May 2018: 4th Warmest on Record

From an abnormally chilly April to a scorching May. Who would have thought? Here are the climate highlights from May 2018: -4 Day Stretch of 90+ degree temperatures -4th Warmest May on Record for Rockford -Wettest May on Record for Chicago -Our observed high of 97° on May 27th was the hottest temperature we have […]

Tropical Downpours Likely Wednesday

The remnants of subtropical depression Alberto will throw an unusually high level of moisture into the area today allowing any heavier showers and thunderstorms to produce high rainfall rates which may cause some nuisance flooding throughout the day. No severe weather is currently expected. We’ll see a round of showers and storms this morning followed […]

A Scorching Memorial Day

We could very well set the record for the hottest Memorial Day if temperatures can surpass the middle 90s this afternoon. Heat indices will rise into the lower 100s at times. If you plan to be outdoors for an extended period of time, make sure and take frequent breaks in the shade AND drink plenty […]

Memorial Day Weekend Filled with Heat and Humidity

Temperatures will continue warmer this afternoon with highs reaching around 90. We could see some relief from the heat in the form of a few scattered thunderstorms this afternoon which could come in two waves. One after 3 p.m. and another one later tonight. No widespread severe weather is expected however, a few could contain […]

Becoming Hot & Humid By Week’s End

We’ve seen temperatures rise slowly over the past couple of days but that will be a totally different story by the weekend. Temperatures will be surging towards 90 as early as Friday enough humidity to make it feel uncomfortable by the weekend. This type of pattern is also known for occasional storm clusters that may […]

Soggy Monday

A few more rain showers will push through during the late morning hours before we begin to dry out later this afternoon. Sunshine returns by Tuesday and Wednesday with moderating temperatures. Still looks like we will see our first true taste of summer-like warmth and humidity by the end of the week that will have […]

Some Rain Chances This Weekend

Temperatures will be just a tad cooler compared to Thursday as clouds begin to increase throughout the day. I think we will remain dry for the most part but, a stray shower especially east can’t be ruled out this afternoon. Nothing overly heavy. The weekend continues to look active with chances for showers and thunderstorms. […]

More Storms Monday, Drying Out Wednesday

A bit of a noisy morning for us with showers and thunderstorms containing small hail and frequent lightning moving through. These will exit the area around 10am or so and then we’ll see a break before more redevelop later this afternoon. A slight risk of severe weather is in the forecast with the main threats […]

Much Cooler Friday, More Active Pattern Ahead

A more spring-like day is expected to end the week with a very sharp temperature gradient sitting across the area. A warm front will keep summer warmth to the south while we remain cooler here with highs only in the 60s today and Saturday. Periodic chances for showers and storms will also exist. No widespread […]

April 2018: 2nd Coldest on Record.

Is anyone really shocked? Insulting snows and bitterly cold temperatures while also racking up a moisture deficit by the end of the month. Remarkably we did manage to hit 82 degrees before we closed the month. Several multi-day stretches of dry weather also compounded a growing short-term drought by the end of the month.    […]

Quiet Start To The Weekend

Thankfully we didn’t have to deal with any severe weather yesterday as clouds limited the amount of energy storms had to work with. Clouds will be found this morning before clearing out later this afternoon. Temperatures will make a nice recovery into the 70s with a gusty northwest wind. For the weekend Saturday will be […]

More Strong/Severe Storms Possible Thursday

  We’ll have another opportunity again today to see some strong to severe storms move across the area. Threats are very similar to what we say yesterday including hail up to the size of golf balls and winds up to 70 MPH. An isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out. TIMING: 3P-11P A slight […]

Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11pm Wednesday

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH UNTIL 11PM The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm WATCH for Lee and Whiteside Counties until 11pm TIMING: 5PM-11PM THREATS: Tornadoes: Low Large Hail: Moderate Damaging Winds: Moderate Flash Flooding: Low Be prepared to take immediate life-saving action should a warning be issued for your location.

Severe Thunderstorms Possible Wednesday/Thursday

After a remarkably quiet start to the severe storm season so far, things now appear to be quickly turning more active over the next 48 hours. Much of the daylight hours today will remain dry, with storm chances increasing as we go into the evening and overnight hours. Highs will return to the 80s with […]

May Celestial Event Outlook

May 4th – Conjunction of the Moon & Saturn [1:05AM-4:44AM] The Moon and Saturn will share the same right ascension at this time. The pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 1:05AM, and reach the highest point in the sky at 4:44AM, 25 degrees above the southern horizon. Around 5:28AM, they […]

High Fire Danger Monday, Much-needed Rains Arrive Mid-week

A Red Flag WARNING has been issued for this afternoon and evening as the combination of strong winds and a very dry air mass will lead to high fire danger. Avoid outdoor burning as fires could quickly grow out of control. Temperatures will heat up quickly in this type of environment with many of us […]

Scattered Showers Friday

A few scattered showers could interrupt what will otherwise be a spectacular Friday as temperatures return to the 60s again this afternoon. The timing for these showers looks to be between 2 pm and 4 pm. There could even be a rumble of thunder, too! The weekend looks quiet and mild. Our temperatures return to […]

Temperature Climb Continues…80s Possible Next Week

High temperatures reached well into the middle 70s on Tuesday marking our warmest day so far this year and temperatures will only continue to climb. When you look back at where we started the month in terms of temperatures, we’ve come a long way! Several weeks of winter-like temperature levels are now turning into values […]

70s Likely Monday

The Rock River and several area parks were certainly busy yesterday with many of us looking to escape the cabin fever we’ve been enduring lately. Another beautiful afternoon is expected with sunshine in the morning followed by more clouds in the afternoon. Many of us will meet or beat 70 degrees for a high. Warmth […]