5:00pm update -Occasional rain and drizzle will fall and turn to ice across the region tonight. Up to 1/4 inch of ice accumulation is possible, but that will be the max with this. We’ve seen a drastic decrease in coverage of the freezing rain this afternoon. Still, roads will be slick…especially the secondary streets and rural roads. However with temps in the upper 20s, this icing situation isn’t as bad as it would be if temperatures were colder. -ES

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Latest doppler radar (courtesy wunderground.com) and live camera views from the 13News Skywatch cameras. Click to enlarge.




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This post was written by qni_it on January 20, 2010

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(8:30:12 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 1 N Winnebago [Winnebago Co, IL] broadcast media reports FREEZING RAIN of M0.10 INCH at 05:50 PM CST — a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation.

(8:00:51 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Morrison [Whiteside Co, IL] trained spotter reports FREEZING RAIN of M0.13 INCH at 07:59 PM CST —

I haven’t received any ice accumulation reports as of 5:50pm. However, we’ve received about a tenth of an inch of ice here at the WREX studios west of Rockford. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on January 20, 2010

Freezing Rain Update…

slipperyA Low pressure system will slide to our South starting today and continuing to our East by tomorrow afternoon. This system is bring warm/moist air along with it, but thanks to the High pressure system to our North giving us colder Canadian air at the surface… we are in-store for freezing rain this afternoon, evening, overnight and into tomorrow morning.

Let’s break this all down: Freezing rain will start by this afternoon and continue to spread through out the Rockford region. Light freezing precip will continue through the night and into Thursday Morning. As far as accumulation we could see up to a tenth of an inch. This will cause travel problems tonight and into tomorrow morning. Give yourself plenty of time to head to your destination.   Be Safe.

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This post was written by qni_it on January 20, 2010

Freezing rain event less than 24 hours away

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9:45pm update – Evening models coming in now which still yield a very icy scenario for parts of Iowa and Northwestern Illinois. Ice Storm Warnings are in effect for Central Iowa and may be upgraded for Eastern Iowa and adjacent parts of Illinois. It still appears from our models that the greatest concern for up to 1/2 inch of ice accumulation will lie in the darkest shade of pink. Areas in light pink could receive up to 1/4 inch of ice accumulation beginning Wednesday afternoon through midday Thursday. -ES

(3:27:25 PM) nwsbot: DVN issues Freezing Rain Advisory valid at Jan 20, 6:00 AM CST for Benton, Buchanan, Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, Washington [IA] and Bureau, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside [IL] till Jan 21, 6:00 AM CST

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This post was written by qni_it on January 19, 2010

Rare tornadoes touch down in Southern California

10:30pm – Reports courtesy of the Storm Prediction Center. See the map by clicking here.

830 GOLETA SANTA BARBARA CA 3444 11983 RADIO STATION KCOY IN SANTA BARBARA REPORTED A SHERIFFS DEPUTY SPOTTED A POSSIBLE TORNADO NEAR THE OCEAN MEADOW GOLF COURSE NEAR ISLE VISTA AROUND 1030 AM…ROOF DAMAGE (LOX)
2057 HUNTINGTON BEACH ORANGE CA 3369 11801 TORNADO SPOTTED ON PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY JUST SOUTH OF ANDERSON STREET. THE FUNNEL CROSSED THE HIGHWAY AND HEADED NE. A BLACK LIMO WAS LIFTED UP AND AN SUV WAS FLIPPED (SGX)
2145 HUNTINGTON BEACH ORANGE CA 3369 11801 PROBABLE TORNADO IN HUNTINGTON BEACH. BOATS UPLIFTED AND DAMAGED IN THE HB HARBOR. DAMAGE TO BUILDING IN AREAS. CAR FLIPPED 16400 PCH. (SGX)

9:50pm – KNBC-TV reports a tornado in Southern California. To read the full story, click here.

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3:00pm CDT – A Tornado Warning is in effect for the Los Angeles, California area.

