At 6:30 am on 8/2/19 police executed a search warrant in the 200 block of South Chicago Ave. Unknown why but one adult male was taken into custody.
At 6:30 am on 8/2/19 police executed a search warrant in the 200 block of South Chicago Ave. Unknown why but one adult male was taken into custody.
The Winnebago County Coroner has identified the two victims as:
30 year old Phillip Butler
29 year old Trifari Hughes
Rockford police are investigating a double homicide on Rockford Eastside.
It happen approximately 8:30 PM. One victim was located on Hutchins and another victim was located on Pearl. That is located in the neighborhood just east of Swedish American Hospital.
One victim was found deceased at the scene and the other was transported to a nearby hospital where they were pronounced dead. The victims are reported to be in their early 20s, but not yet confirmed.
Sources said between 3 to 6 shots were fired.
At the time of writing this, the Rockford police have yet to release any suspect information. This is still developing
UPDATE: Sources are reporting that the 3rd alleged suspect, 21-year-old Dakota Graff walked into the CJC this afternoon and turned himself into the police. He is currently booked into the Winnebago County Jail.
He is the 3rd alleged suspect in this case.
On Saturday, June 1, 2019, officers from the Rockford Police Department took a Missing Persons/Welfare Check report involving William Pickering, 23. Police made several attempts to locate the individual with no success; however, his vehicle was located near his residence in the 500 block of Fisher Avenue. On June 20, 2019, during the course of the investigation, detectives located several people of interest in the case. The investigation led detectives to 5200 Indianhead Avenue where a crime scene was located. During the course of the investigation, information was obtained that led officers to an undisclosed location in unincorporated Winnebago County where the remains of William Pickering were located.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and authorized the below listed charges against the suspects:
William Arzate, 22: Two counts of first degree murder, One count of concealment of a homicidal death
Manuel Ramirez, 22: One count of concealment of a homicidal death
We are currently looking for other individuals in connection with this case. One of the individuals is wanted on an unrelated warrant – Dakota Graff, 20. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.
The two suspects were lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against the men are merely accusations. They are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
We got an email from William Pickering’s manager. He said: William goes by BillyDaKid079 and is a recording artist. He was formerly know as GMEBE Bandz and EBE Bandz. He is asking the public to help search for William. Please help find him! Not knowing if he’s alive or dead is a lot worse than knowing if he was dead.
UPDATE: RPD will only say they are investigating “Suspicious Activity”
Sources are reporting a scene on the west side near 500 Fisher ave in Rockford. We been told this is a possible murder investigation. But police have yet to release any information on this scene.
RS Source said: “There has been a scene on Fisher and Haskell on the west side all morning. lots of police, police yellow tape and one garage door up with a red vehicle in it. Don t know what’s going on but I live around the corner n I have kids I would like to know if I should be aware of anything. Cop told me “Were doing an investigation” my response was “Well DUH”. They are there n have been there since early this morning Fisher and Haskell”
Note: They been there since at least 10 am this morning, and still on scene as of 6:30 pm. Several sources are reporting it to be a murder scene. RPD has yet to release any information.
We been told the scene is related to the missing man ~ http://rockfordscanner.com/2019/05/31/rockford-scanner-missing-near-rockford-have-you-seen-him/
RS Source said: “Hi my brother has been missing since Sunday morning. He made it home to Rockford with his car in his garage and my aunt and nobody has seen it talked to him since. His home was ransacked and his car is still in garage and he is nowhere to be found please share his photo my brother William Pickering. Thank you god bless”
Scroll down for the video from the scene.
RPD says it was a male victim.
We been told the victim was a female.
On Sunday, May 5th, at around 1:35 A.M., a Rockford man was the victim of an Aggravated Battery with a Firearm when he was struck by a gunshot.
It happened at the Aragona Club at 320 Kent in Rockford.
The victim was transported via ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening wound, and was being held at the hospital for observation.
There was no Suspect description available at the time of this entry. This is an ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to contact the Rockford Police Department, or CrimeStoppers at 815 963 STOP (7867).
There have been numerous Over Doses in the area recently.
The most recent is in the 200 block of Northway Park rd in Machesney Park.
Emergency personnel use narcan to revive the subjects. Many of the subjects who are revived then refuse medical treatment and leave the scene without getting any help to do it again.
Sources said users have said “We can Over Dose and be brought back, so why limit ourselves to what we can do”
Last year an average of 3 people passed away every week in Winnebago County, due to Over Doses.
