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J.C.'s Blog: December 2012 and January 2013

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20130130

 

Heavy rains last night into this morning. Here is a list of rain reports sent to the National Weather Service....

 

(1/30/2013 10:22:19 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Windsor [Shelby Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.55 INCH at 06:30 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:19 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Beecher City [Effingham Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.63 INCH at 06:55 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:19 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Winchester [Scott Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.51 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:19 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Bloomington [Mclean Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.60 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 2 SW Taylorville [Christian Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.51 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Stanford [Mclean Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.50 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Paris [Edgar Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.25 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Lovington [Moultrie Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.52 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Fisher [Champaign Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.10 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Danville [Vermilion Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.55 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour total
 
(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 7 N Effingham [Shelby Co, IL] cocorahs reports HEAVY RAIN of M2.00 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Pana [Christian Co, IL]co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.36 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall
 
 (1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Buffalo [Sangamon Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.57 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 5 NW Sidell [Vermilion Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.57 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

 

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 3 S Sullivan [Moultrie Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.60 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Tuscola [Douglas Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.37 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 3 SW Effingham [Effingham Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M2.00 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:20 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Farmer City [De Witt Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.11 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

 
(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 1 S Charleston [Coles Co, IL] cocorahs reports HEAVY RAIN of M2.12 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour total
  
(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Jacksonville [Morgan Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.77 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 3 W Kincaid [Christian Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.64 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Morton [Tazewell Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.94 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 4 NW Neoga [Shelby Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M2.00 INCH at 07:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Arthur [Douglas Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.36 INCH at 07:30 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Casey [Clark Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.30 INCH at 07:30 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Sherman [Sangamon Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.88 INCH at 08:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall
 
(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 1 S Charleston [Coles Co, IL] cocorahs reports HEAVY RAIN of M2.16 INCH at 08:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 5 NW Peoria [Peoria Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M2.03 INCH at 08:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Mattoon [Coles Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M2.10 INCH at 08:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Morrisonville [Christian Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.35 INCH at 08:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Urbana [Champaign Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.04 INCH at 08:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 3 SE Springfield [Sangamon Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.20 INCH at 08:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 2 NE Neoga [Cumberland Co, IL] mesonet reports HEAVY RAIN of M2.21 INCH at 08:12 AM CST -- swop report

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Effingham [Effingham Co, IL] mesonet reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.35 INCH at 08:27 AM CST -- swop report

(1/30/2013 10:22:21 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: 2 E Decatur [Macon Co, IL] mesonet reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.30 INCH at 09:16 AM CST -- swop report

 
(1/30/2013 10:45:51 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS ILX: Decatur [Macon Co, IL] co-op observer reports HEAVY RAIN of M1.14 INCH at 30 Jan, 12:00 AM CST -- 24-hour rainfall

If you have any more reports send them our way.

 


 

 

 

20130122

 

Coldest Air of the winter season...

 

The coldest air we have seen here in central Illinois since 2011 was felt today. It was one of those days to run to the car this morning and have your teeth chatter all the way to work. This afternoon we saw some clouds move in keeping temps from warming to much further than the low teens in most locations. We do have some relief coming next week!

 

When it gets this cold nothing beats a big pot of hot chili or some fresh home baked bread. Ashley made some homemade banana bread last night! She is an amazing cook and I always look forward to the days she bakes. I am definitely spoiled. Banana bread is one of my favorite desserts and when you warm it up its even better. So after lunch today I decided to cut off a piece of the bread and put it in the microwave for about 25 seconds. I pulled it out and it was nice and steamy, warm and delicious! Ashley is a really great cook and she read my mind last night! What do you make when the weather gets this cold?

 

Wrigley our golden retriever as I have talked about on here many times didn't want to go out today. He normally loves to go out in our back yard and run around and play with the dogs next door. I let him out for his normal potty break and he went so fast and ran back in side straight to the couch. He curled up in a ball and fell right back to sleep snuggled in next to me on the couch. This afternoon before I came to work I asked him if you wanted to go out to potty and he had that look on his face as to say, "Dad are you nuts?" At least he has a built in coat.

