Sunshine Returns, Staying Cool

High pressure returns to the area today and will keep our skies mainly cloud-free for the most part. Temperatures will be just a touch warmer thanks to the added sunshine and lighter winds will increase comfort, too. This quiet pattern sticks around all the way until the end of the week with temperatures slowly working into the 70s. Beautiful […]

UPDATED: Slight Risk of Severe Storms Saturday Afternoon/Evening

NOTE: This post is currently being updated LIVE. 9:37PM UPDATE: The tornado watch has been canceled. 9:00PM UPDATE: The severe weather threat is quickly diminishing over the area. Heavy rainfall remains likely with any storms that move over the area. 5:30PM UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado WATCH for Lee and Whiteside […]

Biggest Rains Since Mid-July

We’ve logged our biggest rains since the middle of July with this most recent storm system. The Doppler radar estimated rainfall map below shows just how widespread this beneficial rain was. A few isolated higher amounts were observed with those areas that saw thunderstorm activity. There’s a lot of leftover moisture in the region today […]

Widespread Rain Likely, Much Cooler Today

After temperatures near 80 degrees the last couple of days we’ll be in for quite a shock today. Widespread cloud cover along with a steady rain arriving late this morning will really hold our temperatures down as highs only top out around 60. A gusty northeast wind will keep things feeling rather chilly much of […]

A Beautiful Columbus Day

Just like Sunday today will feature plenty of sunshine and well above average temperatures as highs reach for the upper 70s. A new storm system will be moving into the area Tuesday bringing a decent shot at showers and thunderstorms on a widespread basis. The rain looks to hold off until the afternoon hours and […]

Increasing Temperatures & Rain Chances

Welcome to October! Taking a sneak peek at some of the longer range forecasts into this month we stand a 40% probability of seeing above average temperatures overall this month. In terms of precipitation, it appears we could go either way with an equal shot of seeing above or below average precipitation though it does […]

Weekend Feature: Do Rivers Weaken Thunderstorm Complexes?

It’s a warm and muggy summer evening, lightning flashes in the distance as a complex of thunderstorms races eastward through Iowa heading right towards the Sauk Valley. You pull up the latest radar loop on your phone thinking, “Wow, that’s one impressive storm complex! Looks like we are in for quite the soaking!” An hour […]

Needed Rainfall Misses Sauk Valley by Just Miles

A stalled out stationary boundary that really had us optimistic for much needed rainfall fell short of expectations early Thursday morning as the front oriented itself in a not so favorable position towards our area. Instead more heavier rains fell just mere miles of the Sauk Valley area with rainfall totals of 3 to 6 […]

Drought Conditions Likely to Worsen This Week

Autumn arrives this upcoming Friday but you sure wouldn’t know it with the forecast that lies ahead of us here in the Sauk Valley. A warm front combined with a disturbance passing to the northwest of the area later this evening into the overnight will provide our only solid chances for some much needed rainfall […]

Drought Forms as Weekend Scorches

We’re starting to get a bit more desperate in the rainfall department around the Sauk Valley as the current drought monitor places the entire area in the Abnormally Dry category. It’s been weeks since we have seen any widespread rainfall and as of right now the chances for any much needed rainfall look rather low. […]

It’s Been 51 Days…

First order of business this morning is we’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to one of our own, Kyle Morgan! Our fall-like preview will be coming to an abrupt end today as we begin to see high temperatures that we haven’t seen in some 51 days.  A flip in the pattern will allow […]

Beautiful Weekend!

High pressure will rule our region again this weekend meaning we’ll enjoy mainly sunny skies throughout and temperatures remaining very comfortable. The weather will be perfect for several outdoor festivals that are going on this weekend including Taste of Fiesta on Saturday. Just don’t forget to pack the sunscreen if you’ll be outside for long […]

Slowly Moderating Temperatures…No Rain Ahead

A very cool shot sent in by Jane Haws of Dixon taken Monday night showing the wildfire smoke’s impact on the color of the moon turning it a neat orange/red. You may have also noticed that towards sunset everything seemed to turn more orange/yellow. This was also due to the wildfire smoke streaming across the […]

Weekend Feature: August 2017 – Cool and Dry

Looking back at the August 2017 climate data it is no surprise that not only was the month cooler compared to normal but we also saw quite a large precipitation deficit across much of the area. Typically in August we usually experience around five days with high temperatures of 90 degrees or higher. This August […]