Finding Fall Foliage

out1Since we have, an entire week of awesome weather, how about planning a trip to see the fall foliage. A great trip would be up Lake Michigan’s coastline. If you head up I-94 to Green Bay, you will run into some near peak color. Another trip would be North on I-90 just north of Madison. Near the Wisconsin Dells, is close to near peak, so they should have more spots of color to enjoy. Our color around Rockford will start to change in no time. This week is a perfect example of what the trees need to start changing. They need a stretch of sunny days and chilly/cool nights. That sums up our entire week. In addition, if you head out, take pictures and send them to the station, we would love to share them.


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This post was written by qni_it on October 4, 2010

Protect your Plants

plantsburlapbed-sheetsDuring the day, plants and the surrounding soil absorb and store heat from the sun. Throughout the night, plants quickly begin to lose all of their stored heat. The temperature within the soil may even drop to a few degrees colder than the air. At 32°, damage to most plants may be minimal. However, if the temperature drops far enough for the plant cells to freeze, some of the plants could die. I dug up some tips… get it, dug up.  Anyways, here are some tips to get prepare for this weeks first frost. 

Many people use plastic to protect plants from frost and while this can work; plastic materials do not breathe, but rather trap moisture inside. Instead of plastic, try a type of fabric to cover your plants. Using old bed sheets, burlap, linen or even newspaper as a covering will allow moisture to escape and it will still protect plants from frost.  Bed sheets are an excellent choice for covering large plants and shrubs. Newspaper can be used on ground level plants.  If you need to use plastic to protect plants from frost, but be sure to remove the plastic covers early in the morning only if daytime sunshine is available. If the threat of frost is extended and temperatures remain low during the day, be sure to use a fabric covering and always make sure that you cover your plants before sunset to help keep those warm soil temperatures around longer.


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This post was written by qni_it on October 1, 2010

City of the Week

cityWhere do you live? Let 13 News Today know. Once a week starting Friday, we will celebrate your hometown as our city of the week. Take a picture of your town, either a nature, beauty or weather shot and show us!  
Just send an email with an attached picture to or Don’t forget to type down your name and of course the city. And if you want to brag about your town, do so! Help 13 News Today show everyone how beautiful our heartland is.


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This post was written by qni_it on August 31, 2010

Got the sniffles?

115If you have been feeling a bit under the weather (come on, I had to), it may not be a cold. As we enter into the first portion of fall, many people deal with seasonal allergies. Typical allergens such as mold and ragweed tend to ramp up in the fall while tree and grass pollen will fall due to the growing season coming to an end.


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This post was written by qni_it on August 22, 2010

Does your child want to be on TV?

weather-kids-300x2501Weather Kids Needed! I have enough for this week, and then I’m in trouble. So all you proud parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc send me those cuties!

Medium resolution pictures attached to an email to :

Make sure I have the kids name, age, and city where they are from.

Picture should be clear, with no hands, feet, or any object blocking their face.

Birthday requests should be sent at least 2 weeks in advance.



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This post was written by qni_it on April 26, 2010

Northeast winds easy to see

cloud-makerMy mom and dad took a trip to Byron today and snapped this picture of the power plant in action. Notice how the steam from the cooling towers doesn’t make it too far out before being blown to the southwest quite briskly. Through the day, winds have been out of the northeast between 20 and 30 miles per hour keeping things cool today. Through the upcoming week, we will change our winds about 180 degrees and finally usher some warmer air into the Stateline.


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This post was written by qni_it on April 25, 2010

Fertilizer… made by Nature

lightningHave you ever noticed after good thunderstorm your plants and grass get a little greener, and even look healthier?  That is because lightning creates a natural fertilizer for your garden and crops.

Lightning creates huge amounts of energy. When a lightning bolt strikes, it ionizes the air and produces nitrogen oxide. Nitrogen is an essential plant fertilizer, and when combining that with a health dose of rain… it makes the plants very happy.
Lightning also plays a critical role in the natural cycle of forests by helping generate new growth. Areas that catch fire from a lightning strike burn away the dead trees so that new seedlings have the room to take root.
So, I know that we have rain and possible thunderstorms this weekend, but there are many good things that come from it.  Besides not having to water the garden yourself!


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This post was written by qni_it on April 23, 2010

Volcanic Lightning

Photo by: Harald Edens

Photo by: Harald Edens

The volcano that is erupting in Iceland is causing all kinds of problems. However, scientists are watching very closely at a phenomenon called volcanic lightning. It is well known that volcanic eruptions can produce lightning, but it is less well known why or how. If you think about it, regular lightning from a thunderstorm is still mysterious, which makes volcanic lightning even more puzzling.

Some geologists have believed that the charge separation caused by volcanic dust particles bump and collide with each other causing a build up of static charge in the ash plume. Then why do some volcanoes create lightning and some do not. Scientists think it could  be that all volcanoes are electric but that the lightning only happens volcano-420x0when the resistance to the volcanic current is too high.


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This post was written by qni_it on April 19, 2010

Pictures Needed!

weather-kids-300x250Attention all Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Godparents, etc. I need pictures for my weather kid folder.  I only have a few left, so the sooner you send them to the better.

Here are a few tips:

Make sure the entire face is visible.  Hands, arms, feet, other objects are nowhere near the face.  (It is hard to cut around them without making the face look odd.)

It should be a medium resolution, non-blurry picture. In addition, make sure it is attached to the email.

Do not forget to include the kid’s name, age and what city they live in.

Thanks for helping out!


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This post was written by qni_it on April 9, 2010

I need faces!

weather-kids-300x2501Just looked into the weather kid’s folder and noticed that I am running really low.  So here, we go again…  I need all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and godparents to send me pictures.

Here is what I need:

Medium to high resolution attached photo of the kid at choice. Make sure the face is full visible.  Meaning no hands, or other objects blocking the face.  Or even near the face.  It’s hard to cut around them.

If this is for their birthday then I would like a 2 week advanced notice.

In addition, make sure the name, age and city is in the email.  (And if the name is unique, make sure a pronunciation is included :D)

Thanks to everyone who has sent pictures, keep on sending them in!!


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This post was written by qni_it on March 25, 2010