EXCLUSIVE SEVERE WEATHER COVERAGE

6:51 p.m.
Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Whiteside counties dropped from the Tornado Watch. Green to be dropped shortly.

(6:22:50 PM)
iembot: 5 N Rock Falls [Whiteside Co, IL] public reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 06:10 PM CDT — reported at the intersection of il hwy 40 and fulfs rd. relayed by illinois state patrol.

(6:20:27 PM)
iembot: 5 Ne Bellevue [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of penny size (E0.75 INCH) at 05:55 PM CDT — time estimated.

6:20 p.m.
No warnings are active in our viewing area right now.

(5:34:02 PM)
iembot: Freeport [Stephenson Co, IL] emergency mngr reports HAIL of penny size (M0.75 INCH) at 05:14 PM CDT —

5:35 p.m.
Carroll warning canceled.

5:16 p.m.
Northern Carroll, eastern Jo Daviess, and all of Stephenson County now under a severe thunderstorm warning until 6:15.

(5:15:41 PM)
iembot: 3 W Poplar Grove [Boone Co, IL] mesonet reports HAIL of pea size (E0.25 INCH) at 04:45 PM CDT — pea to nickle size hail reported in caladonia.

5:02 p.m.
Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Walworth counties remain under severe thunderstorm warnings. Large hail and strong winds are the biggest threat. If you have severe weather to report, leave a comment along with the time you experienced the severe weather along with specific details of what it was (size of hail, tree limb of certain diameter fell, etc.). You can also send Eric your pictures by clicking on the email link under his picture/bio on the right-hand column of this page.

(4:55:55 PM)
iembot: Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of penny size (M0.75 INCH) at 04:29 PM CDT — located at rock valley college.

(4:51:26 PM)
iembot: E Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of golf ball size (E1.75 INCH) at 04:28 PM CDT —

(4:49:55 PM)
iembot: Se Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (M1.00 INCH) at 04:30 PM CDT —

(4:47:42 PM)
iembot: Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] broadcast media reports HAIL of ping pong ball size (M1.50 INCH) at 04:25 PM CDT — near guilford str. and perryville rd.

(4:48:27 PM) iembot: LOT cancels Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Winnebago [IL]

(4:48:27 PM)
iembot: Winnebago [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of golf ball size (M1.75 INCH) at 04:25 PM CDT — reported at state and mulford.

4:39 p.m.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for Rock and Walworth counties until 5:30 p.m.

(4:38:38 PM) iembot: 7 Nne Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (M1.00 INCH) at 04:29 PM CDT — one inch hail at rockford airport.

(4:36:34 PM)
iembot: Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of golf ball size (M1.75 INCH) at 04:25 PM CDT — 2 miles west of 1-39 and 20.

(4:33:58 PM)
iembot: Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] public reports HAIL of golf ball size (M1.75 INCH) at 04:23 PM CDT — golf ball size hail near mulford rd.

(4:33:58 PM)
iembot: Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] amateur radio reports HAIL of quarter size (M1.00 INCH) at 04:30 PM CDT — located at broadway and 20th.

4:31 p.m.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for Jo Daviess, Carroll, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry counties. Large hail, strong winds biggest threat. Possibility exists for some rotation within the storms.

3:40 p.m.
TORNADO WATCH is now in effect for the entire WREX viewing area until 8:00 p.m.

3:30 p.m.
Storm Prediction Center has issued a discussion regarding the storms in eastern Iowa. There is the possibility that the northern half of the Severe Thunderstorm Watch may become a Tornado Watch. I fully expect this to occur, especially with the development in our area.

3:22 p.m.
Cells are beginning to develop from Sterling northeast to Kenosha, WI. Conditions are favorable for these to continue developing and produce severe weather. The potential also exists for isolated tornadoes.

We are also watching a line of thunderstorms in eastern Iowa that have a history of producing wall clouds.

Stay here and on-air with WREX as this potential severe weather situation unfolds.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2008

Tornado Watch until 8:00 p.m. (WI)

Our Wisconsin counties are now under a TORNADO WATCH until 8:00 p.m.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2008

Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8:00pm

Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, Carroll, Whiteside, Ogle, Lee, and DeKalb through 8pm tonight.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2008

Getting Going Early

Update 12:30pm = With the sunshine pouring down temperatures are already in the 70s and as you can see to the left, there is plenty of moisture to work with this afternoon. Dew points are into the 60s across our region, which basically is a bunch of fuel lying around for this cold front to work with. A line of thunderstorms is starting to develop in central Iowa and northern Missouri. This is going to be the area that the storms initiate from and move northeast into our area. The storm prediction center has already put out a discussion in regards to issuing a weather watch over the majority of northwestern Illinois. They went on to say that this watch (meaning the potential for severe weather) will be issued within the hour. The conditions are really coming together for some nasty weather late this afternoon.

