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 […]

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 […]