Microburst reported in Ogle County

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6:54pm – The National Weather Service has surveyed damage 6 miles northeast of Rochelle and has determined it was caused by a microburst yesterday.

According to the National Weather Service’s Chicago forecast office, “The winds from the microburst did damage to a hog confinement building that is 200 yards long. Multiple sections of the roof suffered damage. On one part of the building, the roof was lifted and the underlying wood structure ripped out and blew into a nearby field north of the building. The debris was deposited in a divergent path and wider than the point of origin which is indicative of a microburst. The winds were estimated at 75-80mph.”

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This post was written by qni_it on October 27, 2010

Cold Blast…Brrrrrr!

out18out25Get ready for some of the coldest air we have seen all season. Our friends to the south will finally get their first freeze of the season, while we can expect a hard freeze area wide. Our “land-phoon” that has been blowing us around finally starts to move off to the Northeast. This will allow our winds to calm down but it will also allow a very cold air mass to slide into our viewing area. Winds today are out of the West. Generally, this is bringing in a cool air mass that allows us to have average temperatures. Heading into the overnight hours as the low-pressure slides to the Northeast, our winds start to shift to the Northwest ushering in a cold arctic air mass. This same air mass is creating snow into the Dakotas (Blizzard Warning) and Minnesota (Winter Storm Warning). We on the other hand will have to deal with below average temperatures on Thursday and lower to mid 20s for Thursday night into Friday morning.

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This post was written by qni_it on October 27, 2010

Chief Blackhawk in the wind!

wrecThank you to Elwood Mott for this great shot of the Blackhawk statue in Oregon, Illinois today. Awesome! -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on October 26, 2010

Okay, this is funny

During an episode of the “Cleveland Show” today, a television affiliate needed to cut-in for a tornado warning. Couldn’t have broken in at a more perfect time. Just watch! -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on October 26, 2010

Tornado Destroys Pole Barn in Indiana

Today’s severe weather event spawned many tornadoes through the midwest including this EF1 tornado in northwest Indiana. Here is stunning surveillance video courtesy of WSBT in South Bend showing a pole barn blown to pieces by a tornado. This occurred in Wanatah, a small town near my alma mater of Valparaiso, Indiana.

-AB

 

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This post was written by qni_it on October 26, 2010

Low pressure breaks records!

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(Wednesday 3:53pm correction: According to the NWS, the previous record we’ve indicated was taken at the Cleveland, Ohio crib over the waters of Lake Erie. Because of this, the low pressure system did break the all-time record for the United States. According to NWS: A new record was set for the lowest pressure in a non-tropical storm in the mainland U.S. The massive storm system barreling across the central U.S. had a minimum central pressure of 28.24″ or 956 mb (equivalent to the minimum pressure of a Category 3 hurricane). This breaks the old record of 28.28″ (958 mb), set on Jan. 26, 1978, during the Blizzard of 1978 (aka the Cleveland Superbomb). This is also lower than the March 1993 Superstorm (aka “The Storm of the Century”), or the “Witch of November” storm that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, or even the Columbus Day Storm of Oct. 1962.

(Tuesday 6:46pm correction: Lowest pressure was 28.05″ of mercury, not 28.28″ previously reported)

What a storm! According to reports from Minnesota and Wisconsin late this afternoon, the low pressure system responsible for today’s 15 tornadoes and 200+ reports of wind damage is one for the record books!

The official National Weather Service barometer at Superior, Wisconsin registered a pressure of 28.38 inches or 961.06 millibars at 11:35am today. This breaks the old Wisconsin state record of 28.45 inches set at Green Bay on April 3, 1982.

112If that wasn’t enough, a barometer in Northern Minnesota registered an even lower pressure! According to the National Weather Service forecast office in Duluth, Minnesota, the barometer in Big Fork dipped to 28.21 inches of mercury or 955.2 millibars. While this observation is not officially confirmed yet, it puts this storm in a #2 spot for all-time lowest pressure! The lowest barometric pressure recorded in a non-tropical storm was set during the super-snowstorm of January 26, 1978 where Cleveland, Ohio had a pressure of 28.05″ or 949.9 millibars.