Fatal Overdoes in Winnebago County
(AP) — Winnebago County in northern Illinois experienced a 28 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in 2018.
Coroner Bill Hintz says 159 people died of overdoses, averaging three such deaths per week last year. In 2017, 124 people died of drug overdoses in the county of about 295,000 people, up from 96 overdose deaths in 2016.
Hintz on Tuesday said fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the three most common drugs found in people who died from a drug overdose. Coroner’s records show fentanyl, an opioid, was found in 102 bodies, heroin in 64 and cocaine in 50.
Hintz estimates about 30 people have died of overdoses in Winnebago County so far this year. He projects if that pace continues the number of fatal overdoses in 2019 might surpass 200.
If you know someone who needs help, here is a list of places that might be able to assist ~ https://www.drugrehab.org/the-best-drug-rehabs/10-best-drug-rehab-centers-in-illinois/winnebago-county/
Source: AP, Winnebago County Coroner, etc…
Victim Speaks Out After Being A Victim Of A Recent Shooting Incident And How The RPD Treated Her Family Poorly
UPDATE: After we posted this, the victim contacted us and said the Rockford Police (LT of Investigations) contacted her after reading about the article on our website and they do plan on investigating this shooting incident more in depth now and are going to have patrols in the area as well for the victim.
RS Fan Angie contacted us after her house was shot up on Thursday night and was frustrated at how the Rockford Police department treated her family after the shooting, and wanted her story to be told.
On Thursday April 25th 2019 a little after 9 PM in the 2800 block of Ashland ave, two suspects went to her house to try to kill her boyfriend. They shot numerous gunshots into her house. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. Just emotional injuries and property damage.
She sent us several photos of the damages.
She said the Rockford Police came to her house to investigate the shooting.
She contacted us initially and said: ” Two men came to my home Thursday evening around 9 pm and proceed to shoot 8 rounds minimum into my home, 2 through my headboard area, then the proceeded to shoot through the living room area blowing holes through the couch, literally blowing the pillows off my couch. This was a planned out attempted murder on my boyfriend who was here that night.”
She said she feels the Rockford Police have treated her family poorly during the process and also she feels they did not properly process the evidence at the scene.
There was 2 crime scene units at her house to gather evidence. She pointed out several gunshot holes with bullets still inside the holes, to the officers.
She said the officers were rude to her and failed to gather the casings and bullets and other evidence while at the scene, that she clearly pointed out to the officers but they refused to gather the evidence.
She said an officer on the scene told her: “This isn’t CSI lady” and how it was not a high enough profile case to gather all the evidence at the scene.
Her family had to literally pull out the bullets from the walls and other areas of the residence, by themselves and had to take it down to the District 1 station.
She took the evidence down to the police station, and the RPD refused to accept it as evidence.
Angie says “I still have slugs in my wall, brought one down here to get their attention and have a cigarette butt from where the shooters were standing…police didn’t want it, like I said two CSI vans where there and they didn’t give one shit. Told me this isn’t high profile enough to even gather all the slugs, let alone the cigarette butt, the threatening texts sent to my boyfriend one hour before the shooting saying “We’re coming for you motherf**ker”
the police just brushed it off.”
She said the officer said they talked to her neighbors, but she went and talked to her neighbors and they said the only thing the officers on scene said to the neighbors was for them to go back into the houses, and never asked them if they saw or knew anything. So the neighbors might know more information, but the police officers on scene did not ask them. Only demanded them to all go inside.
She told the officers who the suspects were and even showed the police the text message the alleged suspects sent just prior to coming over and shooting. The text message said “We’re coming for you motherf**ker”
She said she explained to the officers who the alleged suspects were and the possible motive, and tried to give them the evidence they refused to gather at the scene. (When she was at the District 1 station)
And the officers did not want to take her serious, even though she was the victim and explaining to the officers what had happened and who did the shooting.
She said “The cop who’s name is on the incident report, did everything but flat out call me a liar!”
She told the officers that she was not happy with the way they were treating the case, and she told them she was going to talk to us, and the officers got upset that she was going to make her story public.
She told us when she told the officer she was going to go public with her story: “I was going public to Rockford Scanner with this story. That officer cursed your names hard!”
She said “That’s when I realized that we are going to have to investigate our own attempted murder ourselves and started taking my own pictures.
