Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
So far this year our precip totals are 2.80" below normal and since March 1st we are 2.36" below where should be for this time of year.
During the month of April, we've picked up 2.17", but that's still 1.15" below average for this month. We'll have more chances for rain over the next two days before the calendar changes over to May on Tuesday.
So we could break even for this month, but we'll have to wait and see! Stay dry and enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The goal of being "StormReady" is to prepare the community and the station with an action plan in the event of any severe weather - from tornadoes to blizzards. The application process involved a few requirements for the station complete. These include developing a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes appropriate sheltering, have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings, have a redundant and effective means to alert on and off-site staff of hazardous conditions, promote the importance of readiness through training and drills, have primary and backup methods to broadcast severe weather alerts and to partner with local NWS and emergency management in community preparedness efforts.
CBS4 , as noted above is the 7th TV station in the nation to get this recognition, the 2nd in Illinois and the first in the Quad Cities. We are now part of the 213 StormReady supporters in 31 states that are prepared for any type of severe weather.
(As a side note; the NWS was adamant to say that this is a recognition not a certification. The use of the word "Certification" would imply, that in the case of a casualty, at the station, due to severe weather, the NWS would be liable for that casualty, since the NWS "certified" the station. Therefore we are recognized as a "StormReady Supporter".)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Earlier post: We've seen many reports of the Northern Lights being spotted in Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa tonight...including places as close as DeKalb, Rockford and Belvidere, Illinois! Most of these reports have coming within the last 30 minutes...if you see anything feel free to post about it here!
Here's a link with some of the latest data:
Sunday, April 22, 2012
It's going to be another cold night in the Quad Cities. So cold in some neighborhoods that the National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for Jo Daviess, Jackson, Clinton, Carroll, Whiteside, Lee, and Bureau Counties. While you and your plants may not be liking this cold weather right now, it could be worse!
Our neighbors to the East, in Western Pensylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia are bracing for a Springs Snowstorm! Many areas are under a Winter Weather Adivsory or Winter Storm Warning from now til late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.
The counties shaded in red are under a Winter Storm Warning and those area could pick up 4-8" of snow. While the counties in yellow are under a Winter Weather Advisory including downtown Pittsburgh and they could pick up 3-5" of snow by late tomorrow night.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
After a few sctd showers this afternoon we'll see a break from the wet weather this evening...but more rain arrives later tonight! Check out the latest image from our ESP:Live radar...showers north of the QC for now but the rain west of Des Moines will reach us late tonight. Things dry out Friday and the weekend looks cool!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Our chance for rain begins Wednesday night and goes up quite a bit Thursday/Thursday night/early Friday! There cold be a few t-storms embedded within the rain, but our severe weather chance remains pretty low. However, we do have a chance for some healthy rain totals, especially north of the Quad Cities. Here's a 2 day rain product from the NWS HPC, note the heaviest amounts just north of the Quad Cities...where some area could see more than 2 inches of rain!
NASA satellites observed a solar flare on Monday of this week (4/16) and the eruption occurred at 1:45pm Eastern Time. Even though the video shows a dramatic explosion, the earth is not at risk, since the coronal mass ejection went in the other direction. The flare registered in the middle of the intensity scale ( M1.7 class). NASA is watching the sun as it is in an active 11 year period, with a peak in activity expected in 2013.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The National Weather Service reports that over 15,000 records were broken in the month of March. This includes record high temperatures and record high low temperatures. We have talked about some of these record breaking stretches in previous posts. The video linked with this post was made by National Climatic Data Center and visually shows a sweep of record high temps for the month, record high low temps for the month and finally a visual depiction of how many records were broken per area. Find where you live and watch watch the records in your area.
Monday, April 16, 2012
You might have seen this picture of an extremely large piece of hail this weekend in Wichita, KS. Only problem is - it's more than likely NOT hail! Here's a link to a great blog article from a meteorologist in North Carolina talking about it...check it out, it's a great read!
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory from now until 3PM this afternoon for the counties shaded in yellow. Winds will be sustained out of the West from 30-40 mph for much of the afternoon with winds gusting to near 50mph.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
But look at the tornado watches in effect, they're surrounding the Quad Cities! (But not here!)
