June 2013 vs. June 2012

june2013vsjune2012What a difference one year makes!  June 2012 was the 3rd driest on record with monthly rainfall totaling under 1 inch.  It was hot, too.  Rockford had ten days with high temperatures in the 90s. One day last June even hit 100 degrees!

Compare this to June 2013.  This month we picked up 7.72 inches of rain, with rain falling on 20 out of 30 days.  This put June 2013 in the record books as the 10th wettest June in Rockford’s history.  It was cooler than normal, too.  Average high temperatures were just shy of 80 degrees with only one day hitting that 90 degree mark!

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on June 30, 2013

Waterlogged June

June 2013 made an appearance in a top ten list in Rockford’s climatological history.  Out of 107 years of record keeping, June 2013 will go down as at least the 10th wettest in history! As of this blog post (June 29th), 7.72 inches of rain fell in the Forest City for the month, ranking this year just ahead of 2002 (7.45 inches) and just behind 1916 (7.81 inches).

 

A climate report from the National Weather Service on June 29th at 5:25pm showed that 0.74 inches of rain had fallen for the day. However, a few more showers moved through the area after that report was issued, so it is possible that our rainfall total for the day will go up.  I will update this blog, should our 7.72 inch total for the month change, and possibly move us into ninth place.

June 2013 started out relatively normal.  From the 1st through the 20th, just 1.3o inches of rain fell.  The highest daily rain total from that time period occurred on June 6th, with 0.37 inches of rain.  It wasn’t until June 21st—the Summer Solstice—when the deluge began.  Almost 83% of the month’s rain, or 6.42 inches, fell between that date and the end of the month.  On Saturday, June 22, a new record for maximum daily rainfall total was set in Rockford. 2.36 inches of rain fell at Chicago Rockford International Airport, breaking a nearly 100-year-old record (1.81 inches from 1914).

-Joe

UPDATE (June 30th): June 2013 will go down as the 10th wettest June on record in Rockford with 7.72 inches observed at the airport.

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This post was written by qni_it on June 29, 2013

Changing Pattern

Our rainy, humid streak is about to come to an end. The humidity is already decreasing, as are our high temperatures. The rain will quickly follow suit. By the end of the weekend, a dry period will settle in that will yield us minimal chances for rain straight through late next week. Unfortunately, a well below average cool streak will also settle in through late next week thanks to the positioning of the jetstream and cooler Canadian air that will stick around over the Midwest. On the flip side, a large ridge of high pressure is entrenched over much of the Southwest bringing near record high temperatures to the area through the middle of next week. -Greg 12

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This post was written by qni_it on June 28, 2013

Blackhawks Parade

The Chicago Blackhawks have captured their second Stanley Cup in four season. They are back in Chicago and ready to rally with you! The parade starts at 10:30am tomorrow with a rally following at 11:00am in Grant Park. We have been hampered with rain for much of the past 6 days, and there is rain in the forecast for tomorrow. The good news is that the chance for rain doesn’t come until the afternoon hours! Anyone looking to head into the city for the festivites can expect a partly cloudy sky and temps in the 70s. -GregCapture

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This post was written by qni_it on June 27, 2013

June Deluge

Incredible rains since June 21st, spanning less than one week’s time, have inundated Rockford and the Stateline region.  At Chicago Rockford International Airport, 5.59 inches of rain has fallen since that date.  Rainfall totals were locally higher in some backyards across the metro area.

With just a few days left (and a few more chances of rain left), June 2013 can already claim the 13th wettest June on record in Rockford!  As of this blog post, 6.89 inches of rain were observed during June 2013 in the Forest City.  Records began in Rockford in 1906.

June is statistically the wettest month and on average sees 4.65 inches of rain.  Last year was a different story.  June 2012 was the 3rd driest on record in Rockford, with a measly 0.66 inches of rain.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on June 26, 2013

Flood Warnings Along Area Rivers

Flood Warnings are in effect for nearly all of the local river gauge sites in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Thanks to heavy rainfall and flash flooding over the past 48 to 72 hours, moderate flooding is forecast for the larger river basins through this weekend. River crests are expected Friday into Saturday.  The Rock River near Rockton, Roscoe, Machesney Park, and Byron is expected to see moderate flooding.  The Pecatonica River near Freeport will see moderate flooding as well.  Minor flooding is expected along the Kishwaukee River near Belvidere and in southern Winnebago County.  The Sugar River near Brodhead, the Pecatonica River near Shirland & Winslow, and the Rock River near Dixon will all experience minor flooding as well.

As of Wednesday night, Turtle Creek near Beloit was in major flood stage. That creek was over 13 feet, a new record crest.

