Soaking Spring Storm

Update 11:00am = Big line of thunderstorms stretching from southwestern Wisconsin to La Salle, IL. Heaviest rain moving through downtown Rockford at this time. These thunderstorms are not showing any characteristics of becoming severe across the Stateline.

Update 9:15am = The line of thunderstorms just to the south of the Quad Cities is on the edge of criteria for being called severe. Some pea and marble sized hail has been reported. These storms will travel to the northeast and mainly affect areas south of I-88.

Original Post = Some rainfall totals coming in this morning are already fairly impressive. From the overnight storms the Rockford Airport has recorded 0.64″ of rain, but near 1 inch totals have been reported as close by as Rochelle and Janesville. This is only the tip of the iceberg with this spring storm system.

Showers and storms will continue to periodically move through the region. We are under some light rain right now, but heavier rain is just west of the Mississippi River. The main threat for us in this rainmaker is going to be the flooding potential. A few spots could approach 2 inches of liquid precipitation by this evening. This is why the entire viewing area is currently under a FLOOD WATCH that will continue through the night. Northern Illinois is still under a slight risk of severe weather for today, but I don’t expect a big severe weather outbreak. Instability will be at a premium, because it will be tough for us to find any sunshine to heat up the atmosphere. Some pea to penny size hail is possible to go with gusty winds, but the main severe weather threat lies well to our south for today. The storms should still be raging through the evening hours, but by midnight tonight the skies turn tranquil.

In conclusion, for those of you taking the day off of work to go to the Cubs home opener, be sure to bring some warm and waterproof clothes. Depending on how hard the rain is this afternoon, the home opener might actually get pushed back a day. -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on March 31, 2008

4 Comments so far

  1. Anthony March 31, 2008 3:46 PM

    THE SKIES ARE BOOMING HERE IN DEKALB! IM A CART PUSHER AT WAL-MART, IF THE THUNDER KEEPS UP MY HOLE SHIFT, I MAY NOT HAVE TO PUSH A CART!

  2. tony March 31, 2008 4:01 PM

    dvIt is booming here in rockford too. How can you be on a computer if you are at walmart right now. I know walmart doesnt have access to the internet. I work at the walmart in rockford as a cashier.

  3. Anthony March 31, 2008 4:47 PM

    I WORK FROM 2PM-11PM, THATS HOW!

  4. tony March 31, 2008 9:03 PM

    I am guessing the warm front has moved thru since it is now 60 degrees. It feels great outside. I just wonder if the heavy rain and storms will come back now.

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