Flower Moon

full_moonThere is a full Moon tonight and according to some legends, it has a special name: the Algonquian name is Flower Moon. In the northern hemisphere, spring flowers are abundant everywhere the month of May. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, Corn Moon, Hare’s Moon, or the English name Milk Moon.

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This post was written by qni_it on May 27, 2010

Slow moving thunderstorms cause flooding

A cluster of nearly stationary thunderstorms has prompted the National Weather Service to issue Flash Flood Warnings for Stephenson and Jo Daviess Co until 2:30am.

(9:19:19 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 2 Ne Elizabeth [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports FLASH FLOOD at 08:30 PM CDT — rural roads upstream of elizabeth unpassable due to flash flooding along the apple river.
(9:20:35 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 2 Ne Elizabeth [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports FLASH FLOOD at 09:00 PM CDT — intersection of goosehollow…becker…and apple river road unpassable at this time due to flash flooding along apple river.
(9:21:42 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 3 Ne Elizabeth [Jo Daviess Co, IL] law enforcement reports FLASH FLOOD at 08:00 PM CDT — apple river encroaching over east hoffman road due to rapid rise of water from heavy rain in past 2 hours.

(9:10:24 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 5 W Lena [Jo Daviess Co, IL] trained spotter reports FLASH FLOOD at 09:05 PM CDT — intersection of west gerbick road and north county divide road is under water.

(5/26/2010 8:27:57 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Lena [Stephenson Co, IL] emergency mngr reports HEAVY RAIN of U0.00 INCH at 08:25 PM CDT — relayed several reports of heavy rain in the lena area with water beginning to run off of fields on to several area roads.
(5/26/2010 8:46:24 PM) nwsbot: DVN: Lena [Stephenson Co, IL] emergency mngr reports FLASH FLOOD at 08:40 PM CDT — emergency manager reports heaviest rain appears to be in the lena area and northward. area ditches are over flowing with streets running full and unable to drain fast enought to keep up with the heavy rainfall. heavy rain continues at this time.

(5/26/2010 8:07:15 PM) nwsbot: DVN: 2 Ne Elizabeth [Jo Daviess Co, IL] law enforcement reports FLASH FLOOD at 08:00 PM CDT — apple river encroaching over east hoffman road due to rapid rise of water from heavy rain in past 2 hours.

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This post was written by qni_it on May 26, 2010

Project: Tornado ends Friday

project_tornadoWhat a whirlwind month it’s been for us at the 13Weather Authority! It seems Aaron, Cyndi, and myself have been going non-stop with Project: Tornado. We have taught nearly 6,000 students about severe weather and tornado preparedness by attending one school every day in the month of May.

We have two schools on the docket to round out our month as we head to Eswood in Lindenwood and Manchester School in Poplar Grove. We would like to thank all of the schools who helped make this possible. After all, it wouldn’t work if teachers, principals, and administrators signed up. We also need to thank Courier Printing of Rockford for helping us print out the booklets that we were able to hand out to all of the students.

We are already thinking about next year’s Project: Tornado and are planning bigger and better things! We don’t know of any other television station in the country that is doing this but the smiles on the faces of the kids we show on the air each night make us understand that we all need to remain safe during severe weather season.

They’re ready. Are you? -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on May 26, 2010

Storm threat diminishing for Rockford metro

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2:30pm – Note, I said “diminishing.” There are some showers struggling to form northwest of Rockford right now. Remains to be seen whether these will have enough instability (with a westerly wind) to develop. We’ll keep watching! -ES

(2:01:08 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Sycamore [Dekalb Co, IL] trained spotter reports HAIL of pea size (E0.25 INCH) at 01:55 PM CDT — hail a little larger than pea size. heavy rainfall causing ponding of water on streets.

The cold front has moved through the area as of early afternoon. That means that the storms that are firing up over DeKalb, McHenry, and Walworth County will continue their drift eastward. While there still is a moderate amount of moisture in the Rockford region, it doesn’t appear likely we’ll get much of anything to develop. Good news for those working outside! Next chance of rain and storms doesn’t come near here until Memorial Day itself. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on May 26, 2010

Welcome Home Atlantis

captphoto_1274880828284-1-0Space shuttle Atlantis returned from space for the last time this morning.  It’s 25 year flying career brought back six astronauts who gave the International Space Station some additional power and size.  1,200 guests lined the runway at the Kennedy Space Center to welcome Atlantis home.
This was Atlantis’ 32nd and final journey. In that time, it spent 294 days in space, went around the Earth 4,648 times, carried 189 astronauts, visited the International Space Station 11 times and the Hubble Space Telescope once. The shuttle also added another 4.8 million miles this trip, giving Atlantis a grand total of 120,650,907 miles.

Atlantis’ final mission will be in a museum somewhere in America.

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This post was written by qni_it on May 26, 2010

Weather Kids Needed!!!

weather-kids-300x250Attention all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and godparents! I am running out of pictures for weather kid.   So, send me your pictures attached to an email at weather@wrex.com

Here is what I need:
Picture is a medium resolution image.
Make sure you can see the entire face of the kid.    No hands, feet, or objects are blocking the face. It looks very odd if we see fingers on the face but no hand…

Thanks for your help!!!

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This post was written by qni_it on May 26, 2010

What color can a tornado be?

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My weather blog question comes from Hanna, who’s a 3rd grader in Ms. Metras class.   She asked what colors can tornadoes be.
The color of a tornado depends on a few different factors. One factor is the direction of sunlight combined with how much moisture in air. If a tornado, forms with lots of humid air around it will likely form a thick cloud that may look dark, gray, or white depending upon whether it is lit from the front or from the back.  Another factor would be what kind of surface the tornado is passing over. A tornado crossing land that is made of red clay might take on a reddish hue or crossing farmland with dark soil may appear almost black.

