Hottest Day of the Year?

It’s no secret now.  Most of you have probably heard that the forecast high temperature for Thursday, June 28 is 100 degrees!  That could very well be the hottest day of the year.  So far, the hottest day of 2012 in Rockford was May 27 when the mercury rose to 99 degrees.  The last time Rockford reached 100 degrees was July 20, 2011.  However, the last time we hit 100 during the month of June was in 1988!  Although we’re not likely to break it, our record high temperature for June 28 is 103° (set in 1934).

Dewpoints are expected to climb into the upper 60s, which is moderately uncomfortable.  That, along with our humidity, will make it feel hotter than 100 degrees tomorrow afternoon!  The forecast calls for a heat index in the mid-100s, possibly maxing out at a blistering 110 degrees!  Because of this, we must all take the necessary precautions in dealing with the heat.  Drink plenty of water, avoid strenuous outdoor activity, do not leave children or pets in the car, and check on the elderly.

Stay cool!

-JA

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This post was written by qni_it on June 27, 2012

Where to Beat the Heat

A 100-degree high temperature is in the forecast for the first time in a long time for our region.  And we must plan and act accordingly.  With temperatures climbing so high and the heat index making it feel even hotter, maintaining good health is important!

Be sure to avoid outdoor activity, especially during the hottest hours of the day (generally late morning through early afternoon).  If you must be outdoors, drink plenty of water and stay in the shade as much as possible.  NEVER leave children or pets in the car, and be sure to give plenty of water to our four-legged friends.  Also, it is important to check up on relatives or neighbors, particularly the elderly and those without air conditioning.

If you know someone who does not have access to air conditioning, please pass this information along.  The city of Rockford has numerous cooling sites that are free for everyone.  These sites are located throughout the city, such as the Salvation Army on 18th Avenue, Liberty Baptist Church on the southwest side, and many other locations close to downtown.  Furthermore, the Salvation Army and Keen Age Center in Belvidere will also open free cooling sites.

For all locations, addresses, and times, click the city of Rockford’s website here.  Let’s make sure we all stay safe during this heat wave! -JA

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This post was written by qni_it on June 27, 2012

Colorado Springs wildfire live coverage

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This post was written by qni_it on June 26, 2012

Much of the country will see 100° temperatures

A significant heat wave will expand out of the Rocky Mountain States into the Plains on Wednesday with high temperatures exceeding 110 degrees along the border between Kansas and Nebraska. This shaded regions show where 100 degree temperatures are forecast with the purple color indicating 105-110° and the light pink 110°+. 100 degree temperatures are anticipated in Minneapolis, Des Moines, St. Louis, Omaha, Kansas City, Wichita, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Shreveport, Dallas/Ft.Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Colorado Springs, El Paso, and Phoenix.

On Thursday the heat will expand into the Midwest States with temperatures above 105° posisible in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Little Rock, and Oklahoma City. In 2011, Rockford saw two back to back 100 degree days…the first since 1989. It sure looks like this will be repeated the day after tomorrow. And honestly, there is a chance we could see another 100 degree temperature on Monday as one model is indicating even hotter temperatures possible! Please be safe and take it easy. If you have friends and family in any of the areas shown on this map, please keep tabs on them and make sure everyone stays safe.

 

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This post was written by qni_it on June 26, 2012

Huge fire threatens thousands of homes

A huge wildfire continues to burn out of control near Colorado Springs, sending more than 10,000 people from their homes. The Waldo Canyon Fire broke out on Sunday and has burned more than 5,000 acres. As of now, hundreds of firefighters are working night and day to keep the flames away from numerous subdivisions and the nearby Air Force Base. Garden of the Gods, a popular tourist attraction/rock formation is also within the range of this fire, as well as Manitou Springs, a popular shopping destination.

RELATED LINK: Colorado NBC Station KOAA-TV

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This post was written by qni_it on June 26, 2012

Watch Out for Your Children!

We are quickly approaching one of the most intense heat waves we have seen in recent memory. As this extraordinary heat sets in tomorrow it is wise to remember that we have to look out for others, not just ourselves. This is especially true when it comes to infant safety because baby’s don’t have a way to let you know if they can’t stand the heat anymore!