And I got scolded for that, but I know my rights and the police aren’t going to tell me I can’t take pictures of my own gawd damn house!”
She also says “The district attorney, no one would see me there either until I told them I was going to interview with Rockford Scanner then they sent out a victims advocate who apologized and said the investigation must be ongoing”
“This really sucks and I just can’t believe it even happened, let alone how it went down, then how the police treated me and throwing their garbage in my yard, everything…I’m feeling pretty low on the pole here” Angie says.
Today marks the 4 year anniversary of the devastating EF-4 tornado that ripped through the areas of Rochelle, Fairdale, etc…
The 2015 Rochelle–Fairdale, Illinois tornado was an extremely violent and long-lived tornado that tore through the communities near Rochelle and in Fairdale, Illinois throughout the evening hours of April 9, 2015.
Part of a larger severe weather event that impacted the Central United States, the tornado first touched down in Lee County at 6:39 p.m. CDT (22:39 UTC). It progressed through the counties of Ogle, DeKalb, and Boone before finally dissipating at 7:20 p.m. CDT.
Along the tornado’s 30.14 mi (48.51 km) path, numerous structures were heavily damaged or destroyed, especially in the small town of Fairdale where two fatalities and eleven injuries were recorded.
A few well-constructed homes were swept completely away, indicative of peak winds near 200 mph (320 km/h), the upper bounds of an EF4 tornado.
In the aftermath of the event, hundreds of citizens assisted in cleanup and recovery efforts. Economic losses from the tornado reached $19 million (2015 USD).
The strongest tornado in the United States during 2015 first began at 6:39 p.m. CDT (23:39 UTC) on April 9, just northeast of Franklin Grove, Illinois. It touched down over a field, producing swirls in crops, before moving northeast and causing EF1 damage to the Crest Foods plant.
The tornado soon exited Lee County and entered Ogle County, inflicting EF1 damage to two farm outbuildings that were completely destroyed and EF0 damage to a similar structure that had a portion of its roof uplifted.
Intensifying to EF3 strength, much more severe damage was noted along South Skare Court as the tornado entered an area of semi-rural subdivisions to the northwest of Rochelle.
A few homes in this area were destroyed at EF3 intensity, with other homes nearby sustaining EF2 damage. One large house had a room ripped off on its second floor, while a split-level home was almost completely leveled.
As the tornado crossed South Richard Road, it intensified to very high-end EF4 strength and inflicted catastrophic damage to several large homes as it impacted the Deer Creek subdivision.
Well-built homes along South Richard Road and East Kuehl Court were leveled and swept from their foundations with debris strewn downwind. Several vehicles parked at these residences were moved some distance or tossed, and wind rowing of debris occurred.
One house had its concrete walkway pulled a few inches from its original location, and notable scouring of lawn grass was observed in the subdivision. These structures were estimated to have been impacted by winds near 200 mph (320 km/h), the upper bound of an EF4 tornado.
The homes swept away in this area were bolted to their foundations and there is some speculation that the tornado may have reached EF5 intensity at this point, though close inspection revealed that some of the washers were missing from the anchor bolts, and that low-lying shrubbery near the homes was left mostly intact, preventing a higher rating.
Continuing northeast, the tornado temporarily weakened, producing EF2 to EF3 damage as it destroyed a few large barns or outbuildings, ripped the roof off two brick residences, and collapsed most walls of another house, but once again gained strength as it approached and crossed Illinois Route 64. A large restaurant and a residence had their exterior walls collapsed in this area.
Very high-end EF4 damage was again observed near the intersection of Illinois Route 64 and Illinois Route 251, where a row of five homes was completely leveled, two of which were swept away.
Anchor bolts were again present at these residences, though the foundations were of cinder-block construction. Intense ground scouring was evident nearby, a car was thrown a full mile, and debris was wind-rowed long distances through fields in this area.
Winds were again estimated at around 200 mph (320 km/h), with the damage at this location again being near-EF5 in intensity. Further to the northeast, the tornado inflicted high-end EF4 damage as a large farmstead was completely destroyed.
A well-constructed barn was completely obliterated, and a 40 ft (12 m) reinforced concrete silo was reduced to a pile of rubble. A large farmhouse on the property was completely swept away, and nearby trees were severely stripped and debarked.
