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Posted 23 April 2015 - 02:40 PM

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Andrew at The Weather Centre is calling it quits...

http://theweathercentre.blogspot.com/

I have a ton of respect for this young lad.  I wonder if Scott knows him or if he goes to the same High School as Scott in Buffalo Grove.  Great story and wish him the best of luck in College and his future endeavors!  Now that Andrew has revealed who he is, I'm sure he has inspired our younger generation that have been following his Blog.  Kudos to him on his accomplishments.



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Posted 23 April 2015 - 02:52 PM

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Getting closer....

 

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 06:28 PM

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That stinks that Andrew is shutting his weather blog down. I can getting too busy with college and everything though. Takes a lot of energy and time to keep a web site running and up-to-date.

 

Already down near frost levels here.  


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018 moisture: 41.76", 2019: 15.32", 6/12

 

2018-2019 winter snowfall total: 29.5"

2017-2018: 9.0", 2016-2017: 14.0"

Weather station/wx cam:
http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2

https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history


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Posted 23 April 2015 - 08:21 PM

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I have a ton of respect for this young lad.  I wonder if Scott knows him or if he goes to the same High School as Scott in Buffalo Grove.  Great story and wish him the best of luck in College and his future endeavors!  Now that Andrew has revealed who he is, I'm sure he has inspired our younger generation that have been following his Blog.  Kudos to him on his accomplishments.

I found him on Facebook and he goes to Buffalo Grove High School while I go to Stevenson. I have read his blog so many times I always assumed he was at least a college-level student. His meteorological knowledge is extremely impressive and probably past the point I'm at right now. I'm going to message him on Facebook and see if he maybe wants to go to a Meteorology club meeting at Stevenson(despite him going to BG high school).


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 06:39 AM

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I will miss that blog!


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:48 AM

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Didn't he used to post here somewhat regularly?

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 09:29 AM

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Heard ORD tied the record low of 29F this morning...Saw this post on FB from the NWS in Chicago:

 

Relative humidity values as of 11 am:

Albuquerque, NM: 65% 
Phoenix, AZ: 65% 
Las Vegas, NV: 40% 
El Paso, TX: 34% 
Rockford, IL: 21%
Valparaiso, IN: 21% 
Chicago, IL: 19%.

 

I confirm that it is more humid than normal out here!  Just had a nice intense shower roll on through.  When it rains out here in the deserts, it's almost like a holiday.  Now the sun has broken out and it feels like the wx back home.



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 09:34 AM

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This storm developing over the Plains today and rolling through the Midwest tomorrow reminds me of the SB storm.  Similar track and intensity.  If this was during Winter, it would be a major snowstorm.  Some heavy rainfall coming for the Midwest...


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 12:20 PM

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this dry air is getting really old, feels like I'm in Denver.

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 12:38 PM

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Just got back in from the pool and took advantage of some sun and had good window to soak up some rays.  Another storm cloud rolling through here.  I miss seeing cumulonimbus clouds develop.  Doesn't happen often around here so its neat to see when it does.

 

Looks like the first 80's east of the Mississippi are likely as we flip the Calendar and head into May.  The April showers are going spring up some May flowers finally and people may start thinking about preparing their gardens soon.  CFSv2/GEFS/ECMWF all in agreement.  Bring it!  Time to fly back home next week.



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 01:05 PM

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this dry air is getting really old, feels like I'm in Denver.

 

I bet it does Panama Red  :huh:



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 01:09 PM

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12z Euro Ensembles hold that ridge strong over near the Lakes Day 10-15.  Red paint bomb over a large area of the central/eastern CONUS.  True summer time air finally will make it's presence.  



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 01:16 PM

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27° this morning for a low again. Had some ice on the edges of the pond and plenty of frost to go around. 

Now in the low 40s and raining. 

 

And sleeting...


