Winding Down November in N. IL

By: juslivn, 2:26 PM GMT on November 22, 2010



November 29

Well, November is quickly coming to a close and the weather remains a yo yo type pattern. One day warm and sunny, and the next very cold and blustery. Today we could see rain, changing over to flurries or snow, especially up here by the border. The discussion also doesn't rule out a chance of thunder here and there. Hope you all had a very nice holiday weekend! It is definitely Monday! Ugh! Be well!

November 24
Statement as of 8:13 AM EST on November 24, 2010
Today will be a day of many forms of precipitation. A chance of
freezing rain and sleet will exist later this morning. We do not
expect an significant ice accumulation. Warm air will return this
afternoon and rain is likely. There will be a chance of
thunderstorms with rain continuing this evening before midnight.
After midnight... rain and a chance of thunderstorms will continue
in Northwest Indiana and northeast Illinois. There will be fog and
freezing drizzle in north central Illinois after midnight. The
cold air will move in by Thursday morning. Snow may fall Thursday
morning especially in far northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Use caution when driving today through Thursday, be alert for the
changing weather conditions. Some locations in Northwest Indiana
especially Benton and Jasper counties and Iroquois County in
Illinois may get up to 2 inches of wet snow Thursday.

November 22, Well, we round the corner toward Turkey day, and things are getting quite busy, including the Weather! Today began with thunder! Yes, thunderstorms possible throughout today and the evening. Rainfall amounts up to 1/4 of an inch (not too bad) certainly good for the plants as they go into dormancy.

Discussion for the rest of the week talks of some unsettled weather all around Chi Town, but not necessarily a bulls eye onto us directly (we'll see). 30% chance of snow late in the week. Check the WU Roat Trip Planner for your specific route--over the river and through the woods!
Wednesday through Friday...a larger trough will move into the
Great Basin region Wednesday. The GFS and European model (ecmwf) models show this
long wave trough over the Rocky Mountains by 18 UTC Wednesday.
Minus 40 degree temperatures were at 500 mb in northern Alberta.
We will use the combination model guidance and forecast high
temperature in the 30s for Friday and lows in the teens.
Precipitation will be snow.

Be safe and Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Updated: 7:17 PM GMT on November 29, 2010


Winter Safety for Teens-N. IL Wx

By: juslivn, 2:58 PM GMT on November 01, 2010

Nov. 15:
Forecaster Izzi does it again with his discussion today, just makes me laugh: "Discussion... 259 am CST Lots to kibitz about in the discussion this morning with fairly
active pattern expected this week and forecast challenges galore."

Showers possible this evening. Showers possible tomorrow. Alberta Clipper cuts down Wednesday and we may see some light snow (this would be our first) but accumulation is not likely.

I originally thought it was going to be super cold at the end of the week, but seeing the discussion unfold, I'm not so sure. Izzi even says if the front sets up more to our north which some of the models indicate, we may even sneak another weekend of 60's! Which would be awesome because we are going to the Northwestern -vs- IL game at Wrigley Field on Sat.
Have a good week all!

Nov. 12- We will still be warm today, but a slight cooling will happen gradually through today and the weekend, with a chance of rain almost every day. Had a very nice rain last night, which was badly needed.

Discussion talks about later next week and cold air mass descending on us. Pretty much right on cue for November. May ask hubby to get the lights up early this year during the milder temps, before winter really sets in.

Have a good Friday.

Nov 8, 2010 - Mother nature has her way of playing tricks. We've gone from a low of 21 just two days ago, to a predicted high in the upper 60's! And flirting with record highs by Wednesday. Kind or ironic, since I put up the 'cold' weather blog, but I'm going to keep it up because other areas are still in the chill.
I'm going to condense Izzy's discussion soon because it is too long. All the wx discussions and TV mets keep talking about Friday and into next weekend and what's ahead. I'll deal with that when it gets here (or probably look more closely on Weds, lol)

Adding some tips from Bangor, and some links to KEEPEROFTHE GATE Great WU winter blog. He has some excellent information on safety, wind chill factors, maps and features. It is one of the best blogs around for winter (and always). Prayers up for Haiti once again as the Cholera infected rivers and streams continue to bring heartache to them.

November 5, 2010 -
Well, as some may know, this week I had my first 'cold' weather experience, when my car battery died. It all worked out, but Uncle Mush reminded me it may be time to bring out the 'Winter Safety Blog'. Yup! It's 21 degrees in Northern IL--I guess it would be time!
Actually, we are headed for a warm up for a short period early next week, and Monday is expected to be 60! But, the deep freeze will be here sooner then we wish.

Feel free to add tips, please. Thank you UncleMush for the latest addition.

Winter Safety For Teens
In the winter of 2009, my dear friends lost their 17 year old son in a tragic winter accident in record cold on 01/23/2009. He was one mile from home and tried to walk after he drove into a snow bank. Many other factors contributed to this accident, but what difference does that make now.

Recently, another young man (friend of dau's) is fighting the loss of his feet to frostbite in another accident that resulted in him being stranded for over 8 hours in only 3 degree weather (in Colorado). The police found him in a state of severe hypothermia, dementia, with no clothes on in his underwear. As a matter of fact, he was airlifted here to Chicago where I learned we have one of the best hospitals in the country and they are trying to save his feet.

There are some things we as parents, grandparents and friends of young people can do to help to keep them aware of the dangers of severe winter weather.

