Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Sunshine makes a triumphant return ahead of Thursday's storm chance

The Stateline endured a little bit of rain and a cooler northeasterly wind Tuesday. This left afternoon highs in the low 60s, marking Rockford's second below average day since May 1st. 

A glance at early morning water vapor imagery shows two pronounced swirls. One of them being the storm system that was responsible for our early-week rain chances, and the other being our next storm system which is spinning over Wyoming.

In between the two, ridging briefly takes control of our atmosphere, allowing sunshine to make a triumphant midweek return. 

And despite our wind flow still being out of the northeast, highs will climb comfortably into the low 70s. Skies are then expected to turn partly cloudy towards sunset, remaining partly cloudy overnight into daybreak Thursday morning.  

This will allow Thursday to start with a mix of clouds and sunshine! However, as this secondary system approaches, clouds will further increase, paving the way for our next chance for rain and storms. Chances look to begin as early as the early-afternoon hours, likely scattered in coverage. 

In other words, dry hours are likely. In even better news, the atmospheric ingredients that will be place Thursday won't be sufficient enough for severe weather to become a concern. In a similar fashion to today, high temperatures will peak in the low 70s. A stray shower or thunderstorm may linger into Thursday night, though conditions will dry out rather quickly into Friday morning. Meaning sunshine is expected to round out the work week, leaving highs in the mid to upper 70s!

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