Memorial Day Weekend 2014: Mighty Fine Forecast

A beautiful holiday weekend lies ahead of us! Ample sunshine and a bright blue sky is in the forecast for Saturday. Temperatures will rise into the mid-to-upper 70s across much of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. If you’re headed east toward Lake Michigan, expect cooler air thanks to the cold lake water. Mainly clear skies will stick around Saturday night with lows in the lower 50s.

FutureTrack Saturday

FutureTrack Saturday

Sunday will be even warmer, with highs pushing 80 degrees. A mostly sunny day will include a few more clouds than Saturday, especially by afternoon. A widely-isolated shower is possible after dark. An isolated thunderstorm is possible overnight as temperatures stay comfortable, falling to near 60.

FutureTrack Sunday

FutureTrack Sunday

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will enter our forecast for Memorial Day as temperatures warm up into the lower 80s. We’ll notice an increase in humidity on Monday as well. Our chance of rain is 50% so we will have plenty of dry time with some peeks of sunshine!



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This post was written by qni_it on May 23, 2014

It’s Been a While

Ample sunshine and a breezy south wind will usher in the mildest temperatures of the year on Sunday.


In fact, that last time our thermometers cracked the 60-degree mark was on November 17, 2013! On that day, our temperature rose to 69 degrees. While upper 60s are out of the question for Sunday, a few spots well south of Rockford could achieve that on Monday.

High near 60°

High near 60°

Monday—while more cloudy (possibly thundery) and very blustery—will see highs push into the middle 60s across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The last time we had back-to-back 60+ degree days was at the end of last October!

Enjoy the last two days of March, because things will cool down into the 40s for the first several days of April!



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This post was written by qni_it on March 29, 2014

Grillin’ in the Rain

Today marks the unofficial start of summer and one of the biggest grilling days of the year! We have rain in the forecast, but don’t be discouraged from lighting up the grill and making some flame broiled goodness. Just a few tips though if you do plan on braving the on and off rain. First and foremost, never under any circumstance take a grill indoors. This can lead to house fires as well as the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning! You’ll want to monitor the temperature inside your grill closely as raindrops will cool the lid. Also, check your food often! The tendency will be to want to spend more time inside and less time watching the food, this could lead to burned BBQ. -Greg 1


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This post was written by qni_it on May 27, 2013

Historic Temperatures of December 3, 2012

Shortly after 1pm on December 3, 2012, thermometers rose to 69 degrees in Rockford.  This replaces the old record high of 65 degrees from 1970. What’s even more astonishing is the fact that Monday’s 69 degree reading was the warmest temperature EVER recorded in Rockford in December!  The previous warmest December temperature was 67 degrees set on December 5, 2001.

Monday’s temperatures were truly unprecedented!  Nearly all of northern Illinois had record breaking temperatures.  Many areas along the Interstate 88 corridor hit 70 degrees!


Posted under 13 Climate Authority, BBQ Alert, climate/climate change, heat wave, record weather, statistics, weather

This post was written by qni_it on December 3, 2012

Warmest Thanksgiving Days

Since Thanksgiving always falls on the 4th Thursday in November and not on a particular date, it is impossible to pinpoint weather averages for the holiday.  However, we do have a general ballpark figure.  The end of November usually comes with high temperatures in the lower 40s across our region.  This year, Thanksgiving falls on November 22.  The average high on this date is 44 degrees and the average low is 27 degrees. 

Mild weather has a grip on the center part of the nation, including Rockford.  High temperatures for the holiday are poised to be over 15 degrees above average! Current trends have us touching 60 degrees and perhaps a degree or two more on Thursday.  Looking back in the history books, Rockford has only had a high temperature at or above 60 degrees 5 times.  And many of us have not witnessed a Thanksgiving so warm.  The last time we broke that 60 degree mark was on November 24, 1966!

Will we have a BBQ Alert on Thanksgiving?  I’ll let Eric make that call!



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This post was written by qni_it on November 18, 2012

BBQ Alert on Thanksgiving?

The addendum to the official BBQ Alert guide says I can issue an official proclamation only on specified holidays. Now, I am in search for a good turkey-grilling recipe. If someone can figure out how to BBQ a turkey, be sure to let me know. You can post it on the 13 Weather Authority Facebook page. Link to the right.

I do know for a fact that Tyler, Texas based “Greenberg Smoked Turkeys” does smoked turkeys quite well…I spent many a Thanksgiving there early in my career.

