Big Warmth This Weekend

All of the smoke and haze from  yesterday will be greatly reduced today as our air mass change continues across the region. We’ll be looking for mostly sunny conditions and high temperatures back in the middle 70s.   Our flow aloft will transition from northwest to southwest this weekend allowing for our temperatures to surge […]

Short-lived Warmth Returns Wednesday

Warmer temperatures will try and make a return to the Sauk Valley today after we deal with a little bit of patchy fog this morning. Partly sunny skies will return this afternoon with mild temperatures well into the upper 70s close to 80 degrees. A cold front will pass through late tonight into Thursday morning […]

Much Needed Rain FINALLY Arrives

Yesterday brought the areas first widespread significant precipitation in nearly a month with many areas receiving close to an inch of rainfall thanks to the showers and storms. In July we enjoyed a healthy surplus of precipitation ending the month in the positive more than 5 inches compared to normal. August has not been as […]

Another Fall Preview! PLUS, 15 Days of Darkness?

Another round with a strong area of high pressure that is currently settling over the Midwest this morning means we’ll enjoy another long stretch of dry and comfortable weather through the remainder of the week. Today’s forecast will feature pleasant conditions with mainly sunny skies and mild temperatures reaching the middle to upper 70s. The […]

Clouds Continue to Plague Eclipse Viewing

A lot of cloud cover exists over the area this morning thanks to a large complex of thunderstorms that developed over portions of Iowa late last night. As our solar eclipse begins around 11:50am mostly cloudy skies are expected. There may be a few breaks towards the noon hour allowing for some brief viewing, but […]

Weekend Forecast: Refreshing Saturday, Warmer Sunday

Rainfall continues to be sparse even with a few scattered showers yesterday. We are now over two inches below normal for the month and only a few rain chances are in the forecast over the next few days. We do stand the chance of some scattered showers and storms after 4pm or so this afternoon, […]

Heat, Humidity & Storms Return This Week

  A stalled out frontal boundary will provide several opportunities for rainfall this week while also pushing our temperatures and humidity levels higher. Right now the highest rain chances are centered on later this afternoon into the evening hours and then again especially much of the day on Wednesday as the front begins to retreat […]

Another Cool Weekend Ahead

Some areas received some beneficial rains with the thunderstorms that moved through late yesterday afternoon. The heaviest rains moved through southern parts of Whiteside county and into southwestern Lee county where of an inch has been estimated by Doppler radar. If you didn’t get the rain yesterday it will be quite a while yet before […]

UPDATED: Thunderstorm Chances Return Today

UPDATED 12:00PM The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded our risk of severe storms this afternoon to the slight risk category.  The primary threat will be damaging winds with a secondary threat being large hail. Storms are still expected to develop after 2pm this afternoon and race to the east. One of the reasons for the […]

Cool & Quiet Pattern Continues

We enjoyed quite a beautiful stretch of weather over the weekend and that same pattern looks to continue through much of this week. Temperatures have remained relatively cooler than normal, especially over the last 3 days as we continue a northwesterly flow pattern over the region. Over the next 7 days it does not appear […]

Cooler Temperatures Stick Around

Yesterday’s cold front brought a brief downpour to some however most remained dry as the stronger activity took off to the east of the area. Today high pressure will attempt to build in however a steady stream of clouds from the north won’t allow us to see much sun today. This will keep our temperatures […]

Rock River Restrictions Lifted

RIVER RESTRICTIONS LIFTED: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has lifted the boating restriction on the Rock river for Lee and Whiteside counties as of last night. No wake orders likely remain in effect and river levels remain elevated with debris still present. Use extreme caution if you plan to be out on the river […]

Weekend Feature: One of the Creepiest Clouds of Summer

It’s a cloud that is filled with motion and is often moving rapidly towards you. It’s size can be intimidating as it usually stretches for several miles and it can also carry with it an extremely low appearance to the ground, often times being mistaken for a wall cloud which is typically associated with tornado […]

Torrential Rain Producing Thunderstorms Return Tonight

It’s been a very pleasant last few days as we managed to squeeze out some much needed drying time after all of the recent heavy rains. Unfortunately later today that threat for heavy rainfall returns as a cold front and strong disturbance approach our area from the northwest. Most of our day will remain dry […]

A Monday Treat!

The humidity will finally be erased today as the cold front responsible for yesterdays scattered shower and storm activity continues to sink further south of the area. We’ll enjoy a refreshing northeast breeze which will keep our temperatures down this afternoon under a mix of sun and clouds. Look for highs in the upper 70s. […]

Severe Thunderstorm WATCH until 12am Thursday

UPDATED: The severe thunderstorm watch has been cancelled.   A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH has been issued for Lee and Whiteside counties until 12am Thursday. A line of severe thunderstorms currently entering extreme northeastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin will continue pushing towards the area through the remainder of the evening. Timing: 8pm until midnight. Threats: Tornadoes: […]

Heat Advisory Through Friday Evening

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a Heat Advisory for Whiteside county until 8pm Friday. Heat index values this afternoon have already reached the lower 100s across the area and the next several days are expected to also see similar values, up to 105° at times. If you must be outdoors […]