Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Light Rain Not Enough...

Any rain we get right now is a good thing. That being said, we ended up on the short end of the precip today in the Quad Cities. Places West of us picked up an inch of rain or more, but the showers are fizzling out as they move through the Quad Cities this evening. So far in the QC we've seen 0.07" of rain so far...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Next Tropical Storm Brewing?

Irene has come and gone, leaving millions of people without power and billions of dollars in damage...while cleanup continues along the East Coast we could be looking at our next hurricane within the next 48 hours! Here's tropical depression #12 for the season and it's on a path that could eventually take it very close to the East Coast again! Stay tuned...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tropical Weather Update...

Tropical Storm Irene is weakening as it moves through Canada. As of the last advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Irene had winds of 50 mph and was moving to the North, Northeast @ 26 mph. It is expected to stay a tropical storm through Wednesday.

There is another storm brewing in the Atlantic! It's Tropical Storm Jose. As of Sunday evening, Jose was located to the Northwest of Bermuda with winds of 45 mph and it was moving at 20 mph to the North. The NHC predicts it'll weaken to a tropical depression by Monday afternoon and won't affect the U.S.

Meteorologists are also watching a disturbance off the coast of Africa (Shown by the Red Circle near the Cape Verde Islands) and it could be named a tropical storm. The NHC says it'll likely be categorized as a tropical depression on Monday and could be a tropical storm within the next 48 hours. If it does reach tropical storm strength it's name would be Katia.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene Continues to Stir....

Hurricane Irene is now moving into the Northeast affecting many of the nation's largest cities. Hurricane Irene is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm when it moves through New York City on Sunday morning. As of Saturday evening, Hurricane Irene was a category one hurricane with winds of 80 mph and wind gusts up to 98mph. Below is video of the storm moving through the Carolinas and the Bahamas earlier this week.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Less than 24 Hours Now...

We've been watching the storm for a week now, and finally Irene will be making landfall within the next 24 hours. Things are going downhill quickly tonight in North Carolina and conditions will worsen quickly in the Northeast tomorrow. We'll keep you posted here at CBS4 through the weekend, now let's hope folks make it through with as little loss of life and property as possible...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nice Day Here...All Eyes on Irene

While we're basking in another beautiful summer day in the Quad Cities the race is on to prepare for Hurricane Irene up and down the East Coast! 1st landfall (there likely will be more than 1) is looking like it should happen sometime Saturday along the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina. If you've ever vacationed there you know it's a relatively quiet place with miles of great beaches and plenty of vacation houses to choose from. Unfortunately the islands are very susceptible to hurricanes and it's looking the Outer Banks could take a DIRECT hit!

After the storm passes through the OBX it will come back out over water and make another landfall somewhere between Delaware/New Jersey or as far North as New England. New York City could even be squarely in Irene's crosshairs! Needless to say, all eyes on Irene for the next several days! Here are the latest spaghetti plots for the storm...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It's a Hot One!

Most of August has been fine for temps in the QCA...today though is a hot one! There's a HEAT ADVISORY in effect south of the Quad Cities, and our heat index numbers are above 100° in a lot of places! It won't last long though - Thursday promises some big relief!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Finally...Some Rain!

Here are some of the rain totals for some of our Illinois towns today, with the official report for the QC from Moline at over one and a half inches!

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Rainy Day Would be Nice!

We haven't had too many rainy days in the QC over the last few months...in fact, since the middle of June there have been only 6 days with more than 1/10th of an inch of rain! A nice soaker would do us well right now!

Hurricane Irene

This storm keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger! Right now Irene has winds up to 100 mph and it should strengthen further before it makes landfall this weekend. Here's the projected path, with landfall likely Saturday evening as a category 3 storm!

Click here for more from the NHC:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Where's The Rain?

I feel like a broken record. All weekend I've been talking about the dry weather and the lack of rain during the month of August during our newscasts this weekend!

That's because the QC's only picked up 1.08" of rain so far this month. The Quad Cities are 1.87" below where we should be for August and 3.12" below normal for the entire year.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that we'll pick up much rain this week either. As of right now, Tuesday is the only day we could see some rain, but the system is rather weak so not everyone will see the rain.

The Midwest Climate Center has some of our neighborhoods in a moderate drought right now. The areas shaded on the map in light brown are experiencing a moderate drought while areas shaded in yellow are abnormally dry for this time of year
(areas in yellow are not quite dry enough to be considered in a drought just yet).