 A few guidlines to exercise this upcoming week could save a child’s life.. and they are so simple and easy to do with what is at stake. Never leave a child unattended in the back seat of a car for ANY period of time. In extreme heat like we will be facing this week (especially Thursday) the temperature in a vehicle can rise up to 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and up to 50 degrees within an hour! All that heat gets trapped inside your car and the temperature in the car can actually get warmer than it is outside, sometimes maxing out over 150 degrees! A child’s body temperature warms at a rate three to five times faster than an adult so they feel the effects far more quickly. Also, cracking a window when you leave a vehicle will priovide no relief! So remember your children and while you are trying to beat the heat make sure they are too!

 Stay safe and try to enjoy our hottest June day in near a quarter century!

-GB

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This post was written by qni_it on June 26, 2012

Getting hot, staying hot

Drying conditions will perpetuate very hot temperatures over the next week or two. In fact, the 90 degree temperatures may begin on Wednesday and continue for nine or ten days! This is partially due to the lack of moisture-feedback from plants and the ground as drought conditions continue. This will negatively affect chances for precipitation until some sort of balance is achieved which may be about a month away.

Temperatures will near 100 degrees on Thursday with heat index values around 105°. The last time we had a 100° temperature in June was back in 1988! So if you’re planning an outdoor cookout for the Fourth of July, don’t forget the watermelon and lemonade. Our exclusive Ten Day Trend shows 90 degree temperatures continuing through Independence Week…and possibly longer. Of course, if we had reason to raise rain chances, we may be able to shave a few degrees off of those projected highs. Let’s keep praying! Maybe someone should call Mary Poppins. She always got a lot of use out of that umbrella. Maybe I should sing that Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious song… -ES

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This post was written by qni_it on June 25, 2012

Hitting the Century Mark

Enjoy today’s much deserved break from the heat. Our high of 77 degrees will become an overnight low temperature much sooner than you might like. A dome of hot air sits over the great plains and southwest. It is poised to rear its ugly head starting Wednesday as temperatures reach into the low 90s. Yet another 90 degree… and that’s just the beginning.

Thursday is when the really warm air moves in, and it’s safe to replace the word warm with “scortching”! Right now our forecast high is 100 degrees! Temperatures aloft will be extreme and with enough direct sunshine and deep layer mixing we could see that 100 degree mark not only hit but passed. Under perfect conditions, highs up to 105-107 are possible before all is said and done. The record high for June 28th is 103 degrees set back in 1934. It isn’t completely unreasonable to suggest that record could be broken.

If we reach 100 degrees that would be the first time we have done so since July 19th of last year. That by no means implies that 100 is not a rare number for us to exceed though. If we go back past last year the most recent time we saw a 100 degree was on July 10th.. 1989! Thankfully the record for most consecutive 100 degrees will not be challenged. That number of 9 straight days shall live on because our highs will drop back into the middle 90s by Friday.

 As always, use extreme caution when heading outdoors for any period of time, especially on Thursday! Drink plenty of water (even if you aren’t thirsty), wear light colored clothing (fashion doesn’t matter when we are all sweating!), and be mindful of your neighbors and the elderly. Stay safe and enjoy this cool summer day, before mother nature really cranks up the heat!

 

-GB

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This post was written by qni_it on June 25, 2012

Rainfall Deficit Update

Another front has passed us by, leaving us with just a few clouds and no rain!  That seems to be the norm around northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin lately.  Taking a look at the statistics, Rockford is now 5.29 inches below where we need to be on yearly rain.  What is even more amazing is the fact that June 2012 has been exceptionally dry.  At Chicago Rockford International Airport, only 0.61 inches of rain has fallen for the month.  That’s 3.20 inches less rain than a normal June!

We’re not alone.  The entire state of Illinois is suffering from a rainfall deficit.  Parts of central and southern Illinois are in a severe to extreme drought.  Unfortunately, sunny and dry weather is in the forecast for the next week.  Only slight chances for showers and thunderstorms exist towards the end of the week.  We need the rain!

-JA

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This post was written by qni_it on June 24, 2012

Look Up!!!

If the cirrus clouds that are drifting southeast from Minnesota erode away tonight, we have the chance to see the International Space Station fly overhead as it orbits around the Earth.  If you live near Rockford, make sure you look toward the western sky Sunday night at approximately 9:39pm CDT.  But if we are unable to see it tonight, we have three more chances during this upcoming week.

Click on the graphic to the left to see the exact times when the International Space Station will be visible from the Rockford metro.  With a mostly clear sky in the forecast until Friday, we should all be able to catch a quick glimpse! 

For more information and the exact viewing time and direction for your town, click on the links below.

For an Illinois location, click HERE.

For a Wisconsin location, click HERE.

-JA

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This post was written by qni_it on June 24, 2012