 

Stay warm tonight...just thing a little over 8 weeks til spring!

 


 

 

20130121

 

Happy Monday!!!!

 

Wow this week is off to a cold start! Temperatures overnight will be coldest they have been since we hit -1 below on February 3rd, 2011. The coldest reading we saw that winter was -4 below on January 21st, 2011. Looks like we will recover a little by the end of the week!

 

This is always an exciting day in America which only occurs every 4 years. Did you watch any of the inauguration today? I am always fascinated by how many people come to see the greatest event in the world, the transfer of power peacefully. No matter who you voted for in the last election or in future elections the country must continue to move forward. In some places around the world when one leader is voted or ousted from office its by force or by a coup. In our great country, we have pomp and circumstance and all of us Americans can watch and unite as our new leader takes his rightful place to run the country. I still get goose bumps every time I watch. That is one thing on my bucket list I would love to check off and that is to attend an inauguration.

 

Today, our first bi-racial President gets sworn in for his second term on the day our nation pauses to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. How fitting is it that it happened to fall on Americas greatest knows civil rights leader birthday! This shows how far our country has come. I know we have a long way left to go but we have made some great strides in the right direction.

 

 


 

 

20130117

 

Blog Updates....

 

How many of you made new years resolutions? I was going to make a couple and one was to keep the blog updates. Well I can safely say that I have fallen now into the stat of broken resolutions. I am going to try harder to keep this updated more often and mix it up. I don't want to just blog about weather or just about life in general.

 

This winter so far has been an interesting forecast challenge. The SE part of the country from Mississippi to Alabama, Tennessee and into the Mountains of the Carolinas have been very active the past week. An area of high pressure off the Florida coast and an area of high pressure in southern Illinois have been working to bring moisture out of the gulf and funnel it through that area. With a northwesterly flow of cold air aloft and near the surface and moisture being pushed in has lead to a wintry mess. Parts of Alabama and Tennessee have received more snow than the city of Chicago this winter! Clouds have been the thorn in my side trying to forecast over the past week. The sky would clear in the over night hours as a wave would pull away to our south east and then quickly the next day another wave comes through the Tennessee River valley and bring high thin clouds back into Illinois. Forecasting is one of my favorite parts of this job but sometime is the most frustrating when this continues to happen and all signs the day before point another solution.

 

It looks like the pattern is about the change across the Midwest and deep south! The high off the Florida coast is going to drift east and a strong clipper is going to drop into the lakes tomorrow into Saturday. A warm front will lift across the CI allowing warm air to advect in. Highs tomorrow will top out in the mid 40s and then flirt with 50 on Sunday. The roller coaster ride we have seen this winter continues with a cold front sliding through as the clipper moved into the eastern lakes will drop temps into the 20s for highs on Sunday. The coldest of the next seven days is Monday when highs will struggle to get out of the teens.

 

The next system that looks to be a precipitation producer will arrive on Thursday. Both the GFS and the ECMWF develop the low but disagree on the timing of the onset of precip. The low will develop in the central plains and will push warm air in as it tracks to our NW. We will remain in the warm sector for the whole system which means the precip will fall as rain. The ECMWF delays the onset of the rain until later in the day Thursday while GFS brings it in late morning. I am going to split the difference and say early afternoon rain arrival. This is a long ways out so changes could occur. Again nothing major expect out of that system with models painting QPF's of .35" to .40". Stay tuned.

 

 


 

20130111

 

Forecast update for Saturday night into Sunday early afternoon…

A cold front tonight is sliding across the central plains allowing colder air to punch south. An area of low pressure is developing along the gulf coast tonight and will start to move north into the morning hours. The cold front is expected to move through the CI in the early afternoon causing temps to start to crash. Temps in the morning will be in the low 50s area wide and by noon temps in the Springfield, Lincoln, Jacksonville and Carlinville areas will slide into the upper 40s while areas to the east of I-55 will remain in the 50s. The rain will start to arrive along and to the south of I-70 in the late afternoon hours and continue to spread north through the early evening.

