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By: juslivn, 6:45 PM GMT on April 30, 2010

May 25: We have some storms in the area. Will post alerts as possible, and an updated NOAA discussion after returning to the office soon. Alerts will be in the blog.


May 23: Wow It's HOT! Today and tomorrow, highs in the upper 80's. Chance of storms possible tomorrow and Tuesday. The Chain is JUST PACKED with boats! There were at least 30 boats in the channel from Pistakee to Fox Lake going under the Rt. 12 bridge. Let the craziness begin. (No thank you, not for me today!) Winds are really gusty at 15 mph, with gusts upwards of 20. There's some good chop out there, not to mention a ton of wake bouncing folks around.
The Lower River is Open.

May 20: A bit of rain tonight late, and on and off tomorrow. Then returning to warm and beautiful for the weekend!


May 19: Updated 8:15 pm cst (Change in Status for the Chain: Lower river still no wake, but upper river and lakes are open)

Looks to be very nice weather on tap for our area through the weekend. Maybe a few showers tomorrow night, but for the most part, warming temperatures and beautiful conditions. Enjoy!

Chain O'Lakes Note: It appears the Upper Lakes of the Chain and the Upper River is open and only the lower River is no wake still. Let's hope levels continue to come down even with a bit of additional rainfall.
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(Just including first part of the discussion this morning):
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
601 AM CDT WED MAY 19 2010

.DISCUSSION...
314 AM CDT

THE NEXT CHANCE OF RAIN FOR THE REGION THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY
NIGHT...FOLLOWED BY MODERATING TEMPERATURE TO SUMMER-LIKE WARMTH FOR
THE WEEKEND INTO THE EARLY PART OF NEXT WEEK WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE
MAIN ISSUES FOR THIS MORNINGS FORECAST...(link to rest of discussion below)

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May 16: (My daughter's birthday) It appears rain will stay to our south and temps will become a bit warmer next week. Cooler temperatures by the Lake.
Part of the NOAA forecast discussion:

FORECAST SOUNDINGS AND TIME/HEIGHT SECTIONS CONTINUE
TO INDICATE THAT MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES WILL BE MARGINAL AT BEST
FOR MUCH IN THE WAY OF THUNDER...SO HAVE CONTINUED TO INDICATE
ONLY CHANCE MENTION ACROSS SOUTHERN PARTS OF CWA WHERE BETTER
FORCING WILL REMAIN. THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHERN
IL WHICH SAW 2-3 INCHES OF RAIN AND RESULTING RIVER FLOODING FROM
HEAVY RAINS OF LAST WEEK.


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May 14/15: Flood warnings continue for area rivers. My husband was interviewed for the Chicago Tribune and will post when I see the article concerning yesterday's flooding. The gage for the Des Plaines River at Des Plaines was showing an 8' reading at 5:45 am this morning and several phone calls came in. However, it appeared this gage was not correct and correction was made later in the morning. Moderate stage flooding occurs at 8.0 and at the present time, the gage is corrected at 7.17'. Flood of record is 10.9'. Flood stage is 5.0'

For the Fox River, the levels are receeding however, they are still cautioning with a flood warning set to expire at 10 am tomorrow morning. Algonquin is reading 1.95', flood stage is 3'. Upstream in McHenry at the McHenry Lock and Dam the reading is 4.24' and flood stage is 4'.

The Chain of Lakes and the Fox River is entirely 'no wake' currently for boaters. The waters are not expected to crest until Sunday, so no changes in the no-wake status are foreseen through the weekend. You can find the Fox Waterway Agency on Facebook, where they update the status regularly.

We may see the potential for more rain late Sunday night, Monday morning.

Official Noaa Statements for Fox River and Des Plaines:
Flood Warning
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
955 AM CDT FRI MAY 14 2010

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN
ILLINOIS...

FOX RIVER AT ALGONQUIN AFFECTING KANE AND MCHENRY COUNTIES

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN
ILLINOIS...

