The Easter ‘Punny’ is Here!

We’ve got an EGGStraordinary forecast in store for the Easter bunny this year! As you SCRAMBLE to find plastic eggs during your early egg hunts, morning temperatures will rise to the middle to upper 40’s. HOPPING into the afternoon, temperatures will SPRING into the low to middle 60’s! HOPfully you like your Easter eggs SUNNY SIDE UP, because we’ll CRACK open the clouds and make way for sunshine. Unfortunately, we won’t have an EASTERly wind, as a high pressure system will funnel in a southwesterly wind throughout the day. To all the CHICKS out there, your HARE may be blowing around so you may want extra hairspray. Winds will be gusting up to 30mph. Don’t worry, it should still be an EGGSHELLent afternoon.









If you’ve had an OEUF of the clear sky, we work in some clouds later Sunday night, with a slight chance for a SPRINKLE.

Have a great Easter, YOLKS!



Posted under humor, rain, science, sunlight, weather, weather geek

This post was written by Morgan Kolkmeyer on April 3, 2015

10 Things You Could Have Done During The Streak Below Zero

We have now gone over 30 hours without seeing a our temperature at or above zero. This isn’t our longest streak for the winter which is at 40 hours set earlier this month, but it is still pretty impressive. If you’re like me, the colder it gets, the less motivated you are to do anything productive. Aside from work, I have closed up shop the past day and a half and gone into hibernation. Here is a look at 10 things we all techincally could have accomplished in the 30 hours we have been below zero. Granted, you’d have to really book it to get a few done, but let’s daydream shall we?10

In 30 hours you could…

1)   Take up a new craft: a recreational pilot’s license can typically be aquired in 30 hours.

2)   If you don’t want to learn how to fly, you could hop on a plane to China, have an authentic Chinese dinner, fly back and still have some time to spare.

3)   Though the weather isn’t ideal… or even remotely near safe, we technically could play 7 straight rounds of of golf (with a beverage and hot dog at each turn).

4)   Feeling really ambitious? 30 hours is long enough to complete an entire semester of one college course.. without the homework, stress and the extracurricular parties.. I mean activities!

5)   Are you a nerd? I am! Shocker right? This would be my pick.. In 20 hours you could watch all six Star Wars films beginning to end. TWICE. May the Force (and many bathroom breaks) be with you.

6)   Want to get a little exercise in with your 30 hours? Take a walk. You would make it all the way to Chicago before you ran out of time.

7)   Don’t want to exercise? Then indulge your sweet tooth. You could bake roughly 180 batches of chocolate chip cookies, and become my new best friend.

8)   You could make $86,000 in 30 hours, if you’re Alex Rodriguez. Wait.. he might not be either! Poor Alex.. but it makes me feel slightly warmer knowing that I’m not missing out!

9)   All you music junkies out there could listen to 600 songs at roughly 3 minutes a piece, or In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida 100 times on a continuous loop.. if you dare.

10)   If I scratch my Star Wars DVDs this is option two. You could drive from Rockford to either Chicago airport, hop on a plane and fly to Orlando. When you arrive, you could drive to Disney World, ride every single attraction in all 4 parks, lay out at the pool for 6 hours to acquire a nice tan (burn), drive back to the Orlando airport and fly home. Though you better be the Mouse’s best friend or good luck with that 3 hour Space Mountain queue line.

So next time we encounter another deep freeze or stretch of bad weather, let’s not be so pessimistic, there is always something to do with our time.

-Greg Bobos


Posted under First Look, humor

This post was written by qni_it on January 28, 2014

Weather blooper

Before I leave work on Friday nights, I record the weather that will play on the radio Saturday morning. Tonight I had just a little bit of trouble.

If the player doesn’t automatically pop up, click here:


Posted under humor

This post was written by qni_it on September 20, 2013

This is why penmanship is a requirement for weather jobs!