 

Areas along and west of I-55

 

The trick to this forecast will be with temperatures above the surface. As the rain continues surface temperatures along and to the north and west of I-55 should fall to around freezing by 8 to 9 pm causing the rain to change over to a freezing rain/sleet mix. Temperatures will be above freezing aloft for several hours as the precip begins. As the night continues we will see the entire atmosphere west of I-55 fall below freezing changing all the precip over to snow. The highest snow totals will be along and to the northwest of the Illinois River with 1" to 3" possible. Jacksonville, Beardstown, Petersburg expect around 1" of snow while Springfield we should see 0.1" to 0.2" of ice with 0.5" of snow possible.

 

Areas east of I-55 to I-57.

 

Temps through the early afternoon will be in the low 50s before starting to fall around 3pm. Rain will arrive through the late afternoon from north to south. Surface temps will remain above freezing until late evening into the early overnight hours. Decatur, Taylorville, Monticello, Champaign, Paxton and Watseka, will start to see a change from rain to Freezing rain sometime around 9pm. This area will see freezing surface temps while temps at 5000 feet will remain above freezing for a couple hours allowing the precip to remain freezing rain longer. As the middle part of the atmosphere cools and we are left with a shallow layer of warm air we could see a mix of sleet and freezing rain around midnight before a quick change over to a little light snow. Snow accumulation will be very light in the towns listed above. Ice accumulations could range from just a glaze to around 0.1" with locally heavier amounts.

 

Areas east of I-57 and along I-70

 

Temps will remain above freezing through most of the night. This will allow most of the precipitation to fall in the form of rain. Looks like a brief change over to some sleet, freezing rain, snow could begin early Sunday morning. No Ice accumulations are expected with just a trace of snow. This would include Mattoon, Effingham, Pairs, Shelbyville, Danville, Tuscola and Toledo.

 

The thing to remember with winter storms is any deviation in the track of the storm can totally change the forecast. I am not expecting a major storm out of this but it will cause some travel delays and cause slick spots to develop quickly on the roads. If you plan to travel tomorrow night into Sunday morning please use extreme caution and check road conditions before you head out. Stay tuned to WAND through the day tomorrow and join Meteorologist Kevin Chierek tomorrow at 5 pm for the latest.  

 


 

 

 

20130109

 

Happy New Year!

Hope that your 2013 is off to a great start. Ashley and I finished off 2012 with a vacation to the Dominican Republic! This was our second trip to the island of Hispaniola!

Last year Ashley and I had talked about trying to take a winter vacation. We had talked about it with her parents and they were on board as well. This summer we booked our trip and the countdown began. It was hard to believe as we got closer to Christmas that we were going to be spending the holiday on the beach! I had to work Christmas eve and our flight left St. Louis on Christmas morning at 6 am. I got home after working the 10 pm show and was to excited to sleep! So we got in the car and headed for the airport a little early. We meet Ashley's parents and Grandma at the airport and we were off to the beach. I was so tired from lack of sleep that as soon as I sat down I was out. I am sure I was a site for sore eyes with my mouth hanging wide open.

We arrived in the Dominican Republic around 3 pm that afternoon and were greeted with sunshine and temps in the lower 80s. When we arrived at the resort the Christmas tree looks awesome and the pool was calling our names. We checked in and changed and the rest of Christmas Day was spent in the pool with a few cold drinks.

 

The rest of the week we spent poolside/beach side with a couple excursions mixed in. We did an excursion called the Outback Safari. They take you up into the mountains to visit a school. Its crazy to see how small the school is and how lucky we are for the education we receive here in the USA. The company donates over 40% of their proceeds to helping fix up the schools! The next stop was to a river to do a little swimming and then on to lunch. Once we were done with lunch we loaded back into the truck and drove through the sugar cane fields to the beach. We did some boggy boarding and had massages! This was a great time and was almost as good as the outback safari that we took when we were in Punta Cana on the other side of the island.

