Damaging storms in Wisconsin Northwoods

blog_breaking1damageWe’re getting word of injuries after a line of severe storms moved through the Northwoods of Wisconsin this evening. Brian Niznansky, Chief Meteorologist at WAOW-TV in Wausau is reporting heavy tree damage in Springstead, WI. “Countless trees down, some on homes along with power lines down.” The report is from the Turtle Flambeau Flowage area near Lac de Flambeau.

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This post was written by qni_it on July 27, 2010

Pecatonica River flooding: worst in 35 years!

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I spoke with a woman who lives near Harrison, along the Pecatonica River, today who wanted to know if it would even be possible for the river to get any higher than it is today. I looked at the official river forecast from the National Weather Service and it showed this afternoon’s level to be at 15.4 feet. On the graph, that isn’t even considered a “major flood!” The woman said that she spoke with a firefighter who said it was the worst flood he had ever seen there in his life! After hearing that, I decided to dig a little deeper and click on the “Historical Crests” button. Low and behold, I stumbled upon something very interesting: The Pecatonica River at Shirland has not been this high since March 25, 1975!

Here is the list of the only times the river has been higher than it is today:

(1) 18.08 ft on 03/25/1975
(2) 17.45 ft on 04/04/1959
(3) 17.08 ft on 04/03/1960
(4) 16.90 ft on 02/22/1971
(5) 16.76 ft on 01/08/1946
(6) 16.73 ft on 03/21/1948
(7) 16.50 ft on 02/19/1971
(8) 15.93 ft on 07/06/1969
(9) 15.70 ft on 05/11/1973
(10) 15.40 ft on 07/27/2010

Looking closer at these numbers reveals something else that’s interesting. This is only the second time the river has been this high due to flooding from heavy rainfall. All but two crests above were caused by rapid snowmelt occurring in January, February, March, or April.

The official forecast from the National Weather Service has the river slowly falling over the next few days so it is highly unlikely the water will get any higher than it is right now. However, residents near Rockton (where the Pecatonica and Sugar Rivers feed into the Rock) will see some rises over the next day or so as the water drains into the larger basin. -ES

RELATED LINKS: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lot

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This post was written by qni_it on July 27, 2010

Montana Tornado

tornadoMontana TornadoA rare but unfortunate deadly tornado ripped through a small town in Northeastern Montana killing two people. The farmhouse that the two were in was blown apart leaving the foundation and a few twisted vehicles behind. The tornado touched down last night (Monday) around 7:20 pm about 13 miles west of Reserve. The storm produced heavy rainfall, large hail and strong winds before creating a tornado that weakened as it entered North Dakota.
Locals in a near by town saw the tornado head towards the town and went to give aid to the people of Reserve. What they saw, they could not believe. The houses completely torn off their foundation, building demolished, and a pickup truck that was wrapped around a tractor. The National Weather Service is planning to head into Northeastern Montana and survey the damage to determine the strength of the tornado.

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This post was written by qni_it on July 27, 2010

Hardest hit areas to be treated with softest rains

Milwaukee saw record rainfall Thursday night with damage estimates in the tens of millions. The Lake Delhi dam in Northeastern Iowa failed Saturday leaving millions in damage. Closer to home residents of Stephenson Co, Freeport and Pearl City are still under water today hoping Mother Nature keeps things in check this week. Luckily for anyone who is facing an immense clean-up ahead, it appears our threat of heavy rain will be fairly minimal this week.

p120i00We do have a cold front that will pass through with scattered thunderstorms on Wednesday but rainfall amounts will be tolerable. Even under the heaviest scenario (which is around an inch), it shouldn’t ashi exacerbate flooding too much. Still, we’ll be watching our Tuesday night/Wednesday forecast carefully. The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center places the heaviest rains around the region.

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This post was written by qni_it on July 26, 2010

Southern Heat!

beatheatParts of southeastern South Carolina and upper southeast Georgia are the ones who need to beat the heat today. As the sea breeze pushes inland, moderate levels of humidity, (upper 70s & lower 80s) will help make their mid to upper 90s feel dangerously hot. Excessive heat warnings are in place, because that combination will make it feel anywhere from 110-115°F. The risk for any heat related illness will be very high for any outdoor activities. The “relief” will come by sunset when heat index values fall into the lower 100s.

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This post was written by qni_it on July 26, 2010

Thunder Moon

full-moon1According to folklore, tonight’s full Moon is the Thunder Moon, named for the reason that thunderstorms are very frequent during this time of year.  Another name is the Full Buck Moon, because this is when bucks begin to grow new antlers. Other names for this full moon from different folklores are, Hay Moon (English), Ripe Corn Moon (Cherokee), Mead Moon (Medieval) and Moon of the Middle Summer (Dakotah). 

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This post was written by qni_it on July 26, 2010

Current river levels

3311925The good news: River levels are forecast to fall in Freeport along the Pecatonica River as well as along the Rock River at Byron. The bad news: River levels are still going up along the Rock River in Rockton. Here are current river levels as of Sunday evening.

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This post was written by qni_it on July 25, 2010

Official 72 hour rainfall totals

118Here are the official 72 rainfall totals from around the Stateline area. Many locations received record monthly rainfall in a matter of only a couple of days. Rockford’s old record of 9.72″ occurred in July of 1996 and was eclipsed by our 72 hour total of 9.91″ at the airport! Flood warnings remain in effect for rivers in Winnebago, Stephenson, Rock, Green, and Ogle counties through the beginning of the work week.

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This post was written by qni_it on July 25, 2010

Road closures still in place

Here are some local road closures as of 10:00pm Saturday. For an updated list, visithttp://www.dot.state.il.us/road/closures.txt

Location		07-24-10   

IL-56		Butterfield is closed between Batavia RD.& Winfield Rd. near Warrenville,
		in DuPage Co. (Flooding)

IL 75 		South of US 20 East Edge of Freeport in Stephenson County.

		Apple River Canyon Bridge in Apple River Canyon in Carroll County.

IL 72   	.4 mile west of Leaf River in Carroll County. Water is receding

IL 84   	4 miles south of Hanover in JoDaviess County.

IL 78 		At Plum River Bridge in Carroll County.

IL 78 		At west fork of Plum River in Jo Daviess County.

IL 64 		East of I 39 in Ogle County.

IL-75		IL-75 from 800 block of E Stephenson Road to Tower road is closed due to flooding.

US-20		US-20 at Business 20 EB and WB, West side of Stephenson county.

I-290		is closed in several places due to flooding in the Chicago area

Rt-84		4 miles South of Hanover (Jo Daviess Co.) closed due to flooding.

RT-78		At Blue Mountain Rd. closed due to flooding (Carroll Co.)

RT-73		At Pearl City closed to to flooding (Stephenson Co.)
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This post was written by qni_it on July 24, 2010

Your storm photos

We encourage you to send any reports of flooding, rainfall measurements, and photos to weather@wrex.com!

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This post was written by qni_it on July 24, 2010