Summer Solstice: June 21

June 20, 2015: The astronomical or “official” start of summer is here tomorrow! The summer season begins at 11:38 a.m., and is the longest day of the year.


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The Earth is tilted the most toward the sun in the Northern Hemisphere, giving us the most amount of daylight. In fact, the day is a whopping 6 hours longer than the Winter Solstice, or the shortest day of the year! The sun’s rays are also nearly 5 times stronger during this part of the summer, allowing us to heat up quickly during the day.  As we tilt away from the sun in the coming months, the sun’s rays get weaker as they have to travel a little farther through space to reach us.

Enjoy the extra rays, and here’s to summer!



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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on June 19, 2015

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!



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

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Now that we’ve officially entered the first week of Fall, we’ve all got sweaters, boots, apple cider donuts and football on our minds, right?


You may want to replace those boots with sandals and the apple cider with  lemonade. Feel free to keep the football thoughts though 😉 Our first week of fall is actually taking steps toward more summer-like weather. Did you enjoy the weather yesterday? Plenty of sunshine, calm winds, upper 60’s. Get used to it!
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Wash, Rinse, Repeat. That’s the forecast through the rest of the week. BUT before you throw in the soap….
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Turn up the heat.

We’ll see high pressure continue to bring us sunshine this week, as well as calm winds. We could pick up a few clouds toward the end of the week due to a disturbance to our west, however high pressure helps to keep rain chances away. In addition to the sunny sky and light wind, we’ll see temperatures climb.
Today, temperatures top out in the low 70’s. By the end of the week, we’ll be looking at temperatures in the mid to upper 70’s.

Happy Fall, all!

-Morgan Kolkmeyer


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This post was written by Morgan Kolkmeyer on September 23, 2014

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

Average Rising; Forecast Falling

As we enter the last week of February, we typically expect temperatures to rise above freezing during the day. Our average high temperature is 40 degrees by next weekend!

Welcome to reality! We’re headed back into the deep freeze, at least by late February standards. Our forecast highs are in the teens and 20s. Low temperatures will fall below zero.  The core of the cold air will be in place from Tuesday evening through Friday afternoon. Click here for the 7-Day Forecast.

Forecast Highs: 15-25° colder than average

Forecast Highs: 15-25° colder than average

It will be cold enough that a few long-standing records will be in jeopardy:

  • record low temperature on Wednesday, February 26th (-6° from 1994)
  • record cold high temperature on Wednesday, February 26th (11° from 1920)
  • record cold high temperature on Thursday, February 27th (18° from 1912)

The good news is that our weather will be relatively quiet, in terms of what’s falling from the sky. Late Monday and Monday night, a dusting to an inch of snow is possible.  The rest of the time we’ll get to enjoy some sunshine!



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This post was written by qni_it on February 22, 2014

Gaining Daylight

Since December 15th, our sunset times have been getting later.  Since December 21st—the winter solstice—our total amount of daylight has been getting longer.  Since January 10th, our sunrise times have returned to getting earlier with each passing day.

Gaining Daylight

Gaining Daylight

The amount of daylight we receive will continue to increase through the summer solstice in June.  We’ve gained about 19 minutes of daylight since the winter solstice.  In just one month’s time—February 13th—we will gain an additional 1 hour and 7 minutes! 



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This post was written by qni_it on January 12, 2014

Looking on the Bright Side

For those of you who dislike our lack of daylight this time of year (including yours truly), I’ve got great news!

Between December 3rd and today—Saturday December 14th—Rockford’s sunset time was 4:24pm.  Beginning tomorrow and lasting through June, we will see increased daylight at the end of every day!  Sunday’s sunset will be at 4:25pm.


Keep in mind that daylight as a whole will not increase until after next weekend.  The Winter Soltice arrives Saturday, December 21 at approximately 11:17am CST.

Here’s to looking on the bright side!



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This post was written by qni_it on December 14, 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! 



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This post was written by qni_it on November 2, 2013

November: Big Changes Ahead

The tricks and treats have come and gone, and now it is time to dig into one of the most transitional months of the year, November. 2We will go from an average high temperature of 56 to a high of 39 degrees. Our daylight will also diminish pretty quickly, by the end of the month we will only see daylight for just over 9 hours a day. Many people look forward to this month because it is the start of the holiday season and Thanksgiving is just mere weeks away. However for other folks, this just means that we are now only 54 days away from Christmas! With all that in mind, enjoy your November and the beginning of the holiday season. – Greg3


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This post was written by qni_it on November 1, 2013

High and Dry

If you woke up this morning and didn’t know the date, you would never guess that we are heading into the middle of October, would you? We are once again seeing high temperatures well above average. The high on this date should clock in at 66°, however, we are likely to jump close to 10 degrees warmer than that. Low to middle 70s can be expected through the end of the week. 1The other feature that isn’t going away anytime soon is the amount of sunshine we will get. Today will remain crystal clear, and though a few clouds will creep in the next several days, the big change won’t come until the weekend when a cold front arrives and brings with it the chance for rain. We can thank high pressure for keeping the clouds away, and the jetstream for keeping the cool air trapped our northwest. – Greg2


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This post was written by qni_it on October 8, 2013