress right here on the blog.

Have a great weekend!

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This post was written by qni_it on September 23, 2007

Welcome to Autumn!

The Autumnal Equinox will occur at 4:51am Sunday morning. On Sunday, there will be 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. After Sunday we start gaining an over-balanace of nighttime minutes…losing precious daylight until the winter solstice arrives on December 22nd.

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This post was written by qni_it on September 23, 2007

Friday Night Lights (Mother Nature’s version)

9:55pm – This event is over with. Our next chance of thunderstorms comes on Monday. Thanks everybody for your reports!!! -ERIC

9:05pm – Chicago/Rockford Int’l Airport registered a 32mph sustained wind with 53mph gust with the line of storms. NWS receiving some reports of tree branches down in NE Rockford.

9:00pm – Storms are winding down. Lightning strikes are becoming fewer and fewer.

8:22pm – Non-severe wind gusts of 30mph can be expected as the thunderstorms near from the west. The strongest storms appear to be over Rock County, WI right now.

8:08pm – From the 13News Sports Department: Pearl City vs. Dakota, IL has been called due to lightning.

7:57pm – Storms are moving into the metro area at 8:00pm. Some cloud-to-ground lightning strikes have been observed with the storms with wind gusts to 40mph. Stay indoors as these storms approach.

Severe weather is not anticipated at this time. -ERIC

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This post was written by qni_it on September 22, 2007

Moderate risk of severe for Wisconsin!

The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the outlook for severe weather this afternoon and evening. There is a moderate risk of severe weather from the UP of Michigan down to Madison. Northern Illinois is in the slight risk, but storms should be weakening as they cross the Mississippi River by 9pm. We’ll have to wait and see what develops out in Iowa this evening before we sound any alarms.

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This post was written by qni_it on September 21, 2007

Unusual cloud formation

This picture was taken by Tim Pederson while on a flight over the Pacific Ocean. He says “I was wondering if you could explain the dome over the cloud. I have never seen that before.”

First of all Tim, the large cloud with the cauliflower top is a cumulus (cumulonimbus if there’s rain being produced out the bottom…which it probably is.) The little dome on top is called a pileus cloud (lē-əs). Pileus clouds often form on top of cumulus and indicate strong updrafts iwithin the cloud mass. You can almost picture the main cloud rising so rapidly that it is pushing the remaining moisture (pileus) in the clear-air right up against the top of the atmosphere. Tim, I am glad you caught a glimpse of it because pileus clouds don’t usually last long. This cloud was probably only around for a few minutes at most.

Thanks for sending it in!

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This post was written by qni_it on September 21, 2007

Wisconsin Fall Color Report

Fall color is really starting to take shape across Wisconsin. Areas around Mercer and Phillips, are past peak, but the vibrant reds and oranges are becoming more common in the Northwoods.

If you have any fall-color pictures, please send them along by clicking here.

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This post was written by qni_it on September 20, 2007

Where’s the rain?

August brought Rockford its second major flood in less than a year, but September has been anything but wet. At the Chicago/Rockford Int’l Airport only 0.63″ of rainfall has fallen this month. That gives us a monthly deficit of more than an inch and a half!

Things may change Jerry’s help. Who’s Jerry you ask? The Gulf of Mexico may give birth to Tropical Storm Jerry on Thursday. If this storm heads west toward the Louisiana coast by this weekend, tropical moisture will be transported northward into the Middle Mississippi River Valley…and Northern Illinois. Did you catch the word “if” though? We still have to wait for this thing to develop. Once it does so, our computer models will pick up on it…and let us know it’s affect on our weather.

Right now, we wait and see. What’s certain: This hurricane season has seen some storms strengthen very rapidly. Let’s hope Jerry doesn’t do any more harm to New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.

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This post was written by qni_it on September 20, 2007