Sandbags are available in three locations throughout Winnebago County:

  • Harlem-Roscoe Fire Station #1 at 10544 Main Street in Roscoe
  • Michalsen Office Furniture at 8010 North 2nd Street (IL-251) in Machesney Park
  • New Milford Fire Station at 2177 Will James Road in New Milford

For the latest river gauge levels, click HERE.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on June 26, 2013

Flash Flooding Likely

Through midnight last night we have received nearly 5″ of rainfall since last Friday, and that number is surely to rise when totals come in from the heavy downpours that tracked through the area this morning. A flash flood warning is in effect until 4:30pm for Winnebago and Boone County. We have already been updated to many flooded areas, and flooding along rivers will continue to be a concern even well after the showers and storms clear out. Many rivers are expected to crest between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon. If you live near a low-lying area be mindful that just because you aren’t flooded now doesn’t mean you won’t experience flooding within the next few days. If you encounter a flooded area, avoid that area all together. Attempting to walk or even drive in flood water can be extrememly dangerous! Stay tuned for updates! -GregCapture

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This post was written by qni_it on June 26, 2013

Severe Thunderstorm Watch through 5am Wednesday

Severe thunderstorms capable of producing very large hail will be possible from Eastern Iowa through North Central Illinois. In addition, gusty wind to 65mph will be possible. Lee and Whiteside Co. are both in this watch. Torrential rainfall and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning can also be expected with these storms.
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This post was written by qni_it on June 25, 2013

Additional heavy thunderstorms likely Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning

Captur2eFlash Flood Watches remain in effect in advance of our next impulse that will generate thunderstorms overnight. Some storms could produce 1-2 inches of rain in a little over an hour, as well as some gusty wind. There is a low risk (Threatrack Level 2) of severe weather tonight and tomorrow. CaptureHowever, more importantly will be the threat for additional flash flooding. Our Futuretrack computer model puts down an average of 2 inches across the Metro. Of course, there will be higher amounts in spots that get more than one thunderstorm. Be careful, especially if you’re driving during the nighttime hours.

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This post was written by qni_it on June 25, 2013

Tornado confirmed in Lee County on Monday

whirleyThe National Weather Service sent a survey team to assess the damage across Lee County from the derecho that moved from Iowa into Indiana.

They conclude that a tornado was on the ground for 4 miles with a width of 100 yards. From the National Weather Service:

THIS PATH WAS MAINLY OVER FARM FIELDS BUT DID TAKE DOWN NUMEROUS 
UTILITY POLES...INCLUDING A FEW THAT WERE BENT SHARPLY TO THE 
SOUTH...OPPOSITE OF THE STORM MOTION WHICH WAS NORTHEAST. THESE 
ALIGNED WITH THE NORTH PART OF THE DAMAGE SWATH. ONE WEAKLY 
CONSTRUCTED BARN WAS DESTROYED NEAR THE END OF THIS PATH. DAMAGE TO 
THE CORN CANOPY AT CROSSROADS ALONG THIS PATH REVEALED A MORE 
CONVERGENT SIGNATURE INDICATIVE OF A SHORT-LIVED TORNADO.

However, we posted photos last night of significant damage to homes and a grain elevator in Walton, Illinois. It was determined this was caused by straight-line wind near 100 mph!

THROUGHOUT THIS SWATH INDICATIONS WERE THAT WIND GUSTS WERE IN 
EXCESS OF 60 MPH WITH MULTIPLE  LOCATIONS OBSERVING SPEEDS IN EXCESS 
OF 80 MPH. AT TIMES DAMAGE WAS SOMEWHAT SPORADIC AND IN ZIG-ZAG TYPE 
ORIENTATION...BUT OVERALL THIS WAS A SEMI-CONTINUOUS CORRIDOR ABOUT 
ONE TO ONE AND A HALF MILES IN WIDTH. DEBRIS AND FALLEN TREE 
PLACEMENT TO THE NORTHEAST...ALL CORN FLATTENING OR BENDING TO THE 
NORTHEAST...AND MOST EYE-WITNESS REPORTS INDICATE THIS WAS FROM 
STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS. 

NEAR THE BEGINNING OF THIS ENHANCED WIND AREA...A LARGE OUTBUILDING 
WHICH WAS BOLTED TO ITS FOUNDATION WAS DESTROYED WITH SEVERAL LARGE 
PIECES BEING LIFTED AND THROWN DOWNSTREAM. ONE PART OF THE BARN WALL 
WAS LIFTED UP AND TOOK A PIECE OF THE FOUNDATION WITH IT. SLIGHTLY 
DOWNSTREAM A LARGE TREE WAS SNAPPED NEAR ITS BASE AT A PROPERTY WITH 
THE TREE FALLING ON THE FRONT PORTION OF THE HOUSE. IN WALTON...FOUR 
LARGE GRAIN STORAGE BINS WERE DESTROYED ALONG WITH A METAL 
OUTBUILDING. THE DEBRIS FROM THIS WAS FLUNG DOWNSTREAM...INCLUDING A 
FEW PIECES BEING IMPALED IN THE REMAINING STANDING PART OF THE 
ELEVATOR WHICH WAS ON THE EAST MOST SIDE OF THE PROPERTY. TWO OF 
THE BINS WERE BASICALLY FOLDED IN ON EACH OTHER. NEAR THE END OF 
THIS SWATH...THERE WERE A HANDFUL OF LARGE TREES SNAPPED WITH 
NUMEROUS UPROOTED.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE WIND DAMAGE IN THIS AREA WILL BE 
PROVIDED AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD LIKE TO THANK LEE COUNTY 
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...AMBOY ESDA...AND ROCKFORD MEDIA PARTNERS WHO 
ASSISTED WITH PHOTOS AND DETAILED REPORTS OF THE DAMAGE IN ADVANCE.
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This post was written by qni_it on June 25, 2013