Monday, May 20, 2013
All of Illinois is in the "slight risk" category for severe storms.
McHenry County and several other counties in Illinois are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 3 a.m. The following counties are included in the watch, according to the National Weather Service: McHenry, Kane, Lake, Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center placed all of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather for Monday. Most of Illinois, with the exception of far western portions of the state, is in the "slight risk" category for Tuesday.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are all possible.
Get ready for some storms. The storm system that dropped large hail and tornadoes on parts of Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma is now headed toward Illinois. The National Weather Service has placed most of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather on Monday and Tuesday. The main threats on both days will be damaging winds and large hail. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center noted in its technical discussions that isolated tornadoes are also possible on Monday and Tuesday. "The most violent storms will ignite during the afternoon and evening hours as daytime heating causes instability," Accuweather.com Meteorologist Meghan Evans wrote in her forecast. "Plenty of humid air will be in place to fuel the severe storms…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Last night's rain broke the record for wettest April.
Last night’s rainfall resulted in this April being the wettest in Chicagoland history. The National Weather Service recorded .70 inches of rain at Chicago O’Hare Airport which brings the total for April to 8.54 inches, topping the previous record set in 1947 with 8.33 inches. It's the rainiest April in the 143 years that rainfall has been recorded in Chicago. Here are Chicago's top 5 wettest Aprils: 1. 2013 8.54 inches 2. 1947 8.33 inches 3. 1975 7.84 inches 4. 1909 7.73 inches 5. 1983 7.69 inches More precipitation could come tonight. The National Weather Service says there is a 40 percent chance of light snow tonight.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are all possible.
After a Wednesday that saw storms drop 1-inch hail in North Barrington and more than 2 inches of rain in parts of McHenry County, I'm sure we'd all like a respite from the rain. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a little longer. Meteorologists are warning Illinois residents that there's a significant chance for severe weather Thursday, with storms possibly bringing damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service's hazardous weather outlook for Thursday, severe weather will be possible during the day and into the evening. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center has placed half of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather, while parts of …
National Weather Service in Chicago issued a severe thunderstorm warning for McHenry County until 12:15 p.m. and a flash flood warning until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for McHenry County until 12:15 p.m. The severe thunderstomr warning includes the following areas: At 11:15 a.m., a severe thunerstorm was located near Maple Park, moving northeast at 45 mph. Residents should be on the alert for quarter-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts. The flash flood warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday for: Thunderstorms producing torrential downpours are possible, with rainfall rates exceeding 1.5 inches per half hour. Kane County Emergency Management reports that the Route 47 and Plato Road intersection is completely flooded, the National Weather Service reports. Additional thunderstorms are expected to move across the region later…
Northern Illinois is under a severe thunderstorm watch.
All of northern Illinois is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 5 p.m. today. Counties included in the watch include Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry. As of 9:30 a.m., some areas were already seeing rain and thunderstorms. According to the National Weather Service's hazardous weather outlook for today, thunderstorms are expected to develop across eastern Iowa and then spread east over northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. The thunderstorms are expected to continue through tonight, with the possibility of hail to an inch in diameter, damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes. Take a look at some tips on what to do when severe weather strikes.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
Have you ever seen a tornado? I'll never forget the day I saw a tornado touch down. I was just 13 or 14 and on a youth group trip with my church. We were driving through Nebraska and getting ready to stop for dinner when the skies turned dark. We saw a funnel cloud pass overhead and heard the warning on the radio that people should leave their cars and seek shelter. We did exactly that. We stopped at McDonald's and got ready to seek shelter in the large refrigerator if the tornado hit. The tornado ultimately touched down about a mile from us. It was incredibly scary, and I hope I never experience that again. Are You Prepared? If a tornado warning was issued, would you know what to do? This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week…
A winter storm warning has been issued for Tuesday in parts of northern Illinois.
UPDATE, 10:01 a.m. Monday: Much of northern Illinois is now under a winter storm warning from 3 a.m. to midnight Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Chicago says snowfall amounts of 6 to 9 inches can be expected, with locally higher amounts possible. Snowfall rates could reach 1 or 1.5 inches per hour. "This will impact both rush hours on Tuesday, with the higher potential for heavy snowfall during the late afternoon and early evening rush hour," National Weather Service officials said. The warning includes the following counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry. ------------------ UPDATE, 4:53 p.m. Sunday: A winter storm watch is now in effect for much of northern Illinois. The watch, which will be in effect from late Monday …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Up to 10 inches of snow could fall across the area.
It looks like Lake and McHenry Counties could see snowfall totals of 6 to 10 inches by Wednesday morning. A winter storm warning is now in effect for both counties until 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago. "Snow will significantly slow travel and make it dangerous at times through the early evening commute, so persons planning travel should anticipate extremely elevated travel times," according to the National Weather Service, noting that "temporary white-out conditions with near-zero visibility" are possible. Snowfall amounts in excess of 4 or 5 inches have already been reported across northern Illinois.
How much snow has fallen in your neighborhood?
Update, 10:32 a.m., Wednesday: The highest snowfall amount from yesterday's winter storm was measuered in Beach Park, which received 11.7 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago. Here's a look at other snowfall totals reported to the National Weather Service: ---------------------- Update, 11:25 p.m.: Preliminary storm totals from the National Weather Service show that Gurnee received the highest snowfall amount, with 10 inches as of 9:35 p.m. Tuesday. Beach Park in northern Lake County was close behind, with 9.5 inches of snow. Here's a look at other totals from around the region: --------------------- Update, 7:45 p.m.: As much as 8.2 inches of snow has fallen in northern Illinois, according to storm totals …