The low pressure from today’s storm system would be typical to a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on October 26, 2010

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(6:15:08 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 2 Nw Elburn [Kane Co, IL] nws storm survey reports TORNADO at 26 Oct, 06:55 AM CDT — ef1 tornado confirmed- path length approx 3/4 mile… path width 50 feet. two barns and a grain bin destroyed with a phone pole snapped at one farmsted… minor damage to a house and two other farmsteds.

(5:40:33 PM) nwsbot: LOT: 1 Ne Elburn [Kane Co, IL] trained spotter reports NON-TSTM WND DMG at 05:10 PM CDT — power line fell onto a house…resulting in a large fire on a farm along il-38.

A High Wind Warning is in effect for the entire 13WREX coverage area until 8pm Tuesday.

UPDATE 12:30PM: We’ll get to see a bit more sunshine later this afternoon while temps stay chilly 50s. Winds will be out of the West-Southwest at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50-60 mph. Evening commute will be difficult. For tonight, expect partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the lower 40s. Winds will be out of the West around 20-25 mph and gusts up to 35-40 mph. Our windy conditions stay through Wednesday with gusts up to 30-40 mph. Things finally start to quiet down by Friday and into the weekend. We will have temperatures in the lower to mid 50s and partly to mostly sunny skies.

-CK

2:00pm – This morning’s tornado near Peotone was just rated as EF-2 strength. Its path length was 1 mile and the tornado was 200 yards wide.

(1:03:32 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Sheboygan Airport [Sheboygan Co, WI] asos reports NON-TSTM WND GST of M58.00 MPH at 12:08 PM CDT — ksbm peak gust 50 knots.
(1:03:32 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Milwaukee [Milwaukee Co, WI] asos reports NON-TSTM WND GST of M61.00 MPH at 12:11 PM CDT — kmke peak gust 53 knots.

12:03PM: 55 mph gust in Galena, IL

11:05amAM: 51 mph gust in Rockford, IL

10:52AM: 54 mph gust Monroe, WI

10:15 AM:  51 mph wind gust in Freeport









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This post was written by qni_it on October 26, 2010

Chicago-land Tornado??

Parts of the Chicago area were placed under tornado warnings this morning, and at least one tornado reportedly touched down, as the Great Lakes Cyclone whipped through our region. Will County emergency management officials reported that a house in Peotone was severely damaged when a possible tornado touched down. (See NWS reports). Three small planes were also flipped over at an airstrip at the DuPage Airport in West Chicago.
The Great Lakes Cyclone is being labeled one of the worst storm in the Midwest in 70 years.

Storm Reports from the Chicago Area

(6:55:57 AM) nwsbot: LOT issues Tornado Warning for Kane [IL] till 7:30 AM CDT …* AT 654 AM…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THESE DANGEROUS STORMS WERE LOCATED NEAR ELBURN…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.(7:38:14 AM) nwsbot: LOT issues Tornado Warning for Kankakee, Will [IL] till 8:00 AM CDT …* AT 735 AM…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MANTENO…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.
(7:50:48 AM) nwsbot: LOT continues
Tornado Warning for Kankakee, Will [IL] till 8:00 AM CDT …AT 744 AM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BEECHER…OR 6 MILES EAST OF PEOTONE…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH. ANOTHER STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR JUST NORTHEAST OF GRANT PARK AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.
(8:12:21 AM) nwsbot: LOT: St. Anne [Kankakee Co, IL] trained spotter
reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 07:36 AM CDT — possible funnel cloud sighted near st. anne.(7:46:20 AM) nwsbot: LOT issues Tornado Warning for Iroquois [IL] and Newton [IN] till 8:15 AM CDT …* AT 744 AM…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR SHELDON…OR 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF RAUB…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 65 MPH. A SECOND STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR DONOVAN AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 65 MPH.(7:53:57 AM) nwsbot: LOT: 2 S Chebanse [Iroquois Co, IL] emergency mngr reports TORNADO at 07:15 AM CDT — brief tornado touchdown sighted near 3250n and 1100 east road. no damage.(8:06:39 AM) nwsbot: LOT: 4 E Peotone [Will Co, IL] emergency mngr reports TORNADO at 07:40 AM CDT — preliminary tornado touchdown report relayed by will county e.m. damage to 30651 south will center road and possibly other homes in the area.
(8:17:06 AM) nwsbot: LOT: 3 Ese Crete [Will Co, IL] trained spotter
reports FUNNEL CLOUD at 08:10 AM CDT — funnel cloud sighted on illinois side of illinois/indiana state line west of st. john
LOT: 4 E Peotone [Will Co, IL] storm chaser
reports TORNADO at 07:40 AM CDT — damage to 30651 south will center road. roof gone. partial collapse of house. detached garage destroyed. approximately one half mile long damage path.

