Like a Broken Record

Today we will see highs hit near 80 degrees after being below freezing just yesterday morning! The good news it two fold this time around. Part 1: We have no overnight temperatures in the 30s for at least the next 7 days with all lows bottoming out in the mid 40s to low 50s. Part 2: All of the next 7 days have a temperature at or above 70s plugged into the forecast. High pressure is the culpret for what will be a very “stuck” weather pattern. The next 7 days will all remain dry and mostly sunny. They will all have temeratures that are fairly the same every day, and all overnight temperatures will be similar as well. High pressure overhead will steer all disturbances to our south and our north and leave us in the clear for at least a week. -Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on September 25, 2012

One warm day

Temperatures on Monday surged into the 70s; an impressive feat considering our day started at 31°. There will be a little more warming on Tuesday, thanks to the fact we will have a westerly wind (which has downsloped from the Rocky Mountains). That will change by the time a cool front (that is moving through Quebec) moves southbound through Northern Illinois late Tuesday. This will change the flow from northwest to southeast to more of a north to south flow. So, look for much cooler (but still tolerable) weather for the remainder of the week.

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This post was written by qni_it on September 24, 2012

Coolest video you’ll see all week!

Check this out! Steam formed during the wee hours of the morning on the Sangamon River in Central Illinois. Photographer Paul Hadfield was patient enough to observe steam funnels! Take a look. -Eric

 

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This post was written by qni_it on September 24, 2012

First Freeze!

Today the thermometer bottomed out below 32° for the first time this fall. Temperatures across the board were downright chilly with Dixon falling to 28°! These temperatures are pretty rare this early in the season. Today was the first time that Rockford recorded a temperature below freezing in September since 2003, and this is the earliest we have seen a below freezing temperature since September 22, 1995. Ironically, we had a heat wave in 1995 that was very similar to our heat wave this year. On the bright side, we have no temperatures in the 30s for at least the next 7 days, and many of our high temperatures will actually climb into the 70s! -Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on September 24, 2012

September Ups & Downs

As we enter the last week of September, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the temperature trend for the past month.  As you can tell by the graphic, we’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster ride.  We had a record-breaking Labor Day (September 3rd) high of 96 degrees and a chilly high of 55 degrees on the last day of Summer (September 21st).  That’s a difference of 41 degrees!  But if you average all the high temperatures we’ve had so far, we’re at 77.0 degrees.  Our monthly normal is 75.4 degrees.  As for low temperatures, Rockford has dipped down to 35 degrees so far this month.  We’ll have to endure one more cold night, but then the temperature trend will stay at or slightly above normal as we close out September.  -Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on September 23, 2012

Frost & Freeze Conditions Tonight

An unseasonably cold airmass is in place over northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.  Frost and freeze conditions are likely for nearly all backyards tonight!  A Freeze Warning is in effect for Green, Jo Daviess, & Stephenson County until 8:00am Sunday morning.  A Frost Advisory is in effect for Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Rock, Walworth, Whiteside, & Winnebago County until 8:00am Sunday morning as well.  All of us will see temperatures plummet overnight into the lower 30s.  Readings in the upper 20s are not out of the question for many rural and low-lying areas.  Don’t forget to cover any tender vegetation overnight!

Sunday night into early Monday morning will flirt with freezing temperatures once again, so another round of frost is possible. 

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on September 22, 2012

Fall begins Saturday

What an end to summer! Rockford’s official high temperature on Friday was 55°, compared to an average high temperature of 73°. And while Friday felt like autumn, Saturday will feel even moreso! A stiff wind out of the northwest will keep feels-like temps in the 40s and 50s all day.

On Saturday, the sun’s strongest rays will fall directly on the equator with most spots on the Earth seeing 12 hours of daylight and darkness. As the sun’s rays continue southbound, our days will get shorter and shorter through the Winter Solstice in December. -Eric

 

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This post was written by qni_it on September 21, 2012

Rain Ending for Now….More on the Way

What a way to close out summer!  With temperatures in the 50s for most of the afternoon and some light to moderate rain, it sure felt like an autumn day!  Local rainfall totals weren’t overly impressive, with the highest totals in southwestern Wisconsin.  Monroe and Platteville picked up just over half an inch of rain.  Lighter amounts were observed south of U.S. Highway 20.

The bulk of the steady rain has come to an end.  Although a couple of light lingering showers will still be possible tonight, but most of the high school football games should go off without a hitch.  It’ll be a little muddy, though!  Expect a few more rain showers overnight, especially after the midnight hour.  -Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on September 21, 2012

Allergies Ending?

Fall has finally arrived which means the eventual end to allergy season. If you are an allergy sufferer than you realized that this year’s season began much sooner than it normally does thanks to our abnormally hot March. Here in the Midwest pollen seasons vary plant to plant. Tree pollen tends to be highest February-June, grass pollen is highest May-August, ragweed is highest August-October, and mold can vary throughout the entire year. Even though the seasons do tend to vary, fall is almost always a welcome time for those that are allergy ridden. This is because whatever remaining pollen that is out there tends to die after the first frost of the year. A few of us experienced that two nights ago, and the rest of us could join those lucky few after Saturday night when our lows are expected to dip down to 32°. The end is in sight! -Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on September 20, 2012

Chilly!

This morning we officially did it, we saw an overnight temperature in the 30s at RFD for the first time since April. Lows in the 30s were a very common sight this morning. The lack of moisture in the air and the crystal clear sky allowed temps to quickly plummet and we were a degree away from seeing the Fahrenheit drop into the upper 20s in Lake Geneva! Last night even brought a few of us our first frost of the year. We won’t see lows this chilly tonight, but a return to overnight 30s can’t be ruled out as we head into the weekend!

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This post was written by qni_it on September 19, 2012