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Warming and Severe Creeping toward Illinois

By: juslivn, 4:54 PM GMT on April 29, 2011

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May 19, 2011: It's about time!!! The low will FINALLY move off the East Coast and we will get a pattern change in Northern IL. Whoooo hooooo! Temperatures slowly climbing and clouds moving on. We should see 70 today and maybe, just maybe, that golden orb called the sun. Continuing rising temps and possibility of 80 on Sat/Sun. But with that comes a chance of Thunderstorms beginning tomorrow w/ increasing chances every day until Tuesday. Tuesday we drop back to the mid 60's and lows at night in the 40's.
Saturday, the SPC has IL in the Slight category with a 15% chance of Severe. I expect as we get closer the the time period this may be something to really watch, but the Western portion of IL will need to begin watching even today and through the weekend.
Rain will also be an issue with heavy downpours expected. This could be something to think about if I actually have decent enough weather to plant. I don't want my seeds washed away. Today may be the day to get them firmly in the ground. Have a great weekend all!

May 14, 2011: Cold snap for a few days with rain on and off. Just in time for the weekend, ugh.

May 9th: Warm up time! Will be pleasant today, with a chance of some storms popping and rain later. Pretty much the same tomorrow and Wednesday, but warmer.
The discussion today was very long,may post it below because it was interesting. But basically there are many factors in the forecast and it is 'anyone's guess' where some of these could come together to pop out severe in IL. There is mention of the possibility of tornadoes so we will have to remain alert while enjoying the next couple of days.
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May 6: The Waterway agency announced the entire Chain is open for boating with a submerged debris advisory (as usual in the Spring) They also said Happy Mother's Day.
Again, hard to post this with all the flooding going on in the rest of the country (or drought) and recovery from the storms. Prayers up to all and especially the Mothers working tirelessly to get through these times.
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May 4: They opened the upper river and the Chain, but looks like more rain heading in for a few days, so that may change. We may get a warm up early next week. Looking forward to THAT!!! Be safe all ships...

May 3: Our sunshine was intermittent today, but it sure was nice while it lasted (a whole 2 days, lol) Cold, cold cold operative word here, even though we had some sun. Apparently it is due to that continued blocking pattern over Greenland and North America. Frost warnings persist with the latest tonight (early morning actually) 4am to 8 am. Hard to believe the severe map is so full of white at this time of the year. As I said in another blog, it isn't keeping the dandelions and weeds from their Spring onslaught.
Be safe all and prayers always for all who have it much, much worse than we do.
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April 29 - The sun is finally shining here in Northern Il and Illinois in general IS NOT on the convective outlook map today, for the first time in I don't know how long?
Wind and rain on tap tomorrow (Sat).

Am going on a short trip to Bettendorf, IA/Rock Island and will be close to the Mississippi. Will try to get some pictures. This area is not as affected as down river, but does have a flood warning:
1023 am CDT Fri Apr 29 2011

... Flood Warning remains in effect until further notice...

"The Flood Warning continues for
the Mississippi River at Rock Island ld15.
* Until further notice.
* At 8:00 am Friday the stage was 18.1 feet... and falling.
* Flood stage is 15 feet.
* Major flooding is occurring and is forecast to continue.
* Forecast... fall to 17.7 feet Saturday morning.
* Impact... at 18 feet... water affects sections of River Drive in
downtown Davenport from Gaines street to 4th street. Water affects
2nd street at Iowa. Most of Le Claire park is under water. Water
affects Credit Island."

Lastly, prayers for all affected in April by the tornadoes, fires, flooding, and all Mother Nature threw at the U.S. Good bye April, 2011 and let's hope May brings calm and a chance for people to recover, though it will be slow.









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Reader Comments

A sunny day? ..... Brilliant - about time too!!

Hope the sun keeps shining for the weekend.


Had a hectic day, dashing between computer, TV and the kettle... these painters have a terrible thirst. I must remember to buy some more tea bags tomorrow!! lol

Ahhh, a nice clean new blog,I get to be the first one to create a footprint.You guys are pretty chilly today,as you saw we are in the 70's,but aint going to last,tomorrow will be chilly.
New - don't I count as first! LOL
Oooh a dual for 'first'...I do believe THAT would be a 'first' lolol. I was just on my way to 'see' you Sandi...The sunshine had me up about 5:30 am, as if it shocked me awake, and the day has flown by.

NEw and Sandi, we did have a frost warning last night with the clearing of all the clouds and a West wind. Soooo glad have not planted anything, but will have to check my blackberry bushes (I think) I had cleared all the brush from them and they were cut back and pruned only 2 weeks ago, so hope they didn't get damage.

On my way across the sea...so to speak, ha ha.

Not sure how to fix the temperature for my site coming up in celsius? & not sure how it changed? Oh well, sry.

Molly is enjoying the sun and the flowers. No mud today. Yay!


Garden Watch Dog

She spent most of the day outside enjoying the weather.
Jus - are you in the new WU site?
If so, look for a small blue box at the very top of the page near your mail notification. Click on it and the F will appear and the C disappear:))
Wa lah! Whew, I thought those Canadians were messin w/us...lol
Hi Molly looks great with the flowers! :)
Hiya Mush! Hope you are well. Thanks for sharing. Just got Mushla too--In or Out? In or Out? Kitteh...loves to drive me nuts!

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Awww Mushla! :)
mushla and molly? a fine evening indeed! Molly knows she's helped raise a good kitteh.

That's a really god pic of Molly- you might wanna consider printing it out.

I see you're at 53º, we're only at 66º. WHAT a system.

enjoy your weekend.
hi aqua and mush and lurkers...:) from Interstate 88. Man it is windy!!! Very surpeised there is no wind warning. White caps on retention ponds next to the interstate! Birds flyin into cars and trucks...ooooch.
what's with all the shakin on the shake map in weird places? Hmmm. Well prayers up again... Have agood one all. Gonna have a talk with that mississippi when I see her ;)
Hi jus,
Oh... Molly and Oh my, the hyacinths. Beautimous. I'm seeing F and C on your weather sticker. Maybe you fixed it.

Hope the wind whooshed you right where you wanted to go. Goodnight, and have a good Sunday.
When I was very little the first river I learnt to spell was the Mississippi :)

We used to sing a skipping rhyme.... m-i-double s - i - double s - i double p - i !!! LOL

You have had such a difficult April, so I wish you a much better May:)

Sweet May hath come to love us, Flowers, trees, their blossoms don; And through the blue heavens above us The very clouds move on. (Quote by - Heinrich Heine)

PROS WISHES YOU A HAPPY MONTH OF MAY.
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Hope your trip is the best !

Love your furkids ♥

Shirley in Tellico Plains, TN

( that said and done ... I will now be off to check my profile here on WUG and make sure it no longer states I am in Twin Lakes, WI *g*)
( Yup.... Finally made it to our dream retirement relocation in God's Country. Lil ol counrty home in the Cherokee Natnl forest)
(well actually just on the edge so I have a lil sun to grow some veggies and flowers)
taa-taa for now,
S in TP hahahaha
Hi {{{Jus}}}!

Sorry I haven't been able to post consistently of late, but pressing family issues have taken precidence.

Sorry if I caused some controversy regarding my previous post about the politics and/or terrain, etc. of the South versus the safety issues of its citizens. I wasn't trying to imply, as Shore misinterpreted, that Southern people are "slow or stupid". All I meant was that the towns and communities in areas that are usually or can be affected by serious tornadoes, need to create a better system of alerts as well as safer havens for those who do not have access to a basement or nearby bunker if these can be created. While watching the cable news the other day, several people whose homes were destroyed, etc. claimed that NO SIRENS were blaring just before the tornado hit! That's all I meant.

Hope you're having an enjoyable weekend and have recovered from your headcold! Stay safe.

Ohhhh so much to say...I saw the Mississippi. I apologized for calling him a her. I didn't scream, I whispered a prayer. Old man river looked pretty mad, so thought better of adding anger when I visited.
I did see storm reports today and the forecasts, and read about destruction and death and never forget this horrible .... horrible nightmarish constant barrage of happenins and people who couldn't watch the President's speech cause they were living this nightmare of their lives from it all. And, I prayed with them in the memorials today to those we lost, in the outbreak of tornados and storms, and then, again tonight, all victims... 9/11 and beyond.

I usually do a late night post. And tonight, I'm up reallll late. I'll post my heart (oh again...) I may edit, but it's how I feel now. Ya gotta get up pretty early in the morning or be a late nighter to catch some of these FWIW posts... not usually worth it, lol...but maybe today? My commentary on the latest news of Bin Laden's death (and you are coming in late cause I've had plenty of commentary and emotions which flew earlier which I didn't post) but...have been watching all night. Ohhhh--and for a while-- (as has everyone for 10 years). But for tonight, last thoughts:

I don't care for the sarcasm in the media. As for me-- not naive, but am looking at all of the changes going on throughout the world, however brutal, however hard fought: SIGNAL---we honor the freedom fighters-- all. And I see this time in history as a time of change, with one violent, mean, hating person down and many to go on the way to freedom. This isn't a day of reveling in a death, it is a day on the way to peace.

Goodnight all ships.
This isn't a day of reveling in a death, it is a day on the way to peace.

So very well said!

As David Cameron has said this morning - "This isn't the end, there may be retaliation, there will be others who will take his place..... we must still be vigil but it is a small chink in the armour of terrorism" .

I am glad you saw "old man river" - perhaps your quiet prayer will calm him somewhat.

Sweet dreams, sleep well.
hello, will be by later this afternoon to respond to all. Haven't forgotten anyone here who wrote...just really busy today. Scarfin down lunch. hope you are all well :) Not liking they just may have found a pipe bomb by Coronado Bridge. But, not detonated. They caught it...and details still coming in on the news.
Dau#2 (wandering gypsy) may be there today. She was headed that way while touring Cali. Trying to reach her.

Prayers up for all downstate(s) with the flooding.

Anyhoooo, bbl

ADD: Dau texted me back. She is in Corona at friends, not Coronado today. Oh good.
Hi,Jus,your thoughts mirror most of us in this country.I had the same feeling when I heard the news last night,all those horrible memories I have from that fateful day. I find myself everytime I start to write about my feelings about what his death means to me,I tend to go on and on,so I finally stop myself and delete everything,because there is too much.
Anyway,its a great day for feeling American,I've been late putting my flag out this spring,but tonight I'll make sure I get it out there.
Hi NEw, hope you had a decent Monday. Yes, hitting delete a lot. But fortunately, right when I would go to write something, someone would bring it up on TV or in a comment and say it sooo much better anyway.

The big thing right now is all the second guessing about what the Pakistani's knew, etc...Tom Brokaw in an interview said something very interesting, he basically said the Pakistani's could not help or give any kind of perception they helped or they'd be targeted big time.

And, when asked whether he thought attacks would happen in retaliation, and what he thought would happen next, he said he'd be the richest journalist on earth if he could predict what will happen in the middle east. No one knows!!! So it's really a dumb question they are throwing around only 24 hours after all this...
Hope the country moves on in unity for a while.
Also, not liking this tone that is going on in the media in less than 24 hours from the event saying Iraq wasn't worth it...Afganistan wasn't worth it. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty glad Sadam Hussein and Bin Laden are now buddies in hell, and wish Khadafi and a few other murderers could join em.
We did the best we could at the time. We can learn from it, but we need to maintain unity for more then just a few hours and move forward.
ok sheesh I should really stay away from the keyboard and walk toward the light outside or something, lol. Have a good night.

Hello Sandi, thank you so much for your words last night and bringing the quote from David Cameron.
Hope you are having a good 'decorator' day. Was able to see some of your photos. Lovely! Will be by you to comment soon.

Scooterbug4 - Oh I do hope you love your new home in Tennessee! Sounds really beautiful and you sound so excited. But leaving Twin Lakes? What? Leave all This? bwahahaha ;) Actually, we love Twin Lakes and are there a lot for dinner and to roam around. I'll have to look at your weather there now, too, along with my friends and relatives in Tennessee. Good luck to you and thanks for the lovin on the furry kids!

Mass: No Worries on sharing here...I did hear many many people had lost power during the day and it contributed to the lack of communication. Just a horrible tragic turn of events for many. Hope your family issues are calming down. I am feeling better, thank you. Long road though. This cold/flu was a doosie.

Hello Pros, Happy May to you, too. And, you are correct! April in Chi town was one of the cloudiest April's without sun in the record books and the new days of May have so far been sunny and beautiful. Hope it keeps up. Thanks for stopping by!

Sandi,again, hee heee, we learned basically the same rhyme, too! Once again, Happy May to you and yes we hope the weather all across the US calms down. Unfortunately the rains are bringing worse than what we foresaw on the the prediction charts last week making the flooding even more widespread...ugh. More evacuations are underway.

BF, hello and thank you for lovin on the furry one's too! Hope you had a good weekend. I see your new blog on the flooding and actually was reading some links of yours yesterday aloud to hubby in the car. Ty for always providing such good info.

And, just in general making fun of myself: What grammatical atrocities? Muah??? In my rants? (ooo sry) :)

Thanks for reading and putting up w/me

Add: Gosh Dang it...that freeze warning shifted our way, too. Thinking it will be June 1 not May 15 on planting at this rate...
NYT and CNN reporting they began to blow the levee. Can't find the stories though. The CNN headline read 10:32 pm. Will try to find more details. Just thought I'd post it.
Good Morning, that made my day Mush! bwahahaha!

Glad they found the boy scouts in AR. Hope the blasting of the levee works like it is supposed to.

GM,Jus,actually afternoon for me,but how are you?Haven't had much chance to blog,this place I work is an asylum where the patients are running it.Busy at home getting my cellar ready for a french drain put in.Have been in the process of throwing stuff out.I swear,there is stuff down there that was created during the revolutionary war.You never know when you might need a rusty old can opener.Manual can opener does anyone remember those?
Anyway,weather hasn't been too bad,but no big warmups yet.
Just wrote a bit on your blog and decided to suspend some comments over there and post them here because they may be a bit harsh...
I shouldn't say this, but if the Taliban and other followers want proof of Bin Laden's death...I have an idea...have them all line up (against a big wall) and we'll give it to 'em. eh. (ok well I got that out of my system)

Fighting the mustard weed problem and trying to keep up with the Spring clean up here. Still chilly. Not much else going on in my parts. Trying to figure out what we're going to do with the rusty transmission and muffler we dug up out of the garden a few weeks ago when we tilled it. Must have been some sort of farmer's dumping area? But now, how the heck does one dispose of this? Not sure if our garbage guys will take it. Sheesh.

MIL brought about 50 garlic plants over. Also, not sure where I'm going to plant these either. These are my questions of the day. So basically, it's a good day here. (?) Fortunate to have little worries. Thoughts go out to all fighting the river and other big worries. Counting my blessings.





Dau#1 gave me this video to watch, which I guess she saw a loooong time ago. She was not surprised Bin Laden was in Pakistan at all. I am so naive. I wondered with everyone else how he could have held up there? But, I guess to those who know, this is not a shocker. The vid is long, it is a bit old (relative to today's instant news). But not that old because I knew about the floods in a microcosm of weather. The vid gave me more of an idea from my stupid little plot in life what the hell is going on over there. I'm embarrassed, but I really didn't know so it makes me even more thankful (in a way) there are people watching over things. Just such a myriad of tragedy. A limitless circle...

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I post this, but have an awareness of everything going on here in the US. I just post it because I'm trying to grasp what we are celebrating with Bin Laden's death, and what we have all paid for in the big picture.
hi jus.

Call whoever does ya'lls garbage pick-up, even if it's the city. They might not be the ones you need, but I'm sure they'll be able to direct you to the right people, to get rid of the rusty tranny and muffler.

