Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Last night's rain broke the record for wettest April.
Last night’s rainfall resulted in this April being the wettest in Chicagoland history. The National Weather Service recorded .70 inches of rain at Chicago O’Hare Airport which brings the total for April to 8.54 inches, topping the previous record set in 1947 with 8.33 inches. It's the rainiest April in the 143 years that rainfall has been recorded in Chicago. Here are Chicago's top 5 wettest Aprils: 1. 2013 8.54 inches 2. 1947 8.33 inches 3. 1975 7.84 inches 4. 1909 7.73 inches 5. 1983 7.69 inches More precipitation could come tonight. The National Weather Service says there is a 40 percent chance of light snow tonight.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Residents should prepare, stay alert for possible flooding.
Thursday, April 18
After heavy rains on Wednesday, and more precipitation forecasted for Thursday, McHenry County officials are reminding residents to stay alert to possible flooding. Rising water can impact low-lying roads and properties not currently flooded. Homeowners living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop, according to a county notice. Property owners should immediately take protective measures such as removing personal property from low-lying areas. Residents should contact their local municipalities and township offices for information and instructions on additional measures and safety precautions. McHenry County’s Emergency Management Agency (EMA) offers tips to prepare and protect residents …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are all possible.
After a Wednesday that saw storms drop 1-inch hail in North Barrington and more than 2 inches of rain in parts of McHenry County, I'm sure we'd all like a respite from the rain. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a little longer. Meteorologists are warning Illinois residents that there's a significant chance for severe weather Thursday, with storms possibly bringing damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service's hazardous weather outlook for Thursday, severe weather will be possible during the day and into the evening. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center has placed half of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather, while parts of …
Heavy rainfall may cause some flooding, according to advisory.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for low lying areas along the Fox River, including Algonquin. Heavy rainfall, between 1 and 3 inches, is possible in northern Illinois over the next 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
National Weather Service in Chicago issued a severe thunderstorm warning for McHenry County until 12:15 p.m. and a flash flood warning until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for McHenry County until 12:15 p.m. The severe thunderstomr warning includes the following areas: At 11:15 a.m., a severe thunerstorm was located near Maple Park, moving northeast at 45 mph. Residents should be on the alert for quarter-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts. The flash flood warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday for: Thunderstorms producing torrential downpours are possible, with rainfall rates exceeding 1.5 inches per half hour. Kane County Emergency Management reports that the Route 47 and Plato Road intersection is completely flooded, the National Weather Service reports. Additional thunderstorms are expected to move across the region later…
Northern Illinois is under a severe thunderstorm watch.
All of northern Illinois is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 5 p.m. today. Counties included in the watch include Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry. As of 9:30 a.m., some areas were already seeing rain and thunderstorms. According to the National Weather Service's hazardous weather outlook for today, thunderstorms are expected to develop across eastern Iowa and then spread east over northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. The thunderstorms are expected to continue through tonight, with the possibility of hail to an inch in diameter, damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes. Take a look at some tips on what to do when severe weather strikes.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Wednesday marks the first day of spring. But when will the weather start to warm up?
Today marks the first day of spring and Crystal Lake and Cary residents will be greeted with sub-zero wind chills and the possibility of more snow in the coming days. In contrast, last year's first day of spring saw record-breaking temperatures in Chicago with a recorded high of 87 on March 20, 2012 and another record high on March 21, 2012 of 87 degrees, according to the Chicago Tribune. Today, wind chill values as low as -3 degrees and a high of 21 degrees is in the forecast today for Crystal Lake, according to the National Weather Service. There will be a slight warm up for Friday through Sunday with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. There is a chance of rain and snow both Sunday and Monday in Crystal Lake. The good news about the …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Another winter storm is headed our way.
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Monday, March 4
A winter storm expected to hit the area today should not be as bad as originally predicted for McHenry County. Between four to six inches of snow is expected today and around an inch of snow tonight for the area. On Monday, the National Weather Service was predicting as much as four inches more of snow. A winter storm warning was pushed back to 9 a.m. this morning and will continue until 12 p.m. today. Several area schools have closed Tuesday. The above information was updated at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5. ------------ A winter storm warning has been issued for all of McHenry County Tuesday and is expected to affect morning and evening rush hour traffic. The warning will take effect at 3 a.m. Tuesday and continue through midnight, …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
Have you ever seen a tornado? I'll never forget the day I saw a tornado touch down. I was just 13 or 14 and on a youth group trip with my church. We were driving through Nebraska and getting ready to stop for dinner when the skies turned dark. We saw a funnel cloud pass overhead and heard the warning on the radio that people should leave their cars and seek shelter. We did exactly that. We stopped at McDonald's and got ready to seek shelter in the large refrigerator if the tornado hit. The tornado ultimately touched down about a mile from us. It was incredibly scary, and I hope I never experience that again. Are You Prepared? If a tornado warning was issued, would you know what to do? This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week…
A winter storm warning has been issued for Tuesday in parts of northern Illinois.
UPDATE, 10:01 a.m. Monday: Much of northern Illinois is now under a winter storm warning from 3 a.m. to midnight Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Chicago says snowfall amounts of 6 to 9 inches can be expected, with locally higher amounts possible. Snowfall rates could reach 1 or 1.5 inches per hour. "This will impact both rush hours on Tuesday, with the higher potential for heavy snowfall during the late afternoon and early evening rush hour," National Weather Service officials said. The warning includes the following counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry. ------------------ UPDATE, 4:53 p.m. Sunday: A winter storm watch is now in effect for much of northern Illinois. The watch, which will be in effect from late Monday …