The tornado weakened as it crossed North Moore Road, where a warehouse building had a collapse of its non-bearing exterior walls. One small barn or outbuilding had a collapse of exterior walls while another had a few metal roof panels ripped off. After crossing Interstate 39, it caused moderate roof damage to a large residence and tossed and rolled a heavy barn.
The tornado continued to produce generally EF1 damage to trees and outbuildings before exiting Ogle County, and it was briefly accompanied by an EF0 satellite tornado that damaged crops to its southeast.
Approximately 71 homes sustained some degree of damage, including 13 that were destroyed. Several houses on the northwest side of town sustained damage consistent with an upper-end EF3 tornado, with all walls collapsed. A few houses that were nailed to the foundation—not bolted—were swept clean.
A 67-year-old woman and her 69-year-old neighbor were both killed in their homes, and an additional 11 people were injured throughout the town.
Continuing northeast across Wheeler Road, one residence had a large portion of its roof ripped off, a second residence had its exterior walls collapsed, and a two-story 80-year-old well-constructed barn was destroyed.
A large garage was destroyed and had its debris deposited well downstream, and significant denuding and debarking of trees was evident. Near the intersection of Irene Road and McNeal Road, a well-built seven-year-old house lost its second story and many exterior walls.
A two-story well-built barn with cinder block attachment was totally destroyed, and a nearby two-story rebar-reinforced cinder block silo was ripped apart.
Large farm equipment was tossed 0.25–0.5 mi (0.40–0.80 km), and convergent scouring of road pavement was noted in this area.
After passing over rural terrain, the tornado finally dissipated at 7:20 p.m. CDT (00:20 UTC) over Cherry Valley Road, ending its 30.14 mi (48.51 km) and 41-minute path of destruction.
NWS DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR 04/09/15 TORNADO EVENT... NWS METEOROLOGISTS HAVE NOW CONFIRMED SEVEN TORNADOES ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS FROM THE EVENING OF APRIL 9. NWS CHICAGO WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS APPRECIATION TO NASA SPORT FOR THE SATELLITE IMAGERY...NOAA REMOTE SENSING DIVISION FOR THE HIGH RESOLUTION AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY...THE CIVIL AIR PATROL FOR AREAL PHOTOGRAPHY...AS WELL AS THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE AND THE MCHENRY COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR THEIR AERIAL DAMAGE PHOTOS AS WELL. ALL OF THIS REMOTE SENSING DATA ALONG WITH THE GROUND SURVEYS WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN IDENTIFYING THE TORNADO PATHS LISTED BELOW AS WELL AS THE DAMAGE INTENSITY. THE FIRST TORNADO WAS SPAWNED OVER FAR SOUTHEAST WINNEBAGO COUNTY INTO BOONE COUNTY BY THE FIRST SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM...WHILE THE NEXT SIX TORNADOES FORMED FROM ONE POWERFUL AND LONG DURATION SUPERCELL STORM...INCLUDING THE VIOLENT LONG TRACK EF-4 FROM NORTHERN LEE COUNTY...THROUGH OGLE AND DEKALB COUNTIES...AND ENDING IN FAR SOUTHERN BOONE COUNTY. THE TORNADO COUNT FROM THE APRIL 9TH EVENT FOR THE NWS CHICAGO COUNTY WARNING AREA STANDS AS FOLLOWS... EF-4: 1 EF-1: 3 EF-0: 3 TORNADOES WERE ON THE GROUND FOR A TOTAL OF 43.5 MILES ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS. HERE IS A LISTING OF THE CONFIRMED TORNADOES... .TORNADO 1... RATING: EF-0 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 65 MPH PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 2.8 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 25 YARDS FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 START DATE: APRIL 09 2015 START TIME:6:37 PM CDT START LOCATION: 2.9 MILES S CHERRY VALLEY START LAT/LON: 42.1926/-88.9548 END DATE: APRIL 09 2015 END TIME:6:40 PM CDT END LOCATION: 2.5 MILES SE CHERRY VALLEY END_LAT/LON: 42.2174/-88.9106 AN EMERGENCY MANAGER AND TRAINED SPOTTERS PHOTOGRAPHED A TORNADO THAT TOUCHED DOWN SOUTH OF CHERRY VALLEY. THE TORNADO DID NOT PRODUCE ANY DAMAGE. .TORNADO 2... RATING: EF-4 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 200 MPH PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 30.2 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 700 YARDS FATALITIES: 2 INJURIES: 22 START DATE:APRIL 09 2015 START TIME:6:39 PM CDT START LOCATION:0.9 MILES NE FRANKLIN GROVE START LAT/LON: 41.8530/-89.2896 END DATE:APRIL 09 2015 END TIME:7:20 PM CDT END LOCATION:5 NNW KIRKLAND END LAT/LON: 42.1623/-88.8792 THIS LONG TRACKED VIOLENT TORNADO DESTROYED NUMEROUS HOMES AND FARMSTEADS...AS WELL AS TOSSED VEHICLES...ALONG ITS PATH FROM NORTH CENTRAL LEE COUNTY ACROSS EASTERN OGLE...NORTHWEST DEKALB...INTO EXTREME SOUTHERN BOONE COUNTY. THIS INCLUDED ACROSS THE FAR NORTHWEST SIDE OF ROCHELLE...ACROSS INTERSTATE 39...AND DIRECTLY THROUGH FAIRDALE.
