Archive for February, 2010

Illinois Severe Weather Preparedness Week Feb 28 – March 6, 2010

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Severe weather season is approaching. Take steps now to prepare.

Image courtesy NOAA/NWS Central Illinois

Learn more in Severe Weather Preparedness published by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

More Wintry Weather

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for Grundy County. At the present time, forecasters are expecting a mix of snow, sleet, and rain.

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake recorded in north central IL – revised

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded around 3:59 AM this morning centered about 5 miles east of Sycamore, IL.

More info here.

Update: the USGS has revised their findings to estimate a 3.8 earthquake based on new data.

Winter is not over yet

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

A winter storm watch has been issued for northern Illinois including Grundy county

A STRONG SURFACE LOW IS LIKELY TO DEVELOP OVER THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY MONDAY NIGHT. THIS LOW WILL MOVE INTO KENTUCKY BY TUESDAY AND THEN INTO OHIO BY WEDNESDAY. THERE IS ABOUT A 60 PERCENT PROBABILITY OF THIS STORM TRACK AT THIS TIME. THIS PATH OF THE LOW PUTS A BAND OF SNOW OVER NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS TUESDAY.

117 PM CST SUN FEB 7 2010

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE
TUESDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING…FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.
* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW AMOUNTS OF UP TO 10 INCHES MAY OCCUR IN 24 HOURS.
* HAZARDS…POSSIBLE HEAVY AND DRIFTING SNOW.
* IMPACTS…POSSIBLE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL AND AIRPORT TRAVEL IMPACTS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

New Video about CoCoRaHS

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Want to learn more about CoCoRaHS? Recently a Fargo, ND TV meteorologist created a great new video on CoCoRaHS and posted it to youtube. Watch it now.

We can always use more participants in Grundy and surrounding counties. To sign up or learn more click here.

January 2010 Climate Summary

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Some highlights from January:

Averages\Extremes for the month of January 2010

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  • Average temperature = 20.2°F
  • Average humidity = 86%
  • Average dewpoint = 16.6°F
  • Average barometer = 30.159 in.
  • Average windspeed = 4.1 mph
  • Average gustspeed = 6.7 mph
  • Average direction = 279° ( W )
  • Precipitation for the month = 1.13 in.
  • Snowfall = 6.8 inches.
  • Maximum temperature = 47.0°F on day 23 at time 23:31
  • Minimum temperature = -9.7°F on day 10 at time 07:14
  • Maximum humidity = 100% on day 21 at time 01:43
  • Minimum humidity = 44% on day 29 at time 13:35
  • Maximum dewpoint = 45.3°F on day 23 at time 23:27
  • Minimum dewpoint = -13.0°F on day 10 at time 6:59
  • Maximum pressure = 30.61 in. on day 09 at time 21:25
  • Minimum pressure = 29.19 in. on day 24 at time 07:52
  • Maximum windspeed = 24.2 mph from 293°(WNW) on day 25 at time 19:20
  • Maximum gust speed = 40.3 mph from 293°(WNW) on day 25 at time 19:18
  • Avg daily max temp :26.7°F
  • Avg daily min temp :13.0°F
  • Total windrun = 3022.0miles

Snow was reported on the ground for all but 2 days during the month.