FOX RIVER AT MONTGOMERY AFFECTING KANE AND KENDALL COUNTIES

Flood Warning
FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
942 AM CDT FRI MAY 14 2010

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN
ILLINOIS...

DES PLAINES RIVER AT RUSSELL AFFECTING LAKE COUNTY
DES PLAINES RIVER NEAR GURNEE AFFECTING LAKE COUNTY
DES PLAINES RIVER AT LINCOLNSHIRE AFFECTING LAKE COUNTY
DES PLAINES RIVER NEAR DES PLAINES AFFECTING COOK COUNTY
DES PLAINES RIVER AT RIVERSIDE AFFECTING COOK COUNTY


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May 13: Flood warnings are still in effect even though we are drying out a bit up north. There is just a slight risk of a thunderstorm as the cold front passes our way, according to the Hazardous Weather Outlook from the NWS. But it states our chances have dimished considerably (phew)

Statement as of 4:01 PM CDT on May 13, 2010


The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a

* Flood Warning for small streams in...
southern Boone County in north central Illinois...
DeKalb County in north central Illinois...
Lee County in north central Illinois...
Ogle County in north central Illinois...
southern Winnebago County in north central Illinois...
northwestern Cook County in northeast Illinois...
northern Kane County in northeast Illinois...
Southern Lake County in northeast Illinois...
southern McHenry County in northeast Illinois...

* until 1000 am CDT Friday...

* at 357 PM CDT... law enforcement... the public... and Highway
department officials report that some flooding is ongoing across
portions of north central Illinois... east into portions of the
northern and western suburbs of Chicago. No significant additional
rainfall is expected... however continuing runoff from Wednesday
nights rainfall will keep many creeks and streams elevated and in
some cases out of their banks through tonight.



May 10 thru the week: NOAA DISCUSSION

Heavy Rainfall Possible This Week
An active weather pattern is in store for the upcoming week with periods of showers and thunderstorms that will have the potential to produce some heavy rainfall across the area. A pair of upper level disturbances will affect much of the central part of the country this week. The first of these disturbances will approach northern Illinois and northwest Indiana Monday night bringing rain and some thunderstorms, especially from Monday evening through Tuesday morning. Another storm system currently across the Pacific Ocean will drop southeastward into the southwest United States and is expected to take a very similar track to the first system and lift northeast into the region bringing another round of rain and thunderstorms with another potential of heavy rainfall Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

After this second wave moves through on Thursday, weekly rainfall totals across the area are expected to range from 1 to 3 inches, with some localized higher amounts possible.
National Weather Service
Chicago, IL Weather Forecast Office

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Video Travelogue of Chicago 1948. Pretty neat.
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Updated: 7:07 PM GMT on May 25, 2010

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The Windy City

By: juslivn, 2:49 PM GMT on April 06, 2010

April 30: (12:45 pm CST) NWS has issued several watch areas to our west in Iowa and NW into Wisconsin. As of yet, IL is not in the watch area, but I expect us to be included any time now. I will post as I can in the comments. It may skirt around us, but, keep an eye on the sky in Chi!



April 29 - Wind Advisory (will post updates in comments) It also appears up North by the Wisconsin border we have a small storm heading our way in McHenry county (at the moment) 9am CST.

We are entering a period of storms in the next couple of days and I will try to post alerts and warnings as possible. Please keep a NOAA radio on hand and please pay close attention in the next few days for severe weather here in Chicagoland and Southern Wisconsin.

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********April 27-28:

Frost advisory tonight. Details and updates as needed below in comments.********

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Part of this past weekend's trip: Gone Fishing!

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April 22 - 25: Looks like we are setting up for some days of rain. Thankfully, the Noaa discussion says due to our dry conditions for the past few weeks, the ground should be able to absorb locally heavy rainfall and not flood.

I have posted the discussion below in a regular post for the next few days.


Jack frost may be nipping at our flowers once again!
April 21:
Tonight: Patchy frost after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 34. East northeast wind between 10 and 15 mph.

Thursday: Patchy frost before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 58. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.
(from Noaa 4/21/10 4:50 p.m.)


