Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Colorful Sunsets

You may notice more colorful sunsets through the weekend, and the wildfires in Canada are the reason why. The dip in the jet stream will bring smoke from the fires to the Great Lakes region through this weekend. Most of the smoke will stay in the upper parts of the atmostphere, but if you have respitory problems you'll want to keep close attention to air quailty levels. If enough of the smoke mixes down it will lower the air quaility could also reduce visibility while driving.

On a more positive note, you'll notice more colorful sunrises and sunsets. With smoke particles in the air it will scattered the sun's ray and produce more vibrant colors. You'll be able to notice this from Chicago all the way out to parts of the east coast.

If you snap a picture you can always send it to us, we love good pictures! You can email them to:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Unusually Cool July Weather

You don't need us to tell you that July hasn't been a particularly hot one, but here are some numbers to put it in perspective.

Through July 29th
Through July 29th, Rockford has had 24 days with highs below average. We've only seen one day in July with highs in the 90s. Our coldest day was the 15th, when our high only hit 68°.

As of Tuesday, the average temperature for the month of July in Rockford is roughly 69.4°. If that number holds, that would make this July the 5th coldest on record for the Forest City. -BA

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Incredibly Cool Summer Weather Continues

Talk about a cooling trend! As of Wednesday, Rockford has had one 90° day so far this July. Two years ago, that number was at 18 through the 23rd!

Through July 23rd
Long term models are suggesting we won't hit 90° again before August 1st. If that stays the case, we could be talking about one of the coolest Julys in Rockford history when all is said and done. -BA

Country Thunder Forecast

If you're heading out to Country Thunder on Thursday it will be an absolutely perfect afternoon to do that. High pressure building in through the afternoon keeping the skies mostly clear. Temperatures will be on the cooler side since the passing of the cold front last night...the high will be 76° for the afternoon.

Skies will stay clear for the Gary Allen concert that starts at 9pm and temperatures will be cool and comfortable at 60°. Rain chances do pick up for Friday afternoon and early evening with highs in the upper 70's. -KC

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Night's Severe Potential

8:30pm Update: The severe weather threat for tonight has been canceled for the Stateline. A few non-severe showers/storms will still possible before midnight.


Original Post: The Stateline will continue to be under a Slight Risk for severe weather this evening, but overall, this does not look to be a widespread severe weather event.

The radar and satellite just before 5:00pm is pretty quiet. A few storms have popped up in western Iowa into the Quad Cities along a cold front, but these storms have failed to gain any strength as they move southeast.

As for the timing of any potential storms and severe weather, the threat will be done by midnight. Wind and hail with a few heavy downpours will be the main threats. The tornado threat is very low for this evening. Stay tuned for more updates as we go through the evening. -BA

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hot, Humid, and Stormy Tuesday

We haven't seen much of the Dog Days of Summer this year, but we're getting a taste of it to start the week.

Through Monday, there has been a distinct lack of heat this summer. We've only hit 90° one time in Rockford, with a handful of upper 80s back in June.

Monday's highs were right around normal for this time of year, which means they were especially hot, given our cooler than average summer.

The hottest day of the summer could very well be on Tuesday. Highs are expected to get back to 90° across the Stateline. With the heat index, it could feel like triple digits in a few spots.

That heat and humidity will be the focal point for potential severe weather Tuesday night. Right now, the best timing for any severe storms would be 6:00pm-1:00am. A few storms could produce stronger winds and hail, but it doesn't look like a widespread severe event. We'll have more updates about what to expect Tuesday morning. -BA

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Heat (and Humidity) Is On

This summer has been lacking in the heat and humidity department, but that will change heading into next week.

Temperatures will continue their slow warm-up through the middle of next week. The hottest days in the forecast will be Monday and Tuesday, as highs warm into the 80s and maybe even a few 90s.

The worst of the humidity will coincide with the heat. We'll start to feel it a little on Sunday, but get the air conditioning ready for the start of next week.

As you can see from the 7-Day above, this will be a short lived heat wave. Wednesday storms will knock temperatures down into the low 80s for the second half of next week. -BA