Check out this funny from KTUL-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When their weather computers went down, their Meteorologist improvised! Love it! -Eric



Posted under humor

This post was written by qni_it on January 14, 2013

Election Day Weather History

A presidential election comes every 4 years, so weather on an election day can vary greatly.  The 2008 presidential election saw near-record high temperatures in the lower 70s with abundant sunshine.  This year, that will not be the case.  Looking back at 50 years of weather history in Rockford, the 15 elections held during that time period had pretty much every kind of weather imaginable.

Most elections remained dry, while about a third of them were rainy.  On election day in 1992 (Bill Clinton), Rockford picked up nearly 2 inches of snow!  In 1964, when Lyndon Johnson was elected, temperatures rose to 74 degrees!  On the flip side, election day 1984 (Ronald Reagan) started out at 22 degrees in the morning!

Perhaps the most interesting tidbit of weather history I found was the fact that when Rockford had a high temperature in the 50s, the Republican candidate won! In the past 50 years, this happened ALL 7 times we had highs in the 50s!  Is this purely coincidence?  Probably so.  But either way, we will find out on November 6, 2012!


Posted under 13 Climate Authority, event, humor, statistics, weather

This post was written by qni_it on November 4, 2012

What does a weather alert in Southern California sound like?

Funny stuff from KTLA. -Eric



Posted under humor

This post was written by qni_it on September 12, 2012

Creepy Crawly Increase

We have heard about many of the effects from this summer’s record heat, but there is one you may have noticed but not thought much about. The Midwest’s spider populations have been on the rise all summer long due to the intense heat. Spiders are cold-blooded so contrary to what you might think they reproduce more quickly and grow more quickly meaning that more generations of spiders can exist at once time, which has been the case this summer. Of course, just like us, spiders don’t enjoy the heat either so they do whatever they can to find their way into home and garages to cool down a bit. So if you have been thinking to yourself “there are a lot of spiders this summer!” but didn’t know if it was all in your head, well it isn’t! As long as temperatures stay up you can continue to expect to see more spiders than normally throughout the rest of the summer. -Greg


Posted under climate/climate change, event, heat wave, humor, wildlife

This post was written by qni_it on August 27, 2012

Chirp Chirp

We are going to have an amazing Friday night with low humidity and temperatures around 60 degrees. So if you plan on heading outdoors and don’t want to have to keep checking the temp on your smartphones, just listen to what’s around you. The answer to the temperature lies in the chirps of crickets! Close your eyes, listen closely, and count the number of chirps you hear in a 15 sec time period. Take that number and add 40 to it and you’ll have the temperature! Sound like a myth? Give it a try tonight! -GB


Posted under humor, weather geek

This post was written by qni_it on July 27, 2012

That’s local news for ya!

And THIS is why WREX-TV has ten minutes of nonstop news at 10 o’clock. LOL -ES



Posted under humor

This post was written by qni_it on June 28, 2012

13 Things your TV weatherman won’t tell you (or will he?)

A guy with this face isn't going to lie to you!

I was alerted on a Meteorologist forum about an article that gives “13 Things your TV Weatherman Won’t Tell You.” (Here’s the link.) Can you believe everything in the article? Probably not.

#1: In many cases, the meteorologist is the highest-paid person on the broadcast, because weather is one of the top reasons why people watch local news.
INCORRECT. Salaries at broadcast stations are based on experience and tenure in the market.

#2: Looks do matter when it comes to TV weather.
PARTIALLY TRUE. Look at any popular TV show or movie. Of course on-air talent is going to be hired based on looks. However, a lot goes into making a person look better on camera. Luckily for TV weather people, we don’t have any tight camera shots!