Update 10:35am = All warnings have been allowed to expire. The back edge of these storms is now into Poplar Grove and Belvidere. We are entering into a brief lull in the activity, but that potentially could turn out to be a bad thing.

The image to the left is a visible image taken at 10:15am. Notice the pocket of relatively clear skies over eastern Iowa. This is certainly allowing the atmosphere to heat up and destabilize once more. This hole of sunshine should slide our way around lunchtime and early this afternoon. This may be a significant sign that some more big storms will develop later this afternoon.

Update 10:05am
= A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been posted for eastern Rock County and northwestern Walworth County until 10:30am. This cell is capable of dumping nickel size hail.

Update 9:55am
= A band of heavy rain is moving through Stephenson County at this time, and is headed into Winnebago County shortly. Rainfall amounts under this band could reach up to an inch in less than an hour.

Update 9:30am
= A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been posted for Ogle County until 10:30am. This storm has been dropping marble to nickel size hail. It is moving northeast at 45 mph.

Update 8:55am
= A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been posted for Carroll County until 9:30am. This storm is capable of producing nickel size hail and damaging winds up to 60 mph.

Update 8:30am
= The storms have just crossed the Mississippi River. Numerous reports out of eastern Iowa have come out regarding heavy rainfall in this complex. A few reports of small hail and gusty winds have been reported as well, but this storm system is only marginally severe. It is starting to weaken slightly as it shifts into the Stateline. Look for these storms to move into the heart of our viewing area in the next 90 minutes. This activity will likely produce some heavy downpours and frequent lightning strikes. There is some clearing taking place in central Iowa, but it is a narrow band of cloud-free skies. Whether this clearing holds on and shifts our way remains to be seen. With this complex lasting into the late morning hours this may prohibit some of the instability this afternoon.

Original Post = A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH is already in place for Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Carroll, and Whiteside County until noon. The thunderstorms in Iowa are capable of small hail, gusty winds, frequent lightning strikes, and heavy downpours. They are moving fairly slowly and probably won’t hop the Mississippi River for another hour or two. Look for these storms to move into the region during the mid-morning hours. -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2008

Severe T’Storm Warning – Jo Daviess, Stephenson

UPDATE 12:31 a.m.
The warning in Stephenson County has expired. Green County may have to watch out for the possibility of some small hail, however.

UPDATE 12:18 a.m.
Warning canceled for Jo Daviess. Continues for Stephenson.

(12:16:05 AM)
iembot: 1 Ese Nora [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of penny size (E0.75 INCH) at 12:06 AM CDT — dime to penny size hail.

(12:09:02 AM)
iembot: Stockton [Jo Daviess Co, IL] co-op observer reports HAIL of marble size (M0.50 INCH) at 11:53 PM CDT — wind gust to 41 mph and 0.70 inches of rain with the storm.

(11:59:56 PM) iembot: Stockton [Jo Daviess Co, IL] law enforcement reports HAIL of marble size (E0.50 INCH) at 11:55 PM CDT —

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for northeast Jo Daviess County and northwest Stephenson County until 12:30 a.m.

The thunderstorm has been steadily developing a strong core and is capable of producing quarter-size hail. It will also produce heavy rain and frequent lightning.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2008

Severe threat on Friday

6:30pm – Instability will be the wild card when it comes to storm potential for Friday. All other variables seem to be in place. If we get more than an hour of sunshine during the morning/early afternoon, supercell thunderstorms will be likely…those are the most dangerous.

2:45pm – Here are a few thoughts concerning Friday’s storm potential from our friends at the National Weather Service Milwaukee.

A strong weather system tracking toward Lake Superior will affect southern Wisconsin Friday. This system will draw warm…moist and unstable air on southerly winds into the region. This airmass will interact with an associated cold front and strong jet stream resulting in thunderstorm development across Wisconsin. If skies become sunny early Friday…it will allow the atmosphere to become very unstable. A very unstable atmosphere would lead to the formation of severe thunderstorms producing damaging winds…large hail and isolated tornadoes across southern Wisconsin Friday afternoon and early evening.

11:30am – The next threat for severe weather is setting up for tomorrow (Friday). We are in the slight risk area, meaning that the ingredients are in place to produce some big thunderstorms. Whether the ingredients get mixed up just right is still up in the air.

There is going to be a cap in the atmosphere tomorrow, which means a bubble of warmer air aloft. We are going to need some heating to take place during the late morning and early afternoon hours in order to overcome that cap and get rising motion in the atmosphere. A good way to gauge Friday’s severe weather threat will be to stick your head outside between 9am-1pm. If we get some substantial breaks in the cloud cover, that sunshine will heat us up quickly and create some significant instability. If we get socked in with gray skies during that time period, it is going to greatly diminish our threat for severe weather. If these thunderstorms do get going the likely timeframe would be between 1pm-7pm… ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on April 24, 2008

Warm stretch? You bet

Numbers and I have a love-hate relationship (we love to hate each other). However, I seem to enjoy picking out little statistics to show. Ironic, isn’t it?

