Timing the weekend rain chances

Timing the Rain 90% of us will stay dry on Friday. However, a few sprinkles or light showers could move through our airspace, especially west of Rockford. Temperatures will top out in the lower 80s once again.

Saturday will be pretty nice! Definitely the pick day for the backyard pool or tubing down the river. However, we will need to monitor showers and storms that will move through after dinner Saturday. These will be off and on during the night, lasting through breakfast Sunday morning. Then it’s back to sunshine. However, it will be much cooler on Sunday with 72°, compared to Saturday’s 82°.

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This post was written by qni_it on June 5, 2014

A Little Dry

Things are a little dry around here, believe it or not! The latest release by the United States Drought Monitor even classifies parts of Carroll and Whiteside County as “abnormally dry.”

Source: US Drought Monitor, June 5, 2014

Source: US Drought Monitor – June 5, 2014

If the trend continues, more of our area may be added to this category. So far this month, Rockford has picked up just under 0.40 inches of rain. However, we are down nearly 3 inches of rain for the year thanks to a drier than average spring.

Our farm fields, gardens, and lawns could definitely use a little help from the sky! That help may come Saturday and Sunday, although it appears we will not see much more than a few tenths of an inch of rain.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on June 5, 2014

Catching up on Rain

With not much else to talk about on this dreary Wednesday, I figured that we should take a look at rainfall! Heavy rain to the tune of 3 to 6 inches inundated parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and central Illinois last night.

Locally, our rainfall totals were much lighter. The heaviest rain—generally between one-third and one-half inch—fell in southern Whiteside, southern Lee, and southern DeKalb County. The highest local rainfall totals I found were observed in Mendota (0.45″), Amboy (0.34″), and Sublette (0.34″). These measurements will likely increase since they were observed at 7am.

Rainfall through 7am Wednesday

Rainfall through 7am Wednesday

We actually need the rain around here! Meteorological spring (March, April, May) saw 6.23″ of precipitation at RFD Airport, just 64% of what we typically receive. For the year, we have a deficit of 2.79″ (not including Wednesday’s rainfall).

Rainfall Deficit nearing 3"

Rainfall Deficit nearing 3″

We’ll catch a break from the rain with a couple of sunny days on Thursday and Friday. The chance for rain and thunder returns this weekend. Check out the 7-Day Forecast!

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on June 4, 2014

Strong storms downstate tonight

UntitledSevere thunderstorms will be possible along the I-72 corridor from Quincy to Champaign. A few heavier storms are also possible along I-74 from Moline down to Champaign. While we’ll get some light rain (and even some rumbles), the severe threat will stay well south of our coverage area.

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This post was written by qni_it on June 3, 2014

The time I met Harry Volkman

Back in the mid 1990s, I met a group of friends at a Baker’s Square restaurant in a Chicago suburb for coffee. I remember it was really late at night and there were hardly any people there. But I passed a local celebrity sitting in a booth by himself as I walked in. Surprised I didn’t trip and fall flat on my face looking back on it.

I said to my friends “Hey guys, can you believe it? That’s Harry Volkman!” Of course, nobody but me cared. But after a few minutes of getting myself all nervous I went over and introduced myself to Harry. I told him I was a big fan of his and was a Meteorology major at NIU. (At the time he was doing weather on weekends at Fox 32.)

We sat and talked about weather and forecasting for quite a while and he offered a lot of encouragement to me. I remember being completely stoked as I came back to my uninterested friends. I’m sure the Chicago TV legend doesn’t remember meeting me that night, but I remember it like it was yesterday. He was so down to earth which is probably a big part of the reason why I hate people on TV with big egos.

Harry was on TV in Chicago from 1959 to 2004! Before that, he was the first person on television to broadcast a tornado warning! KFOR-TV did a nice piece on him as part of their 65th anniversary.

If I knew how important he was to the field of Broadcast Meteorology, I would’ve sat at his table a lot longer that night.


 

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This post was written by qni_it on June 2, 2014

Severe weather event possible Tuesday night

There are strong signals from our models that a strong complex of thunderstorms will move across Iowa into Illinois. The latest trends put this corridor just south of the Rockford Metro. A surge of moisture-rich air will be inbound from the south which will keep these from moving in a straight west-to-east direction. During the afternoon, storms will form northwest of Omaha. Severe weather is likely across western Iowa and eastern Nebraska early on. As the storms move eastbound into Southern Iowa, they will produce large hail and a few tornadoes. By evening, they should start heading to the southeast targeting the Quincy-Hannibal area. Right now, the area at greatest risk will be from Des Moines into Central Illinois. While we will be on the northern fringes of this, there’s still a threat of very heavy rainfall, along with some large hail. If you have friends or family in the red-shaded areas or if you have travel plans in these areas Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, be mindful of rapidly changing weather! -ERICUntitled

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This post was written by qni_it on June 2, 2014

Volcanic Eruption in Alaska

A volcano on the Alleutian Islands is now erupting. Pavlof Mountain is the name of the volcano, which has sent a plume of ash and steam more than 20,000 feet into the atmosphere. Luckily, this is far from populated areas and is not near any aircraft routes, but still bears watching. Seismic activity has also been noted near the volcano.

Some amazing photos have been shared with the National Weather Service Alaska. Click on their Facebook page for more information.

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This post was written by qni_it on June 2, 2014

Storm Chances Dwindle for a Day

After a round of heavy rain with only a few claps of thunder this morning, the rest of the day is looking fairly dry. A stray shower may pop up here or there, but our chance for rain will continue to decrease throughout the rest of the day.

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Temperatures should still warm into the lower 80s. The humidity and breezy southwest wind will stick around before a cold front moves through, setting the stage for a more comfortable and mostly sunny Tuesday.

More Storms Early Weds.

More Storms Early Weds.

After midnight Tuesday and especially into early Wednesday morning, our chance for rain and thunderstorms with rise. Some of the storms may border on severe limits, with strong wind, hail, and heavy rain.

Threatrack Level 2: Weds AM

Threatrack Level 2: Weds AM

The worst of the weather is expected to stay just to our southwest, but I’d recommend being “weather-aware” before you go to bed Tuesday night!

-Joe

 

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This post was written by qni_it on June 2, 2014