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Northern Illinois Storms Cause Flooding, Minor Damage

Jun 27, 2018
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Multiple storms drenched northern Illinois Tuesday afternoon and evening, leaving roads flooded.

The storms dropped two to four inches of rain, causing flash flooding in many areas. Two tornadoes briefly touched down causing little to no damage. 

One briefly touched down in Kane County just north of Maple Park, causing no damage. The tornado in the Will County community of Manhattan was rated as an EF-1, with winds of 95 miles per hour. Minor tree damage was reported along the tornado's path. 

Winnebago and Boone Counties Offer Relief From Heat

May 25, 2018
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With temperatures reaching up into the 90s this weekend, Winnebago and Boone counties are offering relief from the heat.  

In Rockford, the Men’s and Woman’s Crisis centers, Pilgrim Baptist Church and The Carpenter’s Place will be open as cooling centers during extreme heat advisories and warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

The Village of Machesney Park, Pecatonica Village Hall and the Belvidere Salvation Army will also open their doors to those looking to get out of the heat. In the event of severe weather and heat advisories, more sites may open.

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Northern Illinois University bids farewell to its longtime staff meteorologist this week.

Gilbert Sebenste has been passionate about the weather for a long time. He says that, when he was four or five years old, he attended a picnic with his parents when the weather started to turn ominous.

“… then all of the sudden as I am riding a kiddie ride -- it was a helicopter ride that went about 20 feet above the ground -- and as I am spinning around up there, I look west and I see these angry, boiling clouds," he recalled. "I am like, ‘Oh, this isn’t good.’”

Larry Stephens

Closings:

Nearly all schools in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin are closed. Many local government offices are closed, as well.

Northern Illinois University is canceling classes and university offices are closed for Friday, Feb. 9. at all locations. The school is reopening for events starting at 4:00 Friday afternoon, including those scheduled to commemorate Feb. 14, 2008. Normal operations resume at midnight.

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This year's fall has been the warmest on record in Illinois since 1931.

Climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average temperature for September through November was 59.4 degrees, or 5 degrees above normal. The same three months of 1931 were slightly warmer at 59.8 degrees.

November of this year was the fifth warmest November on record. The statewide average temperature in November was 47.4 degrees, nearly 5 degrees above normal. The warmest November in Illinois was in 2001 when the average was 49.9 degrees.

Larry Stephens

Winter makes a comeback tonight in northern Illinois. There’s a winter storm warning along the Wisconsin border, with four to six inches of heavy, wet snow starting at 6:00 this evening.

This fast-moving storm will bring 2 to 4 inches everywhere else north of I-80. Wind and ice could complicate tomorrow morning’s commute.

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The winter storm is winding down, but you can still expect some challenges on the roads this morning. Monday’s sleet, snow, and high winds have dissipated. But temperatures that have fallen overnight have created patchy slippery spots on roadways.

Temperatures will continue to fall to just below freezing throughout the day. Flood warnings have also been issued for communities all along the Illinois River.

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Illinois's wet June is now going to the record books.

State Climatologist Jim Angel says rainfall within the past few days made the month Illinois's wettest June in recorded state history. State records go back to 1895.

Angel said through Saturday, the statewide average rainfall total for the month was 8.91 inches. That tops the previous record June in 1902 -- 8.27 inches of rain fell that year.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a disaster declaration for Lee and Grundy counties as a result of the tornadoes that ripped through northern Illinois on Monday.

Rauner surveyed tornado and storm damage in Lee County and in Coal City on Tuesday morning.

"It's a miracle, frankly, when you see the devastation that there were no deaths and no life-threatening injuries," Rauner said after viewing the damage in Coal City by helicopter.

The Weather Channel

Heavy rainfall and flash flood warnings came across northern Illinois this past week. 

With tropical depression Bill landing in Texas Friday, severe storms may hit Illinois again this weekend, according to The Weather Channel

National Weather Service

Tornado sirens are for people who are outdoors. For everyone else, there are a lot of options these days when it comes to staying on top of weather emergencies. Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste says the key word is “redundancy.”

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The upcoming season could make an allergy sufferer’s eyes water.

A spring allergy outlook from Accuweather says a slow climb out of winter weather will delay the spring season. But when it hits early next month, it’ll be “intense.” 

The Illinois state climatologist says March was colder than normal and unusually snowy.

The statewide average temperature for the month was 38 degrees. That's three degrees colder than average.

Closings For Tuesday, January 28

Jan 28, 2014

The current Arctic blast hitting the northern Illinois region has resulted in another round of weather related closings for Tuesday.

Larry Stephens

Dangerously cold temperatures and the potential for blowing snow have led to more closings today. 

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Weather Much Different For Illinois Farmers In 2013

Jul 8, 2013

This year's cooler, wetter weather is much different than what Illinois farmers were dealing with last year. Last year's drought almost appears to be a distant memory for growers.

Allyson Kellner

We’ve received a lot of rain here in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, and more is on the way. The following is a list of some of the closings and cancelations due to extraordinary flooding in some parts of our listening area:

Forecast Office / National Weather Service, Chicago

“The most significant March snowstorm in several years” is how the National Weather Service in Chicago is describing the storm we are bracing for here in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.  We’re looking at 7 to 10 inches of snow, even heavier in some areas, developing late tonight and continuing through Tuesday. 

National Weather Service

Are you ready for the latest round of shoveling? A winter weather advisory for northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin is in effect through 6:00 Friday evening.

Cities Declare Snow Emergencies

Dec 20, 2012
City of Lake Geneva, Wi.

Kishwaukee Community College cancelling classes after noon Thursday

In preparation for the first major winter storm of the 2012/2013 season, the City of Rockford Public Works Department is issuing a Snow Emergency Declaration.  Odd/Even parking restrictions will be in place.  In Wisconsin, Beloit and Janesville have also has declared snow emergencies.
 

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 Wednesday night's thunderstorms brought lightning, heavy rains, and strong winds to northern Illinois. Wind gusts hit 70 mph just south of Rockford, and 60 mph in DeKalb. The storm drenched Elgin with over an inch of rain in 20 minutes. A ComEd spokesperson says the storms resulted in more than 160,000 outages in northern Illinois.  

Predicted temperatures in the 90s have prompted some local communities to open cooling sites for local residents.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high near 90 degrees today, 92 on Saturday and 86 on Sunday.

Cooling sites offer air-conditioned relief during periods of excessive heat or when an excessive heat advisory or warning is issued by the National Weather Service.

Residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible