More Storms Following Wednesday

Good morning. We’ve had several dry days, along with very pleasant days as little moisture has been present. That will start to change starting today and tomorrow, though our dewpoints won’t skyrocket into any excessive heat standards. A little bit more moisture will enter our area today allowing for a possible isolated shower for this […]

Weather Statement- Funnel Clouds Possible

Cold Air Funnels are possible through our afternoon hours. An area of agitated cumulus clouds are present across much of northern Illinois. These clouds will favor development of cold air funnels. Read below for more information regarding these funnels. Atmospheric conditions are favorable for the development of isolated funnel clouds associated with widely scattered thunderstorms […]

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 […]

High Pressure Sets In

Yesterday I mentioned how our humidity levels were going to just drop. This will continue as a high pressure will settle in the area allowing all of our moisture to remain to our south. Along with that, we’ll see plenty of sunshine, low humidity levels, and zero chances for rain! A much needed break from […]

Clearing Up The Sky

We are finally going to get a break from some rain, clouds, and humidity for awhile. A lot of rain has fallen over the last couple of weeks across the area resulting in flash flooding along with river flooding in areas. If you haven’t check out our drone coverage of the Rock River on Sunday […]

Flash Flood Warning for Whiteside Co

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Whiteside County until 2AM Thursday. at 7:55PM Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen, and flash flooding is expected to begin shortly. Some areas include Sterling, Rock Falls, Morrison, Fulton, Prophetstown, Erie, Tampico. Additional rainfall […]

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

A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH is in effect for Whiteside and Lee county until 12AM July 22nd, Saturday. The main threats associated will be damaging winds capable of 70MPH gusts. Secondary threats will be that of large hail up to lime size in areas, and a couple of isolated tornadoes are not out of the question. […]

UPDATE: Severe Weather Risks Shift South

An update about our current risk for severe weather is warranted. Earlier a slight risk was in place for the Sauk Valley area across Whiteside and Lee county. At the 11:30AM update, the Storm Prediction Center noticed a quasi-stationary front which extends from central Iowa through northern Illinois onward to Indiana. Due to this and […]

More Storms, Heat, and Flooding Possible

It’s Friday and we’ve got a lot to discuss regarding hazardous weather, advisories, and heat. To start off the day we’re already sitting in the lower 70s in Sterling at 6:30AM. More shower and thunderstorms are possible through much of the day mainly an on/off scenario. It’ll remain somewhat scattered and our chances for showers […]

Flood Warning Issued for Whiteside

A Flood WARNING is in effect from July 20th 9:30PM until July 26th, 10PM for Whiteside County. -The Rock River at Como- At 3:30PM Thursday the stage was 9.1 feet and rising. The Flood stage is 10.0 feet. It is forecast to rise to 11.6 feet Saturday morning and fall below flood stage by Tuesday […]

Heat Continues, As Does Active Weather

Overnight storms caused flooding in parts of the Sauk Valley. One of our viewers, Kristin Walrath submitted a photograph showing just that in a residential area in Rock Falls this morning. Our weather station at Distinctive Gardens in Dixon estimated rainfall rates in excess of 4″ per hour at times showing that the storms that […]

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 […]