Are you scared of the weather?

UntitledSince it’s Halloween, I decided to take a look at the common “fears” when it comes to the weather! How many of these are you afraid of? Hopefully nobody is pagophobic since we’ve got colder air coming this weekend. And with all the heavy rain around today, ombrophobics are probably going crazy! 🙂

Have a great Halloween everybody! -Eric

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This post was written by qni_it on October 31, 2013

A Trick or a Treat?

The only thing on most of our minds today is whether or not the rain will end in time for trick-or-treating this evening. 2We wish that there was an easy way to give a definitive “yes” or “no” to this question, but we will be on the borderline of the backside of this rain system as we head into the evening. This afternoon rain will continue with the chance of a few small embedded thunderstorms. By mid to late afternoon the heavier rain will begin to dissipate leaving the rest of our activity much more scattered in nature. All of our simulators have rain ending west of Rockford as we make it toward 5-6pm with areas Rockford on east still dealing with lingering rain.3 Here is to hoping that the simulators got this one wrong and this system pushes east even faster so we can all have a dry and fun-filled trick-or-treat experience! -Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on October 31, 2013

Weird Halloween Weather!

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Temperatures will be warmer in the early morning hours than it will be for the evening commute! We’ll be in the 60s until a cold front sweeps through in the early afternoon hours. Temperatures will tumble in the evening with decreasing chances for rain. -Eric
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This post was written by qni_it on October 30, 2013

Filling Up

Our rain gauges and backyards will be filling up with a healthy dose of water over the next 36 hours.  A strong low pressure system pulling in ample Gulf moisture could put down three-quarters to perhaps over one inch of rain by Halloween night.  Rain with embedded thunder will push into our region Wednesday afternoon and linger until a cold front pulls through late Thursday.

FutureTrack Rainfall Potential

FutureTrack Rainfall Potential

On the positive side, Wednesday and Thursday’s high temperatures will be mild in the lower 60s for most areas—above average for a change.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on October 30, 2013

Asteroid to come between the Earth and Moon

asteroidNew information tonight about an asteroid that will pass very close to the Earth within the next hour. According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the space rock is about the size of a semi truck trailer. It will safely pass Earth October 29th around 4:45pm CDT.

According to NBC News, the rock was first observed just a few days ago, on October 25th. The path will bring it inside the orbit of the moon, which typically circles Earth from a distance of 239,000 miles. The asteroid is said to be between 39 and 89 feet wide, which means it is on the smaller end of near-Earth objects that NASA monitors as threats to our planet.

This asteroid is not expected to be visible, as it will not come in contact with Earth’s atmosphere. -Eric

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This post was written by qni_it on October 29, 2013

Two-Faced Forecast

Halloween is a mere two days away! CaptureThe kids have their costumes, the adults have geared up with candy for trick-or-treaters, and now all we need are those weathermen to keep the rain our of the forecast! I always say we can only predict it, not control it, but I’m going to try my best to help us all have a warm and dry Halloween evening. This forecast is a two parter with one being good and the other being not so much amazing. The good is that our temperatures over the next 48 hours will be very mild. Highs on Halloween will take us into the low 60s! The not so much amazing part is the fact that we will be dodging some scattered showers tonight through late tomorrow with an increased chance for some longer lasting rain and even storms tomorrow night into at least the first half of Halloween. Right now it is only a 50% chance that we will dry out by the time trick-or-treating rolls around. How cliche.. the weatherman just said we have a 50% chance for rain.. but that truly is how close we are to being in the clear! More updates to come, so stay tuned! – Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on October 29, 2013

Ending October with Thunderstorms

Last week we saw several days with below-freezing temperatures. And if you’re like me, you probably came to grips with the fact that the warmth of autumn is probably behind us. While I don’t believe we’ll have another 60°, sunny day, there’s a good chance we’ll have a rainy 60-degree day this week…possibly two!

First, let’s take a look at how things will change in the next 24-36 hours. This is a look at the dewpoint temperature Monday at 10pm versus Wednesday 7pm.

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Check out how the moisture surges northward out of the Gulf of Mexico! While you probably won’t break a sweat, it will feel a bit tropical Wednesday and Thursday with dewpoint temperatures in the middle 50s! 2That means Wednesday Night will be a warm one with thunderstorms and temperatures in the 50s and 60s…at night! Should we see a few sunny breaks either Wednesday or Thursday, we could see a few thunderstorms. The Storm Prediction Center has our area outlooked for possible thunderstorm activity on Wednesday with possible severe weather for parts of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas.

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This post was written by qni_it on October 28, 2013

Trick AND Treat

The final week of October is upon us and we will end the month on a cloudy and showery note, though despite the clouds, our temperatures won’t be all that bad.Capture Clouds have been increasing all morning and are likely to stick with us straight into Friday morning with very limited sunshine in between. We also have a chance to see some scattered showers tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. Thankfully, even though the trick-or-treaters might be dodging some rain drops, temperatures will push to near 60 degrees on Halloween. The other silver lining is that not a single high temperature in the next 7 days will drop below 50 degrees. – Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on October 28, 2013

Almost Where We Should Be

High temperatures for the last few days of October and first few of November will be tolerable and close to average.  From October 26th through October 31st, our average high temperature falls from the upper 50s to the middle 50s.  That trend continues through the first few days of November with average highs falling into the lower 50s.

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Average High (yellow) Vs. Forecast High (red)

It appears that we will flirt with average high temperatures over the next week, but come up just short.  There are a couple of exceptions.  Wednesday will be right at average.  Thursday—Halloween—will likely see temperatures reach 60 degrees for the first time in over two weeks! 

Curious about our rain chances for Trick-or-Treating? Click HERE.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on October 26, 2013

The Winds of Change

It is no news that this has been a bitterly cold week for the most part, and most of the time the worst part has been the wind. As we head into the weekend, we need to start thanking the wind. 1Warm air has been pent up to our south for more than a week, and an area of high pressure stationed just to our southwest will help bring that warmer air back into the Midwest. The wind will continue to ramp up this afternoon and stay gusty through most of the weekend, but that’s a good thing because 50s return to the forecast tomorrow and will stay here through next week, compliments of that wind. – Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on October 25, 2013