I’m not a journalist, (obviously). I’m thinking though it’s a good premise for an article, and maybe you can clean it up or help with your stories of how you have taught your ‘yewts’ to be safe in winter. Blog with me your own ideas or insight and add away!!!

#1: I text message all my young adults (5) when we are expecting an event, at any time during the year. This often goes un-replied to, but I have received a few ‘Thanks Mom’ stories when low and behold they were caught in the actual storm I was referring to and were freaking out! Gee, mom was not lying!!! They have come to appreciate it, and now trust I’m not fooling around.

#2: I take cold weather very, very seriously. My kids think I’m nuts, but every year I get them a car kit for Christmas. I get girlfriends, boyfriends, friends…all of them these tubular kits with a reflective blanket, etc…all kinds of stuff in there, from the auto-parts store or Wal-Mart. These kits are like $15.00 and some of the more expensive ones have jumper cables. It’s a tube and don’t break the seal, unless really needed!!!! I do check all their cars, too. I literally drive them. I take them to the store for a few minutes every once in a while. Brakes, noises, I find out a lot, and they hate it. But it forces them to deal with real!!!

#3: I laughingly say, frostbite can kick in 8 minutes or 6 minutes, or whatever the case may be as they are waving me off and walking out the door. Consistent reminders to (duh) wear their coats and layer up!!!! And yes, it may be nagging, but it helps make weather a serious subject. Especially, close to the city in the burbs where these kids just aren’t thinking like kids who go deer hunting or work in weather.

#4: I tell them to listen to the NEWS!!! Like real news! (some of my gang is simply interested in listening to their I-pod or CD’s when driving) Each of my kids knows which station is all news all the time, with traffic, weather and updates every 10 minutes. (I have a very annoying weather radio, too! And they make fun of me. Someday, I’m sure they will all own one,but it may be quieter, lol)

#5: I also use the dog as an example. If Meatloaf is outside and they just think someone else is home but are not paying attention, I say to them, do you understand that dog may get frostbite and die??? (sorry, harsh, lol!) I think learning to pay attention to their favorite animal is also a good way to teach respect for weather and, in a way, how to care for their pets and themselves.

#6: Cell phone chargers. There is nothing worse than a teen who says their phone was dead. Well, though we may go through dozens, I make sure they have a working charger for their phones in their cars and working phones. I know it sounds ridiculous to us older folk. But, hey, this technology has saved a few of my kids from some major problems. It’s a good backup but not a substitute for knowledge of how to deal with a situation if they can’t communicate. I hope they know how to assess a situation and to break into survival mode sooner than later.

#7: They all know to stay with their car, and that death is not an alternative to a ticket or owning up to a bad problem. (This is a hard one, and comes from a lot of years of teaching responsibility. Easy to walk away, but the trouble will follow!!! A hard one to teach. I'll defer on that to Parent's magazine and the pros)

#8: They have AAA auto-club. It’s an added expense for me, but I buy it for them. They know they have AAA. They know I don’t even need to be called to use it. They also know the card goes with the PERSON and not with the car…so if they are in another friend’s car and are stranded, they can call AAA. (They also know it is a bond card, lol)

#9: Parties and drinking…ohhhh, there have been a few where ‘other’ kids wander outside and pass out in the cold. It’s just tragic and a fact. I have discussed openly with my kids how to take care of ‘a friend’ and to pay attention to others in harm’s way. I think this type of discussion helped them if ‘they’ were in a state to be foolish and walk into the cold. My mottos: Don’t leave your wing man, man! And, take care of your peeps.

Ok, I’m sure there are more, and so maybe these tips aren’t straight from Parent’s magazine, and as a single mom for many years, I know there’s some expenses here that I listed which I’m sure we could find alternatives to.
I also had the free opportunities to go out sledding with them, took them outdoors a lot. Taught them to ski on a free hill in Door County, camped instead of hotel, and exposed them to the outdoors like my mom and dad did for myself and my brothers and sisters.

Again, hope you will feel free to please add a tip to this blog that may have helped you to learn winter safety or get the message to your teen or young adult as they put their batman cape on and walk outside seemingly invincible! It could help others.

Uncle Mush Adds to the 2009 blog: Add a coffee can--metal. One or more of those fat candles. Keep the plastic cover. I've heard they can warm a car if the engine stops working.I carry the above.I haven't had to try it out yet.Knock on wood.Check candles yearly to make sure they are still good.Of course water,something like balance bars.Matches might help.LOL :)

REI has a backpack stove that uses little cubes of non toxic fuel.They say it burns at 1500 or 2000 degress.I can't remember.I have one in the car.Also a leatherman tool.I keep that, rope, kitchen matches in a kit.You could say I'm more than ready for whatever.I also of course have the coffee can thing.Winter can kill ya fast or slow if you aren't ready.:)I think the stove burns at 1200 degrees.:) Don't trust a bic lighter.If they get cold they won't light!

Good Ones UncleMush, thanks so much.

2010 Additions: Bangorwalker adds: If you do have a bic lighter, and need to use it, keep it warm in your hands, but don't blow on it or moisture could render it ineffective. Keep it in your pocket close to your body heat.

Keeperofthegate: Cold Weather Blog and great tips here

Be safe! Thanks for reading and adding tips!

Updated: 5:26 PM GMT on November 15, 2010


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