(1/19/2010 2:36:32 PM) nwsbot: LOX issues Tornado Warning for Los Angeles [CA] till 1:15 PM PST …* AT 1232 PM PST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 16 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LONG BEACH…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

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This post was written by qni_it on January 19, 2010

Clouds at the surface

ggb_in_fog_2007_editWe have experienced fog for the past 4 days.  That one kind was freezing fog.  And boy… did it create some great pictures.  But there are many kinds of fog that are also very cool when they happen.  But you’ll need specific weather conditions for them to occur. Here are just a few kinds.

Raditional Fog: This fog forms in the evening and overnight hours when you have clear skies and light winds. The heat from the day escapes into the atmosphere causing the earth’s surface to continue to cool creating moisture near the ground. When the temp and dew point meet… it makes fog.  Ground Fog is like raditional fog but blocks less than 60% of the sky.

Advection Fog:  Is when moist air passes over a cool surface.  A good example of this is warmer air over a snow packed ground.  Or if you have ever been to California and the Golden Gate Bridge… warm maritime air over cool ocean waters.  Evaporation or Steam Fog is like Advection fog… but backwards.  It’s cool air over a warm surface/body of water.

Upslope Fog:  This fog forms when winds push moist air up the side of a mountain or hill. When it reaches the height where the temp and dew point equal each other… that is where the fog forms.

Others kinds of fog:  Precipitation (including Hail), Valley, Freezing and Frozen Fog.

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This post was written by qni_it on January 19, 2010

Coolest picture I’ve seen in a LONG time!

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Cassi Paslick uploaded this photo onto our 13 Weather Authority Facebook page. She says it’s a “macro photo my husband  took of some frost crystals on a thorn.”

In my opinion, nature is so beautiful if we look very closely at it. Thanks so much Cassi for sharing this. 🙂 -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on January 18, 2010

Where’s the Moisture!?!?

dryskin-main_fullThere’s nothing worse than dry, itchy, cracked skin. This can happen through out the year, but we noticed it more during the winter months. During winter, we experience low temperatures and humidity. Adding the strong, harsh winds it feels like it just sucks the moisture out of you. And that’s outside… even inside air from the furnace and other heating sources, they also suck the moisture out of your skin. So here are some tips to help your skin through these winter months or just all year round.

Take Lukewarm Showers: Hot water is one of the main culprits of dry skin… so take lukewarm showers. And if you are like me and just can’t do that… try to take shorter showers.  The lukewarm water rule also applies to washing your hands.

LOTION: Moisturizers are a must all year round. Apply lotion/oil when skin is slightly damp. The best time is directly after a shower. Pat dry skin and then apply the lotion or oil. Your skin can absorb it better.Some good oils to use are Almond, Coconut and Jojoba oils.

Chap Stick: We all have the habit of licking our lips when we are out in the cold. Big NO NO. That just makes them worse. Apply lip balm or Chap Stick when ever you can. After you take a shower or wash your face. Keep them handy in your jacket pocket (guys) or purse (ladies).

Buy a Humidifier: The moisture in the air is actually good for skin. If you live in a low-humidity climate or you are around furnaces in the winter, invest in a humidifier. Your skin needs about 30% humidity to stay moisturized.  Try this… sleep with the humidifier in your bedroom. Helps your skin while you sleep.

Hope some of these tips helped!  Be safe and stay warm!

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This post was written by qni_it on January 18, 2010

Freezing fog pictures!

Thanks to those of you these sent these in! Be sure to watch 13 News at Ten for more about how long our fog will last!

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This post was written by qni_it on January 17, 2010

Viewer photos wanted!

If you were able to make it outside at all today, some places saw a nature decorate the trees in a quite spectacular way! With a good bout of fog overnight, our surface temperatures dropping to 19 degrees, and virtually no wind, many trees and shrubs got a nice light coating of ice crystals making them quite beautiful. If you have taken any pictures of the freezing fog, feel free to send them to weather@wrex.com. I will see if I can get them on the air for 13 News at Ten and on the blog!!

-AB

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This post was written by qni_it on January 17, 2010