 

 

 

 

(9:03:54 AM) nwsbot: LOT: 2 W Elburn [Kane Co, IL] emergency mngr reports TSTM WND DMG at 06:54 AM CDT — barn damaged on francis road. power poles down and shed destroyed on keslinger road.

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This post was written by qni_it on October 26, 2010

Severe Weather Reports/Updates

We are seeing very windy conditions and moderate to heavy rainfall this Tuesday morning.  Severe weather is still possible with damaging winds and heavy rainfall. The rain ends later this morning but our winds are going to continue to pick up through the afternoon. Today, expect partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid and upper 50s.  Winds will be out of the West-Southwest at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50-60 mph.  Morning and evening commutes will be difficult, especially on North and South bound roads.  -CK

(1:03:32 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Sheboygan Airport [Sheboygan Co, WI] asos reports NON-TSTM WND GST of M58.00 MPH at 12:08 PM CDT — ksbm peak gust 50 knots.
(1:03:32 PM) nwsbot: MKX: Milwaukee [Milwaukee Co, WI] asos reports NON-TSTM WND GST of M61.00 MPH at 12:11 PM CDT — kmke peak gust 53 knots.


(4:41:39 AM) nwsbot: DVN issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: <1.00 IN] for Bureau, Whiteside [IL] till 5:15 AM CDT

STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF  POLO TO 16 MILES WEST OF WALTON…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.
ONE HALF INCH DIAMETER HAIL…WINDS UP TO 50 MPH…ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…POLO…AND FORRESTON AROUND 505 AM…FRANKLIN GROVE AND DIXON AROUND 510 AM

(4:57:23 AM) nwsbot: LOT issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 60 MPH, hail: <.50 IN] for Lee, Ogle [IL] till 5:45 AM CDT

(5:43:56 AM) nwsbot: LOT issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 70 MPH, hail: <.50 IN] for Boone, Ogle, Winnebago [IL] till 6:15 AM CDT

(5:47:16 AM) nwsbot: DVN issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 65 MPH, hail: <1.00 IN] for Clinton, Jackson [IA] and Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Whiteside [IL] till 6:30 AM CDT

(5:49:29 AM) nwsbot: MKX issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning [wind: 70 MPH, hail: <.75 IN] for Rock, Walworth [WI] till 6:30 AM CDT

(5:55:59 AM) nwsbot: DVN extends Tornado Watch for Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside [IL] till 8:00 AM CDT

(5:57:44 AM) nwsbot: LOT issues SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT for DeKalb, Ford, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, La Salle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle [IL] till 6:30 AM CDT

(6:12:28 AM) nwsbot: LOT issues SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT for Lee, Ogle [IL] till 6:45 AM CDT

(6:16:40 AM) nwsbot: MKX: Janesville [Rock Co, WI] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 06:07 AM CDT — multiple trees down…construction barrels scattered along interstate 90

(6:29:15 AM) nwsbot: LOT: 5 Nne Forreston [Ogle Co, IL] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:12 AM CDT — one large tree down about 5 miles north-northeast of forreston near the stephenson county border.

Tornado Watch has been extended to 8am for the viewing area.

(6:41:19 AM) nwsbot: LOT: 5 Nw Rockford [Winnebago Co, IL] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:45 AM CDT — a few trees and wires down in the unincorporated portion of rockford.