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This post was written by qni_it on May 26, 2010

Live Severe Weather Information

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(5:16:40 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Polo [Ogle Co, IL] law enforcement reports FLOOD at 05:16 PM CDT — roads flooded in the polo area

(4:53:02 PM) nwsbot: LOT: New Millford [Winnebago Co, IL] broadcast media reports TSTM WND DMG at 03:30 PM CDT — large tree down on south bend road.

(4:49:34 PM) nwsbot: MKX: 2 Se Juda [Green Co, WI] law enforcement reports HEAVY RAIN of E1.25 INCH at 03:50 PM CDT — water over roadway on county highway ok…just south of highway 11. radar estimated 1.50 inches of rain in 1 to 2 hours time.

(4:37:53 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Albany [Green Co, WI] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 03:28 PM CDT — several reports of trees and tree limbs down in the albany area from 328 pm cdt until 350 pm cdt.
(4:41:45 PM) nwsbot: MKX: 2 N Brodhead [Green Co, WI] law enforcement reports HEAVY RAIN of E1.25 INCH at 03:50 PM CDT — water over roadway on county highway e…just north of brodhead. radar estimated 1.25 inches of rain

4:36pm – Preliminary wind damage reports coming into NWS from Green/Rock Co. storms earlier around Albany, WI.

4:35pm – A large tree was downed as a result of the 57mph wind gust around 3:30pm. It fell over South Bend Road, just south of the Chicago/Rockford Int’l Airport. ComEd is working on restoring power to the area right now. -ES

4:10pm –Torrential rainfall is now moving into Rockford. Flood Advisory in effect for Boone, Green, and Rock Co. and may be needed for Winnebago with 1-3 inches of rain coming in an hour’s time. -ES

(4:02:07 PM) nwsbot: MKX issues Areal Flood Advisory for Green, Rock [WI] till 7:00 PM CDT

(3:54:44 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rochelle [Ogle Co, IL] emergency mngr reports HAIL of pea size (E0.25 INCH) at 03:45 PM CDT — near intersection of flagg and brooklyn roads.

3:53pm – Flash flooding may be occurring in southeastern Green Co. as doppler is estimating 2-3 inch per hour rains. -ES

(3:48:52 PM) nwsbot: LOT: Rockford Airport [Winnebago Co, IL] asos reports TSTM WND GST of M58 MPH at 03:36 PM CDT —

3:35pm – 57mph wind gust just reported at Chicago/Rockford Int’l Airport.

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3:30pm – Large hail now being detec

ted in SE Green Co., WI. Watch for damaging hail in the city of Monroe within the next half hour. -ES

3:25pm – Other than the storm over northwestern Rock Co. and one near Savanna, the radar doesn’t look as rambunctious as it looked a half hour ago. -ES

3:24pm – 13ExacTrack is pegging quarter-sized hail on SRH-213 north of Orfordville, WI right now. -ES

3:18pm – Quarter to half-dollar sized hail indicated on 13ExacTrack in Carroll Co. over the town of Savanna. -ES

3:10pm – Large hail possible west of Janesville! (3:08:25 PM) nwsbot: MKX issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: 1.50 IN] for Green, Rock [WI] till 3:45 PM CDT

(3:06:45 PM) nwsbot: DVN issues Flash Flood Watch for Benton, Buchanan, Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Washington [IA] and Clark, Scotland [MO] and Carroll, Jo Daviess, Mercer, Rock Island, Stephenson [IL] till May 26, 7:00 PM CDT

3:00pm – Nickel to quarter sized hail being detected in Eastern Stephenson Co. Will affect the area around Dakota and Davis next 15 minutes. -ES

2:55pm – I just checked the velocities on 13ExacTrack and wouldn’t be surprised if a few funnels were produced out of the storm moving through Jo Daviess Co. Right now there’s a little rotation just south of Hanover, IL. So look out if you’re near Elizabeth right now. -ES

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The National Weather Service office in Milwaukee has received a few reports of funnel clouds in Rock County between Janesville and Milton, and another near Sharon in Walworth Co. Storms will not be big enough to produce anything substantial this afternoon but a few funnel clouds may be observed near some of the storms this afternoon so be on the lookout and snap some pictures if you see anything interesting! E-Mail: weather@wrex.com

See our street-level doppler radar loops by clicking here!

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This post was written by qni_it on May 25, 2010

Just as warm Monday as it was all last summer!

comparisonheatMonday’s record-tying high temperature of 93° is just as warm as we were in all of 2009! In fact, last year we only got to 90° four times and that happened in four consecutive days. If you’re wondering what this summer will be like, let me remind you that April had the warmest temperatures in Illinois history and this is a darn early ninety!

And just for you weather geeks (instead of capturing the graphic I made tonight), I screen-captured our newest weather tool: 3D:Live. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on May 24, 2010

Biggest tornado ever!

0124-r3rd grader Graysen DeMichele of Freeport Acquin asked me a great question at today’s presentation. He wanted to know how wide the strongest tornado ever was. After a bit of research, I found that on May 22, 2004 a 2.5 mile wide tornado devestated Hallum, NE. If this were placed over Rockford, it would stretch from Alpine to Perryville road! The interesting thing about this particular tornado is that although it was the largest ever, it was not the strongest on the Fujita scale. After all of the damage was surveyed, it was rated an F-4 with winds up to 260 miles per hour! I have included an image of the radar at this time from the National Weather Service office in Omaha, NE.  Looking at this stunning picture, it is not difficult to spot where the tornado is located! Great question Greysen!

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This post was written by qni_it on May 24, 2010