Archive for October, 2008

First Snow Flakes

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Although they lasted just a few minutes, we had some brief snow showers move through around 545 PM this evening.

A Taste of Winter

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

We’re in for a change to winter-like temperatures by the end of the upcoming weekend. A wet and cool period is expected through Saturday. By Sunday night morning lows will drop below freezing with more sub freezing temperatures expected Monday night. Although a bit early to say…it does appear a warmup is in store for later next week.

First Frost

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

We had our first frost overnight and early this morning. Not a hard frost, but more than just a few small patches. Last year our first frost occurred on Oct 28th.

Frost Advisory Tonight

Thursday, October 16th, 2008
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
400 PM CDT THU OCT 16 2008

...FROST EXPECTED TO DEVELOP TONIGHT...

.A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL MOVE INTO THE MID AND UPPER
MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY TONIGHT. THE COMBINATION OF LIGHT WINDS
AND MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES FOR MUCH OF THE NIGHT WILL RESULT IN
TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO THE LOWER TO MID 30S ACROSS MUCH OF
NORTH CENTRAL AND PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST ILLINOIS OVERNIGHT TONIGHT.

ILZ003>005-008-010>012-019>021-170500-
/O.NEW.KLOT.FR.Y.0001.081017T0500Z-081017T1200Z/
WINNEBAGO-BOONE-MCHENRY-OGLE-LEE-DE KALB-KANE-LA SALLE-KENDALL-
GRUNDY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ROCKFORD...WOODSTOCK...OREGON...DIXON...
DEKALB...AURORA...OTTAWA...OSWEGO...MORRIS
400 PM CDT THU OCT 16 2008

...FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 7 AM CDT
FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A FROST
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 7 AM CDT
FRIDAY.

LOW TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL DROP INTO THE LOWER AND MID 30S
RESULTING IN AREAS OF FROST AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

A FROST ADVISORY MEANS THAT FROST IS POSSIBLE. SENSITIVE OUTDOOR
PLANTS MAY BE KILLED IF LEFT UNCOVERED.

$$

An October Scorcher

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

The high temperature today reached 86°, which is about 20 degrees above the normal high for this time of year. A maximum of 86 would normally be expected in mid July.

Cold Front Passage Early This Morning

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

We had a cold front move through early this morning. This is quite evident on the direction plot that shows wind direction over time. The dots in the center are oldest and ones near the outer edge are most recent. You can see the wind direction change from south to west after passage of the front. We also ended up with 0.86 inch of rain in the official manually read rain gauge compared with 0.75 in the automated gauge. The remainder of the week and into the weekend looks great with temperatures warming into the 70’s.

Internet Outage

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Goose Lake Weather data is updating once again as of 8:30 AM this morning. Our internet service went out at approximately 9 PM last evening and has now been restored.

September 2008 Climate Summary

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Total September rainfall was an incredible 11.87 inches. Here are some other climate stats for September 2008:

Average temperature = 64.8 °F
Average humidity = 84 %
Average dewpoint = 59.2 °F
Average barometer = 30.072 in.
Average windspeed = 1.7 mph
Average gustspeed = 3.3 mph
Average direction = 38 ° ( NE)
Rainfall for month = 11.87 in.
Maximum rain per minute = 0.04 in on day 13 at time 01:19
Maximum temperature = 94.1 °F on day 02 at time 14:34
Minimum temperature = 41.2 °F on day 10 at time 05:42
Maximum humidity = 100 % on day 27 at time 09:33 last of many occurrences
Minimum humidity = 36 % on day 26 at time 16:28
Maximum pressure = 30.35 in. on day 23 at time 08:01
Minimum pressure = 29.41 in. on day 14 at time 12:09
Maximum windspeed = 12.7 mph from 293 °(WNW) on day 14 at time 17:29
Maximum gust speed = 23.0 mph from 315 °( NW) on day 14 at time 14:08
Maximum heat index = 103.9 °F on day 02 at time 15:41