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018 moisture: 41.76", 2019: 15.32", 6/12

 

2018-2019 winter snowfall total: 29.5"

2017-2018: 9.0", 2016-2017: 14.0"

Weather station/wx cam:
http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2

https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 02:32 PM

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Currently getting some light snow

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 03:52 PM

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We were just supposed to get some nuisance showers this afternoon ahead of the main system late tonight and tomorrow.  Instead, a nice area of showers and storms developed and back-built across east-central Iowa.  I have received almost an inch of rain.  Now, all I need from the main show tomorrow morning is 0.30" to reach 5.00" for the month.  We had 1" of precip over the previous several weeks.


season snowfall: 50.2"

 

'17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:30 PM

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not too bad 

 

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:54 PM

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0.23" of rain here today. This evening feels more like late February or early March. Just cold and damp outside.

Month is running below normal now.

 

Dipping below normal now...

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Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018 moisture: 41.76", 2019: 15.32", 6/12

 

2018-2019 winter snowfall total: 29.5"

2017-2018: 9.0", 2016-2017: 14.0"

Weather station/wx cam:
http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2

https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 05:32 AM

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0.23" of rain here today. This evening feels more like late February or early March. Just cold and damp outside.
Month is running below normal now.
 
Dipping below normal now...
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That doesn't really mean anything, water tempe are barely below normal, and they should warm up pretty quickly by next week.

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 08:01 AM

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Hello Summer...I see you coming...next weekend is looking really nice, esp Sunday (Polish Independence day).

 



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Posted 25 April 2015 - 09:22 AM

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I only picked up 0.12" of rain this morning as the main system dried out as it moved north of I-80.  My final April rainfall total will be 4.93".


season snowfall: 50.2"

 

'17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"


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Posted 25 April 2015 - 12:43 PM

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Talk about a Red Paint Bomb (the only time of year they are enjoyable)...

 

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 04:23 PM

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I sure hope next weekend is warmer! This cold cloudy weather is old now.

 

High of 43° today with a trace of rain. Filtered Sun peaked out for like 10 minutes this afternoon - other than that, gusty East winds and clouds.


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018 moisture: 41.76", 2019: 15.32", 6/12

 

2018-2019 winter snowfall total: 29.5"

2017-2018: 9.0", 2016-2017: 14.0"

Weather station/wx cam:
http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2

https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history


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Posted 27 April 2015 - 09:34 AM

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you all ready for some zonal?

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 03:05 PM

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The "Super Bowl" part of the LRC already showing up mid nxt week.  Let's see if it could wind up to be a significant rain/severe weather system.



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Posted 28 April 2015 - 09:25 AM

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Friday/Saturday may be the only real nice day near the Lakes, models starting to show a lot of rain cooled air in the extended.  Ensembles showing a very wet pattern and this may be the pattern through the summer.  Hard to get heat waves to build on wet grounds.



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Posted 28 April 2015 - 11:06 AM

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We need a May thread.



#277
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Posted 28 April 2015 - 11:31 AM

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We need a May thread.

Good call...done.



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Posted 28 April 2015 - 11:53 AM

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You can still get heat with wet soils (2010, 2011) it just won't be quite as extreme. Would be more of a humid heat rather than the extreme dry heat we saw in 2012 and the dust bowl years.

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 11:58 AM

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You can still get heat with wet soils (2010, 2011) it just won't be quite as extreme. Would be more of a humid heat rather than the extreme dry heat we saw in 2012 and the dust bowl years.

I'm betting on a rain cooled atmosphere May-July, August may be a month when it can get toasty and humid in this region.  Late summer heat can be expected as the jet reaches its weakest point and climatologically speaking, it usually brings the warmest air of the season anyway.



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Posted 28 April 2015 - 12:37 PM

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We don't need it to be as wet as last year (blew away the old June rainfall record), but modestly cooler and wetter than average wouldn't be bad at all.  I'm sure my broccoli and beets would like some cool temps.


season snowfall: 50.2"

 

'17-18: 39.5"      '16-17: 17.9"      '15-16: 20.0"      '14-15: 30.4"      '13-14: 48.3"      '12-13: 34.1"

 

Average snowfall: ~30"


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Posted 28 April 2015 - 12:42 PM

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We don't need it to be as wet as last year (blew away the old June rainfall record), but modestly cooler and wetter than average wouldn't be bad at all.  I'm sure my broccoli and beets would like some cool temps.

