Monday, May 20, 2013
All of Illinois is in the "slight risk" category for severe storms.
Several counties in Illinois are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 3 a.m. The following counties are included in the watch, according to the National Weather Service: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center placed all of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather for Monday. Most of Illinois, with the exception of far western portions of the state, is in the "slight risk" category for Tuesday.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are all possible.
Get ready for some storms. The storm system that dropped large hail and tornadoes on parts of Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma is now headed toward Illinois. The National Weather Service has placed most of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather on Monday and Tuesday. The main threats on both days will be damaging winds and large hail. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center noted in its technical discussions that isolated tornadoes are also possible on Monday and Tuesday. "The most violent storms will ignite during the afternoon and evening hours as daytime heating causes instability," Accuweather.com Meteorologist Meghan Evans wrote in her forecast. "Plenty of humid air will be in place to fuel the severe storms…
Monday, April 22, 2013
What's this week's weather forecast for Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.
Keep your umbrella handy. The National Weather Service reports a chance of thunderstorms early Tuesday into Tuesday evening. Heavy rainfall is possible during this period which may cause additional rises on rivers and prolong receding flood waters. River flooding is expected to gradually subside through the week. Lake Forest/Lake Bluff See the rest of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff forecast for this week at www.weather.gov.
Friday, April 19, 2013
The National Weather Service provides updates on the water levels of the Des Plaines River, Fox River and others throughout the Chicago suburbs.
Check out the National Weather Service website to keep track of flood alerts, forecasts and water levels for area rivers.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Flooding concerns continue along the Des Plaines and Fox Rivers, along with the Chain O'Lakes.
A state of emergency has been declared in Lake County due to the flooding throughout the area. At a press briefing Thursday, Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor announced that he declared the state of emergency around 9 a.m. in an effort to not only further facilitate coordination among agencies to deal with the flooding but to also attempt to get flood assistance funds from the federal government should they become available. "With three rivers running through Lake County, we have a wet topography and are prone to flooding," said Lawlor. Communities across Lake County have been inundated with upwards of 4 inches of rain, said Kent McKenzie, Lake County Emergency Management coordinator. Places that saw minor flooding are now expecting …
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 …
Some areas could see more than 3 inches of rain today.
A flash flood warning has been issued for northwestern Cook, Lake, northern Kane and southeastern McHenry Counties until 6 p.m. today. National Weather Service officials said there the Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms that could produce torrential downpours with rainfall rates of more than an inch and a half per hour. Overall, northern Illinois could see more than 3 inches of rain by early evening. "Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway," National Weather Service said in their flash flood warning statement. "The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely."
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.
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 …