If you have to move it to the road yourself- PLEASE wear heavy gloves, and might wanna make sure your tetanus shot is up-to-date. Maybe a rope, and dragging it might be the safest bet.
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Hi, Jus! 30's are going to dip all the way down here, don't know if it's going to frost, though.
While searching for webcams for my blog I came across a cam from the Army Corps of Engineers of the Mississippi River in Rock Island, about the time you were there. Didn't see you, though! :)
Stay warm!
GM,Jus,we are waiting for the front to move through with showers and thunder,then cool damp weather for a few days,call me nuts,but should would like a heat wave.Almost ready to put away my tshirts and shorts again.
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Hi. Sharing my unusually colored Iris with you. Have a wonderful day.
Hello...
Add: forgot to change the header, sorry for the double post.

Pros, is this one you will be painting? What a soft color. It is really gorgeous. Thank you. So much farther along than we are. I still have daffodils and the tulips are still in their beginning stages of bloom.

NEw, dropped off a note by you again, lol.

Ylee, I think we all had the deep freeze last night, sheesh does it ever end? Cool you had the camera up. Actually we didn't walk on that side. We were on the Davenport side and in Bettendorf. I took some photos of just a small amount of flooding, and the general anger of the 'Ole Man. But, seeing how other areas are just so much worse, I didn't post them. Thanks for stopping by.

Aqua, ty good advice about the tetanus shot for these ole things (I'm up to date ;)...we didn't do anything because it was raining and a bit dangerous. So, I'll call at the end of the week for next Tuesday pick up or find a junker guy to haul it away. Aqua, I am losing the battle against the mustard weed :( I should plant chives out there in the woods, man they will take over anything!

Garlic is in the ground. I have a garlic and chive farm...that's what I have. How bizarre. You know the chives were originally planted to keep the japanese beetles away from my roses right? At this rate of growth, I can't see the roses, lol. All the other starters are waiting inside like people in line for an opening. I will start to acclimate them Monday and next week. Then hopefully May 15 planting. Your garden looks WUnderful! Oh...baby kitteh brought me a HUMOUNGOUS bumble bee inside the house this morning. I had to fight her to keep her away from it so I could kill it with a shoe. She's lucky! I don't think she learned her lesson though not to play with bees...oooh.

Have a good day all!

Ha ha...yup...Good One!
if it makes the blog too load-heavy, feel free to delete it.
No problem for me. But if others are having issues with it, if they could let me know... :)
Hi the blog is working fine for me! :)
Hi Mush, good to hear

Reuters is saying 6.1 has struck off coast of Japan.

5.8 in the Alaskan Peninsula about an hour ago...
I don't see the Japan earthquake on the shake map yet? I'm sure it will show up soon, but it's odd.

GM working and got these alerts, will be around...hope you're all having a good day.

Add: Oh, ok just got the alert for the 6.1 Japan.
Hi,Jus,crazy day,I am having some work done on my cellar next Mon and Tues so need to be there,and trying to schedule the time off,you would think I was asking for the whole year off,the hassle I have to go through.
Anyway a cool day with threats of showers.I've put in a request with Mother Nature. I told her I'll put up with the cool spring if she promises to warm it up for the summer with rain only at night time.Haven't heard back from her yet.
Hi NEw, hectic here as well. Don't let our temp fool you, it's chilly out with rain on the way also. So not much different than yours. Maybe Mother Nature will listen to you, lol. Work should slow down a bit this afternoon later will try to stop by, but have a nice rest of the day and hope they give you the time off for your project on the basement.

Catching up on reports/information about the rivers, and just harrowing stories from the tornado outbreak and the stats...Wow. No words.

Relatively large earthquakes today for the most part. Shakin in the 5's and the one 6.1. Doesn't look to be too consequential, but somewhat unnerving to see a string like this (although I know it's happened before so just random--well like all EQs)

MAP 3.1 2011/05/05 17:28:34 32.856 -116.252 9.6 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP 5.3 2011/05/05 17:04:30 37.120 140.728 13.6 EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.9 2011/05/05 16:57:38 55.136 -160.616 46.9 ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP 3.1 2011/05/05 16:44:32 59.356 -153.710 103.1 SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP 2.7 2011/05/05 16:29:56 58.852 -155.485 171.3 ALASKA PENINSULA
MAP 5.4 2011/05/05 16:15:20 -25.046 -177.437 131.9 SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS
MAP 4.5 2011/05/05 15:31:08 30.476 141.982 9.6 IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
MAP 4.7 2011/05/05 15:12:54 38.353 144.018 26.0 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.4 2011/05/05 15:06:12 51.530 -178.370 62.6 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
MAP 6.1 2011/05/05 14:58:21 38.173 144.040 24.2 OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
MAP 5.8 2011/05/05 14:13:01 55.118 -160.568 39.1 ALASKA PENINSULA

Hey,Jus,did you see our Redsox game with Los Angeles Angels? It started at 7 p.m. then about the 6th inning it started raining hard,delayed the game for 2 1/2 hours,started it up again,it rain into extra innings and the Redsox lost at 2:45 am in the morning.And then to make it even worse,they have to come back for an afternoon game today.
Hi Jus ...
We had rain today ! All of five spots:(

But at least the rain did reach the west coast, and help with some of the fires in that area.

At the moment we have no fires in our area - the nearest is about 50 miles away.
Who would have thought it.... we never have had so many bush fires, but the heat of April with the dearth of rain plus idiots who think it is funny to start a fire has resulted in over 1000 fires! !!

Hi Sandi, saw the reports about those fires. Yes, how awful someone started all that intentionally. Glad you did get rain. Hope no one was injured especially the firefighters. Very strange for this time of year.

NEw, didn't see the game, but I did see this and it made me laugh for hours, (along with beell's avatar, lol) I was giggling about this and that til I went to bed:

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Jus,yes I saw that video,one of Boston's products of higher education.The kid says I wasn't trying to cause trouble,just wanted to be with the players.Ahhh,the mind is a terrible thing to waste.
ha hahaha NEw,

So did we win the 'prize' in the Chicago area for highest gas prices in the conus? I lived it. I should make a special t-shirt, with a special 'symbol' to the gas companies...yeah, yeah...that's what I'll do, and I'll make it my avatar (which is awol again) lol (as if I have to mention, sarcasm flag is on...albeit lousy sarcasm)

Downtown it was higher, but here in the sticks it got to $4.29 avg. regular unleaded.
So, got an update on Lake Michigan water levels and see they are only 2" below last year now. This is good. They were 14" below last year. Kind of hard to believe with all the flooding South, that the Great Lakes were low. As of today's update, however the situation has improved. (If it's not one thing, it's another...) I may have missed my chance to go and find all the anchors I lost fishing in Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay through the years ;)

But, here's an article on April 8, 2011 which talks about the worries of lower water levels:

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What to expect as Lake Michigan water levels predicted to hover near historic lows this summer

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011, 7:00 AM Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011, 11:31 AM
John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press By John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press MLive.com

SAUGATUCK - When the 150-passenger Star of Saugatuck paddleboat churns its way into Lake Kalamazoo this summer, the captain likely will have to steer a cautious path.

Water levels for Lake Michigan and linked waterways are expected to be down 8-10 inches and hover only about 10 inches from historic lows recorded in 1964.

"When we get into Lake Kalamazoo, it's really shallow in spots," said Marilyn Starring, who runs Saugatuck Boat Cruises with her husband, Bruce. "if the water goes down some more, we are going to have to be really careful where we go."

Recreational boating is expected to bear the brunt of the impact of low lake levels. In many cases, marina owners have to worry about dredging slips or making dock adjustments so boaters can access vessels that sit lower in the water.

Starring and her husband knew this year's levels were lower than last just by looking at the water, but also because they had to "lower the gang plank in order to get onto the boat."

She expects the paddleboat will again have to stay in the western regions of Lake Kalamazoo to avoid shallow spots that could put the boat aground.

Levels around the Great Lakes fluctuate each year and generally in long cycles, but U.S. Army Corps of Engineers analysts say lower-than-average snowfall and precipitation in recent months and a lack of Lake Michigan winter ice cover have contributed to this year's decrease.

Jia Wang, an ice climatologist with the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, said ice cover on Lake Michigan can have a noticeable impact on the lake's level.

"With low ice coverage, winter evaporation is very high," he said. "The water evaporates into the air."

Wang said good ice coverage in 2008 and 2009 helped lake levels recover some from near-historic lows in 2007, but the level started going back down after that.

For beachgoers, the drop isn't a bad thing. Every inch rise in lake levels equates to 10 inches of lost beach, according to government data.

But boaters might have to worry.

Todd TenBrink, owner of Southern Grand Marina along the Grand River near 104th Avenue in Robinson Township, said the lower levels in recent years only worsen a boating industry already suffering from a bad economy.

TenBrink has considered dredging slips in the past, but getting state permits is often troublesome and "the problem is the river isn't much deeper than the marina," he said.

He caters to many low-draft pontoon boats at his 78-slip facility.

Chris Schropp, a civil engineer with the Army Corps office in Grand Haven, said low water levels may cause hardship for some recreational harbors such as Saugatuck and Pentwater because federal funding for dredging those ports has dried up.

"The Corps will not be dredging those harbors. They are kind of left up to their own to find a way to do it," he said.

Falling water levels are nothing new to the Great Lakes, according to Keith Kompoltowicz, a meteorologist in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District Office.

Since the late 1990s, Lake Michigan has undergone its second-longest stretch of continuously below average levels since the Army Corps began collecting data in the mid-1800s.

Lake Michigan surged to a near record high in May 1997, when it was 9 inches below the all-time record high of 582.3 feet recorded in October 1986, 4.8 feet above the average surface level.

After that, it started dropping.

Lower levels also are a concern for freighters that ply the Great Lakes.

Glen Nekvasil, spokesman for the Lake Carriers' Association, said every inch of water lost equates to a diminished carrying capacity of anywhere from 50 tons to 270 tons.
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E-mail John Tunison: jtunison@grpress.com
Eh, trying to find a song...last post was lame. How can ya talk about the water goin down, when the water just keeps goin up. Guess it's the blues. Good night all ships.

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evening, jus ~

Up way too late at this point but wanted to come by and say hi - really interesting about the carrying capacity of freighters when the water gets skinny. Who would have thought that an inch of lost water would make such a difference?

I wouldn't mind finding some lost water down here. I have a serious case of lack-of-rain-grumpiness. Oh, well. It's so crazy to be watching historic floods while your state burns up. ;(

Now, on the bright side - Sleepy John Estes! One fine bluesman. Believe I'll let him be it for the night! Sweet dreams!
Hi Shore, thanks for sharing both the music and the article.
Anyone stopping by from around here, I have to apologize for the forecast. Don't quite think I've ever blown it so far off except for some snow storms. I read the discussions, look at the regular array of maps, listen to our wx guys, look out the window, and decide what to post in the header. But people must think I'm nuts cause it's been beautiful without much rain up here. Not gray and dingy...it's sunny and gorgeous! That'll teach me.

Happy Friday...CHANCE of rain through the weekend, lol.

Need to find out where wandering gypsy child is today. She has been roaming California for a week. It's like a virtual 'Where's Waldo' game everyday w/her. So far she's been in San Fran, Corona, San Diego, Huntington Beach, back to Corona. Rock climbing, beach going, mountain biking...
If this one learns to surf (she's is my snow boarder girl) or makes it to Hawaii, I'll never see her again, lol.
Good Morning {{Jus}}!

Hope you, yours and your weather are all holding up this week and that this weekend will be extra special for you! Sorry I haven't posted much lately, as there's been so much to deal with lately. I'm doing fine under the circumstances just very exhausted.



Hi,Jus,Happy Mother's day.I can post pics here,but I can't on my blog for some reason I don't have Link and Image selections,except in my main blog entry.
What a gorgeous day we have going today,but the last for a while.
Mass, you don't have to apologize, you are always in my heart as one of the first people I 'met' here. Hope all is getting better and as you say to me, make sure you take care of you, too!

Did anyone pick up on this? Haven't scanned the main too much. Interesting proactive approach which is good IMO:

Japan to Halt 3 Nuclear Reactors Over Quake Fears
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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 6, 2011 at 11:22 AM ET


TOKYO (AP) — Japan urged a power company Friday to suspend all three reactors at a coastal nuclear plant while a seawall and other structures are built to ensure a major earthquake or tsunami does not cause a second radiation crisis.

The move came as the government is conducting a safety review of all Japan's 54 nuclear plants after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left more than 25,000 people dead and missing on the northeast coast.

The Hamaoka nuclear plant just 110 yards (100 meters) off the Pacific coast in central Japan is the only one so far where the government has asked that operations be halted until the utility can implement safety measures.

Chubu Electric Power Co. said in a statement it will "swiftly consider" the government's request. The statement gave no further details. Government officials estimate the work could last two years.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at a news conference Friday evening he requested the shutdown for safety reasons, citing experts' forecast of a 90 percent probability of a quake with magnitude of 8.0 or higher striking central Japan within 30 years.

"It was a decision made after thoroughly considering people's safety," Kan told a news conference.

The government asked Chubu Electric to suspend two running reactors and a third already shut for a regular inspection at the plant in Shizuoka, 155 miles (250 kilometers) west of Tokyo.

"If an accident occurs at Hamaoka, it could create serious consequences," Kan said.

Since the March 11 disasters, Chubu Electric has drawn up safety measures that include building a seawall nearly a mile (1.5 kilometers) long over the next two to three years.

"The height of the seawall is at least 12 meters. We have come up with this safety measure after the March quake and tsunami," said Takanobu Yamada, an official at Chubu Electric.

The company also planned to erect concrete walls along 18 water pumps at the plant. Yamada said the walls aimed to protect the pumps from damage from an earthquake and tsunami, and it will take a year or one and a half years to complete the construction.

The plant does not have a concrete sea barrier now, but sandhills between the ocean and the plant are about 32 to 50 feet (10 to 15 meters) high, according to the company.

The seawall of at least 40 feet (12 meters) would be built between the sandhills and nuclear plant over the next two to three years. Yamada said Chubu Electric has estimated a tsunami reaching around 26 feet (8 meters).

Trade Minister Banri Kaieda said the utility company should halt operating its nuclear reactors while implementing such safety measures. He argued Chubu's safety measures were "not enough" without elaborating further.

"Until the company completes safety steps, it is inevitable that it should stop operating nuclear reactors," Kaieda said.

Shizuoka governor Heita Kawakatsu called the government's move "a wise decision."

"I pay my respect for the decision. We must do our utmost to secure alternative sources of energy," the governor said in a statement.

The plant serves around 16 million people in central Japan. Faced with a possible power crunch due to the shutdown, the prime minister sought public understanding.

"We will experience some power crunch for sure. But we can overcome this with public support and understanding," Kan said.

The region powered by the plant includes Aichi, where Toyota Motor Corp.'s headquarters and an auto plant are located. Automakers and other industries have had troubles with supply lines, parts shortages and damage to plants in the region since the March 11 disaster.

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant lost its power and cooling systems in the earthquake and tsunami, triggering fires, explosions and radiation leaks in the world's second-worst nuclear accident.

Radiation leaks have forced 80,000 people living within a 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius of the plant to leave their homes. Many are staying in gymnasiums and community centers.

Residents in Shizuoka have long demanded suspension of the Hamaoka reactors.

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Associated Press writer Mari Yamaguchi contributed to this report.
Hi NEw, thank you and for your wife, too! Hmmmm don't know what's going on with the pic things. A lot of peeps complaining lately.
Changed the header. They opened the Chain O'Lakes all the way.
Hi,Jus,its just part of my disfunctional day here today.We lost our cell phone signals in our building because somebody decided to do maintence on the signal booster and of course didn't tell anybody.So a Bruins victory tonight would make things better,especially after our baseball team lost 11-0 yesterday.Cubs need a pitcher??
NEw, so this means if they go to call you when they forget you took the day off...you won't be able to answer, right??? ha hahaha! Cubs need a pitcher...but, well that's not how it works. See, we get rid of pitchers who then go on to be all stars for other teams when they are with them lol.

Now here's an interesting article:
"Cops: Man had alligator because 'chicks dig it'"

Staff report

2:45 p.m. CDT, May 6, 2011
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A Ford Heights man kept an alligator in his home because “chicks dig it,” he told police who arrested him.