Another excursion was called Paradise Island. Its a little island of sand that is ringed by the coral reef. We took a bus from our resort to the little town of Punta Rosa on the northwest coast. The drive there is an adventure in itself. I am never going to complain about the roads here ever again. The shear amount of potholes that we hit were mind blowing. Also, a huge motor coach driving on these roads should be outlawed! The road was only wide enough for the bus and going through the towns the roofs almost rubbed against it. Once we arrived at Punta Rosa we got onto little boats and headed out along the coast. We took a turn into the mangroves and at that point I felt like one of the guys off the TV show swamp people. Once we got through the groves we headed back out into the waves and they were huge! We arrived at the island and found a place to put our stuff. They had fresh fruit and some adult beverages for us. After about 30 minutes we headed over and grabbed our snorkel gear and got into the water. The water was crystal clear and warm! We had a guide who took us through and opening in the coral so we could see the fish in the deeper water. He had some bread with him and kept dropping it out in front of us and it was fish central! This was the best snorkeling experience that I have had! The amount of fish, the color of the coral and having a guide made it all so much fun!

If you ever get the chance you should head down to the Dominican Republic. You wont be Happy New Year!

 


 

 

 

20121221

 

Hello Winter!

 

Winter arrived this morning at 5:12 AM with the winter solstice occurring. It feels like winter outside this evening with temps crashing into the low 20s and wind chill values in the single digits. Here is some reports from last nights storm from the National Weather Service in Lincoln.

 

December 20th Snow and Wind Reports

The first widespread accumulating snow of the season fell on Thursday afternoon and evening.  Locations north of I-70 saw some accumulation, with areas northwest of a Champaign to Springfield line seeing the most substantial totals of 1 to 3 inches.  Highest amounts occurred across Knox and Stark counties where 4 to 5 inches fell.  Northwest winds gusting 40-60 mph created and blizzard conditions and treacherous travel for parts of the area. Numerous traffic accidents were reported due to the winter weather. The higher gusts also brought down tree limbs causing scattered power outages.  This snowfall ended a long streak of days without measurable snow for much of the area at 290 days, which ranked as the 4th longest streak at Peoria and 6th longest streak at Bloomington.  

SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT...

 

 INCHES  LOCATION             COUNTY       TIME

 ------  -------------------  -----------  -------

  3.00   JACKSONVILLE         MORGAN       0700 AM

  2.80   SPRINGFIELD          SANGAMON     0610 PM

  2.70   ROANOKE              WOODFORD     0700 AM

  2.60   RIVERTON             SANGAMON     1230 AM

  2.50   CHATHAM              SANGAMON     0700 AM

  2.50   3 W FARMER CITY      DE WITT      0700 AM

  2.50   TOLONO               CHAMPAIGN    0605 PM

  2.40   7 W PETERSBURG       MENARD       0700 AM

  2.00   MURRAYVILLE          MORGAN       0839 AM

  2.00   5 W BLOOMINGTON      MCLEAN       0600 AM

  1.80   2 E JACKSONVILLE     MORGAN       0530 AM

  1.50   2 E DECATUR          MACON        0851 AM

  1.50   SIDELL               VERMILION    0700 AM

  1.50   MOUNT ZION           MACON        0839 PM

  1.40   BUFFALO              SANGAMON     0700 AM

  1.20   HAVANA               MASON        0600 AM

  1.20   4 NE NORMAL          MCLEAN       0500 AM

  1.20   SHERMAN              SANGAMON     0700 PM

  1.00   2 S MOWEAQUA         SHELBY       0600 AM

  1.00   LINCOLN              LOGAN        1200 AM

 

 

...HIGHEST WIND GUSTS...

 

...LOCATION...                             ...TIME...     ...WIND...