(6:45:24 AM) nwsbot: LOT cancels Tornado Watch for Boone, De Kalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, Winnebago [IL]

(6:51:46 AM) nwsbot: DVN: Stockton [Jo Daviess Co, IL] co-op observer reports TSTM WND GST of M47 MPH at 06:16 AM CDT —

(6:54:05 AM) nwsbot: MKX: Janesville [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 06:15 AM CDT — several 4-6 trees down across the eastern side of rock county. many large limbs down.
(6:54:05 AM) nwsbot: MKX: 3 Ne Beloit [Rock Co, WI] trained spotter reports TSTM WND DMG at 06:37 AM CDT — partially destroyed billboard entangled in power lines at milwaukee rd and freeman parkway.

Update (7:30am) High Wind Warning and Watch in effect from 7AM-8PM this evening. After a wild start this morning, today expect partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid and upper 50s. Winds will be out of the West-Southwest at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50-60 mph. Morning and evening commutes will be difficult, especially on North and South bound roads. For tonight, expect partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the lower 40s. Winds will be out of the West around 20-25 mph and gusts up to 35-40 mph.

(7:45:10 AM) nwsbot: DVN: Thomson [Carroll Co, IL] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:46 AM CDT — tree down – estimated time of occurrence.
(7:45:10 AM) nwsbot: DVN: Chadwick [Carroll Co, IL] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 06:05 AM CDT — power lines down. estimated time of occurrence.
(7:45:10 AM) nwsbot: DVN: Shannon [Carroll Co, IL] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 06:18 AM CDT — power lines down. estimated time of occurrence.

(7:54:57 AM) nwsbot: DVN: Freeport [Stephenson Co, IL] public reports HEAVY RAIN of M2.34 INCH at 07:52 AM CDT — rain fell between 4 p.m. monday and 7 a.m. tuesday

(9:10:49 AM) nwsbot: MKX: Monroe Airport [Green Co, WI] awos reports NON-TSTM WND GST of M48.00 MPH at 08:55 AM CDT — keft gust to 42 knots.

(10:03:35 AM) nwsbot: MKX: Janesville Airport [Rock Co, WI] awos reports NON-TSTM WND GST of M51.00 MPH at 09:45 AM CDT — kjvl gust to 44 knots. sustained wind 33 knots.

10:15 AM:  51 mph wind gust in Freeport

(10:29:52 AM) nwsbot: LOT: Woodstock [Mchenry Co, IL] public reports NON-TSTM WND DMG at 09:53 AM CDT — tree branches down.

(10:42:51 AM) nwsbot: MKX: 3 E Lake Geneva [Walworth Co, WI] mesonet reports NON-TSTM WND GST of M50.00 MPH at 10:00 AM CDT — lkgen

(10:28:58 AM) nwsbot: MKX continues High Wind Warning for Green,  Rock, Walworth,  [WI] till Oct 27, 7:00 PM CDT

(10:02:20 AM) nwsbot: DVN continues High Wind Warning for Carroll,  Jo Daviess,  Stephenson,  and Whiteside [IL] till 9:00 PM CDT

10:52AM: 54 mph gust Monroe, WI
Monroe Airport [Green Co, WI] awos reports NON-TSTM WND GST of M54.00 MPH at 10:35 AM CDT — keft gust to 47 knots.

11:05amAM: 51 mph gust in Rockford, IL

12:03PM: 55 mph gust in Galena, IL

UPDATE 12:30PM:  We’ll get to see abit more sunshine later this afternoon while temps stay chilly 50s. Winds will be out of the West-Southwest at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50-60 mph. Evening commute will be difficult. For tonight, expect partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the lower 40s. Winds will be out of the West around 20-25 mph and gusts up to 35-40 mph. Our windy conditions stay through Wednesday with gusts up to 30-40 mph. Things finally start to quiet down by Friday and into the weekend. We will have temperatures in the lower to mid 50s and partly to mostly sunny skies.

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This post was written by qni_it on October 26, 2010

Tornado Watch in effect through 6am

A Tornado Watch is in effect for all of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin except McHenry County through 6am. Even though a tornado watch is in effect, we believe the greater threat will be for widespread wind damage. If there is widespread 60-75mph wind, an isolated weak tornado won’t add much more damage potential. Because this system is capable of producing severe weather over a wide area, a tornado watch was selected from the Storm Prediction Center. We will continue our coverage all night long. -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on October 25, 2010