The Climate Prediction Center has our region experiencing near normal rainfall for the next 6-10 days (Shown Below), but as I mentioned earlier in this post there isn't much rain in my 7 day forecast. It could change, let's hope it does!

Will The U.S. Experience Its First Tropical System of 2011?

Tropical Storm Irene formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday (Shown above).

Right now, it's forecasted to affect Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti over the next 24-48 hours.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is thinking that it could be a hurricane when it hits Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

As of Sunday afternoon, the storm had winds of 50 mph and a central low pressure of 999mb. It was moving to the West, Northwest at only 18 mph.

There's still a lot of uncertainty as to where Irene will make landfall in the U.S. and if the storm will be a hurricane or a weak tropical storm when it reaches the states.

As of Sunday afternoon, forecast models are projecting that Irene could make landfall in Florida as early as Thursday night into Friday morning (GFS Model Shown Below). We'll have to watch and see!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Flash Flooding Kills 4 in Pittsburgh, PA

A mother and her two daughters along with another women were killed by flash flooding near Pittsburgh, PA on Friday after 3 to 4 inches of rain fell in a short period of time. Check out the raw video of the aftermath from the Associated Press below:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Great Video of Waterspout/Tornado in NC

Here's some great video of a waterspout turned tornado from the beach in North Carolina! If you have small kids watching turn the volume down at about 1:25!

Drought Update

Here's the Drought Monitor update for this week, no changes for the QCA, parts of the area still ABNORNALLY DRY!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Presidential Visit Forecast!

It's not a bad day for the President to tour Henry Co. Illinois! After a nice stop in Atkinson he's heading to Alpha, IL later this afternoon!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tropical Storm Gert Forms in the Atlantic

Yesterday, Tropical Storm Franklin was the only tropical system in the Atlantic. Today, Franklin is gone and a new storm known as Gert has been classified as a Tropical Storm.

Gert is near Bermuda and is continuing to strengthen. As of Sunday afternoon, Gert had winds of 45 mph and was moving to the North, Northwest at only 8 mph.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center is forecasting that Gert will hit Bermuda as a Tropical Storm and will remain a Tropical Storm as it moves to the North, Northeast over next three days.

Tragedy at the Indiana State Fair Saturday Night...

Five people are dead and more than 40 are injured after the main stage collapsed Saturday night at the Indiana State Fair. Watch the story from our CBS affiliate in Indianapolis

Five dead after stage collapses at Indiana State Fair: wishtv.com

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Tropics Are Getting Active...

There is a tropical system in the Northern Atlantic Ocean right now. Tropical Storm Franklin is moving to the East, Northeast at 22 mph.

Franklin is only packing winds of 40 mph and the National Hurricane Center expects Franklin to lose it's Tropical Storm status by Sunday afternoon.

However, there are three other areas in the Atlantic that the National Hurricane Center is watching for potential development right now. Those areas are shaded in red, orange, and yellow.

The red is area is where conditions are most favorable for a tropical system to develop (90% likely). This disturbance could be classified as a tropical storm or a hurricane in the next 48 hours and could cause problems for Bermuda. Right now it is moving to the West, Northwest at 10-15 mph.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Showers Now Developing

After a dry start to our Friday we're starting to see a few showers pop up this afternoon! Right now the first showers are around Galena and pushing East...over the next few hours we'll see a few more scattered showers popping up! Overall we're looking at spotty showers through Saturday afternoon!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tropics Heating Up...

As we close in on mid-August we're also closing in on the busiest part of hurricane season in the Atlantic. Early to mid September is the time we're most likely to see hurricanes in the Atlantic basin and as we check things out tonight the NHC is watching a few areas for development! If you have vacation plans in the Caribbean anywhere from 5-14 days from now stay tuned...


Good News, Bad News...

Here's a graphic I just made up for my weather show. It provides a couple different ways to look at Friday night's rain...in some cases it's good news, in some cases it's not!

Good News if: Your lawn needs some water or you're suffering from the high pollen counts.

Bad News if: You've got a big date planned or you want to check out the meteor shower!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Losing Daylight

Have you noticed the days getting shorter? Whether you notice early in the morning (sunrise) or in the evening (sunset) we're losing a total of about 2-3 minutes of daylight each day! By the first day of fall we'll have an even 12 hours of daylight...and the shortest day of the year is the first day of winter, just a few days before Christmas! That's a long way off though, and there's more enjoyable weather coming up, and some nice sunsets too, even if they are a bit earlier than they were last month!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Perseid Meteor Shower

August is usually a pretty good month for seeing "shooting stars" thanks to the Perseid meteor shower. This year however, there's a big problem, the moon!


