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 […]

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 […]