Dewayne Yarbrough, 43, was arrested Thursday at his home in the 800 block of East 11th Place after the Cook County Sheriff’s animal crimes unit received a tip about Yarbrough keeping the American alligator at his home, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

He faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous animal.

Officers obtained a search warrant for Yarbrough’s home and found the alligator in the kitchen there on Thursday, police said.

The alligator is about 4 feet long -- alligators often are as long as 14 feet -- and Yarbrough told investigators he only fed the animal 10 live mice once a month and kept it in a small fish tank to keep down its size, according to the news release.

Yarbough told police he kept the animal because “chicks dig it,” according to police. Yarbrough bought the animal for $200 in Indiana five years ago, according to the release.

The alligator was taken by officers and Cook County animal control to the Chicago Ridge Animal Welfare League. The Chicago Herpetological Society will take the animal at a later date, police said.

Yarbrough was free after posting $100 bond and scheduled to appear in Markham Court on July 5, according to the sheriff’s office.

chicagobreaking@tribune.com

Found Dau (wandering gypsy child) lol j/k this is where she was a couple of days ago (see link). Apparently she is friends with some of these champions, sponsored by Red Bull. Today, as I assumed correctly, she is South by Huntington Beach or there abouts... she has found the water and was headed to learn to surf. Well, snowboard season is over in Breck and I think she's had it with snow for now. She's already talking about moving to California (during the summer) has a line on a job...tbc



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Hello Jus,

Hope you are enjoying your Mother's Day Weekend!

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Myspace Graphics, Mother's Day Graphics at WishAFriend.com

Hi Gams, thank you very much, having a nice weekend. Will be by to drop off wishes to you too, til then hope work goes by quickly for you.

Watching the flooding situation and learning a lot. A special kudos to all those providing discussion and just volumes of information and links on WU.
Thoughts and prayers to all.

Working on the garden, indoors, ha ha...still really cold here and won't start planting until next week (soil temps permitting).
But, here's what we have so far believe it or not, it's all in our little indoor greenhouse:
Pumpkin, Cantaloupe, Eggplant,
Cherry Tomato, Watermelon, Sweet Pepper,
Jalapeno, Pablano, Gypsy Yellow Pepper,
Big Daddy Yellow Pepper, Roma tomato,
Big Boy tomato, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil,
Parsley, Viola (johnny jump up)
Rock Cress, Pampas Grass

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These are the pics I was able to get from Bettendorf last weekend. They are not the best.
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WW 264 SEVERE TSTM IL IN 072000Z - 080300Z
AXIS..70 STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF LINE..
30WNW BMI/BLOOMINGTON IL/ - 35ENE IND/INDIANAPOLIS IN/

..AVIATION COORDS.. 60NM N/S /32SSE BDF - 33E IND/
HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT..2.5 INCHES. WIND GUSTS..60 KNOTS.
MAX TOPS TO 400. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 30025.

LAT...LON 41658944 40938566 38908566 39618944

THIS IS AN APPROXIMATION TO THE WATCH AREA. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE WOUS64 KWNS
FOR WOU4.





MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0698
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0232 PM CDT SAT MAY 07 2011

AREAS AFFECTED...PARTS OF NRN/CNTRL ILLINOIS INTO NORTHWESTERN
INDIANA

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH LIKELY

VALID 071932Z - 072130Z

TRENDS ARE BEING MONITORED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SEVERE STORMS THAT
PROBABLY WILL REQUIRE A WW LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

A SURFACE FRONTAL ZONE CONTINUES TO BECOME BETTER DEFINED ACROSS
PARTS OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND INDIANA...WITH SOUTHEASTWARD
DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW CENTER ALONG IT ONGOING ACROSS UPPER PORTIONS
OF THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS. UPPER
RIDGING IS BUILDING TO THE WEST...BUT ENHANCED MID-LEVEL FORCING FOR
ASCENT ASSOCIATED WITH A LOW AMPLITUDE SHORT WAVE IMPULSE STILL
APPEARS LIKELY TO OVERSPREAD THE FRONT...AND PORTIONS OF THE WARM
SECTOR TO THE IMMEDIATE SOUTHEAST OF THE LOW...ROUGHLY ALONG/BETWEEN
THE INTERSTATE 74 AND INTERSTATE 80 CORRIDORS...BETWEEN NOW AND
22-23Z.

INCREASING LIFT COUPLED WITH ONGOING WEAK TO MODERATE BOUNDARY LAYER
DESTABILIZATION PROBABLY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY VIGOROUS CONVECTIVE
DEVELOPMENT. NEAR INTERSECTING LOW-LEVEL THERMAL AND MOISTURE AXES
EMANATING FROM THE PLAINS /WHERE SURFACE TEMPS ARE APPROACHING 80F
AND DEW POINTS NEAR 60F/...MIXED LAYER CAPE APPEARS LIKELY TO REACH
1000 J/KG BY PEAK HEATING. IN THE PRESENCE OF STRONG SHEAR BENEATH
THE NORTHERN EDGE OF A 50 KT 500 MB JET AXIS...ISOLATED SUPERCELL
DEVELOPMENT APPEARS POSSIBLE ...PERHAPS GROWING UPSCALE INTO A SMALL
CONVECTIVE CLUSTER CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WIND GUSTS...IN
ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL. TORNADIC POTENTIAL IS MORE UNCERTAIN...BUT
A TORNADO OR TWO MAY NOT BE OUT OF THE QUESTION...PARTICULARLY IN
RELATIVELY EARLY STAGES OF STORM DEVELOPMENT.

..KERR.. 05/07/2011



Wishing you a Happy Mothers' Day ..... with my first rose this year, taken less than two hours ago:))
Ohhhh, very, very pretty and well done! Thank you Sandi. Was out looking at my roses today and the leaves look soooo healthy and beautiful, no black spot, no bugs...ahhhh new and fresh, no buds yet so thank you for sharing your spring.

Watching this little squall. Hwy 57 travelers in Illinois are probably having it a bit rough. Couple of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings (see the warnings map above)


Very surprised by these two tornado warnings, so not going to get crazy and post everything, but interesting. Hmmmmm

1.
TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS...
NORTHERN VERMILION COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS...

* UNTIL 445 PM CDT.

* AT 403 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR PAXTON...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
DANVILLE...RANKIN...POTOMAC...HOOPESTON...ROSSVIL LE...LUDLOW...
ARMSTRONG...MIDDLE FORK WILDLIFE AREA...COLLISON...HENNING...
ALVIN...BISMARCK AND VERMILION COUNTY AIRPORT
.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 57 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 255 AND 257.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 74 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 216 AND 219.





2.
TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN FORD COUNTY...
SOUTHWESTERN IROQUOIS COUNTY...

* UNTIL 445 PM CDT

* AT 404 PM...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR PAXTON...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF SOUTHEASTERN FORD COUNTY.
Need to sign off for a while. Stay safe Central IL.


More Tornadoes!!!

Oh, for goodness sake!

We have rain... that's good rain... gently, soil drenching rain!
Far south of me and I'm in and out here w/ family. Glad you have a soft rain. Still warnings out there. Thank you God for this tornado touching down in open country and let's hope anything else that fires up does the same in IL and IN. It's a subtle reminder for to stay alert. Be it one family hurt or so many, it all hurts. Let's hope it doesn't hurt anyone today. (maps below, and severe map above)

Small and weak tornado touches down 100 miles south of Chicago
May 7, 2011 4:47 PM | No Comments

Intense thunderstorms continue to roll through central Illinois between Kankakee and Champaign Illinois. The storms are drifting east and southeast away from the city of Chicago.

One of the thunderstorm cells produced a brief tornado at 4:05PM, five miles west of Paxton, Illinois. The tornado was small and weak, touching down in open county. No damage was reported. Paxton is located 101 miles south of downtown Chicago.

This new warning is very close to Champaign, IL where UofI is located. (The touchdown was farther northeast)

TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CENTRAL CHAMPAIGN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS...

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT.


* AT 508 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR THOMASBORO...OR 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
RANTOUL...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ST. JOSEPH...OGDEN AND HOMER.


THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 57 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 238 AND 246.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 74 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 182 AND 197.

{{{JUS}}} ~

HOPE YOUR MOTHER'S DAY IS A SAFE AND HAPPY ONE!



Thought you might get a kick or laugh out of the video below. I posted the true lyrics as well. HAVE A GREAT ONE!



M-O-T-H-E-R
"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.
Wishing you songbirds
to welcome each morning,
Wishing you flowers
to brighten each spring,
Wishing you laughter,
and sharing and caring,
And all of the joy
that each new day
can bring!

Happy Mothers Day
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Ty Pros and Mass, so thankful this Mother's Day.
I made this last year and some may have seen, but, again I count my blessings... My Wish...and a glimpse of my Mother's Day, though some may be wandering gypsies...we're never far apart. Happy Mother's Day to all:

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Have a great day!
Happy Mother's Day, jus.
I watched your lovely family grow up in your slideshow - and noticed you had short hair when you were younger? Sitting on the wall nursing a baby?

What a wonderful keepsake it is for the kids, as well as you :)

Happy Mothers's Day :))
Hi Sandi, and to all Happy Mother's Day! It is absolutely beautiful here with sunshine and 50 degrees already this morning.
I feel horrible about not having the church flowers done this year for Mother's Day, but it has been too cold and Mother's Day seems early. Oh well...Need to get on to Church and will be by with a wish hopefully later.


Sandi, that is my sister holding my oldest at 6 weeks old next to Green Bay in Door County. But isn't it a virtual 'hair doos' through the years vid, lol. I do have short hair in the photo sitting on the grass smiling at my son ;) and then really, really long hair in the old fashioned fun photo with dau #2 and the parasols. Thanks for watching, I know it's odd to put it up, but w/e...

Storm reports from yesterday for IL and IN indicate some weak tornadoes and Danville had some flash flooding when they took a reported 1.30 inches of rain in 30 minutes. (fyi,The Vermilion River is there. Don't know where that drains to, will look it up. Probably the Wabash, which most likely took quite a bit of rain as well). There was a brief touchdown which I mentioned yesterday, in open field. ramble scramble...gots to go ;)
78. Ylee
Jus, I was going to ask you someting about something, but I forgot what it was! Oh well....

Hello...from busy Northern IL. It was a beautiful Mother's Day. Thank you all for the kind wishes.

Looks like SD, ND have some trouble up their way. Prayers up. (oh and down rivers to those flooding, ugh...so hard to watch this from here where we can do nothing but pray. Don't know which is worse, the frantic tornadoes, or watching the waters just rise)

If I missed any Mother's, or wives of friends, Grandma's or etc...hope you had a wonderful day, too.
(May post these in the larger format to a slide show or vid so those who like mid-west Spring blooms can see what the jungle (otherwise known as our yard) has blessed us with this year ;)
Peace to All

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Evening, jus ~

Sandi's right - that's a great video. It's a wonderful keepsake. And your flower collage is beautiful. Our poor flowers, and grass, and shrubs, and critters - dry, dry, dry. One day it might rain again. Might.

I had to laugh at your rhetorical question re: tornado or flood. It's not that there's anything intrinsically funny about either - there isn't. But I spent a couple of hours last night with John Berry's Rising Tide while I was working on my new post, and that was all I could take. His descriptions of the '27 flood were enough to make me want to go hide under the bed. LOL

We had a nice mother's day here, notable mostly for strawberries. Oh, and a friend came down from Houston and brought Mama some white zinfandel. Mama was properly impressed and resolved to drink some of it this very evening. Whether she's cracked the bottle or not I don't know - I expect she's probably asleep after all the partying today. ;-)

Have a good week - and enjoy that rain, doggone it!
Hello Shore, I think I may have replied to you in my sleep! Hubby said I was talking to someone... Hope you and Mom had a nice Mother's Day. Craaaaaving strawberries now! Watching, watching the water (and storms) and will be by to 'link' hop through with you...

GM all, as said, watching a few rumbles this morning: One line up in Minnesota heading into WI (may have to watch this one, but it should stay just above my head here in NO. IL)

One out by Rock Island, heading into around the Quad Cities by Dau#3 at school, thought that one may pop into severe a few times.

And the line down in MO which they just called for a severe thunderstorm warning. (maps will follow) and going to change the header...

Today is our 3rd anniversary (though we've now been together as a couple for 8 years) Lately we've had so many birthdays, occasions, holidays, etc...we're probably just going to stay home.
Have a good day!

Maps


Gosh Darn it...I just put the plants out to begin to get them weathered and here comes a cell...
trudging them back inside...they will blow away in their little corrugated cardboard pots.

Good Morning. Rumor has it hat the leaves might come out this year.Sure be nice to see green again! Sorry you have to move everything back inside.
Hi Mush, OMG I thought that read levees! I have spillways and levees on the brain. You look like maybe you will get some of this squally stuff too? 63 degrees--not baaddd!

LEAVES...leaves... yes, that's the rumor and it's spreading North, lol. We're going right from Winter to Summer heat, I just betcha Mush.


Oh, if you are following the wandering gypsy, she left Cali. on a very early flight this morning and is headed back to Colorado. I think it snowed or something in Breck? Or...here's a concept, she may have to go back TO WORK ;) I did warn her about altitude change because she got sick the last two times she came down to earth.


Ha ha!!! Squally ness Hit the corner of McHenry County and its fallin apart.
Looks like Madison is going to get rocked from both directions and they are going to collide ???

86. OGal


This is a return flower for your flowers. This is one of the magnificent magnolia blooms on my wild magnolia tree way in my back yard. The smell is awesome.

From you FB pictures you had the best Mother's Day ever.
calling for 88 degrees down here Tuesday...
Oh MY O'gal! That is just beautiful. Must be so nice to walk and breath in that fragrance! You have such a beautiful yard. Great picture
:) on the FB pics...we had a nice day. And, today we celebrate once again--our anniversary. Just staying in (school night...well work night) making Italian Pot Roast, bought some nice Red wine and thinking candlelight in the 'formal dining room'

Wabit! Helloooo welcome back to the North. Hope your trip was just wonderful, and your Mrs. Wabit had a nice mother's day. Did you see the heat warning in Iowa/NE? Goodness. 88 degrees will be like you went back to the South. Hope we steer clear of storminess. When we drove to Rock Island last week I waved your direction ;)
Hi jus,
Thanks for the flowery Mother's Day wish.

Getting warm up your way, I see. Das is good.
Goodnight.
Love the flower slide show! The flowers themselves are gorgeous, and your photography is great. It finally penetrated my thick skull that one reason we're not having a beautiful spring is because we haven't had any rain for about two decades. It do make a difference!

Hope your evening was great. I was up way too late last night and have to - MUST - hang it up now!
Good Morning.Up by Houghton we have a big power outage.I had to google Leaves to make sure I spelled it correct.My power was out around four am.I have no idea what's going on up here.We had storms,but not that bad. I love Ogals flower picture! :)
Helloooo...storms popping in central IL through to Indiana. (Maps above in the header with the severe map, as well) Lots of shaking going on with Earthquakes, too. The Central Pacific Ridge just had 2 5.0 very close in time together. There were many more stronger all over, but these seemed to make me go hmmmmmm. Don't believe I'll get back here til tonight so hope all are having a good day and the storms stay away.

Hi Mush, hope you got your power back. Yes, very odd. Leaves, lol...

Shore, I was by you very very early today before work and started the day with a lullaby. Your poor state! Cannot even imagine what it is like down there.

BF - thank you and hope you are having a nice day. It's actually about 85 here but haven't been able to enjoy it. Looks like the afternoon round of storms is kicking up a bit, especially with this heat. Be safe there. I just saw a new msd for your area pop up.

bbl





Izzi :)

Always love to read Izzi's discussions:

Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville Illinois
314 PM CDT Tuesday may 10 2011


Discussion...
345 am CDT


The upcoming week should have a little bit of something for
everyone...with a taste of Summer before we transition to a couple
days of Florida-like weather with scattered thunderstorms and
finally to Seattle-like showery weather toward the weekend.