1 NNE DIVERNON (SANGAMON IL) (MESOWEST)    602 PM DEC 20      61 MPH

2 NE EFFINGHAM (EFFINGHAM IL)              516 PM DEC 20      59 MPH

DECATUR AIRPORT (MACON IL) (ASOS)          505 PM DEC 20      58 MPH

2 N MARSHALL (CLARK IL) (MESOWEST)         619 PM DEC 20      57 MPH

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-WILLARD AIRPORT     653 PM DEC 20      56 MPH

1 SW PESOTUM (CHAMPAIGN IL) (MESOWEST)     416 PM DEC 20      56 MPH

TAYLORVILLE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT              455 PM DEC 20      56 MPH

JACKSONVILLE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT             335 PM DEC 20      55 MPH

EDGAR COUNTY AIRPORT (EDGAR IL) (AWOS)     715 PM DEC 20      55 MPH

1 S FORSYTH (MACON IL) (MESOWEST)          745 PM DEC 20      54 MPH

4 W CHAMPAIGN (CHAMPAIGN IL)               653 PM DEC 20      53 MPH

COLES COUNTY MEMORIAL AIRPORT              751 PM DEC 20      53 MPH

CENTRAL ILLINOIS RGL AP (MCLEAN IL)        454 PM DEC 20      52 MPH

EFFINGHAM COUNTY MEMORIAL AIRPORT          453 PM DEC 20      52 MPH

FLORA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (CLAY IL)          455 PM DEC 20      51 MPH

RANTOUL NATIONAL AVIATION CENTER - FRAN    655 PM DEC 20      51 MPH

SPRINGFIELD ABRAHAM LINCOLN CAPITAL AP     352 PM DEC 20      49 MPH

1 N TILTON (VERMILION IL) (APRSWXNET)      701 PM DEC 20      49 MPH

1 ESE BLOOMINGTON (MCLEAN IL)              649 PM DEC 20      49 MPH

1 W BEARDSTOWN (SCHUYLER IL) (MESOWEST)    531 PM DEC 20      47 MPH

1 NE LAKE OF THE WOODS (CHAMPAIGN IL)      819 PM DEC 20      47 MPH

3 SSW JEWETT (CUMBERLAND IL)               604 PM DEC 20      46 MPH

VERMILION COUNTY AIRPORT (VERMILION IL)    135 PM DEC 20      46 MPH

 

The weekend will be cool but sunny! If you have any last minute shopping to do just bundle up!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

 


 

 

20121219

 

Winter storm set to impact central Illinois….

A strong area of low pressure was centered over western Kansas this evening and is starting to slide NE. The track of the low is critical to where the heaviest bands of snow have started to develop. The strength of the low is also key in the wind speeds that will be extremely strong through out the afternoon and evening tomorrow.

The low is expected to track across Missouri overnight before moving into western Illinois by morning. The low then will track along the Illinois River before heading into NW Indiana by the evening. Northwest of the low track will be the areas that will get hit with the heaviest snows. A swath of 8" to 12" could be possible in SW Wisconsin and into E Iowa.

Here in central Illinois the track of the low will keep us in the warm sector for the majority of the storm. Showers will continue overnight with a dry slot developing and pushing in here by the late morning bringing the rain to an end for a short time. Wrap around moisture will then work in for the afternoon and evening. The cold air should start to arrive and change the rain over to snow by around 2 pm along and to the west of I-55 and by 3 pm to 4 pm for the rest of the area. Snow accumulations should be light with the heaviest falling along and to the west o of I-55. I expect to see places like Springfield, Jacksonville, Beardstown, Lincoln, and Bloomington to see around 1". Lighter amounts across the rest of the area with totals from a ½" or less but this could change if wrap around moisture doesn't show up as much or if the snow arrives earlier. This is something to watch closely. Temps overnight will start out in the low 40s but as the warm air advects into the CI temps will slowly rise near 50 by the morning. Dynamics are going to be strong enough tonight that a few rumbles of thunder could be possible.

Tomorrow will be an interesting day with our highs being reached sometime early in the morning. I expect temps to be around 50 by 8 am before starting to crash by the early afternoon. Temps by noon should fall near 44 and by 3 pm drop near 32. Temps will continue their slide into the low 20s by midnight.