In the 23 days that have elapsed this April, 14 of them (or 61%) have had above-normal temperatures. Compare that to the previous two months – only a third of the days were warmer than what would be typically expected! January is kind of a tricky one… nearly all of the 16 warm days fell in the first half of the month.

It looks like we’ll be tacking on two more above-normal temperature days to the April total. Just in time for the weekend, a cold front will usher in much, much cooler weather.

Also, just a heads-up – we’re continuing to keep our eyes on the severe weather threat late afternoon/evening Friday. Broad-scale features are still looking like they’ll come together, but the fine details still need to be ironed out. Breaking up the cloudcover will be the biggest obstacle.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 23, 2008

What is the Perfect Weather Day?

Can it get any better than this? High temperatures today are poised to break into the mid-70s with plenty of sunshine and a gentle breeze out of the east at 5-15 mph. Because of that, I posed this question in my 13 YourCast this morning, “If you had the chance to control the weather for one day, what would you do?

My father has stated to me many times that today’s conditions constitute the perfect day weatherwise for him. Also, I got some feedback from other readers this morning:

Pam said, “Let’s make it in the 80s and a gentle breeze with all the sunshine!!!”

Tammy said, “I would say today is a perfect day to write yourself a doctor’s excuse, get out of the office and head to the golf course!!”

Lynn said, “This day is superboulicous.” (I don’t know what that means, but it sounds good!)

What weather conditions would you call for to make the perfect day? -ADAM

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This post was written by qni_it on April 23, 2008

50 Earth Day Tips

  1. Set the refrigerator temperature between 38 F and 42 F.
  2. Set the freezer temperature between O F and 5 F.
  3. Microwave whenever you can.
  4. Don’t wash dishes with the water running.
  5. Use napkin rings and cloth napkins.
  6. Use washable plates, cups and silverware.
  7. Serve condiments from recyclable containers.
  8. Provide personal glasses for soft drinks.
  9. Wash and dry only full loads of laundry.
  10. Wash with warm water instead of hot.
  11. Rinse with cold water instead of warm.
  12. Hang wash out to dry.
  13. Shut off the sink while brushing teeth.
  14. Shut off the shower while soaping/scrubbing.
  15. Install a low-flow shower head.
  16. Reduce the volume of water in your toilet tank.
  17. Turn off unnecessary lights.
  18. Dress warm: don’t turn up the furnace.
  19. Dress cool: don’t turn up the A/C.
  20. Raise shades on winter days; lower them in summer.
  21. Reverse your fans for summer and winter operations.
  22. Compost leaves and grass clippings.
  23. Avoid pesticides.
  24. Apply only as much fertilizer as the lawn needs.
  25. Water the grass only in the morning.
  26. Plant a tree.
  27. Recycle motor oil, antifreeze, and car batteries.
  28. Drive the speed limit.
  29. Avoid sudden starts or stops.
  30. Don’t overfill the fuel tank.
  31. Check the tire pressure monthly.
  32. Change air and oil filters regularly.
  33. Don’t buy over packaged items.
  34. Choose products in reusable and or recyclable containers.
  35. Buy concentrated cleaners and detergents.
  36. Return empty bottles and cans for deposit.
  37. Bring your own string bag or cloth tote.
  38. Send E-Mail instead of snail mail.
  39. Copy reports and memos on both sides.
  40. Circulate rather than copy paperwork.
  41. Reuse tubes and envelopes for mailing.
  42. Recycle.
  43. Carry out what you carry in.
  44. Hike, row, sail, ski, or paddle – don’t motor.
  45. Build campfires with care.
  46. Observe, don’t disturb wildlife and plant life.
  47. Share books, cassettes, magazines and videotapes with friends, hospitals, and prisons.
  48. Reuse textbooks and school supplies.
  49. Serve reusable trays, dishes and silverware.
  50. Compost cafeteria vegetable waste.
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This post was written by qni_it on April 23, 2008

Make sure you’re sitting down before you read this

Temperatures once again peaked at 70 degrees across Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. My free advice to you? Get outside and absorb the heat the next few days because it won’t last.

Latest suite of computer models is coming in line with a fierce cold blast for the Monday-Thursday time frame. A potent cold front with potentially severe storms is coming for this Friday. After that, temperatures will slide into the upper 50s/lower 60s for the weekend. Models then develop a major low that will suck the cold air from Manitoba and Saskatchewan southward. The graphics above are the European computer model (ECMWF) for today with temperatures at cloud-level around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. By Monday afternoon the same area will be around 14 degrees Fahrenheit. If this model is correct, temperatures will only be in the low to mid 40s for Monday…with rain! Actually it’s conceivable that some snow could be possible for Sunday night and Monday night. Ack!

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This post was written by qni_it on April 22, 2008