Pattern over the western hemisphere is in the process of becoming
highly amplified and blocky. An Omega block is forecast to
strengthen the next couple days as closed upper low over California
rounds the base of the deepening long wave trough. A massive and
unusually strong cut off low over the northwest Atlantic with 500 mb
heights over 4 Standard deviations below normal should only slowly
meander southeast and ensure a very slow progress of systems across
the Continental U.S. Through the upcoming weekend.


In the near term...strong warm air advection continues with
progression of acars soundings from rfd showing 4c warming in the
900-800mb layer. More importantly the continued strong ascent has
been quickly lifting through the massive cap that was in
place...with the latest acars sounding just before 08z showing much
weaker capping inversion in place. Strong warm air advection should
continue through early this morning and given weakening cap and very
strong elevated instability (mucape values nearing 3000 j/kg) some
potential still exists for vigorous thunderstorm development prior
to dawn. Will continue to monitor satellite/radar trends and will
make a last minute call on probability of precipitation this morning.


As this zone of warm air advection and stronger ascent shift
northeast out of the area early this morning expect the enormous and
very impressive eml to spread over the area and effectively cap US
off big time. Beginning to think that 2011 will be known as the year
of the eml with an expansive area upstream soundings last evening
showing a very large area with nearly dry adiabatic middle level lapse
rates. There does appear to be a weak disturbance over North Texas and S OK
which is prognosticated to ride the subtropical jet toward Illinois this
afternoon though it is very questionable whether ascent with this
feature will be enough to lift through the massive cap in place. If
it does would appear that the best convective threat this afternoon
would be over our southern counties where I threw in slight chance
probability of precipitation this afternoon...elsewhere just expect clearing skies and a
mostly sunny and very warm day. One exception will be downtown north
to the WI line along the lake where lake breeze should keep temperatures at
least 10f cooler.


Warm/humid airmass should be firmly entrenched over the area tonight
and with strong cap and no apparent triggers in place have opted to
keep precipitation out of the forecast. There is a small chance of
something firing up but feel chances are less than 20 percent and
not worthy of including in the forecast. Other item of potential
interest tonight (and the next couple days) will be the chance of
some fog rolling in off the lake along the Illinois North Shore area
as 60f dewpoints are advected over top still very Cold Lake waters.
While fog will mostly stay over the water from time to time some of
it could sneak a mile or two inland and have added that to the
grids/forecast the next day or two starting tonight.


By Wednesday...models are in agreement in shifting the ridge axis
farther east and more importantly bringing up another fairly
significant shortwave emanating from the subtropical jet. Now
granted there are timing/intensity differences among the models
(which isnt surprising given such a low amplitude feature) however
with such a strong signal in all the models think there is a good
chance that scattered storms will develop during the afternoon.
Really looking like a Summer-time type pattern with very weak winds
aloft likely resulting in pulse storms with no significant severe
threat given the abysmal shear profiles.


Southwest Continental U.S. Upper low will continue to slow March eastward
through the end of the week with various spoke of vorticity rotating
around it and leading to continued chances for showers and
thunderstorms. We will eventually end up on the cool side of this
ginormous atmospheric gyre heading into the weekend with showery
weather likely to continue with lesser chances for thunderstorms.
Medium range guidance isnt in great agreement with timing of this
huge upper low moving out...which also isnt surprising with such a
blocky pattern...so confidence on when to end the shower threat this
weekend is low.


Izzi



Things are warming up pretty fast here in the Twin Cities already. Started out cloudy and looking like is was going to be a gloomy day, but the clouds are moving out and we are at 86 degrees at 4:30pm already. It's starting to feel like Spring around here finally.
Hi MN!! Good to see you! So much better to say oooh it's hot, rather than brrrrr!
Was just going to post that we broke the record for today here:
Per Tom Skilling tweet:

Update: New May 10 record hi at O'Hare breaking the 115-year old hi of 89. At 5pm, the temp's hit 90 O'Hare, 91 Midway, 90 Aurora & Lansing!

Minnesota:

755 PM CDT TUE MAY 10 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN THE TWIN CITIES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN SHERBURNE COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
EAST CENTRAL WRIGHT COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
WEST CENTRAL ANOKA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
NORTH CENTRAL HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

* AT 751 PM CDT...RADAR INDICATED A STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS 2 MILES NORTHWEST
OF HANOVER...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
ST MICHAEL...
ALBERTVILLE...
OTSEGO...
RAMSEY...
ELK RIVER...
RAMSEY...

TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN HENNEPIN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 805 PM CDT...RADAR INDICATED A STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS NEAR EDEN
PRAIRIE...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH. THIS STORM WAS ALSO
BECOMING BETTER ORGANIZED WITH BETTER ROTATION.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
MINNEAPOLIS...
THE LAKE MINNETONKA AREA...
EDINA...
HOPKINS...
ST LOUIS PARK...
GOLDEN VALLEY...

Minneapolis:



North of Minneapolis:

Wow pretty detailed tornado warning...sorry, just threw me a bit... won't post too much ;) this should calm a bit soon, but...see map below.


TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTH CENTRAL ISANTI COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
SOUTHEASTERN SHERBURNE COUNTY IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA...
NORTHWESTERN ANOKA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA...

* UNTIL 930 PM CDT

* AT 842 PM CDT...RADAR INDICATED A STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO. THE MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE STORM WAS 9 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF ST FRANCIS...OR ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ELK RIVER...AND
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 15 MPH. TRAINED SPOTTERS HAVE ALSO REPORTED A
ROTATING WALL CLOUD WITH THIS STORM.


* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
ST FRANCIS...
ISANTI...
BETHEL...
ATHENS..
.
New MSD:



MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0717
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0845 PM CDT TUE MAY 10 2011

AREAS AFFECTED...E-CNTRL MN

CONCERNING...TORNADO WATCH 271...

VALID 110145Z - 110315Z

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR TORNADO WATCH 271 CONTINUES.

STORMS WILL CONTINUE TO POSE A SEVERE THREAT FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER
HOUR OR TWO AS THEY TRACK NEWD INTO FAR E-CNTRL MN. WHILE LARGE HAIL
HAS BEEN THE MAIN CONCERN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE...A BRIEF TORNADO
WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE AS THE STORMS INTERACT WITH WARM FRONTAL
BOUNDARY.

FURTHER N AND E...SFC DEWPOINTS DIMINISH GREATLY FROM THE UPPER 60S
ENVIRONMENT WHERE STORMS ARE CURRENTLY LOCATED TO THE UPPER 40S AND
50S. COMBINED WITH LOSS OF DAYTIME HEATING...EXPECT THAT STORMS WILL
EVENTUALLY BEGIN A RAPID DECREASE IN INTENSITY WITH CONTINUED NEWD
TRACK INTO LESS FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT.

..STOPPKOTTE.. 05/11/2011


ATTN...WFO...MKX...DLH...ARX...MPX...DMX...FGF...

LAT...LON 47029598 47089563 46939501 46709433 46319360 45719258
44739119 43788993 43248942 43008942 42908955 42949040
43049159 43259276 43399356 43499380 44309435 45629518
46459579 46739594 47029598


Map of severe is above in the header...I'm out. Soooo tired and don't want to overpost...Be safe all ships at port or at sea. Or where ever you may be. Carry on if you wish.

Regional:

What - more storms? Good grief. I didn't realize... We surely do have it all this year. I'd make some comments about what's missing, but I dont' want to tempt fate!

I'm tired, too. A quick browse through, and off I go. I've been up way too late too many nights. It's time to be a smart woman and just trundle off. ;-) If you come through again, sweet dreams!
GM, jus, I know you often comment on NEw's page--I see he has not been here for about 3-4 days and I am wondering if all is well.

Chilly and damp here this morning--but lovely with the nearly-full complement of leaves out at last.
Hello sheslu, nice to see you. Yes, I think NEw is having a project done on his basement to control seepage. I believe he should be back today? But as far as I know, that's all that has been going on.

Hope you warm up soon!

Shore- ;) Yes, not for me, but in the General Mid-west. I was soooo tired and oops cranky last night. Hope you got good sleep, too. Supposed to be 86 here today!
GM,Jus,and looking,alls well,except someone dropped a bomb in my basement.I'm hoping when I go home tonight all is cleaned up,but what a project,nothing like having the sound of jackhammers all day in your house,your still vibrating when you go to bed at night.Hope everyone is doing well,will try to catch up with everyone.
And yes it is cool and damp,looks to be our weather for the near future.One of the drawbacks to living near the ocean.
I don't know NEw, sounds like fun to me. People pay good quarters for those vibrating beds.

giggle giggle bwahahaha

Forecast discussion is looooong but it's Izzi. Synopsis - Could be strong storms, hail, damaging wind???...very warm but hazy sun should keep the heat down hopefully. Crashing temps to 40 by Friday and a cold showery weekend possible.
Noaa radios a definite good thing today as there is some question about the storm intensity today.
Ha,Ha,very funny Jus.The vibrating was so bad,I'm confident this house can withstand anything,if it made it through this.
I thought it might have bothered Prince,but he didn't seem to care,cat slept right through it,oh to be able to sleep like animals,nothing seems to keep them awake.
Saw the long term,more rough weather in the future for the midwest and sorry to say more heavy rain for the mississippi.
Hope it works though, NEw. The doggie and cat must be pretty calm to be able to stand that. Mine hide when I run the vacuum. I really hope it works and no more dampness!

I will be in and out with work, so may not get a lot of these posted as they come up today but...
Already:


MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0729
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0809 AM CDT WED MAY 11 2011

AREAS AFFECTED...PARTS OF NRN MO AND CENTRAL/ERN IA

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH POSSIBLE

VALID 111309Z - 111415Z

A NEW WW MAY BE NEEDED THIS MORNING FROM PARTS OF NRN MO INTO
CENTRAL AND ERN IA FOR AN INCREASE IN TSTM DEVELOPMENT AND ATTENDANT
SEVERE WEATHER THREAT.

AT 13Z...WATER VAPOR IMAGERY SHOWED A PAIR OF MIDLEVEL IMPULSES...1/
OVER WRN IA AND 2/ TRACKING NWD THROUGH WRN MO EXPECTED TO TRACK
NEWD INTO THE UPPER MS VALLEY. UVVS WITH EACH OF THESE FEATURES AND
A MODERATELY-STRONGLY UNSTABLE AIR MASS ALREADY IN PLACE FROM MO TO
THE ERN HALF OF IA /PER 12Z SOUNDINGS/ SHOULD SUPPORT ADDITIONAL
TSTM DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE DISCUSSION AREA. 40-50 KT SLY MIDLEVEL
WINDS FROM MO TO IA ARE RESULTING IN 40 KT EFFECTIVE BULK SHEAR FOR
STORM ORGANIZATION.

12Z SOUNDINGS SUGGEST THE ONGOING STORMS FROM NWRN MO INTO PARTS OF
WRN IA ARE LIKELY ELEVATED...THOUGH VISIBLE SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWED
SURFACE HEATING WILL OCCUR ACROSS MUCH OF ERN IA WITH POCKETS OF
HEATING IN NERN MO. THIS SHOULD RESULT IN THE REDUCTION OF SBCINH
LATER THIS MORNING FOR SURFACE BASED DEVELOPMENT AND GREATER TSTM
COVERAGE.

..PETERS.. 05/11/2011
Stories, gossip on WU??? Now, here's a RUMOR--a big en!

Europe
Italians 'flee Rome' over quake rumours
Many flee the capital following reported prediction that a major earthquake would hit the capital.
Last Modified: 11 May 2011 14:51
Al Jazeera English

Link

"Internet-fuelled rumours that a major earthquake would strike Rome, the Italian capital, has caused some residents to flee in panic, media have reported.

According to an Italian consumer group, some 20 per cent of the city's workforce did not show up on Wednesday and hotels outside the capital reported higher than usual bookings.

Traffic on the usually busy Rome streets was also said to be quieter than usual and many store fronts, particularly in the Chinese quarter, were shuttered.

"They have all gone away because they are scared of the earthquake," Shouman, a Bangladeshi street seller who normally receives his cheap goods from a Chinese salesman, told the Reuters news agency.

The rumour was sparked by a faction of followers of Raffaele Bendandi, a self-taught seisomologist who predicted that a "big one" would hit Rome on May 11, 2011, based on the position of the planets.

Bendandi, who died in 1979, believed earthquakes were the result of the combined movements of the planets, the moon and the sun and were perfectly predictable.

However, Paola Lagorio, president of the association in charge of Bendandi's documentation, says there is no evidence he ever made such a precise prediction.

The majority of Romans were sceptical, with some laughing off the rumours.

"Nothing is going to happen," delivery man Vittorio Giansanti said, giggling as he went about his normal work in the Piazza Vittorio neighbourhood.

Italian officials took measures to quell the fears over the rumour, with the Civil Protection department posting a statement on its website that quakes cannot be predicted and that Rome was not at any major risk.

Toll-free numbers were also set aside at city hall to field questions.

On average, there are 30 earthquakes registered every day in Italy, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology.

Rome, however, has only a moderate seismic risk compared to more volatile regions in the Apennine mountains"
The last predicted earthquake by the same guy was two days out... so perhaps they ought to stay out of Rome until the weekend! lol

Been doing a lot of lurking... no energy, burnt out my candle at both ends....lol
Just wanted to let you know I was still here:))
Totally can understand you need a break, I was out of energy just looking at all the work you've done, lol.

Ohhh, his predictions are fairly correct??? hmmmm

Storms firing up all ready. Actually some of the same maps for the areas are below in yesterday's comments.
Add: Except MI wasn't in the maps below, so added that one.

Whoooa, Spain! Not far off, but sort of creepy (glad it wasn't a really big one) 4.5




4.5
Date-Time

* Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 15:05:12 UTC
* Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 05:05:12 PM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 37.700°N, 1.630°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region SPAIN
Distances 55 km (34 miles) SW of Murcia, Spain
120 km (74 miles) NE of Almeria, Spain
123 km (76 miles) SW of Alicante, Spain
348 km (216 miles) SSE of MADRID, Spain
Location Uncertainty Error estimate not available
Parameters NST= 26, Nph= 26, Dmin=297.5 km, Rmss=0 sec, Gp=112°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=5
Source

* Centre Sismologique Euro-Mediterranéen, Bruyères-le-Châtel, France

Event ID us2011kubk
Totally creeping me out:



Spain 5.3

5.3
Date-Time

* Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 16:47:26 UTC
* Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 06:47:26 PM at epicenter

Location 37.697°N, 1.556°W
Depth 1 km (~0.6 mile) (poorly constrained)
Region SPAIN
Distances

* 50 km (31 miles) SW (231°) from Murcia, Spain
* 119 km (74 miles) SW (233°) from Alicante, Spain
* 124 km (77 miles) NE (39°) from Almeria, Spain
* 355 km (221 miles) SSE (148°) from MADRID, Spain

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14 km (8.7 miles); depth +/- 6.2 km (3.9 miles)
Parameters NST=292, Nph=297, Dmin=301.7 km, Rmss=1.24 sec, Gp= 43°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Source

* U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center:
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

Event ID usc0003c5s
The news services are reporting damage and possibility of fatalities in the Spain EQ's. Prayers up.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for us:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch 281 is in effect until 700 PM CDT

IL
. Illinois counties included are

Boone Bureau Carroll
De Kalb Fulton Grundy
Hancock Henderson Henry
Jo Daviess Kane Kendall
Knox La Salle Lee
Marshall McDonough McHenry
Mercer Ogle Peoria
Putnam Rock Island Schuyler
Stark Stephenson Warren
Whiteside Winnebago
Hey there JS,
Is it warm enough for you today?
Looks like you are getting the weather we got yesterday.