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April 19: Long day, and I'm getting slap happy now:

ONE RINGY DINGY, TWO RINGY DINGIES...

"Yello? This is Mother Nature, what can I get for you?"

N. IL: "Well, Yello 'Ma, I'll have about a 1/4 inch of rain for Northern Illinois please.

Ma - "How would you like that?"

N. IL: "Well, slow, soft, Hold the lightning please.

Ma- "What time would be good for you?

N. IL: "Well about 1 am to 4 am would be good. Thanx! Oh, hold the wind, too...thanks Ma!

Ma - "Ohhh, we are on backorder with the rain, won't be possible until about Friday, and even then can't guarantee it. 30% chance."

N. IL: "FRIDAY! Darn...Okay Dokey Ma, guess I'll go drag out the hose. Lighten up on those poor peeps down South would ya!"

Ma - "Thank you for shopping with Mother Nature, where the motto has always been: Don't mess with me!"


:) Off to water! (Ok, hey...do I get the WU cornball award?)

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April 17: Frost Alert For Chicagoland Saturday Night until 7 AM Sunday Morning


April 16: Well, Camelot has come to an end for the week, and we are back to April like weather. There is actually a wind chill alert of 24 degrees for the Rockford area, (N. Central IL) and we are expecting some gusts off the lake from the N.
I will be downtown tomorrow evening, next to the Lake at the Field Museum. It may be a very blustery evening!



April 13 -Camelot continues in Northern IL with just a threat of Showers or Thunder off and on. Mostly sunny with mild temperatures for the remainder of the week, cooler in the Northern Suburbs by the lake.
Did we skip April?

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Tribute to the Poland's Tragedy

I'll leave this blog up as the First Lady of Poland was brought back to Polish soil yesterday, and more services continue throughout the week.

Friday, WTTW's sister radion station WFMT from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be playing a tribute of Polish music by Polish composers all day. http://www.wfmt.com/main.taf?p=4,5,8

WTTW Chicago Tonight has had extended and touching coverage of local Chicago Polish memorials and tributes. Link to April 12 evening report.

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Mourners left flowers and other items this morning at a monument in Niles commemorating the Katyn Massacre. Wojciech Seweryn spearheaded the effort to erect the monument and died in the plane crash this morning that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski. The monument sits at the entrance to St. Adalbert Cemetery. (Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune)
Link to this story in the Chicago Tribune:

Plane crash victims include local Polish artist
Link

Chicago has the second largest polish population in the world, second to Warsaw and Warsaw is a sister city to Chicago. (The only sister city Chicago has ever had)
Prayers and condolences to all the families of the victims, and to the people of Poland.

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April 10: Absolutely beautiful out there!!! Maybe cold later but I'll take this now! Off to prune and see what I can find in the yard. Then work. Open houses should be good here today and tomorrow with this weather.

April 8: Snow? I'm just not looking at the forecast, because I'm in denial. Snow and mixed for us here. 36 at 8 am. Very cold. The deer were here this morning off the back deck while I was walking Molly. The last time I saw them was when it was below zero in mid-winter.

April 5: It's been quite active here with wx in the past 24 hours. Expecting the possibility of more storms later today and possible tomorrow. So until it calms down a bit, will just post some updates to the storms passing through as time permits.

Thoughts go to the miners and their families In WV. Prayers for the earthquake areas, as always.

(Oh, here's some local pics of flowers and Spring in Northern Illinois. Plus, Molly, my son's American Bulldog puppy--cute, funny pics)

Stay safe all!






The Railroad Ties Came Out Today. Tim's Landscaping Project. All the rocks came from around the yard with exception of a few from a friend. Very inexpensive fix. There is a berm there you sort of can't see. I usually mulch and plant annuals in the bed between the rock wall and the sidewalk.

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Updated: 5:50 PM GMT on April 30, 2010

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About juslivn

Located by the Fox River and Chain of Lakes in Northern Il. We boat, fish, love the outdoors, pets, and enjoy life.