Archive for January, 2008

More snow on the way

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Probability of 4 inches of snow or greater

Another storm system is taking aim on northern Illinois. Current forecasts have Grundy county in the 5 to 8 inch snow area. Be careful if you must go out tonight.

New! NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio Broadcasts

Monday, January 21st, 2008


I’m now streaming the NOAA All hazards weather radio broadcast from WXK-24 originating from Odell, IL and broadcasting information for Grundy and surrounding counties. There is a slight delay. This is provided as a service but should not be relied upon as your sole source of weather radio information. For this you should purchase a NOAA weather radio. This is the best way to get advanced warning of impending severe weather. If you’ve never heard of NOAA weather radio here is an excerpt from the NOAA weather radio website:

“Saving lives is the focus of NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards by providing immediate broadcasts of severe weather warnings and civil emergency messages and giving those in harm’s way critical lead time to respond and remain safe. Broadcasts of tornado warnings, flood warnings, AMBER Alerts, chemical spill messages and many other notifications, in addition to routine weather observations and forecasts, make NOAA Weather Radio an essential item for every home, business and public area.”

Learn more here.

Arctic Express

Thursday, January 17th, 2008


Bitterly cold temperatures on northwest winds will be arriving this weekend. The image depicts forecast low temperatures Sunday morning. What ever happened to those 60 degree temperatures back on Jan 6 and 7th?

January Rain

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

We ended up with 3.0 inches of rain for the storm total. Lots of thunder and lightning with some minor flooding. Much more serious and record flooding occurring in the Kankakee, Iroquois, and Vermilion River watersheds.

Rain on the way

Sunday, January 6th, 2008


50° at 6AM on Jan 6th? A warm front has ushered in well above normal temperatures. Rain and thunderstorms are forecast over the next 48 hrs as an intense storm system moves into the Midwest. There is the potential for some heavy rain and flooding so those living along area streams should listen closely for possible flood advisories or warnings. The graphic depicts the forecast 5 day total rainfall amounts.

I took the cover off the automated rain gauge in anticipation of the heavy rain (vs snow).

edit…we reached a high temp of 62.4° today!

A Cold Start to 2008

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008


Strong winds, snow and blowing snow, along with falling temperatures heralded the beginning of 2008. Strong winds will continue into early Wed morning with wind chills well below zero.