That's quite some deal with an earth quake in Spain. Has there been any injuries or fatalities reported?
Probabilities for watched are 281

WWUS40 KWNS 111827
WWP1

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH PROBABILITIES FOR WS 0281
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0127 PM CDT WED MAY 11 2011

WS 0281
PROBABILITY TABLE:
PROB OF 2 OR MORE TORNADOES : 20%
PROB OF 1 OR MORE STRONG /F2-F5/ TORNADOES : 05%
PROB OF 10 OR MORE SEVERE WIND EVENTS : 40%
PROB OF 1 OR MORE WIND EVENTS >= 65 KNOTS : 30%
PROB OF 10 OR MORE SEVERE HAIL EVENTS : 30%
PROB OF 1 OR MORE HAIL EVENTS >= 2 INCHES : 30%
PROB OF 6 OR MORE COMBINED SEVERE HAIL/WIND EVENTS : 80%

&&
ATTRIBUTE TABLE:
MAX HAIL /INCHES/ : 2.0
MAX WIND GUSTS SURFACE /KNOTS/ : 60
MAX TOPS /X 100 FEET/ : 500
MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR /DEGREES AND KNOTS/ : 26020
PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION : NO

&&
FOR A COMPLETE GEOGRAPHICAL DEPICTION OF THE WATCH AND
WATCH EXPIRATION INFORMATION SEE WOUS64 FOR WOU1.

$$



MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0733
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1255 PM CDT WED MAY 11 2011

AREAS AFFECTED...SRN WI/NRN IL

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH LIKELY

VALID 111755Z - 111900Z

THE SVR THREAT WILL INCREASE ACROSS PORTIONS OF SRN WI AND NRN IL
DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. A WW IS LIKELY.

CU FIELD IS QUICKLY DEVELOPING INVOF A WARM FRONT DRAPED ACROSS SRN
WI AND NERN IL...LEADING A VERY UNSTABLE AIR MASS /MLCAPE VALUES AOA
3000 J PER KG/. AS MID-LEVEL ASCENT ASSOCIATED WITH A MID-LEVEL VORT
MAX PIVOTING THROUGH IA/SRN MN BRUSHES ACROSS THE UNSTABLE
SECTOR...VIGOROUS CONVECTION WILL LIKELY INITIATE OVER THE NEXT HOUR
OR TWO. THE DEGREE OF POSITIVE BUOYANCY WILL LIKELY YIELD A SVR
THREAT...WITH DMGG WINDS AND LARGE HAIL. WHERE SFC WINDS REMAIN
LOCALLY BACKED...PARTICULARLY INVOF THE WARM FRONT AND ANY LAKE
BREEZE...A THREAT FOR A TORNADO OR TWO MAY ENSUE.

..COHEN.. 05/11/2011


ATTN...WFO...GRB...LOT...MKX...DVN...ARX...

LAT...LON 42968805 42088781 41408783 41508910 41788980 42489045
43389101 44109076 44018895 42968805
Hi MN, thanks for the additions to the discussion for this afternoon weather shaping up. Unfortunately, I found this off twitter in the last few minutes:

Six dead after earthquake hits Spain
By the CNN Wire Staff


Link
Jus,
You guys in the 80's,sever weather, and we are lucky if we hit 60's and cold wind blowing off the ocean, a picture of two completely opposite weather scenes.
Don't often hear about Spain with earthquakes,lets hope the death toll is small.
I feel so bad sort of making light of that eq prediction now. Hey get a big fan and push that monster thing off your coast would ya.

Centered just North of me in WI at the border area (Walworth Co)
Some little thing just popped up by us here. Nasties all over the Country though, sheesh.



Map below in previous post.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN LAKE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
NORTHEASTERN MCHENRY COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

* AT 313 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL. THIS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR WONDER LAKE...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 10
MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
WONDER LAKE...MCHENRY...PISTAKEE HIGHLANDS...FOX LAKE...ROUND
LAKE...ANTIOCH...LAKE VILLA...LONG LAKE...VENETIAN VILLAGE...
HEBRON...MCCULLOM LAKE...RICHMOND...LAKEMOOR...SUNNYSIDE...SPRING
GROVE...CHANNEL LAKE...LAKE CATHERINE...LINDENHURST...FOX LAKE
HILLS AND ROUND LAKE HEIGHTS.
Oooh,

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN COOK COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
NORTHERN KANE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
SOUTHWESTERN LAKE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
SOUTHEASTERN MCHENRY COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...


* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 405 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES
SOUTHEAST OF HAMPSHIRE...OR 9 MILES WEST OF ELGIN...AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 15 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR...
HAMPSHIRE AROUND 415 PM CDT.
ELGIN AROUND 430 PM CDT.
GILBERTS AROUND 435 PM CDT.
SLEEPY HOLLOW AND WEST DUNDEE AROUND 440 PM CDT.
HUNTLEY AND EAST DUNDEE AROUND 445 PM CDT.
CARPENTERSVILLE AROUND 450 PM CDT.
ALGONQUIN...LAKE IN THE HILLS AND LAKEWOOD AROUND 455 PM CDT.
OAKWOOD HILLS AROUND 500 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE PINGREE
GROVE...BARRINGTON HILLS...CARY...CRYSTAL LAKE AND FOX RIVER GROVE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WIND IN EXCESS OF 60 MILES PER
HOUR...LARGE HAIL...DEADLY LIGHTNING...AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR
PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME
OR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO
AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.
TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN ADAMS COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA...
NORTH CENTRAL TAYLOR COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA...

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 405 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED 8 MILES NORTH OF BEDFORD...OR 19 MILES EAST OF
CLARINDA...AND MOVING NORTH AT 10 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
LENOX AND SHARPSBURG.
E6 is new, but looks to something to watch out by Elgin and traveling NE.



Just took a look at the satellite photos. Looks like things are really exploding to the North of you. Just like it did here yesterday.

NOAA 6 hour satellite loop
Thanks MN. Lightning is pretty bad here, lots of heavy downpours, but so far it's skirted me.

This one is for a Highly populated area of the NW suburbs:

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN COOK COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
NORTHWESTERN DUPAGE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
KANE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
SOUTHWESTERN LAKE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...

* UNTIL 515 PM CDT

* AT 437 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
ELGIN...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

QUARTER SIZE HAIL WAS REPORTED WITH THESE STORMS NEAR ELGIN.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR...
STREAMWOOD AND HANOVER PARK AROUND 445 PM CDT.
HOFFMAN ESTATES AROUND 455 PM CDT.
SCHAUMBURG AROUND 500 PM CDT.
INVERNESS AND BARRINGTON AROUND 505 PM CDT.
PALATINE AND ROLLING MEADOWS AROUND 510 PM CDT.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS...KILDEER...BUFFALO GROVE AND LONG GROVE AROUND
515 PM CDT.
Hi We just had a good thunder storm.I had to shut down the computer.Looks like more on the way.:)
These are coming in pretty fast and may be knocked out with all the lightening. Severe map in header and some addition localized maps below in the posts. Off till this line passes by me.

This one is for IA.

TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
450 PM CDT WED MAY 11 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN ADAMS COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA...
SOUTHWESTERN UNION COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA...

* UNTIL 530 PM CDT

* AT 447 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LENOX...OR 14 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CRESTON...
AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 15 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
KENT AND CROMWELL.


Jus - this darn thing must be sitting right over you! It's right near McHenry just hovering over. Nexrad is already indicating 1.5 to 2" of rain and also reports coming in southwest of you near Elgin and Algonquin of some ping pong ball size hall. Hope the cars in the garage!

Stay safe.

Flash Flood Warnings now issued.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING
ILC031-089-097-111-120200-
/O.NEW.KLOT.FF.W.0001.110511T2202Z-110512T0200Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
502 PM CDT WED MAY 11 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
KANE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
LAKE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
NORTHWESTERN COOK COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
SOUTHEASTERN MCHENRY COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 456 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE
WARNED AREA. DOPPLER RADAR RAINFALL ESTIMATES SUGGEST AS MUCH AS 3
INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN FROM PORTIONS OF NORTHERN KANE
COUNTY...THROUGH EASTERN MCHENRY AND FAR NORTHWEST LAKE COUNTY.
ADDITIONAL THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND TRAIN ACROSS THE
WARNED AREA.
You all would be laughing your lil heads off watchin me flinch from this incredible lightening! Thanks Cat5 for keeping this updated while this sits over my head indeed! Actually the good car is here, but not in the garage...looong story. No hail here--yet...
But the car would normally be in Crystal Lake at the train station where they did get ping pong sized hail. Lucky.

Hi mush! I'm not supposed to be on my computer either...will lurk from my lil phone.
All's well here. To the West of the house a clear sunset, to the East and North the skies have a darkish look. Some places took 3 to 5 inches of rain. I think we had 1.25 here.

Storms continue throughout the country. This is for Chicago area. Regional map including Iowa below the localized thunderstorm map.


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL COOK COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
SOUTHERN DUPAGE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
WILL COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
NORTHWESTERN LAKE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST INDIANA...

* UNTIL 800 PM CDT

* AT 659 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE
HAIL...AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH. THESE STORMS
WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM BOLINGBROOK TO LAKEWOOD
SHORES...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

A WIND GUST TO 69 MPH WAS MEASURED IN OSWEGO. THIS IS A DANGEROUS
AND POWERFUL LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS. SEEK SHELTER INSIDE A STURDY
BUILDING NOW.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BOLINGBROOK...LOCKPORT...INGALLS PARK...LISLE...NEW LENOX...
LEMONT...DOWNERS GROVE...HOMER GLEN...WESTMONT...BURR RIDGE...
MOKENA...HINSDALE...OAK BROOK...WILLOW SPRINGS...FRANKFORT...ORLAND
PARK...LA GRANGE...WESTCHESTER...JUSTICE AND TINLEY PARK.

Centered on Minooka



Glad you are safe.Have the critters come out of hiding yet?:)
Gosh - glad you're ok. Heard reports of softball sized hail somewhere up there - Wisconsin, I think. There's been a little rain in Houston, but not a drop here all day. If we don't get anything out of this 40% chance, I'm going to be seriously torqued. ;-)
Hi Shore, I saw it was raining around the area somewhere there. Torqued is right I'll bet! Great fantabulous word. I do hope it rains there. Will you post a big headline for us? Please so we can celebrate with you?

Mush, thank you. They are funny. I have no animals with any fear of thunder or storms. They all slept like babehs! Musla has her little kitty carrier on top of the big dog kennel in the family room. These are complete with their own blankets, where toys go etc...It is the original green blanket from when I first found her in the closet! She goes in there and sleeps all the time like a den, and big kitteh and Molly share the bigger kennel. The doors are always open unless we go somewhere, then Molly is crated for a while, but loves it...ramble ramble.

Ok well another severe thunderstorm close by the city. Map should be below, too. They extended our severe watch until 2 am.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
EAST CENTRAL COOK COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS...
NORTHWESTERN LAKE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST INDIANA...

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

* AT 754 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE
HAIL...AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE
LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM OAK PARK TO BURNHAM...AND
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

QUARTER SIZE HAIL WAS REPORTED IN EVERGREEN PARK. WIND GUSTS TO 60
MPH WERE REPORTED IN HOMETOWN.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
HAMMOND...WHITING...EAST CHICAGO...NORTHERLY ISLAND...CHICAGO...
NAVY PIER...LINCOLN PARK...DOUGLAS PARK...HUMBOLDT PARK...HYDE PARK
AND SOUTH CHICAGO.
Winding down...getting tireeeed. But, Note the new pursuit in the photos. I found this awesome peach tulip just hanging out on the property after the storm. My photography skills just wouldn't let me get the peach (afterstorm) sky in the background, but I'll work on it...

Anyhoooo... So, we are doing the church garden. We have 9 30x30 family areas to fill (Tim and I have one of the 30x30 areas). The harvest will be donated. And, actually a farm stand will be by the road for needy in the area to come to.
I had an idea to ask for any seeds anyone would like to send to see if they'd grow here and I'll take pics and cultivate with love? We are zone 5a. If anyone would like to send seeds, please WU mail me for info and I'll see they get planted (anonymously if wanted) It's not too late as we actually have a ground temp which just warmed up enough to just begin with some things. I have corn and zuke planned (but not much else, lol) May be cool to see a WU garden for a good cause???
Hi jus,
Looks like you got some weather today. Mod risk here pffted. Got some nice rain though.
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Morning - You seem to get so much extreme weather - glad the car was not at the station!

I hope the night was quiet and the storm moved away allowing you some sleep.

The BBC has just said that 10 people died in Spain, in the worse earthquake in over 50 years! Oh, dear... Mother Earth is really angry this year!
Good Morning Juslivn
It's wet here on the praire and getting wetter. The cloudy weather and drizzle isn't helping the flooding of the Assiniboine River.
Enjoy your day while we soak up more unneeded moisture.
GM,Jus,sounds like you had a noisy night,your stuck under a very slow moving cutoff upper low,so you can expect a lot of instability today.This low isn't going to move east very fast.Eventually get to my area next week and hang around over me for a while more cloudy cool weather,this is really turning out to be a lousy spring.
Well,our basketball team limped out of the playoffs.They really showed their age.We still have our hockey team starting the conference finals on Saturday night.
Hope the heavy weather stays away from you today.
GM all, running behind and yes it was very noisy about 3:30 am ugh when we got a bit of the system from Iowa I guess. Kept me up for a couple of hours. And, then an early meeting. Will be back to say a proper hello soon and see what's on the wx plate today. Looks like TX may get some rain!
Avatar AWOL AGAIN.
Think I visited all on your blogs for a reply and thanks for the visits this morning!

Oh well, MSD and a watch was just issued I can hear my Noaa radio going off upstairs. This area is just over the border less than 10 miles from here. That spot is one active Southern border of Wisconsin. They seem to just be so active all the time and it keeps me on my toes because we are so close to there.

Our discussion didn't seem to impressive for severe, but with this system, I will be watching. Actually, Izzi was really funny about 3:30 am calling an audible see our discussion...worth a read, look for the early morning one, lols.





MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0758
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0108 PM CDT THU MAY 12 2011

AREAS AFFECTED...WI

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH LIKELY

VALID 121808Z - 121915Z

AREAS OF CENTRAL AND SRN WI ARE BEING MONITORED FOR THUNDERSTORM
DEVELOPMENT THIS AFTERNOON. STRONG INSTABILITY AND SOME POTENTIAL
FOR STORM PERSISTENCE/ORGANIZATION SUGGEST THAT A WATCH WILL LIKELY
BE NEEDED SHORTLY.

STRONG SURFACE HEATING AND MOIST AIR MASS ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE
DEVELOPMENT OF MODEST MLCAPE NEARING 1500 J PER KG ACROSS SRN WI AND
500-1000 J PER KG FARTHER NORTH INTO CENTRAL WI EARLY THIS
AFTERNOON. A QUICK LOOK AT FCST SOUNDINGS INDICATED LITTLE
CONVECTIVE INHIBITION REMAINS AND EXPECT STORM DEVELOPMENT TO OCCUR
OVER THE NEXT HOUR OR SO. STORM PERSISTENCE/ORGANIZATION MAY BE
LIMITED BY LACK OF GREATER FLOW/SHEAR ACROSS THE REGION.
HOWEVER...WEAK MCV AND ASSOCIATED FRONTAL LOW/WAVE MOVING ALONG WELL
DEFINED QUASI-STATIONARY FRONTAL BOUNDARY FROM NERN IA TO NCNTRL
WI...IN ADDITION TO LAKE-BREEZE REINFORCED BOUNDARY ACROSS ERN
WI...MAY LEND SOME LOCALLY ENHANCED SUPPORT FOR BOTH STORM
INITIATION AND PERSISTENCE. A SCATTERING OF SEVERE HAIL/WIND EVENTS
APPEARS POSSIBLE FROM PRIMARILY MULTICELL STORMS DEVELOPING IN AN
INCREASINGLY WARM AND UNSTABLE AIR MASS.


THANK you !
That post you left was totally hilarious!!!
Fingers crossed that you get not more violent weather.... I am so glad I live in "temperate" climate.
Here goes...Wisconsin, a bit farther up. Careful Mush!
(Sandi i laughed and laughed and had to share! Glad you got a hoot out of that one!)

Lil squally in IL too. Will only post tornadoes or sometin so it doesn't get crazy. (now one can only hope it doesn't go that way) Severe watch and warning boxes are posted in the header.



