Two-month-old left in car

University of Northern Iowa Police Rescue Baby Locked in Car

By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR FALLS (AP) – Campus police at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls have rescued a 2-month-old baby from a locked car.

The child was found Monday night near the UNI soccer fields. Campus police were called about 8:20 p.m.

University spokesman Jim O’Connor says the windows in the car were rolled up, and there were no parents around. He says officers, concerned about the baby’s safety, broke the windows and took the child to a Waterloo hospital.

O’Connor said Tuesday the child was “doing OK.” He did not know how long the baby had been in the car.

According to the National Weather Service, it was 88 degrees with a heat index of 93 degrees in the area at 8 p.m. on Monday.

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This post was written by qni_it on June 23, 2009

Your Norton Antivirus has expired

From WNYW-TV in New York. Maybe they should get that fixed.

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This post was written by qni_it on June 22, 2009

Heat Advisory

*HEAT ADVISORY* issued for Green, Rock, and Walworth Counties until form now until 7 PM Wednesday.  The National Weather Service will most likely expand the Heat Advisory to all counties later on today. A ridge of high pressure will settle over the Midwest on Tuesday and Wednesday.  A very warm airmass with light winds and plenty of sunshine will allow temperatures to warm into the low and mid 90s.  In addition, dewpoints will be in the lower 70s which is an indication of very moist air.  Poor atmospheric ventilation will only drop the low temperatures for Tuesday night into the mid to lower 70s.  Heat index values may reach as high as 100 through Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

-EB

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This post was written by qni_it on June 22, 2009

Tornado sirens being tested this afternoon

As of 2:40pm, the Winnebago County Outdoor Warning System is being tested. There is no threat of severe weather this afternoon. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on June 22, 2009

Storms to start our Monday

Storm Prediction Center may issue some sort of weather watch for areas west and south of Rockford by 10:30 this evening.

MD 1270 graphic

   
   MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 1270
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0906 PM CDT SUN JUN 21 2009

   AREAS AFFECTED...S CNTRL MN THROUGH NRN AND ERN IA

   CONCERNING...TORNADO WATCH 488...

   VALID 220206Z - 220300Z

   THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR TORNADO WATCH 488 CONTINUES.

   STORMS WILL CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING FROM S CNTRL MN THROUGH ERN
   IA...AND MAY LATER SPREAD INTO NWRN IL. PRIMARY TORNADO THREAT IS
   EXPECTED TO PERSIST FOR ANOTHER COUPLE HOURS. STORM MODE MAY
   EVENTUALLY TRANSITION TO MCS CLUSTERS WITH THREAT TRANSITIONING TO
   HEAVY RAIN AND POSSIBLY ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND. TORNADO WATCH 488 IS
   SCHEDULED TO EXPIRE AT 03Z. DEPENDING ON SHORT TERM MODE/INTENSITY
   TRENDS CURRENT TORNADO WATCH MIGHT NEED TO BE REPLACED BY ANOTHER WW
   DURING THE NEXT HOUR. ANOTHER POSSIBILITY WILL BE FOR A PORTION OF
   THE WATCH TO BE LOCALLY EXTENDED.

   THIS EVENING A BAND OF STORMS...STILL CONTAINING EMBEDDED SUPERCELL
   STRUCTURES...CONTINUES DEVELOPING FROM S CNTRL MN SEWD THROUGH
   E-CNTRL IA WITHIN ZONE OF ISENTROPIC LIFT NORTH OF QUASI-STATIONARY
   FRONT THAT EXTENDS FROM SWRN MN SEWD THROUGH SERN IA. TENDENCY MAY
   BE FOR STORMS TO EVENTUALLY CONGEAL INTO CLUSTERS...WITH THREAT
   GRADUALLY TRANSITIONING TO ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND AND HEAVY RAIN.
   WITH LOW LEVEL JET NOT FORECAST TO UNDERGO A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE
   TONIGHT ALONG WITH A STABILIZING BOUNDARY LAYER...THINKING IS THAT
   TORNADO THREAT SHOULD DECREASE AFTER ABOUT 04-05Z...ESPECIALLY IF
   STORM MODE BEGINS TO TRANSITION TO CLUSTERS. ANY HAIL THREAT WILL
   REMAIN LIMITED BY WARM AIR ALOFT AND POOR LAPSE RATES.
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This post was written by qni_it on June 21, 2009

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(7:38:01 PM) nwsbot: MKX cancels Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Rock, Walworth [WI]

(7:35:49 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M2.11 INCH at 07:30 PM CDT — storm total since 7 am. 1.12 inches since 430 pm.

