Archive for July, 2008

Recent Rains Have Helped

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

The grass is actually turning green again thanks to recent rainfall. Our monthly total is now up to 3.93 inches.

A long-lived line of storms known as a “derecho” affected the area early Monday morning. A peak gust of 43 mph was measured at the Goose Lake Weather station. Higher gusts of 70+ mph were measured in Morris and other portions of Grundy and La Salle counties.  Downed trees and tree damage were reported in Morris.

The Heat Returns

Monday, July 14th, 2008


Rising temperatures into the 90’s are expected this week. Southerly winds will also usher in more humid air. High pressure will suppress any thunderstorm development until Friday night into Saturday.

And More Rain

Friday, July 11th, 2008

umbrellaThunderstorms yesterday and last night produced another 1.04 inches of rainfall. The garden is happy. More rain is possible late tonight and Saturday before a cold front brings cooler and drier air in for Sunday.

Rain at Last

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

We finally had some rainfall with a storm total of 0.64 inch.  The majority of the rain fell in the early morning hours of July 8th. While certainly not a major rainfall, it was the most rain we’ve had in a 24 hr period since June 9th(!). We could use some more.

Dry Weather Continues

Sunday, July 6th, 2008


OK, maybe this image is a bit extreme but things are getting dry in the Goose Lake area. With only about 60 percent of normal rainfall since June, the lack of moisture is evident with scorched lawns and cracks in the ground. It’s ironic as the same conditions that made for some great outdoor weather — low dew points and abundant sunshine, are contributing to high evaporation rates and drying the topsoil.

The latest meteorological computer models hint at over 1 inch of rain over the next few days but I wouldn’t put that garden hose away just yet. Rainfall forecasting in the summer time is extremely difficult as it tends to be very localized. The models were indicating some heavy rain over the area last week and we ended up missing it all. Let’s hope we get lucky this time. 🙂

4th of July Weather

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

fireworks The weather should be great for this 4th of July holiday with mostly sunny skies   and highs in  the mid to upper 70’s. The weekend will be warmer with forecast highs in the mid to upper 80’s by Sunday.

Looking for things to do in Grundy County? Check out the Grundy County Fair.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

June 2008 Climate Summary

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Despite torrential rainfall occurring in the midwest during the month of June, we ended the month with only 2.62 inches of rainfall. This is about 1.5 inches below normal for June. Here are some other climate statistics for the month of June 2008:

Averages\Extremes for the month of June 2008

Average temperature     = 71.8 °F
Average humidity        = 75 %
Average dewpoint        = 62.3 °F
Average barometer       = 29.864 in.
Average windspeed       = 5.7 mph
Average gustspeed       = 8.7 mph
Average direction       = 211 ° (SSW)
Maximum rain per minute = 0.040 in on day 09 at time 00:49
Maximum temperature     = 90.9 °F on day 12 at time 15:51
Minimum temperature     = 48.1 °F on day 19 at time 05:49
Maximum humidity        = 100 % on day 24 at time 07:09
Minimum humidity        = 31 % on day 02 at time 17:57
Maximum pressure        = 30.21  in. on day 24 at time 10:15
Minimum pressure        = 29.50  in. on day 04 at time 05:45
Maximum avg windspeed   = 31.1 mph from 180 °( S )  on day 06 at time 14:38
Maximum gust speed      = 52.9 mph from 180 °( S ) on day 06 at time 14:38
Maximum heat index      = 99.3 °F on day 08 at time 17:30