Hi I saw the storms.Thanks. I liked reading about the critters sleeping spaces! :)
Just west of me.

TORNADO WARNING FOR...
MCHENRY COUNTY...

* UNTIL 530 PM CDT

* AT 455 PM...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS STORM WAS
LOCATED 2 MILES NORTHWEST OF MARENGO...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

IN ADDITION...A TRAINED SPOTTER REPORTED A FUNNEL CLOUD IN
ASSOCIATION WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MARENGO...WOODSTOCK...AND WONDER LAKE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
Wow sort of hard to believe I get a signal in this cement room. Just barely on the edge of me here, moving toward Spring Grove and Richmond...Genoa City over the border will get this. I have no sirens??? What' up with that??? This is less than 5 miles from here and in the same county? Although, they may be going off now, cause I am in the basement, but when it was warned, they were not and well into the warning for 10 minutes.

TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN MCHENRY COUNTY...

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 519 PM...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED 4 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF WONDER LAKE...AND
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
RICHMOND AND SPRING GROVE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

Hi Glad you are safe!!
All fine here. Just somewhat of a reality drill. Got absolutely no storm here as it got really dark to the West N W and passed by me. Hail in Woodstock where it was sighted but I saw no other damage reports yet. Did take some pics of some cloud tops which were amazing.

My drill taught me a few more things...like trying to be an octopus to bring too much everything down isn't a good idea, lol.

Thanks Mush...

Add: It was a surprise. I had been watching that cell and thought they would call a severe thunderstorm warning first but it went right to tornado warning. The Noaa radio actually was what alerted me. I was working on pictures at the time, not even concerned...
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Hi, glad you dodged the bullet on that weather.
Saw the Kate and William cartoon you posted at OGal's.
Hand's down that wins the best wedding cartoon award!
Still chuckling.
Good Morning Juslivn
The weather sure isn't cooperating with the flood fighting efforts. The continual drizzle and rain will be lengthing the high water levels but the forecast is calling for a sunny weekend.
The Queen had a good birthday even if she had to work.
Jus ~ I saw that wedding cartoon at Gamma's. Those two princesses HAD to have done that on purpose. Honest to goodness - they just had to. There's no way that could have happened by accident!
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Good morning Jus. Here is a photo of my first rose bud for this year, it is called Knockuot. I thought that I'd share my first rose with you. :)

Shore
, no doubt about it, the 'lovely sisters' wore those crazy outfits and hats just to make a point! They are angry that mommy did not get invited to the wedding. It is nice to support mommy but mommy has not been nice to their father! Well, at least the sisters are providing us fodder for discussion and fun.
My husband was on this Metra train this morning which crashed into a semi truck. The driver of the semi died, and 17 passengers had minor injuries (from the report, news still coming in). He was not hurt, thankfully. He was in the last car in the back. This article is very scary. I am going to Des Plaines to pick him up later. (He sent me some pics from his phone from him after he evacuated the train, and was told to go across the street)
I told work to cover anything for me, so will be able to go early to get him when he calls. This picture is a Tribune Photo. Tim's photos follow the article link.




Collision derails Metra train: 'I have never been in so much shock'
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Link to photos from the Tribune:
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These are his photos from there (edited a bit to go a little closer)

The train was being 'pushed' because it was headed into the city. So the engine is actually in the back. This is the front which hit the truck and you can see it is tilted off the tracks along with the second car, which is charred.

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Thank you all for stopping in earlier this morning, I'll be back to say hello after a while.






WOW - Jus .... I am thankful your hubby was not hurt..... but sorry someone died and others were injured.

I think you will both need a stiff drink this evening :)
Jus,that is a scary story.Glad to hear your husband is ok,when commuting,your just never prepared for something like this.Too bad about the semi driver,wonder if it was a vehicle malfunction or one of those people just trying to beat the train.
Hi Scary! Glad he is OK!
164. OGal


Jus, bad bear storms around you. You have had enough drama in one day. Stay safe ♥
Oh, my gosh. You are going to be ready for some feet-putting-up'n tonight. What a scary situation. We just never know what's around the corner, for sure. I'm glad your hubby's safe.
Oh dear, dear! So glad that your husband is ok. What a horrible experience. He needs some TLC tonight.
Well, is it over? Friday the 13th??? Man that was some day! I'll tell you some stories later that my husband told me about his experience yesterday. But, he is still ok and no delayed whiplash or injuries, thank God. Still on my first cup of coffee so bear with me...I'm going to do a separate post about the crash.

GG: Thank you for coming by. I read somewhere you were doing lawn care at 1 am and laughed and laughed. Glad everyone got a kick out of the cartoon!

Tony: Good Morning, happy to hear Queen had a nice birthday I will visit to see how that river up there is behaving and if your rain stopped.

NEw, it certainly was a scary day. A Friday the 13th we will always remember. Thanks for thinking of him. I'll fill you in on what we have read in the articles, and what Tim thinks about this truck driver.

Shore, thank you for your concern, and the laughs at the princesses, too.

O'Gal, ty and for your heads up on the storm. At that point I was driving a bit farther East of those storms, but I saw them for sure in that Western sky. As 'The Meatloaf' would say, this is highly irregular, highly irregular. They were coming from the south going northwest! And the winds off the lake and that front were just at war spinning up garballygook. Really a weird day! Anyone who knows Chicago weather knew THAT was really unique.

Mush! ty once again.


Sandi, never a dull moment huh? We did imbibe just a tad ;)

Pros, a beautiful first rose! Many happy blooms to come and thank you for your peaceful weekend wish.



Want to say again thank you for your concern.

My husband was in the back of this train which had probably 7 cars. It is huge. It holds about 850 people.
The train had left the Mt. Prospect station and was moving about 50 mph. There was a jerk, noise, and the train immediately started to stop. He knew they had hit something big. There was debris flying and hitting the train.
These trains (as you know) take time to stop. So, while the train was trying to stop, he saw a fuel tank go sliding by. Then smoke outside the window, then he saw the cab to the truck completely severed and on the side of the tracks, then the bed of the truck. He knew from what he saw was going by, this accident was bad.

The train stopped. The people in the back of the train sat in their seats until the conductor came through and said they needed to hurry and evacuate the train. Only one other time in 22 years of Tim taking the train every work day did they have to all get off.
When he got off, he saw all the smoke and began to go toward the front. But, the conductors forced everyone across the street. What was going on in the back of the train was completely different from the front. Up in the front of the train it was horrible.

Here's how he explained what he saw/thought: Big trucks have 2 fuel tanks sometimes hanging down on each side of the cab. The train hit the truck exactly where the cab connects to the back of the dump truck which was filled with broken concrete. It jacknifed. The cement filled bed may have whipped around hurling concrete? and the the bed itself may have hit the side of the first two cars? Just speculation.
One of the fuel tanks either hit the side of the train like a missile or flew by dumping diesel fuel along the side of car 2 of the train. It ignited and people up front describe it going by like a fireball then there was a flash, a fire, and smoke everywhere. There is a big gash and broken windows in the first and second cars, and the second car is completely charred on the outside. The front of the train derailed, shaking those cars violently.

The people on the first cars began going out of the windows because it appeared the train was on fire. Horrifying stories from the first two cars. There were 29 injured taken to the hospital, and 10 treated at the scene according to the news.

About the truck driver: He had many traffic violations and accidents. Self employed hauler.

Witnesses say, he made an illegal left turn with the gates down, went around the gates and boom. There are cameras in the engineers room and cameras on the outside of the train and Tim can't imagine what that Engineer saw. The Engineer ended up in the hospital. Hope he is ok today (and everyone else).

Last night there was a news story about this intersection. They said there have been 12 accidents there since 1961 (I really want to know the figure in the past 5 years?) Because, what they failed to mention was that there have been upgrades continually to improve this intersection through the years with all advances in technology and safety. Huge LED NO LEFT TURN signs pop on when there is a train. The stoplights are all syncd, it is completely up to all modern standards. And, as I imagine, most train car accidents are not the fault of the intersection. This is a really, really busy road. One eyewitness said he felt the guy was just in too much of a hurry. Selfish bastard.

There are links below in yesterday's post to the various articles and photos. I really didn't see an update yet, or any news of the investigation.

Hubby went on to work of course, and was calm and fine. He had to get a ride home due to these tracks being messed up and for many the commute home was a mess. It is amazing no one else died, and the injuries were as low as they were.
This link has some quotes from eyewitnesses, which I hadn't seen in links from yesterday:
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So...onward. Need to check on what's happening with the Mississippi. Prayers up.



Well Jus, if you ask me, I think I'd rather have the 80 degree humid weather for the last couple days instead of this gloomy, raw, cool, dreary overcast conditions we are having today. But of course, I was in Chicago the past couples days, where we did not see those stagnant thunderstorms that just sat over the same area for hours like what you had on Wed! We dodged everything, and sunshine was the rule there. So I'm probably a little biased... :-)
Hi Cat5, so can you believe the river and chain is open? I double and triple checked and unless they didn't update their website or Facebook, it appears it is open. That goes to show us how spotty the downpours were this past week along with the t-storms. Glad you had sun on your trip.

Going to Lincoln Park Zoo tonight for an event/fundraiser. Weather is going to be really yucky. Dinner is indoors though, and they are going to have some exhibits open until late. Cocktails and appetizers in the Big Cat house :) Big Big Kittehs!
JUS,

Thank you for dropping by my blog... You guys really touched my heart although I was late seeing all the wonderful Mother's Day wishes - it really meant a lot!
Thank you!

Hope all is well with you... I am just running crazy, busy!
Hope to have more time to blog soon!
Hi Beachfoxx! Hope you are well too!

Know the Morganza is the subject of the day and watched it open in awe. Watching watching...and praying.

There was a 5.9 earthquake in Afghanistan which is being rated an 'orange alert' according the the Global Disaster Rating system (?) It was very deep? So, not understanding that rating except possibly the amount of people affected in the region? Could there be troops in the area? (Also know I missed many which were very strong in the past couple of days, but was watching those come in, too. I blogged a little about Spain) I think Sandi said it earlier: Mother Earth is quite angry.

Off to da Zoo! All dolled up, but bundled up because it is going to be 40 degrees! Hope to get some good photos. It's an hour and a half drive, ugh...will probably feel a lot longer on the way home. Have a good night all.
rained alllll night...sideways, wind,, 40 degrees ahhhk just a night fit for ducks only in chicago. Was on the lake front at lincoln park zoo. Beautiful dinner and event but had to spend most of the night in the big kitteh house. Couldn't even run or walk to the other buildings the rain was so strong. The kittehs were cool, but they were in their inside areas and sleepy w the rain. Sleeping curled up w their legs curled under them. On the road and headed north, and out of these bands of rain. Chi town took a lot of water tonight.
Sorry, bout the cages in the pics, but we were at a zoo, lol. Pics were very limited and light was bad--er focus difficulty ;)
We never were able to go outside because of the rain, rain, rain...Good night all ships, and kittehs. All the trains are put to bed safely, and our trip home from the city and zoo was long and wet.

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Rainfall amounts since yesterday (Chicago Weather Center data)

1.43" East Chicago, IN

1.31" Wilmette

1.26" Burnham

1.03" Evanston

0.99" Highland Park

0.35" Joliet

0.35" Westchester

Wind gusts this (Sunday) morning:

49mph Gary (GYY Airport)

46mph Chicago- Kelly Park (SW side)

45mph Chicago- Hyde Park

44mph Chicago- West Loop

41mph Romeoville

41mph Mokena


Current temp 42 degrees...

Yup bout Burnham Harbor is close enough to where we were enjoying the whole shabang last night--in our faces as our umbrellas turned inside out. Windier today!

Today is the garden planting over at the church ;( I don't think so...Cofffeeeee.

ADD: Planting canceled, phew.

My alert indicated Global Disaster Alert issued a tsunami 'green alert' as well, but trying to find that information on a tsunami.




6.5
Date-Time

* Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 18:37:10 UTC
* Monday, May 16, 2011 at 04:37:10 AM at epicenter

Location 6.157S, 154.446E
Depth 43.2 km (26.8 miles)
Region BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances

* 122 km (76 miles) W (273) from Arawa, Bougainville, PNG
* 248 km (154 miles) WNW (283) from Chirovanga, Solomon Islands
* 331 km (206 miles) SE (131) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG
* 709 km (441 miles) WNW (301) from HONIARA, Solomon Islands
* 825 km (513 miles) E (86) from Lae, New Guinea, PNG

Location Uncertainty horizontal /- 13.7 km (8.5 miles); depth /- 8.1 km (5.0 miles)
Parameters NST=295, Nph=297, Dmin=334 km, Rmss=1.45 sec, Gp= 29,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9
Source

* U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center:
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

Event ID usc0003fvs
Can't find information on a tsunami generated, but most possibly by the epicenter to this earthquake?
Don't want to say goodnight with an earthquake post so I'll post the kitty in her little den. Molly and big kitteh are curled up elsewhere, lol.

Frost map (up above in header severe map) is inchin perrrty close to my neck o the woods. Glad I didn't plant today.

Goodnight all ships, be safe.

(throwing in a pic of the first sweet williams too, which will bloom no matter what the weather :)

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GM,Jus,
Your weather is as bad as ours,I'm going to just keep posting sunshine songs on my blog and see if that gets us any sun.
Great win for the Bulls,hope they sweep the heat.
Hey,you forgot to mention our earthquake in our area this weekend.Down on Cape Cod they seismic reported a 2.1,nobody reported even feeling it.Wish all earthquakes were like this.
Sunshine but cold. One more night of 34 degrees, then I can plant!!! So, it appears tomorrow will finally be the day.

Found this interesting article about wine and climate change. Thought I'd share if anyone is interested:

Wall Street Journal
Sunshine and Vine
Rising temperatures across the winemaking regions of the world are having a profound impact on taste and quality

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Oh I'm sorry NEw, I didn't even see it. And, actually there were two: a 1.3 and a 2.1 how bizarre!
Probably wasn't even an earthquake,somebody docking the boat,rammed the dock.
Jus,
Have you seen Mass around lately?I hope its just her taking a break.I know she indicated that there were some personal things she had to deal with.Hope everything is ok
Lol, that would be how I dock a boat! Actually there seems there are pretty nasty earthquakes your way. One was 1755 and another in 1727. (these were just two I saw very fascinating stories about)
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No I have not seen Mass. Hope all is ok with her as well. But, all the glitches, combined with helping family may have just been a lot on the plate with blogging. Wish her well please if you hear anything (sme here)
Good Morning.Love the zoo pictures.Mushla seems to like her cave.:)
Hiya Mush! Ty. So much goings on. Catching up on the blog...Morganza, the Mississippi...Canada the Assiniboine...watching Japan, and then some not mentioned not caught up on yet. Prayers and ohhh I need to go to some very good blogs (photos) and just say how much I appreciate and hold them in high regard for all the information, posts, and lending a hand letting us know what is really going on in the world.

Worked and it was dau #1's birthday. The singer.
I am reading a book about Chernobyl. My daughter was born May 16, 1986 in a land where we didn't even know what was going on in Chernobyl except to know it was bad. And, I was a thinking person back then, but had babies and life here, in the U.S. and maybe some rose colored glasses or choices in my brain to think, or to just hunker down and take care of my own. 25 years later, I have sat and watched all the trials of the earth it seems so much to look back on in 25 years until I see this girl shine--shining every day those 25 years. Blessed still with this 25 year old miracle. I sit and watch and try to still understand how lucky we are, and that our own lives could turn on a dime. (eh cleche, but fits)

She (birthday girl) is my naturalist, a vegan, contemporary and unique in every way at 25. Knows politics, global warming, and Mozart, the Blues, art and music, Latin, French, German, physics, chemistry... And, how to work hard ("Accounts Receivable Never Looked Better in My Company, Mom"). A child of divorce, 9/11, the 90's the 2000's. 9/11 she wrote a letter that day, they were on lock down and others were complaining, but she said they were just oblivious. She knew what was going on. Then her guys from high school, which were oblivious, went to war.
Ahhh...25 years. She knows to sing and laugh and has a smile to light up a universe.