(7:26:46 PM) nwsbot: LOT cancels Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Boone, De Kalb, DuPage, Kane, McHenry [IL]

(7:25:20 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] asos reports HEAVY RAIN of M3.25 INCH at 07:00 PM CDT — measured since 1 pm.

(6:51:38 PM) nwsbot: LOT: New Millford [Winnebago Co, IL] trained spotter reports TSTM WND GST of E60 MPH at 06:48 PM CDT —

(6:48:02 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] law enforcement reports TSTM WND GST of E70 MPH at 06:39 PM CDT — estimated gust to 70 mph on i-39 just south of rockford.

(5:59:02 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 1 W Poplar Grove [Boone Co, IL] law enforcement reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 05:55 PM CDT —

(5:18:57 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Amboy [Lee Co, IL] trained spotter reports TSTM WND GST of E50 MPH at 05:17 PM CDT — also pea sized hail.

2:56pm – A new Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 10pm Friday night for all of Northern Illinois. This does not include any counties in Southern Wisconsin, however some strong storms are possible areawide. There is additional severe weather analysis below. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on June 19, 2009

Severe threat still looming

burke2If the severe weather this morning wasn’t enough for you, don’t worry there is more to come.  The main focus area for thunderstorm development will be along the cold front stationed in central Iowa.   Significant daytime surface heating followed the clearing after this morning’s batch of storms.  This heating and increased moisture is making the atmosphere even more unstable and ripe for thunderstorm development.  The current severe thunderstorm watch that was scheduled to expire at 3:00 has been extended to 10:00 PM this evening. -EB

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This post was written by qni_it on June 19, 2009

winter_alert1

(2:20:48 AM) nwsbot: LOT issues Areal Flood Advisory for Boone, Lake, McHenry [IL] till 8:15 AM CDT

(2:12:01 AM) nwsbot: MKX: Millard [Walworth Co, WI] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 01:10 AM CDT — a few reports of trees down in parts of northwestern walworth county. time is approximated based on radar.

(2:07:55 AM) nwsbot: MKX: Evansville [Rock Co, WI] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 12:45 AM CDT — trees blown down…power lines blown down…tree blown down onto a car. time is approximate based on radar.

(12:38:02 AM) nwsbot: MKX: Dane [Dane Co, WI] law enforcement reports HAIL of baseball size (M2.75 INCH) at 18 Jun, 11:25 AM CDT —

(12:33:41 AM) nwsbot: MKX issues Flash Flood Warning for Kenosha, Racine, Rock, Walworth [WI] till 5:00 AM CDT

(12:25:25 AM) nwsbot: MKX: Hollandale [Iowa Co, WI] amateur radio reports HAIL of egg size (M2.00 INCH) at 12:23 AM CDT —

(12:18:59 AM) nwsbot: MKX issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Dane, Green, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rock [WI] till 1:30 AM CDT
(12:21:26 AM) nwsbot: MKX: Blue Mounds [Dane Co, WI] trained spotter reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.10 INCH at 12:15 AM CDT — 1.1 inches measured in last 15 minutes

(11:52:07 PM) nwsbot: MKX issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Dane, Green, Iowa, Lafayette [WI] till Jun 19, 12:45 AM CDT

Dodgeville, WI (Iowa county) [43.166/-89.913] — Moving water, up to a foot deep through Dodgeville streets (SN#3888)

Spotter is 2 miles WNW of Dodgeville, WI (Iowa county) [43.166/-89.913] — Hail up to 1 inch. Most hail pea to dime sized with a few quarter sized pieces (SN#3887)

(11:44:29 PM) nwsbot: MKX issues Flash Flood Warning for Dane, Iowa, Sauk [WI] till Jun 19, 4:30 AM CDT

(11:34:52 PM) nwsbot: MKX: De Forest [Dane Co, WI] trained spotter reports HAIL of half inch size (M0.50 INCH) at 11:30 PM CDT —
(11:38:38 PM) nwsbot: MKX continues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Dodge, Jefferson [WI] till 11:45 PM CDT

11:33pm – Storm reports and warnings will be displayed here. Pushing refresh will not disturb the live chat. -ES

mcd1225

(11:28:52 PM) nwsbot: Storm Prediction Center issues SEVERE TSTM watch till 12:00 UTC (Watch Quickview)
(11:30:52 PM) nwsbot: LOT issues Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Boone, Cook, De Kalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, La Salle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Will, Winnebago [IL] and Jasper, Lake, Newton, Porter [IN] till Jun 19, 7:00 AM CDT

Severe Thunderstorm Watch now in effect for Northern Illinois. -ES

New storm watch/tornado watch will be needed in next hour or so, says SPC.