#3: Bad weather is good for ratings. Really good.
PARTIALLY TRUE. Ratings are taken throughout the year during four months: February, May, July, and November. On May 22, 2011 we had severe weather and tornado coverage going on Channel 13 for over an hour which allowed us to get info on who was watching. We had more than twice the viewers of the station we’re normally in competition with. However, this has more to do with whether the Meteorologist in the market is established in the market, what the threat is, and how the coverage is coordinated. During the Dallas tornadoes back in April, the station that is typically the news leader was in last place because more people turned to the established weather veterans in the market versus the newer talent on the station that normally leads the ratings. Lastly, if severe weather happens during high-rated shows, ratings often dip during severe weather events.

#4: The hurricane season forecasts that come out every year predicting the year’s storm activity are almost always wrong.
PARTIALLY TRUE. Luckily I work in the Midwest and don’t have to worry about this. Personally, I think these are dumb to begin with. We all know that it only takes one major landfalling hurricane to make for a devastating hurricane season. (The same can be said for winter forecasts which we’ve done in year’s past (and weren’t very successful at it).)

#5: Once you’re under a severe weather “warning,” assume it’s going to happen.
TRUE: I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m pretty sure I say this every time I’m on the air. I wouldn’t be cutting into programming if I didn’t assume it was going to happen.

#6: There is no legal definition of a meteorologist, so anybody can call him- or herself one and get away with it.
FALSE: One of my mentors in this business was Troy Dungan, former and long-term head of the weather department at WFAA-TV in Dallas. While he wasn’t technically a meteorologist, he had an unbelievable knowledge of the weather. Someday I hope to know 3/4 of Meteorology he has in his brain. Did he “get away with it?” I’m not sure what that really means since his contract was renewed for decades and people tuned into him religiously. And most stations refer to Meteorologists only when they have a degree in weather.

#7: We’re not very good at predicting summer showers and thunderstorms, because they’re so small.
PARTIALLY TRUE: I like to think of the atmosphere as the ocean. We’re living day by day at the bottom of the ocean with currents of air swirling up to 50,000 feet above us. The technology is not yet good enough for us to predict things on this small of a scale.

#8: The dew point–not the relative humidity–is the best measure of how humid it feels outside.
TRUE: As recent as 10 years ago, TV Meteorologists didn’t give the current dewpoint or dewpoint forecasts. However the dewpoint gives us a better representation of the water vapor in the air. Humidity also changes frequently from day to night while dewpoint remains fairly constant within an airmass.

#9: Summer forecasting is a breeze compared with winter reporting.
PARTIALLY TRUE: (Refer to #7). I gain gray hair whenever we have a weather system coming through when temperatures are right at 32°F. However, that doesn’t mean that winter forecasting isn’t accurate. More often than not, we aren’t riding that isotherm (line of equal temperature) making snowfall forecasts more accurate.

#10: Partly sunny is actually more gray than partly cloudy.
TRUE: Honestly, I haven’t uttered the phrase ‘partly sunny’ for over a decade. My reasoning? People don’t know the difference between that and partly cloudy. In addition, we try to use common-speak when broadcasting news and weather. When was the last time you heard either of these terms used by your best friend?

#11: Don’t take a shower during a thunderstorm.
FALSE: Only a few people in the world have been struck by lightning while showering in the past 20 years. And because all homes today are built with PVC pipes (versus cast iron pipes), the threat of getting struck by lightning is slim to none. Not to mention, the water pipes come from below ground, away from any lightning risk. There is a risk of being struck by lightning being on a corded telephone or being near a computer or other electronic device, especially if the power and telephone lines leading to the house come via above-ground wires.

#12. Our long-range forecasts aren’t very accurate.
PARTIALLY TRUE: Forecasts come with an increased level of uncertainty with every day beyond the current day. Beyond a week, it’s important to understand that the weather forecast is more of a trend.

#13. Watch out for phrases like “Shocking forecasts to come” before commercial breaks.
FALSE: There’s a reason we in the TV biz call them ‘teases’ however I’ve never used the phrase “shocking forecast” or ever heard it on a competing station.


Posted under humor, news, safety, science, statistics, weather, weather geek

This post was written by qni_it on June 19, 2012