From my little own lil Mom universe, I made a happy birthday container garden for her today. Hubby and I started plants 7 weeks ago and some will go in these containers tomorrow for her new patio, at her townhouse.
May this season be kind...may the planters and memories and this season's greenery endure for my May baby.

Off, be safe all ships...got sappy, will review. Lil slide show of the container garden she is so thrilled about. I'd play a song, but that may put me over the top :)

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Jus,
Those were beautiful words from a very pround MOM,loved it. As I get older and look at my daughters and now grandkids,I find myself looking back at all thats happened,its really amazing the changes the world has undergone and is still undergoing.Over the years exciting times,dangerous times,and all the very sad times,but our country continues roll along.Despite the difficult economic times the average citizen has to endure,we keep fighting.You sound like you have a wonderful family and it all starts with their who raised them.Great job,Jus.
Awe...thanks NEw. She came out smiling and sooo smart. One just never knows.

Sneezing my head off today. Must be a ton of stuff in the air.

Still cold, only 50 degrees and will make it only to 59. Very strange pattern from the east.

It's a quiet work day so far. Just phone calls and returning phone calls. May get dau's project finished, and her plants in them. Need to go find a spray to go over the decoupage just for an extra coat of waterproofing on them.

This evening, we plant at the church. Dats about it...all that's going on. Oh new sheriff in town...lol Rahm was inaugurated yesterday. Hope he is a good Mayor for Chi town and does IL proud.
Did anyone see Leno last night? Kudos to the show for discussing tornadoes and showing the devastation and damage. He had Reed Timmer (storm chaser) on. They showed clips of the outbreak on April 27. Bringing awareness to these people's nightmare, and to tornadoes and their power. Plus gave a lot of info on how to donate help.

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I'd take your 59 right now,I'm sitting at 48,keep looking at the calendar to make sure I have the month correct.
I usually watch Leno,but couldn't stay up last night,glad to see someone bring it up again,the media drops the story a couple days after it occurs,eventhough people down there will be recovering for months.
Well, let's see, today I had to mow the front culverts...OMG they are just brutal, my entire body aches. We do all take turns mowing, and this time I did it because I couldn't stand it any more.

Planted 12 new Oriental Pink Lilies up front. Planted Alyssum (yellow) up front by the rocks (perennial). Planted some Lychnis, and impatiens from seed (we'll see how that goes) 2 baskets of johnny jump ups and some more baskets of impatiens (ohhhh from seed, lol...I live dangerously)

Put the bean fence in and planted the beans (Bush Blue Lake Garden Beans) and peas. Probably could have planted the peas earlier, but that is ok. Tomorrow, the tomatoes, peppers, herbs and corn go in. Plus, the eggplant and ???

Then...went to the church where we began the community garden this evening. I may have been in shock by then and just continued. Our 'plot' is combined with the in-laws and is 90 feet by 30!!! There is planned planting going on ;) Courtesy of the church ladies, lol. We planted 4 rows of corn (which complements and cross pollinates to the other families planting corn in another 60 foot adjacent area), 4 rows of beans, one row of acorn and butternut squash, and one row of onion sets and green onion (all 90 ft rows!!!) There will be others doing root veggies, leaf rows, peppers, and someone who has grown over 100 tomato plant starters to go in other plots. All the harvest will be put by the roadside stand to be 'free' to the community, or on the honor system.

Needless to say after moving about 45 ferns here on the property this past week, to replace picking garlic mustard from the woods, transplanting hostas and peonies, and mowing, (oh mulching, too) my work out regimin has definitely been Woman's work out world of the yard!

Ya gotta know there's a slide show...tbc as things grow on! Hope and pray we don't get a freeze! Goodnight all ships...zonk!

Mt. Hope Church, Community Garden (9 plots 30 by 30, 9 families participating. Just MIL, FIL and Tim and I rototilled and planted this evening due to graduations this coming weekend)

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Good morning JS,
It's Wed. May 18, 2011 at 6:40am CDT and yes I am up very early for me. Son is home sick with a migraine attack so I had to drive the wife into work this morning. Let me tell you, when you got to sleep at 1am, 5am comes mighty early. Right now I'm running on Adrenalin so I will probably hit the sack again later today. Got to be wide awake when I pick up my wife at 4pm. Read the story about the May 13 train/semi accident. Boy, and to think I thought you led a quiet and boring life. Glad to read you husband was alright. That truck driver had to be out of his mind or half asleep to try something like that. At least you don't have to worry about him doing it again. Regarding the new technology, like Auburn says, you can't fix stupid. No matter how good you design a roadway, there is always going to be someone who will break the rules. They need to start cracking down on traffic violators much harder with the possibility of jail time for some violations. That might get some people to think twice before doing something really stupid and dangerous.

My wife and I were in a car accident many years ago. Women driving an old Cadillac Fleetwood model pulled in front of traffic that was moving at 60mph. We were the unlucky ones to hit her. That was before most cars had seat belts or airbags. It's only by the grace of God that we made it through that with only a mild concussion and a bunch of bruises. My wife had to have 23 stitches in her head because she hit the rear view mirror and then the windshield. I hit the steering wheel so hard I broke it and had the wind knocked out of me. Both cars had become airborne and flew to land on the other side of a 10 foot wide culvert. It was amazing that no one was killed and we were the only ones hurt. The other driver, a women and her child were unhurt. God was watching over them as well, despite the women's stupid maneuver. We both lost a months worth of work because of that.
After our accident, there was one more at that intersection which killed someone. That prompted the county to put in traffic lights. That helped a lot, but as people have gotten bolder and more stupid over the years, the accidents at that intersection have started to increase again. They have been experimenting with putting in Round-a-Bouts at many intersections like they have in Europe. It's still pretty new and they don't build then here as big as they are in Europe, but so far I haven't heard of any accidents at any yet. Maybe they should put a big one in at that intersection with all the accidents.
GM,Jus and Mn,just another cold wet dreary day here in the northeast,actually made it to 53 yesterday.When these systems stop,we tend to get the wet end of the stick.Can't remember what sunshine looks like.Business at tanning salons have jumped.Mushroom sales have dropped at supermarkets and farm stands,as everyone can grow their own in their yards.My peas in my garden are doing great,they love cool wet weather.See I'm trying to pick the advantages to this weather,otherwise I'll get deeply depressed.
Our Bruins won last night so all is not bad.
Quoting NEwxguy:
GM,Jus and Mn,just another cold wet dreary day here in the northeast,actually made it to 53 yesterday.When these systems stop,we tend to get the wet end of the stick.Can't remember what sunshine looks like.Business at tanning salons have jumped.Mushroom sales have dropped at supermarkets and farm stands,as everyone can grow their own in their yards.My peas in my garden are doing great,they love cool wet weather.See I'm trying to pick the advantages to this weather,otherwise I'll get deeply depressed.
Our Bruins won last night so all is not bad.



Sounds great and I love fresh peas. Especially the Sugar Snap Peas. I can eat them all day.
Oh,that's a fair sized plot - bigger than the average "allotment" here - so I can see why you ached in every joint!

Hope you feel a little better today.
Thanks for dropping by the ol' blog - I am doing a lot of on-line reading at the moment, and when I get to WU I continue to read, and forget to comment! I am beginning to be a closet lurker! hehehe

Sorry you are chilling down towards the weekend - we are warming up to low 70's (sorry) ;(
Hi NEw, would ya turn off that spinny thing off your coast? (I know you want it gone too) how bizarre. We are also gray, drizzly, cold. Don't know if I'll plant anything today after all.

MN, sorry to hear about the son's migraines. Accident stories...wow! You and your wife were very lucky. There were a few controversial editorials, articles in the papers since the train crash, and some people who were still recovering and had a very rough time. Mostly, we were gravely concerned about the Engineer. What that man must have endured up there (and the passengers on the first cars--well the whole train, but specifically the first cars) Here's the only update link I could find if interested Link

Hope you get a nap in before heading into that rush hour traffic again. At least we are lucky enough not to be flooding (knock on wood) Thanks for stopping!
oops Hi Sandi, you snuck in. Enjoy your 70! No problem ever on not commenting (guilty of same) :)
Quoting MNTornado:



Sounds great and I love fresh peas. Especially the Sugar Snap Peas. I can eat them all day.


I recognize that avvy. Howdy, pardner. :)

Good morning, folks.
GM Vet, saw the photo you posted of the moon at the grill, really good shot!

Planted those snap peas yesterday, can't wait and with this little rain I can almost hear them growing ;)

Sandi, oops forgot to add that the Church sits on 9 acres. A farmer came and plowed all the plots, and we just rototilled to break up the grassy stuff. There used to be a ball field back there, but they took it out of service with newer better ball fields in the area. But, this task is going to be huge this summer and I go back to work full steam June 1. (took a lot of time off with so much going on in May) anyhoooo that little Mt. Hope Church is blessed with good people and good land.
Jus,That spinny thingy,came from your part of the country,so you can take it back,please!!!!I know midwesterners,move slower than we in the east,but this is ridiculous.Take it back!!!!
I think we should just blame Florida...just because....warm beaches, sunshine, grrrr
(j/k Florida, lol)
I would like to see the sun at least one more time before the end on Saturday.
Quoting juslivn:
I think we should just blame Florida...just because....warm beaches, sunshine, grrrr
(j/k Florida, lol)



Hehehe. We can take it. :)

Thanks, Jus, GM.
;) Vet.

Good Evening, sort of watching da Bulls, sort of looking at twitter and news (and wx and pics and da blogs, lol multi tasking relaxation, lol)

This is disturbing, looks like they are doing this just to avoid the new laws:
BBC
Brazil: Amazon rainforest deforestation rises sharply
Man made fires to clear the land for cattle or crops in Sao Felix Do Xingu Municipality, Para, Brazil - 2008 Official satellite images shed a new light on the pace of deforestation


Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has increased by almost six times, new data suggests.


Link


That really ticks me off. The Amazon is not just a regional treasure, but a global one. :(
Good Morning Juslivn
We had no luck at the cemetery.
It looks like we're in for a warm weekend but maybe more rain. Today's high will be the warmest temp this year. It's just about time to switch the therostat from heat to cool.
Enjoy your day and keep warm
GM Tony, will come by to get an update over by you, but glad you are warming up finally, too!

Vet, yeah...just don't get it. They should know better in Brazil by now darn it.

I wrote quite a bit in the header. I believe later today may be the opportune time to finally get this garden in, and finish up the church garden (and get their flowers done tomorrow) I have about 5 trees to transplant as well, which were starters from the arbor day foundation (a Tulip Tree, a Crabapple, a Dogwood, an Arrow Wood??? and a Red Oak). And, with the rain popped up a lot of new garlic mustard. It's graduation on Sunday/Monday complete with trailer ready to move Dau #3 from the sorority house the final time. We will stay again in Bettendorf just over the river from Rock Island. I will softly make my humble request to the Mississippi to behave again ;)

Sooooo, an active few days. But, for now...coffeeeeee and reading.
Cover of SI

Kudos to them for this:



GM,Jus,work is a zoo today,you may hear a distant scream from the east if you listen closely.So your cubs are coming into town for the weekend.Should be a fun series,since half our pitching staff is on the DL,you may get some victories.No promises about the weather,but then Chicago hasn't been that great in the weather department either.
Oooh maybe a good match up there? lol. Sorry about work....one more day and TGIF for you, hope you survive the zoo...your scream should carry on the jet in about 3 hours...

Yup, the gray skies set yet another record for Chi town this year:

Tom Skilling -"Only once before over the 52 yrs of observations at O'Hare (obs hv been archived there since 1959) have there been 5 consecutive mid-May days with highs which failed to top 60-degrees"

BBL. off to be productive and quit twitter trivial pursuit, lol

Oh my! You've been busy with planting flowers and trees, and community garden preparation, and now at last your own garden. I can certainly sympathize with your lack of sun this "unspring". I've seen that strange bright light in the sky three days in a row now. I hardly know what to think! (Where did I store that sunscreen, anyway???) I'm actually going to rototil my garden space today. Good luck with yours. Happy Gardening!!!
Hello BC! Glad you had sun and were able to till today. Visited with a goofy post on your blog just after I came in from the jungle. Sorry if it made no sense, may have been out there too long, lol.

I know, I know it's late (hey it's still 55 degrees and that's a good sign!) Now, we pray for just a lil shower to come our way. None of the nasty stuff, pleeeeze.

Should be looking at my pillow, but instead, I am winding down from the long day. Got most all accomplished, except planting the trees, oh and weeding just the garden was enough, so didn't even get close to the woods yet for more mustard weed)

So, ok well as you know...slide show time (and a new garden doesn't really photograph that well, but for progression sake, nice to see the beginning-fwiw). Don't know how that baby kitteh got into so many pics, but I couldn't resist :) (I say baby kitteh, but yes, she's a big girl now!) You can stop the slide show by hitting the arrow buttons (like anyone's up but Sandi, lol). Trains going to bed and yada yada...

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I'm up! I'm up!

But not for long. I've been watching a video of two college guys in full suits of armor water ski through flooded timber after jumping carp....

Uh... maybe I better go to bed!
Wow just look at all those radars stations on "clean air mode" LOL hopefully the coming storms will bring some excitement! Unless you would rather not have that, then by all means, I'll make up for what you don't want in the storm dept :)
Charles, huh??? What does that mean? I'm in slow motion here and if you are coming to my neck o the woods, dat's not a good thing, but I'll feed ya if ya need it :)

Add: Ohhhhh I get it, cleaning the atmosphere cause I'm planting soooo much Dar! Duh! Duah, or however it's spelt, lol...and I'd love to have ya, but if yer storm chasin in my parts...I may be in my bunker! You be safe!

Shore! HuH??? Sounds like an interesting show, heh heh did you and Charles conspire to confuse the heck out of me? Uhm...carp? Jumping logs? Mississippi? hmmmm. I'm still up. I have ants in my kitchen (yewts cookin a midnight snack--er maybe just dinner) and I'm talking w/them and lending my expertise to chicken fried steak. Why do they always start this stuff at 11:30 pm??? lol
Oh, Jus :) You must be tired - you are talking in riddles!! lol

Cooking chicken at 11.30? Oh, the joy of Youth - I would have terrible indigestion and nightmares eating that late!

Sweet dreams:)
Haha nothing bad, clean air mode is just a sensitive radar mode. Usually goes into that mode when the weather is boring. I've no idea where I will be or when, however I may get back down into Illinois more than once this year. :) Get the bbq out, buy me hamburger, seasonings, and a few veggies and I'll prepare a gourmet meal!
Ohhhhhhh Nooooow I Get It! Ha hahaha Charles. No problem the burgers will be ready for ya!

Sandi, wish the ants knew how to clean up like the Queen bee! My kitchen looks like he$# this morning. I didn't stay up for the finished product.

This Friday is starting more like a Monday: Meatloaf is here for his 'doggy daycare' and dau forgot to strategically place the garbage can so he couldn't get into it and he knocked it over. Argggghhhh.

But, on a good note it is 62 degrees! Don't think we've started a day with sun or 62 in???

GM,Jus,looking back at the past remarks, and now I'm confuse,but considering the way this week has gone,confusion is my normal state.Friday!!!!!!Still in search of our first sun in a week.Cubbies are in town,their going to wear the uniforms from 1918 which was the last time they came to Fenway Park.Those baggie uniforms will be a riot.
Cool NEw! Let's pretend it's the World Series and our teams are both in the game! Hey it's very fitting for the rapture, lol.
So the cubs/Redsox tomorrow night at 7:10,will they get it in or will there be a rapture delay??
Ha haha rapture delay! That's when the she devils come out and dance all over the field like a half-time show!

Er, should have said 'end of the world show' with those she devils dancing and zombies coming up from third base, lol.