As far as the nation’s airports go, we’ve got no big problems right now. According to the data at 6pm from the FAA, only Boston and San Francisco are seeing significant delays. There was a storm system bringing rain and inland snows to the Northeast. That has since moved off the Atlantic coast.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!


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This post was written by qni_it on November 23, 2011

Great start to the weekend!

Check this out! Futuretrack is showing a distance of 1,520 miles between storm systems! This means we’ll have a gorgeous weekend with abundant sunshine. As the low over Utah heads into Minnesota by Saturday (yeah, that low sure is a scooter) we’ll increase the wind quite a bit. While a few models have a shower dotting our skies on Sunday, I am going to continue favoring a dry forecast.


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This post was written by qni_it on November 4, 2011

BBQ Alert & Your Favorite Recipes!

On 13News at Six, I invited one and all to submit your favorite BBQ recipes.

As I get them in, I will post below. My apologies if the weather-purists are upset that the Friday blog post gets a little lengthy. I’m very hungry. -ES

Make this sauce throw ribs on the grill and reapply as necessary

# 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
# 1 large yellow onion, chopped
# 4 cloves garlic, chopped
# 1 cup ketchup
# 3 tablespoons tomato paste
# One can Dr. Pepper (12-ounce)
# 1/2 cup cider vinegar
# 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
# 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
# 2 teaspoons ancho or New Mexican chili powder
# 1 teaspoon fine-ground white pepper
# 1 teaspoon kosher salt 

Cooking Directions

In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter. Saute the onion and garlic in the butter until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the flavors have blended. Continue cooking until the sauce begins to thicken, 20 to 30 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper if desired. Don’t overseason the sauce. Let the sauce cool for about 10 minutes or until it is warm but no longer “boiling” hot. Puree with an immersion or traditional blender — this will make the sauce thicker. Let cool.

Mandy Edmundson Along with the chicken we threw on the grill, I chopped some red potatoes into cubes, along with some onion and drizzled it with olive oil, sprinkled on sea salt and fresh ground pepper and fresh ground rosemary (dried from last year’s garden) and tossed it all together in a foil packet and my husband grilled that too. Wow! It smelled wonderful and tasted incredible!

Amanda Fry We had herb and garlic marinated chicken with corn on the cob (soak husked corn and grill, then unhusk to eat) and rice.





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This post was written by qni_it on May 6, 2011

BBQ Alert at the Winnebago County Fair!

44765_486629964166_639419166_6782065_3114251_nDuring my “dinner break” (appropriate tonight), I headed to the Winnebago County Fair in Pecatonica. Lemme tell ya, I HAVE to have a pork chop sandwich from the Stephenson County Pork Producers tent at their fair. At the Winnebago County Fair, I’ve got to visit with Allen and Sharon Ferling who run Burritt Meat Products. If you’re lost, just look for someone in a pig costume…then you’ll know you’re in the right place. They get only a few hours of sleep each night of the fair because they serve breakfast in the morning and then grill all day for fairgoers.

From jambalaya to hamburgers and hotdogs, Philly cheesesteaks to ribs, they’ve got it and lemme tell ya, IT’S GOOD! burrittsIt’s so good they go through 1,700 pork chops, 1,100 servings of pulled pork, 850 hamburgers, and 32 slabs of ribs all cooked using nearly a ton of Kingsford Charcoal. Now that’s a serious BBQ Alert! -ES


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This post was written by qni_it on August 19, 2010

Good: Break in the heat. Bad: Rainy outlook next week.

bbq_alertIf temperatures dip to 57° tonight, it’ll be the coolest night since July 2nd! Clear skies, dry air, and high pressure are just a few things to thank for the cool weather tonight and Friday.

It’ll also be gorgeous for Friday and you know what that means: BARBEQUE ALERT! However, before we go out and celebrate let’s take hold of a more threatening forecast for next week. It appears our luck will run out very quickly.

I am becoming more concerned about severe weather and flooding rains that may occur repeatedly Sunday through next Thursday. ring-of-fireThis pattern is one that could bring some weekly totals in excess of 6 inches! Something no one wants to hear for sure, especially for areas that are in the midst of a huge clean up from weeks of rain. We’ll be on the edge of a dome of  high pressure setting up a near-perfect scenario for additional flooding rains and damaging thunderstorms here with triple digit heat not too far to the southwest. Going to be an interesting week to be sure…stay tuned! -ES

p.s. Another odd post from yours truly that deserves three tags at once: BBQ Alert, flooding, and severe weather.


Posted under BBQ Alert, flooding, severe weather

This post was written by qni_it on August 5, 2010