(11:23:12 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Dane [Dane Co, WI] trained spotter reports HAIL of golf ball size (M1.75 INCH) at 11:22 PM CDT — golf ball size hail reported in the village of dane
(11:23:47 PM) nwsbot: MKX continues Tornado Warning for Iowa [WI] till Jun 19, 12:00 AM CDT …AT 1120 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR BLACKHAWK LAKE RECREATION AREA…OR 14 MILES WEST OF DODGEVILLE…MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

11:23pm – Will be displaying warnings and reports from adjacent counties to the north, as we’re anticipating these storms to continue veering south over next hour or two.

rotation

10:15pm – Very strong rotation with the storm just east of Prairie du Chein, Wisconsin. Would be surprised if this wasn’t producing a tornado right now. The track puts it into Grant County, Wisconsin within minutes. Should this hold together a warning may be needed for some part of Green County, Wisconsin by midnight. -ES

9:55pm – Storm nearing Prairie du Chein, Wisconsin has a rotating hook. La Crosse NWS has a tornado warning for that area. -ES

9:40pm – Severe storms south of La Crosse currently moving northeast. These storms are expected to be right-turners and will turn southeast by 10pm. Tornado algorithms favor rotation…so long as they remain discrete cells. If they form into clusters it will be less likely for tornado development. Some cells trying to form west of Waterloo, Iowa. These will likely move due east over time. Storms could affect Green and Rock County by 11:30pm at the earliest. -ES

local_alerts

9:31pm – All: Our FutureTrack radars that are exporting to the web are inoperable at the present time. Not to worry though, 13iNTERACTIVE is 100% as is our FutureTrack radar here on the blog (and the home view at wrex.com). We hope to have it back up soon. -ES

9:00pm – Tornado Watch in effect for Green and Rock Counties in Southern Wisconsin until 4am Friday morning. -ES

8:36pm – Tornado Watch to be issued soon for much of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. -ES

mcd1210

3:30pm – Tornado Watch about t

o be issued for Northern Iowa in anticipation of a severe weather outbreak across the Midwest this evening and overnight. Powerful thunderstorms will d

evelop between now and 5pm across Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota. Discrete storm clusters will move east, and then southeast along the warm front into Northern Illinois tonight. While there will be a threat for destructive tornadoes west of the Mississippi River, our threat will be minimal because the storms will be coming in after sundown. We cannot rule out a tornado or two however but the main threat will be damaging straight-line winds that could be widespread. A bow-echo type of event is possible during the late-night hours tonight with wind gusts between 60 and 80mph. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on June 18, 2009

Inching toward 90

burke1With this Sunday being the first day of summer and a warm up is in sight, it is time to start thinking about 90° temperatures.  Last year there was a lull in high temperatures as we experienced our first 90° day on September 1st.  The last 90° day was the following day, September 2nd.  If we look back several more years, we are already behind schedule!  The current climate normal period (1971-2000) indicates that June 8this typically when we experience our first 90° day of the year.  That data coincides with the summers of 2004 and 2005.  The summers of 2006 and2007 were even ahead of the normals! Even though we are behind schedule and temperatures this spring have been very mild, don’t worry the heat is coming.  There is a slight possibility that we may hit the 90° benchmark by the end of next week.  A northward advancing upper-level ridge is going to slide overhead the stateline area by the start of the work week.  This ridge will cut off the cooler Canadian flow and will allow warmer and moister air to flow into our region, raising our high temperatures.  Get ready to sweat because summer has finally arrived.

-EB

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This post was written by qni_it on June 18, 2009

This one’s a little corny!

Are you ready for it to finally feel like summer around here? Friends in St. Louis and Dallas have already had reason to complain with temperatures in the 90s and immense amounts of humidity, rain, and thunder.

That nasty combo of heat and humidity is only days away from us. Afternoon dewpoints in the 60s are on their way, but the moisture may come from a fairly unlikely source!

cornyThe first source you think of when we talk about humidity is probably the Gulf of Mexico. However some of the blame can come from…corn?

This time of year most of the crops that have been planted in area fields are now producing nice-sized plants. These plants are sucking moisture out of the soil and putting it into the air.

What’s amazing is the fact that every single stalk of corn yields 53 gallons of water in its life cycle! Taking into account that there are 20,000 stalks in one acre of land, each acre of land will provide 1,060,000 gallons of additional water vapor to the atmosphere this season.

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This post was written by qni_it on June 16, 2009