Rockford Scanner™: Flash Flood Watch



Flood Watch
National Weather Service Chicago IL  238 PM CDT Sun Sep 2 2018

…Thunderstorms This Evening and Tonight…

.Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon
and expand in coverage across far northern Illinois this evening.
A very moist airmass will allow for efficient and heavy rainfall
rates. Thunderstorms may repeatedly move across some areas, many
of which saw very heavy rainfall last night, resulting in flash
flooding.

Winnebago-Boone-McHenry-Lake IL-Ogle-
Including the cities of Rockford, Belvidere, Woodstock, Waukegan,
and Oregon
238 PM CDT Sun Sep 2 2018

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING…

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of north central Illinois and
northeast Illinois, including the following areas, in north
central Illinois, Boone, Ogle, and Winnebago. In northeast
Illinois, Lake IL and McHenry.

* From 7 PM CDT this evening through Monday morning

* Repeated rounds of thunderstorms producing very heavy rainfall
may result in flash flooding.

* Expect rises on area rivers and streams. Flooding of low lying
areas and roadside ditches is possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.








Rockford Scanner™: Flash Flood Watch



Flood Watch National Weather Service Chicago IL 307 PM CDT Sat Sep 1 2018

…Additional Thunderstorms This Evening and Overnight…

Thunderstorms are expected to redevelop this evening and tonight across far northern Illinois. A tropical, moisture rich air mass will promote efficient and heavy rainfall rates.

Thunderstorms may regenerate or move over areas already impacted by heavy rainfall resulting in flash flooding.

Winnebago-Boone-McHenry-Lake IL-Ogle-Lee-DeKalb-Kane-DuPage-Cook- Including the cities of Rockford, Belvidere, Woodstock, Waukegan, Oregon, Dixon, DeKalb, Aurora, Elgin, Wheaton, and Chicago 307 PM CDT Sat Sep 1 2018

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING..

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a:

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of north central Illinois and northeast Illinois, including the following areas, in north central Illinois, Boone, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, and Winnebago. In northeast Illinois, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake IL, and McHenry.
* From 7 PM CDT this evening through Sunday morning
*Repeated rounds of thunderstorms producing very heavy rainfall may result in flash flooding. * Expect rises on area rivers and streams.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.








Rockford Scanner™: Areal Flood Advisory



Flood Advisory
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville Il
858 PM CDT TUE AUG 28 2018

Winnebago IL-Boone IL-
858 PM CDT TUE AUG 28 2018

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a

* Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for…
Central Winnebago County in north central Illinois…
Northwestern Boone County in north central Illinois…

* Until midnight CDT

* At 857 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to
thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in
the advisory area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen
and additional rainfall is expected.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Poplar Grove, Cherry
Valley, Winnebago, Pecatonica, Timberlane and Caledonia.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the
dangers of flooding.








Rockford Scanner™: Special Weather Statement



SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
829 PM CDT TUE AUG 28 2018

ILZ003-004-290215-
BOONE IL-WINNEBAGO IL-
829 PM CDT TUE AUG 28 2018

…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR WINNEBAGO AND BOONE COUNTIES
UNTIL 915 PM CDT…

AT 828 PM CDT, DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG
A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR DURAND TO NEAR BYRON. MOVEMENT WAS EAST AT
50 MPH.

WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ROCKFORD, BELVIDERE, LOVES PARK, MACHESNEY PARK, ROCKTON, ROCKFORD
AIRPORT, ROSCOE, POPLAR GROVE, CHERRY VALLEY, WINNEBAGO, PECATONICA,
DURAND, CAPRON, TIMBERLANE, CALEDONIA, LAKE SUMMERSET, DAVIS JUNCTION
AND NEW MILLFORD.

INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING INTERSTATES…
I-39 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 115 AND 123.
I-90 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 48 AND 74.

THIS INCLUDES…BOONE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, ROCK CUT STATE PARK, ROCK
VALLEY COLLEGE, ROCKFORD AVIATORS BASEBALL, ROCKFORD SPEEDWAY, AND
WINNEBAGO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS, AND MAY LEAD
TO LOCALIZED FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED
ROADWAYS.

&&

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT FOR
NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS.

LAT…LON 4243 8871 4215 8871 4215 8917 4221 8917
4220 8939 4245 8940
TIME…MOT…LOC 0128Z 286DEG 42KT 4238 8935 4212 8931








Rockford Scanner™: Flash Flood Watch



Flood Watch
National Weather Service Chicago IL
804 PM CDT Tue Aug 28 2018

..FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT WEDNESDAY…

Winnebago-Boone-McHenry-Lake IL-Ogle-Lee-DeKalb-Kane-DuPage-Cook-
La Salle-Kendall-Grundy-Will-Lake IN-
Including the cities of Rockford, Belvidere, Woodstock, Waukegan,
Oregon, Dixon, DeKalb, Aurora, Elgin, Wheaton, Chicago, Ottawa,
Oswego, Morris, Joliet, and Gary
804 PM CDT Tue Aug 28 2018

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT WEDNESDAY…

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Illinois and northwest
Indiana, including the following areas, in Illinois, Boone,
Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, La Salle, Lake
IL, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Will, and Winnebago. In northwest
Indiana, Lake IN.

* Until 7 AM CDT Wednesday

* Periods of heavy rain associated with strong thunderstorms are
expected overnight tonight. Given recent rainfall, anticipated
high rainfall rates and high soil moisture, the thunderstorms
may produce localized flash flooding.

* Rivers and streams in urbanized areas may see rapid rises as
the heavy rainfall quickly goes into runoff.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.








Rockford Scanner™: Severe Thunderstorm Watch



NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
730 PM CDT Tue Aug 28 2018

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of
Northeastern Illinois, Extreme northwestern Indiana, and Lake Michigan

* Effective this Tuesday night from 730 PM until Midnight CDT.