|Path Segments of the EF-4 Tornado|
.TORNADO 3... RATING: EF-0 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 65 MPH PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 1.9 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 100 YARDS FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 START DATE:APRIL 09 2015 START TIME:7:05 PM CDT START LOCATION:2.9 MILES E LINDENWOOD START LAT/LON: 42.0583/-88.9752 END DATE:APRIL 09 2015 END TIME:7:08 PM CDT END LOCATION:4.6 ENE LINDENWOOD END LAT/LON: 42.0739/-88.9457 THIS BRIEF SATELLITE TORNADO OVER FAR EASTERN OGLE COUNTY WAS CONFIRMED USING AERIAL SURVEY INFORMATION AND RADAR DATA.
.TORNADO 4... RATING: EF-1 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 110 MPH PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 4.0 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 100 YARDS FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 START DATE: APRIL 09 2015 START TIME: 7:15 PM CDT START LOCATION: 3.1 MILES NW KIRKLAND START LAT/LON: 42.1334/-88.8776 END DATE: APRIL 09 2015 END TIME: 7:21 PM CDT END LOCATION: 6 MILES S BELVIDERE END_LAT/LON: 42.1786/-88.8287 THIS TORNADO PATH WAS IDENTIFIED USING STORM CHASER VIDEO...GROUND SURVEY AND AERIAL SURVEY INFORMATION. THE TORNADO FORMED IN FAR NORTHWEST DEKALB COUNTY AND LIFTED IN FAR SOUTHERN BOONE COUNTY.
.TORNADO 5... RATING: EF-0 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 85 MPH PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.4 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 30 YARDS FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 START DATE: APRIL 09 2015 START TIME:7:24 PM CDT START LOCATION: 3.8 MILES S BELVIDERE START LAT/LON: 42.2073/-88.8425 END DATE: APRIL 09 2015 END TIME: 7:25 PM CDT END LOCATION: 3.9 MILES S BELVIDERE END_LAT/LON: 42.2020/-88.8465 THIS TORNADO WAS SPAWNED BY THE SAME STORM THAT PRODUCED THE LONG TRACK EF-4 SHORTLY AFTER THAT TORNADO LIFTED.
.TORNADO 6... RATING: EF-1 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 110 MPH PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 3.9 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 50 YARDS FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 START DATE: APRIL 09 2015 START TIME:7:25 PM CDT START LOCATION: 6 MILES SE BELVIDERE START LAT/LON: 42.2442/-88.7386 END DATE: APRIL 09 2015 END TIME:7:31 PM CDT END LOCATION: 5.6 MILES ESE BELVIDERE END_LAT/LON: 42.1942/-88.7748 THIS TORNADO WAS SPAWNED BY THE SAME STORM THAT PRODUCED THE LONG TRACK EF-4 SHORTLY AFTER THAT TORNADO LIFTED.
.TORNADO 7... RATING: EF-1 ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 90 MPH PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 0.3 MILES PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 30 YARDS FATALITIES: 0 INJURIES: 0 START DATE: APRIL 09 2015 START TIME: 7:50 PM CDT START LOCATION: 4.4 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF HARVARD START LAT/LON: 42.3982/-88.5309 END DATE: APRIL 09 2015 END TIME:7:51 PM CDT END LOCATION: 4.6 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF HARVARD END_LAT/LON: 42.4019/-88.5272 THIS BRIEF TORNADO SNAPPED AND UPROOTED 6 TO 7 TREES AT A PROPERTY ON MCGUIRE ROAD SOUTHEAST OF HARVARD THEN CAUSED MINOR TREE DAMAGE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ROAD BEFORE ENDING.
EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES. EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH NOTE: THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA. $$ NWS CHICAGO
Aerial Damage Photos
|Landsat-8 Satellite image clearly showing the track of the tornado (Darkened line area northwest of Rochelle, IL)|
|Northwest Rochelle Tornado Damage (Courtesy Civil Air Patrol)||Northwest Rochelle Tornado Damage (Courtesy Civil Air Patrol)|
|Another view of damage to a neighborhood northwest of Rochelle showing high-end EF-4 impacts to homes.
(Courtesy Air-One and photographer Dave Youngblut)
|Fairdale (Courtesy Civil Air Patrol)||Aerial of Fairdale looking Northeast. Courtesy of NGS/NOAA|
Ground Damage Photos
|Northwest Side of Rochelle||North of Rochelle|
|Fairdale Area||Fairdale Area|
|East of Dixon. This is the base of the storm that would soon thereafter produce the long-lived tornado that would track into Ogle and DeKalb Counties. Courtesy of Lora Ludwig.|
|Near Ashton. Courtesy of PBrooks Photography.|
|Looking northwest of Rochelle. Courtesy of Dean Schultz.||Large hail at McHenry Country Club. Courtesy of Jeff Grubich.|
|Near I-39 Looking North of Rochelle. Courtesy of Jodi Mair.|
|Near I-39. Courtesy of Walker Ashley.|
|Near Hillcrest. Courtesy of Larissa Sebree.|
|Radar loop from 3:30 pm – 8:45 pm on April 9, 2015|
The four panel radar images below display: radar reflectivity (top left), radar storm relative velocities from two different radars (top right and bottom right) and Correlation Coefficient (CC). Storm relative velocity tells us if a storm has rotation. The green colors in the imagery represent winds blowing towards the radar, while the red colors indicate winds blowing away from the radar. Therefore, strong rotation can be inferred in the storms showing bright red colors directly adjacent to bright green colors in the storm relative velocity images. This is also the area of the storm where the tornado is most likely to be occurring. Reflectivity and storm relative velocity used together with CC data can indicate the presence of debris resulting from a tornado. In basic terms CC is the correlation between the reflected horizontal and vertical power returns that the dual pol weather radar provides. CC data tends to be near one with most precipitation type echoes. Therefore, when the CC data is found to be very low (represented by the blue colors), it suggests that the radar is not sampling precipitation.
Notice that in the second radar four panel for the Franklin Grove to Margeno supercell time stamped 6:59 pm that a clear area of low CC data (Blue area) is identifiable within the radar reflective hook echo just north of Rochelle. This area also corresponds with the area of strong rotation as noticed in the storm relative velocity image in the top right. The Low CC in this area tells the radar operator that the strong reflectiveives within the hook echo in the top left panel is not precipitation, but is actually the radar seeing the debris being lofted from a tornado.
|Near Rockford Airport to Cherry Valley to Harvard Supercell|
|6:37 pm||6:52 pm|
|Franklin Grove to Fairdale to Belvidere to Margeno Supercell|
|6:45 pm||6:59 pm|
|7:15 pm||7:29 pm|
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I have that saying from Poltergeist in my head as I post this.
“IT’s Back” Yup, more snowfall is in our forecast and is currently falling if you take a look out your window. Are you ready for more snow?
Snow returns to the area today with a few inches possible by Monday morning. Highest amounts are expected across far northern Illinois with lower amounts farther south and southeast. Snow will end for most of the area overnight, except for areas near Lake Michigan in far northeast Illinois which will see lake effect snow showers develop. Lake effect snow shifts into northwest Indiana around midday Monday.
Light to moderate snow will continue to slowly spread northeast across the region this morning. Visibility will be reduced to under a mile at times, and roads will become snow covered and slippery. Use extra caution if travelling this morning.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT
TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT CST SUNDAY NIGHT
* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches
expected, with a few locally higher amounts of 5 inches possible.
* WHERE…Portions of north central Illinois.
* WHEN…From midnight tonight to midnight CST Sunday night.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads
and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
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Video by the Dupage County Sheriff Dept. about the murder of Michael Armendariz and the arrest of Ernest Collins, Cassandra Green and Candice Jones. They are charged in the death of Michael Armendariz
Full details at https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-naperville-murder-arrest-st-0210-story.html