The biggest issue with this system that could cause the most problems will be the powerful winds. Winds will start to increase through out the night and become very gusty in the late morning. This is a very strong area of low pressure. Aloft a power house branch of the jet will streak across the CI with winds at 20 to 25 thousand feet at 130 mph and just about 5000 feet off the surface winds will be as high as 65 to 70 mph. These winds aloft will translate into winds at the surface sustained at 30 to 35 mph with gusts from 50 to 55 mph, some gusts reaching 60 mph by the evening. This has prompted the issuance of a High Wind Warning for most of the area and a Wind Advisory has been posted for other areas. Listed below are the counties in the Warning and Advisory. If you must travel tomorrow give yourself plenty of time and slow down as the winds will be strong enough to cause problems with not only high profile vehicles but also smaller cars and SUVs. Stay tuned through out the day for updates on WAND about the storm.

 

High Wind Warning- from 3 pm until 9 pm… Cass, Champaign, Christian, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Logan, Macon, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby, and Vermilion.

 

Wind Advisory- from 6 am until 9 pm….Fayette, Macoupin, and Montgomery

 

High Wind Watch- from Thu afternoon until Thu evening… Ford and Iroquois

 

Winter Weather Advisory from 1 pm Thu EST until 10 am Fri EST….Warren IN

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

20121213

 

Geminid Meteor shower...

 

The Geminid meteor shower will peak tonight. This shower could produce up to 100 meteors per hour! There is also a new unnamed meteor shower that if it materializes could produce up to 30 meteors per hour on its own. If this does happen it will help to enhance the meteor shower tonight. The moon has entered the "new moon" phase so we wont have to deal with the moon light tonight. The only limiting visibility factor will be some high thin cirrus clouds.

 

Here is a link to the full story about the meteor showers....

 

http://www.space.com/18887-geminid-meteor-shower-peak-preview.html

 

 


 

 

 

20121212

 

Happy 12-12-12!

I hope that you've had a lucky day! I thought about playing the lottery tonight but I am never lucky so I think I will keep that two buck in my wallet.

This past weekend was the WAND Christmas party! I always look forward to the Christmas party for the food and good times that we usually have. This year the party has returned back to the way it used to be. We had a stretch of a few years when the party was not all that exciting but this year it has returned!

This years party was an ugly sweater party! The memo that was sent out at the station said that the winner of the ugly sweater contest would receive a great prize. I told Ashley that we had to find a great sweater. I also wanted to put some lights on mine, and we drove around Decatur for a while to try and find them. We were able to find some lights at Hobby Lobby and the sweaters at K-Mart! I decorated mine and we headed to the party. When we arrived Mr. Cheirek was there in his and I didn't stand a chance. Here is a picture below of the weather team sweep of first and second place. Kevin's winning sweater got him an iPad mini!

 

 


 

 

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Snow where are you?

 

The lack of snow this past winter and so far this late fall is not a record at least so far. Here is a chart put together by the National Weather Service in Lincoln. Most of us here in the CI have not had a measurable snow since March 5th. That would mean that streak is at 277 consecutive days without snow.

 

Location

2012 Rank
as of Dec. 6

Record and ending date

Bloomington/Normal

11th longest

321 days (12/14/1987)

Charleston

19th longest

362 days (12/21/1935) 

Decatur

Tie-27th longest

323 days (1/21/1966)

Jacksonville

25th longest

348 days (2/20/1960) 

Lincoln

13th longest

310 days (1/29/1980) 

Olney

Tie-33rd longest

365 days (3/2/1954)

Palestine

Tie-32nd longest

350 days (12/23/1920)

Peoria

9th longest

296 days (11/28/1987)

Springfield

Tie-11th longest

311 days (12/23/1918)

Urbana

38th longest

307 days (11/30/1987)

 

If you are a snow lover like myself, I'm ready for a little of the white stuff. Looking at the latest forecast model runs we might see a few flakes Sunday night into early Monday morning. This doesn't look like its going to stick at all with dry air arriving a little quicker then I first thought a couple days ago. Then looking out to day 8, a storm system looks to arrive and will start as a rain producer with cold air arriving before precip ends which could chance rain over to some snow. This is so far out changes will occur in the models. Fingers crossed if you are a snow lover!

 

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