* Primary threats include…
Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible
Isolated large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible

SUMMARY…

A well-developed bow echo (now crossing the Mississippi
River from Iowa into northwestern Illinois) should persist for
another few hours while moving across northern/northeastern
Illinois, immediately north of a residual outflow boundary. The
bowing segment will be accompanied by a continued threat for
damaging winds, and perhaps some hail with the strongest embedded
updrafts.

The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 45
statute miles north and south of a line from 60 miles southwest of
Rockford IL to 90 miles east northeast of Marseilles IL. For a
complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline
update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are
favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening
weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible
warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce
tornadoes.








Rockford Scanner™: Stephenson County Tornado Warning Update



Evening everyone, we just wanted to give you all a quick update and round up of the facts.  The Tornado Warning for Stephenson County was allowed to expire around 8:45 pm as the storm quickly showed signs of weakening.  The initial warning came out around 8:27 pm.  According to the NWS in Quad Cities, the warning was issued solely based on the sheriff report of a tornado near Elroy, IL.  At this time there have been no confirmed reports of damage, but if that does change we will be sure to update this post.

It is hard to confirm if there was, in fact, a tornado there or not at this time.  Radar scans from the NWS Quad Cities would be scanning around 5,100 ft with the cloud ceiling in Freeport around that time being down around 1,500 ft.  Meaning the radar was not scanning the lowest elevations and would not be able to see any low-level rotation if it were there.  If we get any updates, we will be sure to update this post!

 








Rockford Scanner™: Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Parts of Wisconsin



The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch just to the north of the Stateline for a line of thunderstorms that will be tracking to the east this afternoon and evening.  A few areas immediately along the Stateline might see some scattered showers and storms from the trailing end of the line.

Across Wisconsins, hail the size of limes and winds up to 70 mph are possible.

 


 

 




Rockford Scanner™: Extreme Heat Reminders and Cooling Centers




The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued an Excessive Heat Warning in effect from 11 AM Friday through 7 PM Saturday.

* TEMPERATURE...Afternoon highs in the mid 90s and nighttime
  lows in the mid 70s to near 80 degrees.

* HEAT INDICES...Peak Heat Indices in the 105 to 115 degree
  range.

* IMPACTS...The high temperatures, combined with ample sunshine
  and oppressive humidity, even at night, will lead to
  potentially hazardous conditions, particularly for the elderly
  and those with pre-existing health conditions.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in
which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned room...
stay out of the sun...and check upon relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions...if you work or spend time outside. When possible...reschedule strenuous
activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work...the occupational safety and health administration recommends
scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome
by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.   Heat stroke is an emergency...call 9 1 1.

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous
situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids...stay in an air-conditioned
room...stay out of the sun...and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal
temperatures in a matter of minutes.

List of Cooling Centers:
Winnebago County 

The Carpenter’s Place
1149 Railroad Ave
Rockford, IL
Mon – Fri 8:30am - 3pm
815-964-4105

Rockford Rescue Mission Sites:

Men’s Crisis Center
715 W. State St
Rockford, IL
7am-7pm/7 days a week
815-316-4148

Women’s Crisis Center
715 W. State St.
Rockford,IL
8am-4pm/7 days a week
815-965-5332

Pilgrim Baptist Church
1703 S. Central Ave.
Rockford, IL
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
815-968-4449

Village of Machesney Park
300 Roosevelt Rd
Machesney Park, IL
Mon – Fri 8am – 4:30pm
815-877-5432

Pecatonica Village Hall
405 Main St.
Pecatonica, IL
Mon – Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm
815-239-2310

Boone County 

Boone County Site Salvation Army
422 S. Main St.
Belvidere, IL
Mon – Fri 9am – 11:45am; 1pm – 4pm
815-544-3892



Rockford Scanner™: Updated Weather Page!





Good Afternoon Everyone!

As I am sure many of you have noticed, the website has been updated a little bit.  With that, we completely overhauled the “Rockford Scanner Weather Page” and we wanted to give just a brief overview of what is new!

The new weather page will feature this live weather display (pictured below) at the top of the page, giving you the current sky and weather conditions, temperature, winds and more.  In the bottom right corner of the graphic, it says forecast.  If you click it, it will give you the forecast for the day before, today, and also for the future.

 

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If you scroll a little farther down on the page, the next section is the “Weather Story” from the NWS in Chicago (pictured below).  The NWS in Chicago updates this periodically throughout the day with the newest forecast, outlook, or advisory they might have for across their County Warning Area (CWA).  Since the Rockford area falls under their CWA, that is why we are featuring it on our page.  Within the weather story, there can sometimes be more than one tab you can click on.  In the example below, for instance, there is a tab for “Drier weather on the horizon” and “Any wind damage? We Need Your Help With Reports” which you can click on both to see.

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Below the weather story, we have added an interactive current radar mosaic that allows you to zoom in/out and look at weather all across the country! The radar image updates every 5 minutes.  It may take a second to load the image or radar data, but just be patient, it will load!  In the near future, we may add local storm reports, storm tracks, and lightning to this map or add a separate map with this information.

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Last but not least, we have a map with the current NWS Advisories, Watches, and Warnings.  This map is also interactive, which means you can zoom in/out or look at the advisories all across the Country.  In the upper left corner of the map, there are two arrows that you can click to get the legend for any and all advisories, watches, and warnings as well.  Same with the current radar image, it may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient!

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Come the winter months, we hope to also add an interactive map with the Winter Road Conditions.  So look forward to that future update as well!  We hope you enjoy the new weather page and any helpful comments or suggestions are welcome!