The Storm Predicition Center has now included part of the QCA in a Moderate Risk for severe weather on your Sunday (areas shaded in red). The main threats will be strong winds, hail, and potentially a few tornadoes. '
We will start our Sunday with cloudy skies, the chance for severe weather will increase during the late afternoon and evening hours.
We'll keep you posted all day online at CBS4QC.com and on Twitter and Facebook. Just follow the links on the Weather Blog!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
A total of 112 tornadoes have been reported to the National Weather Service so far this Saturday. Many areas are still under tornado watches and tornado warnings in the Central U.S.
We'll keep you posted!
As of 7 pm Saturday night, here are the storm reports for the Central Plains and Western Iowa for this afternoon's storms. So far there have been 35 tornado reports and 75 reports of hail.
So when you include the wind damage and wind gust reports the total number of storm reports so far is 137 and unfortunately it doesn't appear we are done yet!
The Storm Prediction Center has extended it's moderate outlook a little futher eastward into Central Iowa and the Slight Risk area has extend futher into North Central Illinois. A line of strong storms will be moving into the Quad Cities in the next 2-3 hours and they could be capable of producing strong straight line winds.
We'll keep you updated at CBS4 online and on TV!
A strong storm system is moving through Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Northern Texas this afternoon. That same storm system will be slowly pushing into our region providing us with a chance for some strong to severe storms tonight and for your Sunday.
So the Storm Prediction Center still has us under a slight risk (areas shaded in yellow) for severe weather today and tomorrow.
The strongest storms will remain to our West in the Central Plains (areas shaded in red and orange). But, we still have the possibility of getting some strong to severe storms that could be capable of producing large hail and strong winds both tonight and tomorrow evening.
Right now, it looks like the Quad Cities could experience some stronger storms later this evening, but before the midnight hour.
After a break during the overnight and early morning hours of your Sunday, the chance for some strong to severe storms will return Sunday afternoon into Sunday night.
Keep it tuned to CBS4 online and on TV, we'll keep you updated on any changes!
Friday, April 13, 2012
Not only do we have the chance for svr t-storms this weekend, there could also be some decent rain totals! The rain won't necessarily be a bad thing, we've had well under 2 inches since the beginning of March! This weekend parts of the area could see close to 2 inches of rain, if the couple rounds of thunderstorms materialize as expected!
3pm Update: The SPC has now expanded (see map above) the HIGH RISK area to include portions of Western Iowa and Nebraska! It's looking ore and more like a major severe weather/tornado outbreak will occur on Saturday. The threa remains SLIGHT for the Quad Cities, and our best chance for svr weather will be later Saturday night!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
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Weather Set-Up: Not one but 2 different cold fronts will approach from the West. The 1st one slides off to the North so it will not have a big effect on our temps. The 2nd one rolls thru Saturday/Sunday and will eventually drop the temps early next week...each front will give us a decent chance for showers/storms.
Severe Weather: It's possible, especially Saturday. Here's the outlook from the SPC:
Rain Totals: they could be heavy, some places will end up with close to 2 inches of rain. Remember, since March 1st we've only picked up about 1.65" of rain in the QC! Here's a 5 day rain total forecast from the HPC.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
With temperatures expected to drop into the upper 20s for a lot of us tonight another FREEZE WARNING has been issued! Some good news - it will warm up this weekend. The bad news - there's a very good chance for rain this weekend also, with some totals up around 2 or 3 inches from Friday thru Sunday! (5 day rain forecast from the HPC below)
The National Weather Service has once again issued a Freeze Warning for our entire viewing area for Wednesday night/ Thursday morning. The Warning begins at 11pm tonight and expires at 8am Thursday. The winds will be light during the overnight hours, allowing for the formation of frost in some sheltered areas.
Once again, these cold temperatures can kill sensitive plants, crops and fruit trees. Please use preventative techniques to keep your plants alive as the temperatures drop tonight.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Just another day of work for these window washers! This pic was taken around lunchtime today, the guys are cleaning the windows on the US Bank building in downtown Rock Island...notice the jackets? Temps were still in the upper 40s at this time!