Click on the link for more...

Beautiful Weather on Tap...

Tuesday has turned out pretty nice in the QC, but Wednesday and Thursday look even better! Here are the highs for Wednesday, for the rest of the forecast check us out on CBS4 News at 5pm!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A line of storms managed to hold together and worked its way into the QC last night from Western Iowa causing some strong winds. There were reports of wind damage near Washington, IA and Fairfield, IA last night. A wind gust of 59 mph was recorded in Rock Island shortly before 230 am last night.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Different Type of Storm System Reaks Havoc...

Power companies in the U.S. and around the world are preparing to deal with potential power outages after three explosions happened on the sun's surface over the past few days. Read the full story for Reuters below for more info:

NEW YORK | Sat Aug 6, 2011 1:04pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three large explosions from the Sun over the past few days have prompted U.S. government scientists to caution users of satellite, telecommunications and electric equipment to prepare for possible disruptions over the next few days.

"The magnetic storm that is soon to develop probably will be in the moderate to strong level," said Joseph Kunches, a space weather scientist at the Space Weather Prediction Center, a division of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

He said solar storms this week could affect communications and global positioning system (GPS) satellites and might even produce an aurora visible as far south as Minnesota and Wisconsin.

An aurora, called aurora borealis or the northern lights in northern latitudes, is a natural light display in the sky in the Arctic and Antarctic regions caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere.

Major disruptions from solar activity are rare but have had serious impacts in the past.

In 1989, a solar storm took down the power grid in Quebec, Canada, leaving about six million people without power for several hours.

The largest solar storm ever recorded was in 1859 when communications infrastructure was limited to telegraphs.

The 1859 solar storm hit telegraph offices around the world and caused a giant aurora visible as far south as the Caribbean Islands.

Some telegraph operators reported electric shocks. Papers caught fire. And many telegraph systems continued to send and receive signals even after operators disconnected batteries, NOAA said on its website.

A storm of similar magnitude today could cause up to $2 trillion in damage globally, according to a 2008 report by the National Research Council.

"I don't think this week's solar storms will be anywhere near that. This will be a two or three out of five on the NOAA Space Weather Scale," said Kunches.


The NOAA Space Weather Scale measures the intensity of a solar storm from one being the lowest intensity to five being the highest, similar to scales that measure the severity of hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.

The first of the three solar explosions from the sun this week already passed the Earth on Thursday with little impact, Kunches said, noting, the second was passing the Earth now and "seems to be stronger."

And the third, he said, "We'll have to see what happens over the next few days. It could exacerbate the disturbance in the Earth's magnetic field caused by the second (storm) or do nothing at all."

Power grid managers receive alerts from the Space Weather Prediction Center to tell them to prepare for solar events, which peak about every 12 years, Tom Bogdan, director of the center said.

He said the next peak, called a solar maximum, was expected in 2013.

"We're coming up to the next solar maximum, so we expect to see more of these storms coming from the sun over the next three to five years," Bogdan said.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Poof! Emily's Gone...

The mountains of Haiti and the D.R. proved to be too much for Tropical Storm Emily, the storm has fallen apart for now, and is not likely to reform. If it does we'll let you know here on the blog...

Mississippi Valley Fair Forecast

There's just a slight chance for a shower/t-shower Thursday night at the Mississippi Valley Fair, if you're heading out I highly recommend checking out the Alligator show!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Good-Looking Forecast! Finally...

Notice the lack of 90s on the forecast tonight? We're heading in the right direction as far as the temps go...I'll fill you in on the rain chances tonight, make sure you join us for Ten at 10!

Tropical Storm Emily Update

Not too many changes in the forecast for Emily so far, the longer we go with no significant changes the less likely Emily is to affect the U.S.

Tropical Storm Emily

So far Emily hasn't strengthened all that much, but the storm does pose a threat to Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Here's the latest projection from the National Hurricane Center...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Florida Travel Plans? Better Watch Out

While it's just a tropical storm right now Emily has formed, and this storm could affect Florida late this weekend! More than likely it will continue as a tropical storm as it moves over the Dominican Republic and eventually the Bahamas. By Saturday night though it could be close to Florida as a HURRICANE! We'll keep you posted on CBS4 News and here on the blog!

A Hot July in the Quad Cities

OK, so we live in the Midwest...we know it's cold in the winter and hot in the summer. This summer so far, especially this July has been way hotter than normal. In fact, our average temperature of 79.9° is the 7th hottest July we've ever had!