Excessive Heat Arrives Today Along With Storm Chances

You may have already started to feel the increased humidity across the Sauk Valley as early as this morning. Our brief weak thunderstorm last evening only added insult to injury as what little moisture it did manage to lay down in the form of rain has only added to the moisture levels here at the […]

Slight Chance of a Thunderstorm Saturday Night

We’ve got a beautiful weekend ahead of us here with low humidity levels and plenty of sunshine to go around both Saturday and Sunday. The only fly in the ointment will be a weak cold front slipping in here later tonight which may bring a scattered thunderstorm, after 10pm, otherwise dry conditions are expected. Get […]

Much Cooler & Comfortable Weekend Ahead

Our active pattern featuring daily chances for showers and thunderstorms has been shifted to the south away from the area for now leaving us with a beautiful Friday. Partly sunny conditions can be expected today with highs in the upper 70s. A refreshing northerly breeze will add to the comfort levels with low humidity in […]

UPDATED: Excessive Heat and Active Thunderstorms Wednesday

3:00PM  UPDATE – A Flash Flood WATCH has been issued for Lee and Whiteside counties until 2pm Thursday. Heavy rain producing thunderstorms are possible later this evening into the overnight hours.   The worst of the heat and humidity so far this summer season will combine forces by this afternoon pushing heat index values well […]

A Few More Active Thunderstorm Clusters & Heat Ahead

The active “ring of fire” pattern will continue into today with a few more chances for some stronger episodes of thunderstorm clusters through Thursday morning before we finally get a break to start the upcoming weekend. Already this morning an active cluster of severe thunderstorms is passing just to our south ahead of a warm […]

UPDATED: Severe Thunderstorm WATCH Until 11pm

6:55PM UPDATE: The watch has been cancelled for both Lee and Whiteside counties. Organized severe storm development is no longer anticipated.     The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm WATCH until 11pm for Lee and Whiteside Counties. Hazards: Tornadoes: Low, Isolated Large Hail: Moderate – Up to 2″ in diameter Damaging Winds: […]

Warmer & More Humid Monday

Storms early this morning brought sub-severe wind gusts with the stronger storms heading just to the west across portions of eastern Iowa. Thankfully we were spared much of the higher wind coverage, especially with the potential that was advertised much of the morning and afternoon leading up to the event. Thanks for getting the word […]

Sunday 8:30PM Update: Damaging Wind Producing Thunderstorms Possible Overnight

8:30PM Update: Severe thunderstorms have recently developed over parts of Minnesota where a higher threat for tornadic activity exists early this evening. It’s expected after midnight that these storms will combine to create a cluster of storms with the potential to produce damaging winds and quickly race southeast through parts of eastern Iowa and northern […]

Enhanced Risk For Damaging Wind Producing Thunderstorms Sunday Night

The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded our risk from slight to enhanced, especially the northwest portion of the area as the risk for damaging wind producing thunderstorms is on the increase for later on tonight. A complex of severe thunderstorms will likely develop over southern Minnesota and then race southeastward towards our area overnight. These […]

Heat, Humidity & Storm Chances Sunday

Our air mass today will begin to feel a bit more humid as temperatures begin to warm into the upper 80s this afternoon under a partly sunny sky. Heat index readings will likely stay in the lower 90s. That won’t be the case by Wednesday of this week when the combination of heat and humidity […]

Ring of Fire Pattern Could Bring Heavy Rain/Severe Storms Next Week

A nice start to our weekend so far with lower humidity continuing and comfortable temperatures combined with mostly sunny skies. Unfortunately this pattern won’t be lasting much longer as a “Ring of Fire” pattern will look to establish itself over the Midwest beginning late Sunday. A substantial amount of heat will continue to build over […]

More Humidity Wednesday

We hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday with family and friends! It sure was a beautiful summer-like day and we will continue that same pattern into our Wednesday here though the humidity will become more noticeable with highs back in the middle 80s. We’ll run the risk of a stray isolated storm […]

A Few Isolated T’Storms Monday

A weak stalled out frontal boundary will continue to be the focus of our small rain chance today and also into the 4th of July holiday as well. Forcing remains weak however enough instability will build in the afternoon that will allow the formation of a few widely scattered storms. I’m expecting less than 20-30 […]

River Flooding This Weekend

River flooding will still be an ongoing issue this weekend as recent heavy rains to the north begin to surge higher water levels down into the local area. The rock river will remain in action stage for much of today and tomorrow. If you plan to be on the river be aware there will be […]

Upcoming Weekend: Much Calmer!

Wednesday’s active storms remained just to the north of the local area here producing two confirmed EF1 tornadoes outside of Cherry Valley and Belvidere causing extensive damage. Overall over 32 preliminary reports of tornadoes were sent in along with several reports of damaging winds. We will run the chance of a few scattered showers and […]

Severe Thunderstorms Possible Wednesday Afternoon/Evening

Showers and thunderstorms are already pushing through the area this morning and will likely bring a round of heavy rainfall and frequent lightning with them. Attention then turns to this afternoon with an enhanced risk of severe storms over the western portions of the area, with a slight risk over the eastern portions. Storm Timing: […]

Quiet Today…Potentially Stormy Wednesday

Temperatures will continue an upward climb this afternoon gaining several degrees compared to yesterday that should push the area into the upper 70s with sunny skies. We’ll have less wind to content with as well.… A very active pattern still looks to resume by Wednesday which will mark the beginning of several chances for showers […]