Rare Middle East Winter Storm

While we’re used to it here in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, other parts of the world are not.  We’re talking snow, ice, and cold temperatures of course!  Thursday into Friday, a wintry mess blanketed parts of the Middle East.  Parts of Palestine, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey were walloped with once-in-a-lifetime snows.  Parts of Israel picked up over 12 inches snow, with some locations closing in on 2 feet!

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While most of us probably picture the Middle East as an arid, desert landscape with hot temperatures, snow isn’t necessarily uncommon in the wintertime.  There are some locations that see a little snow every winter.  But the magnitude of snow from this Thursday and Friday was extremely rare.  The city of Jerusalem recorded its first major snowfall in over 50 years!

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Check out some pictures and a few news stories by clicking on the links below:

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on December 13, 2013

Chilly Start to Black Friday

If you headed out this morning to get in on some of the great deals and big savings, it only took you a few seconds to realize that it was a very chilly start to the day. chilly This week has been loaded with chilly mornings, but there is a bright side as we chug along into the rest of the holiday weekend. Our overnight lows will be limited to the 20s for the next 4 nights which will feel much more tolerable than the recent string of single digits and teens. chillyWe will even kick up the high temperatures into the low to mid 40s by the middle of next week. – Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on November 29, 2013

Sportsman’s Forecast

The first firearm hunting season in Illinois wraps up on Sunday, while Wisconsin’s will continue through the end of the month.  Sunday’s forecast calls for a good deal of sunshine throughout the Prairie and Badger states.  A few random flurries are possible in far northern Wisconsin, otherwise dry weather is expected in both states.

Wisconsin regional forecast

Wisconsin regional forecast

The big story is the cold.  Northern Wisconsin will wake up to below zero temperatures while southern Illinois will start off in the middle teens.

Illinois regional forecast

Illinois regional forecast

Locally, we will rise into the middle 20s after a frigid start in the single digits. Wind will play a factor as it shifts from northwest to southwest between 5 and 15 miles per hour. Wind chills will be around zero in the morning and in the lower teens during the afternoon.

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on November 23, 2013

Washington Tornado: EF-4

The National Weather Service has completed a preliminary survey of the damaged caused by yesterday’s tornado in Washington, IL. The results have lead the weather service to categorize the twister as an EF-4, the second strongest classification. This particular tornado is believed to have had wind speeds between 170-190mph. Here are the criteria for an EF-4.  24We will keep you posted as more develops! -Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on November 18, 2013

Falling Back

changes 2Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end for 2013.  At 2am Sunday, we will set our clocks back one hour.  As a result, our sunrise and sunset times will change.  The sunrise on Sunday will be before 7am—daylight will come a little earlier.  But many of us are dreading that sunset time—before 5pm!  In fact, the sun will not set after 5pm again for another 83 days! 

-Joe

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This post was written by qni_it on November 2, 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

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

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

Friday Night Football Forecast: 10-17-13

We are heading full steam into week 8 of Friday Night Football, and fall weather has finally caught up with us. If you’re headed to one of the match-ups tonight, you’ll want to bundle up because temperatures will be in the 40s for the majority of the game with a stiff breeze out of the west at 10-20 mph. The good news is that there is no rain in the forecast for tonight.1

If the NFL is more your style, here is a look at what the Bears can expect when they head to Washington to take on the Redskins, and what the Packers can expect as they host the Browns.23

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This post was written by qni_it on October 18, 2013

Football Forecasts

It’s Friday once again and that means Friday Night Football! This is shaping up to be one comfortable evening, whether you’ll be in the stands or in the pads on the field. Temperatures will be up near 70 degrees at kickoff and only drop into the mid 60s by the time the games all wrap up. The only factor that could come into play will be the wind, gusts could reach up to 20mph in some spots during the games, but other that than, enjoy the night! One week from today, kickoff temperatures are likely to be in the 40s. Capture
We gave you a look ahead at last night’s Bears game, now here is a look ahead to the upcoming Packers road game out in Baltimore this Sunday. There is a 40% chance that rain could be a factor during the matchup with temperatures holding steady in the mid to upper 60s throughout the game. Capture2 -Greg

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This post was written by qni_it on October 11, 2013