Planted after work: Rock Cress, Sunflowers, Coreopsis, butterfly flower, more viola johnny jump ups, columbine (3 kinds), dianthus. Fenced off behind the deck and this is where the sun/part shade perennials are being planted to have nothing but flowers about 6 feet behind the deck area. It's a huge task, and I had to fence to keep the zoo animals out. Only got a really little bit done. This will be a process. I'm out of seeds. More seeeeeeds, more seeeeeds! They are a dollar a pack (on sale right now) and I'm like a kid buying those old packs of gum with the pokeman cards in em...pleeeeeze just one more pack!

Needless to say, it was an absolutely gorgeous day in Chicagoland, hope everyone here enjoyed! Have a great weekend!
GM - SPC for tomorrow has quite a broad area indicated as moderate. Darn it. Seriously just didn't need to worry about this right now with Jackie's graduation and all the activities out in Rock Island, IL. Am not liking this set up Sunday. Still haven't located an app to give me alerts according to where I am located via gps on my phone.

Looks like we may need tarps and a lot of tie downs for the trailer and moving/driving all her things back. Crud, crud crud.
(More concerned about tomorrow then today's probablilities)
Add: Won't be around much this weekend, tomorrow or tomorrow night to post if anything comes up, be safe all.

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Discussion..upper MS valley into the Southern Plains...
As a surface low migrates eastward with the remnant upper low into
the upper Midwest...an axis of stronger destabilization ahead of a
weak southward trailing surface front into the lower Missouri
Valley...and ahead of a dry line across the southeastern plains...is
expected to be the focus for higher severe probabilities Sunday. A
strengthening southerly pre-frontal low-level jet...coupled with a
belt of enhanced westerly middle-level flow to the southeast of the
upper low...could yield favorable hodographs for supercells capable
of producing tornadoes...particularly across parts of eastern
Iowa/southern Wisconsin into northern Illinois.
Hi I just dropped by to tell you I'm still here.Of course it's not six pm yet.:)
Meatloaf is considering repenting for the garbage surfing situations, finally. (lol j/k someone else's pic online msn I think hahahaha!)

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Thank you Pros, I needed that today. Just a bad day.

Hi Mush :) Glad to hear it...It's six o'clock somewhere!

Love the picture.I'm packed and ready to go.So far the only one missing is that old guy who predicted this event.:)
Yup, still here too Mush!

Well, that about clinches it. I'll be in just about the entire zone of possible severe at some point tomorrow on the way to the Quad Cities, and probably in Rock Island right about blast off time.

Maybe I'll storm chase after dau's graduation. I think it would be funny to watch me storm chase--like granny's go storm chasin or somethin: OMG...Holy Moly!...rut row...get out of the wayyyyyyyy... move trucker move!!! Take cover....get out of that trailer!!!! Hurry....turn around, no go forward, no turn around...go backward, no go left, noooo go right, eeeek duck. Ahhhhhhk, lightening....watch out!!!!! Wait, we gotta grab that dog!
LOL you should take Charles on that storm chase.I stole your picture and posted it all over blogs.Now people will think I'm clever.:)
But you are clever!!! I bootied it too! Haahaha. Uhm watching storms. Just making sure that line doesn't go into Dau's territory by the Iowa/IL line there. I don't think she'd like a heads up from Mom the night before graduation, so I'm hoping it doesn't head up farther to the Quad area. It has a history this evening in KS, but may be falling apart that far north? hmmmmmm

5:45 am is gonna come pretty early if I don't head to bed (but still watching for a while) All plans are set and we are in blast off mode, counting down for the big day. We can't check into the hotel until 3pm so I have to be traveling in good clothes and make up done, and be all prepared.
There will be a Baccalaureate at 10 am then brunch, then commencement at 3, and a big dinner planned. I'm gonna cry! This is our last one in College (for now). 5 kids!!! All went, some finished, some went on to live the College of Life.
Oh getting sappy. Ok off to check the radar one more time. Be safe all ships.
I love #228!!! Meatloaf is such a good dog to sit patiently while you snap that picture. Very imaginative and creative. You ought to post that on failblog.org or dogs.icanhascheezburger.com. It is certainly worthy.
Kind of, um, some severe going on this eve. How you doing up there, jus?
Hi BF. Thank you for checking in. It was extremely scary. Very scary in Rock Island, Davenport and Bettendorf IA. I do not know how McHenry is yet. I could not get a hold of my son, who was the only one at home, but I saw the radar and was petrified at the all . I am assuming McHenry is ok simply because I have seen no news.
My heart is just broken and our prayers go out to Joplin MO. I will be back later we have a lot still to do today.
236. Ylee
Well, you called it on post #230... Be safe!
GM,Jus,horrible stories coming out of the midwest,especially Joplin.I just posted a video,although its dark and you can't see anything,but the sounds are incredible,sends chills down your spine.For those who can't listen to moments like that,I wouldn't play the video.My hearts go out to those people.And more to come all this week,you people out there stay safe,please!!!!!I refuse to complain about my damp weather anymore,seems so trivial.
Hi {{{Jus}}} ~

Scooting by briefly to tell you ....



and I sincerely hope and pray that you and yours remain free from any of these horrific weather systems (in the midwest and south) that have destroyed and/or taken so many lives as well as property in the past few weeks! My heart and prayers go out to all these victims! It's hard to wrap one's head around all this historical devastation. So overwhelming!

Congrats to your daughter on the completion of her college years! May all her future endeavors be equally successful!

Stay safe and well, good friend, and have a safe journey back to McHenry!
Drained, completely emotionally drained. NEw, that audio is THE MOST petrifying thing I have ever heard and I cried and cried for Joplin and those people, the little girl, the women praying and those young men and all these people who are heros (and I think a young woman, who I hear in the vid say the freezer???) aaaaak so many thoughts, just cannot even find words.
The whole drive home we had CNN on the serius radio. But until now, I have not had time to see some of the video and comments in the blogs and the data. Or really mourn and feel for Joplin, though my heart was just sick, and more so now.

I made many, many mistakes yesterday. Fully knowing these storms were bad. I will talk about this later because I have to. For now, just mourning, researching, watching more and learning, and grieving again for everyone this Spring where these nightmares are happening. All I can say is there by the grace of God...for my family. It could have been us in an extremely horrid, horrid situation similar to these people. But it was not.

Briarcraft, that was not my personal photo, I'd love to take credit for it, but it was on MSN and I snagged it. I thought I gave proper credit but was in a hurry. (mail as soon as I get a few moments to collect thoughts) ty

MASS! Thank you for your post. Thank you for your congrats to Jackie. It has been a looooong 48 hours. Please give me a little time to respond better. For now, I just love everyone, too and hope everyone is safe now, tomorrow, and throughout...ty anyone who visits. These events this Spring have changed my life.
GM,Jus,listening to that audio,really shook me.I've seen many many videos of tornadoes people have taken,and you get as sense of the power,but when I listened to that,it gave me an up close and personal look at what its like to get caught in one of those monsters.
So glad to hear you and your family are safe.And a special congrats to Jackie,look forward to hearing about your last couple of days.


I'm afraid today is going to be as bad or worse than Sunday for the midwest as everything is set up to generate another massive outbreak.I pray it doesn't occur,but all the ingredients are there.If it was possible,I would cancel all work today or get people home early to be with their families to get through this day.
Good Morning. Until this day passes, NEw, I'm not going to go into what happened in Moline and Davenport. Suffice it to say we were in a crowd of people who, had that come through where we were in the stadium we were in (and it just by luck did not) it would have been thousands, thousands killed, a stampede, trampled and blown away. Then later, in the restaurant, another worse cell came through and again, we were lucky. My sense of fear was correct, and I will never, never ignore instinct, coupled with data and fact again.

(oh I guess I wrote a lot, sorry) Shaken to the core. And, I agree with the hope that people will take off work or just be extra alert and cautious today.

Prayers up, once again. And especially for all the WU family in the affected areas.
Jus,I can tell your are pretty shaken from the whole experience,especially being so close to the action,thankfully you all got out of it safely.
I have such a bad feeling about this afternoon and tonight,hopefully my feeling is wrong,already some powerful storms in northeastern Kansas and northern Missouri,entering sw iowa.Going to be a long afternoon and night
Could write many paragraphs NEw. Today, I am simply holding my breath and so scared along with you about the situation unfolding.

For us in IL not even close to what is south--but:



MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0928
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0111 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

AREAS AFFECTED...ERN IA...NRN IL/IND/OH

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH POSSIBLE

VALID 241811Z - 241945Z

AN ISOLATED THREAT FOR SEVERE HAIL/WIND IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON
AS ISOLATED TO SCATTERED TSTMS DEVELOP ALONG A QUASI-STATIONARY
FRONT. THE NEED FOR ONE OR MORE SEVERE TSTM WATCHES REMAINS UNCLEAR
ATTM...WITH THE PROBABILITY OF A WW ISSUANCE BY 20Z AROUND 40
PERCENT.

INCIPIENT TSTM DEVELOPMENT APPEARS TO BE UNDERWAY AS TCU/SMALL CB
HAVE DEEPENED ALONG A QUASI-STATIONARY FRONT THAT STRETCHES FROM
E-CNTRL IOWA ACROSS NRN IL/IND/OH. DESPITE WEAK LOW-LEVEL
CONVERGENCE...OPERATIONAL AND CONVECTION-ALLOWING MODEL GUIDANCE ARE
ADAMANT THAT TSTM COVERAGE WILL INCREASE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.
ROBUST HEATING WILL CONTINUE S OF THE FRONTAL AXIS...RESULTING IN A
MODERATELY UNSTABLE AIR MASS WITH MLCAPE OF 1000 TO 2000 J/KG. EVEN
WITH WEAK LOW-LEVEL FLOW...20 TO 30 KT WLYS AT 3 TO 6 KM AGL SAMPLED
IN WINCHESTER IL AND SLATER IA PROFILERS WILL BE MARGINALLY
SUFFICIENT FOR ORGANIZED UPDRAFTS. OVERALL SETUP SHOULD YIELD
ISOLATED SEVERE HAIL/WIND REPORTS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.




Not welcome news at all:

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

WESTERN AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
NORTHWEST AND NORTH-CENTRAL TEXAS

EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 1250 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.

...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION...

DESTRUCTIVE TORNADOES...LARGE HAIL TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER...
THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE
POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 85 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF
PONCA CITY OKLAHOMA TO 25 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF FORT WORTH
TEXAS. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED
WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU6).
Hi, thx for posting Vet.


Watch issued:
(I am posting but obviously not the most serious area of concern)




URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 359
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
140 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

WESTERN ILLINOIS
NORTHERN AND EASTERN MISSOURI

EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 140 PM UNTIL
900 PM CDT.

HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70
MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60
STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES NORTH OF
KNOB NOSTER MISSOURI TO 35 MILES NORTH OF SAINT LOUIS MISSOURI.
FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).

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.

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 354...WW 355...WW
356...WW 357...WW 358...

DISCUSSION...BOWING MCS OVER NWRN MO IS EXPECTED TO BECOME
PROGRESSIVELY SURFACE-BASED THIS AFTERNOON AS DOWNSTREAM AIR MASS
WARMS THROUGH THE 80S...CONTRIBUTING TO MLCAPE VALUES OF 1500-2500
J/KG. CURRENT EAX VAD SHOWS 50+ KT WSWLY WINDS ABOVE 5-6 KM AGL
WHICH WILL RESULT IN MODERATELY STRONG DEEP-LAYER SHEAR AND THE
POTENTIAL FOR FORWARD-PROPAGATION OF MCS. A CORRIDOR OF DAMAGING
WINDS WILL BE POSSIBLE ALONG SYSTEM TRACK AS WELL AS LARGE HAIL.

AVIATION...A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT
TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60
KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 500. MEAN STORM
MOTION VECTOR 29035.


...MEAD




Hi, Jus. I understand. Things aren't looking good for many places. Discrete SC's can pop up all over.

Joplin wasn't a large outbreak, but it only takes one big one to ruin a city or town. Keeping all of our friends in mind... :)
It looks like the fuse has been lit,cells popping up in Oklahoma and texas now.
Quoting NEwxguy:
It looks like the fuse has been lit,cells popping up in Oklahoma and texas now.


Yep. It's on. Here's hoping they all find empty space.
Yes,
also quite a few popping out there including in TN and over east from those storms out there, but



Watching, won't post too much but it's hard for me to see them and not.

Hi Jus!

Leaving you some current radar maps for your area which show what cells to watch out for. I hope you'll escape the serious stuff and, if anything, only catch the outer lighter fringes!

Glad you, yours and others escaped from serious harm during those nasty storms occuring during the college graduations festivities. Hope we all make it through this day and the remainder of the spring/summer season virtually unscathed!







Nice Map Mass!!! Thank you! We spent a lot of time with Jackie's boyfriend from Edmund, Oklahoma. He went back yesterday. I hope he will be ok. Very nice young man.
Concerned about BF in OK and those of our friends in MO, KS and actually TN, also Colorado.

The COD site is really slow. Just can't imagine all the traffic it is taking. (The cells I posted in OK are below a few posts, those are exploding)


Dodge City, KS Radar:










They upgraded the Joplin Tornado to an EF-5 and 123 dead, source TWC.
Hi The weather is insane! I got lucky I just noticed that I called BF Shore.Geez :)
The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
north central Linn County in east central Iowa...
southeastern Buchanan County in northeast Iowa...
western Delaware County in northeast Iowa...

* until 630 PM CDT.

* At 550 PM CDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
tornado near Robinson... or 12 miles south of Manchester... moving
northeast at 10 mph.

* The tornado will be near...
Ryan around 610 PM CDT...
Baileys Ford park... Turtle Creek Park... Delhi and Manchester around
630 PM CDT...

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

The safest place to be in a tornado is in a basement or interior room
or hallway on the lowest floor of a building.

Please report any severe weather or damage to your local law
enforcement agency for relay to the National Weather Service.


Lat... Lon 4258 9142 4240 9129 4225 9157 4232 9169
time... Mot... loc 2254z 227deg 9kt 4233 9153
Thank you Mush, I was watching live OK. Hard to believe though, we are at 50 degrees. Just crazy! I will find the radar.

Centered on Ryan, IA

Centered on Gainesville, TX



SE Tulsa County now Tornado Warned. Tornado on the ground, per Jeff Piotrowski's live stream.
Maps were getting a bit out of range, but watching. Also was keeping an eye on that double line out in Kansas. God Bless Joplin, not saying it is bad there, but so many without power. Are their sirens even up and going?







I doubt very many are, Jus. I've heard varying reports of between 14,000 and 20,000 homes and businesses w/o power.
Just doesn't end...holding breath.
Centered on Dallas:

Joplin



* Tornado Warning for...
northwestern Newton County in southwest Missouri...
southeastern Cherokee County in southeast Kansas...
western Jasper County in southwest Missouri...

* until 1000 PM CDT.

* At 918 PM CDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
tornado 4 miles south of neutral... or 4 miles northwest of Baxter
Springs... moving northeast at 45 mph.

* Locations impacted include Airport Drive... Asbury... Atlas... Baxter
Springs... Brooklyn Heights... Carl Junction... Carterville... Cliff
Village... Crestline... Dennis Acres... Duenweg... Duquesne... Galena...
Iron Gates... Joplin... Lakeside... Lawton... Leawood... Lowell... Neck
City... neutral... Oakland Park... Oronogo... Purcell... Redings Mill...
Riverton... Saginaw... Shoal Creek Drive... Shoal Creek Estates...
Shoal Creek estate... Silver Creek... Treece... Waco and Webb City.

Interstate 44 between mile markers 0 and 16 will also be impacted by
this tornado.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement. Get under a
workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture. If no basement is
available... seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an
interior hallway or room such as a closet. Use blankets or pillows to
cover your body and always stay away from windows.

If in Mobile homes or vehicles... evacuate them and get inside a
substantial shelter. If no shelter is available... lie flat in the
nearest ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your hands.


Lat... Lon 3737 9451 3736 9450 3704 9430 3696 9462
3700 9463 3699 9485 3709 9493
time... Mot... loc 0219z 224deg 37kt 3705 9480
hail 1.25in


Schaumann



Centered on Kaufman, TX