I don't mind a wet summer with active storms.  It also beats watering your garden opposed to natural rainfall (if you believe in true organic crops).  BTW, I love beets!



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Posted 28 April 2015 - 05:59 PM

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Good call...done.

I can't believe its almost May! Got my new rain gauge ready to go. I've missed some spring rainfall already.


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Posted 28 April 2015 - 07:21 PM

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Every day this week the forecasted high has busted too high. It's been sunny, but it's barely getting above 50°. There's been frost every morning since last Wednesday, except Friday.

 

Need some sustained warmth to help the trees push out their leaves!


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018 moisture: 41.76", 2019: 15.32", 6/12

 

2018-2019 winter snowfall total: 29.5"

2017-2018: 9.0", 2016-2017: 14.0"

Weather station/wx cam:
http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2

https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history


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Posted 29 April 2015 - 04:26 AM

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Every day this week the forecasted high has busted too high. It's been sunny, but it's barely getting above 50°. There's been frost every morning since last Wednesday, except Friday.

Need some sustained warmth to help the trees push out their leaves!

That's because you live close to the lake, and probably the worst area that receives all the cooling effects of the lake (can't think of any worse place to live during the spring than UGN or RAC). Areas further inland like Rockford have been well into the 60s each day.

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 05:43 AM

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That's because you live close to the lake, and probably the worst area that receives all the cooling effects of the lake (can't think of any worse place to live during the spring than UGN or RAC). Areas further inland like Rockford have been well into the 60s each day.

 

Yeah I know I do. Sheboygan is another spot that takes for ever to get sustained warmth. The onshore winds need to stop for several days! 

I see a lot of fog over this way in the mid to late spring. So I know those days are coming soon. Air has been too dry so far.


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018 moisture: 41.76", 2019: 15.32", 6/12

 

2018-2019 winter snowfall total: 29.5"

2017-2018: 9.0", 2016-2017: 14.0"

Weather station/wx cam:
http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2

https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history


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Posted 29 April 2015 - 11:30 AM

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Yeah I know I do. Sheboygan is another spot that takes for ever to get sustained warmth. The onshore winds need to stop for several days! 
I see a lot of fog over this way in the mid to late spring. So I know those days are coming soon. Air has been too dry so far.

It's strange how UGN is coming in warmer than ORD at the moment though despite a NE flow :huh:

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 02:18 PM

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It's strange how UGN is coming in warmer than ORD at the moment though despite a NE flow :huh:

 

It was probably due to more clouds at ORD. It reached 59° briefly... now at 49°.


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018 moisture: 41.76", 2019: 15.32", 6/12

 

2018-2019 winter snowfall total: 29.5"

2017-2018: 9.0", 2016-2017: 14.0"

Weather station/wx cam:
http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2

https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history


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Posted 30 April 2015 - 07:51 AM

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Hopefully this is the last day with temps in the 40s. Raw day out there with NNE/N winds gusting to 25mph.


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018 moisture: 41.76", 2019: 15.32", 6/12

 

2018-2019 winter snowfall total: 29.5"

2017-2018: 9.0", 2016-2017: 14.0"

Weather station/wx cam:
http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2

https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history


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Posted 30 April 2015 - 01:42 PM

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60 and sunny out this way...so far mets have busted low everyday this week out here.used to live by the lake...Didn't even know what spring was till I moved away from it.

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 05:59 AM

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Usually I get away for a time in the spring, but not this year. With the exception of March 2012, the most consistent warm stretches I've been in this early in the season have been spent down south or to the west.

 

Month ended up about -0.6° from normal. Wet month also - almost 4".


Finn Hill, elevation: 460 ft
2018 moisture: 41.76", 2019: 15.32", 6/12

 

2018-2019 winter snowfall total: 29.5"

2017-2018: 9.0", 2016-2017: 14.0"

Weather station/wx cam:
http://map.bloomsky....qBxp6apnJSnqqm2

https://www.wundergr...OTHE144#history