May has come and gone and with that, so has our rain that came through this morning. A marginal risk for strong thunderstorms exists today for portions of eastern Lee county, with a risk for damaging winds.
Otherwise, as we start June, clouds will continue to move out of the area and become mostly sunny today with a high in the low 80s. A west wind of 5 to 12mph will pick up today as well.
Expect tonight to be mostly clear with temperatures in the mid 50s.
June is also a month where severe activity tends to pick up here in northern Illinois, and as we have seen just this last week and even yesterday, mother nature seems to be 'waking' up. We turn our attention to Saturday where another chance for strong and even the possibility of severe thunderstorms may impact portions of northern Illinois. We'll have more details on that as it gets closer. But this is a good month to begin to go over your severe weather plan with your family.
One reason I always stress to be alert in a severe weather situation is because a tornado could happen. Many short lived tornadoes go unwarned and unseen on radar. This is mainly due to the nature of short-lived tornadoes as they only last a few seconds to a minute. By the time a warning would be issued, the tornado has likely dissipated. I've witnessed three unwarned tornadoes in my career, two which have damaged structures and have generally lasted under a minute.