Sunday, May 19, 2013
Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are all possible.
Get ready for some storms. The storm system that dropped large hail and tornadoes on parts of Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma is now headed toward Illinois. The National Weather Service has placed most of Illinois in the "slight risk" category for severe weather on Monday and Tuesday. The main threats on both days will be damaging winds and large hail. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center noted in its technical discussions that isolated tornadoes are also possible on Monday and Tuesday. "The most violent storms will ignite during the afternoon and evening hours as daytime heating causes instability," Accuweather.com Meteorologist Meghan Evans wrote in her forecast. "Plenty of humid air will be in place to fuel the severe storms…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Rivers continue to rise across the area. Find out the latest details in your area by clicking on the map.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Thursday, April 18
The map above, from Google, uses real-time data from the National Weather Service to forecast river floods.
Monday, December 10, 2012
The Chicago Tribune reports that if there is no more than 0.1 of an inch Monday, a new record will be set for days between snows.
The Chicago area could set a new winter record Monday. According to a story from the Chicago Tribune, if the area does not receive more than 0.1 of an inch of snow Monday, we’ll set a record for the number of days between measurable snowfalls—280. A measurable snowfall is more than 0.1 of an inch, the Trib reports. The National Weather Service is predicting a 30 percent chance of snow showers and a chance for flurries with a high of 35 degrees for Monday. Temperatures will remain unseasonably warm later in the week with predicted highs in the mid-40s, according to the NWS. This season’s lack of snow coupled with last winter’s below average snow total is not helping with the drought conditions the area has experienced this year, the Trib …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
This is Winter Storm Preparedness Month — takes steps now to be safe, and prepare your home to guard against weather damage such as ice dams.
Winter is nearly here, and in the Midwest, that can mean anything from mild conditions and little snow to Arctic blasts and accumulations of more than a foot. Regardless, experts say there is a good chance we will experience extreme winter weather sometime this season, and they are urging residents to prepare now. Weather Advance Storm Center is predicting a much colder than average winter and some snow in the Chicago area and the upper Midwest. Severe winter weather can cause power outages and create dangerous driving conditions, not to mention dangerous wind-chill conditions. So the city is urging residents to have winter emergency kits for their homes and vehicles so they are prepared for winter’s worst. The Illinois Emergency …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The National Weather Service-Chicago has issued a "Freeze Watch," which means, basically, to cover your plants, if you can.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Rick Nagel
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Guard your plants! The National Weather Service-Chicago has called a Freeze Watch for late Thursday night through Friday morning. (That's April 5 and 6, for those who aren't close to a calendar.) Temperatures are expected to fall into the upper 20s and low 30s by early Friday morning. What does that mean? "With the record warm March bringing vegetation growth far ahead of schedule, sensitive vegetation may be damaged or killed by the freezing temperatures," the NWS says. My sensitive spring fever is likely to be damaged or killed, as well. Let's go to the all-caps, which is the letter case of choice for the NWS. "THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION. TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT SENSITIVE VEGETATION ONCE FREEZING …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for our neck of the woods.
The National Weather Service-Chicago has issued a Special Weather Statement and a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the west suburbs, including Woodridge. The Special Weather Statement is for today (Tuesday, March 6) and warns of "wind gusts up to 40 mph this afternoon." The winds are south to southwest, and will come up quickly this morning across Northern Illinois. Sustained winds will reach 20 to 30 mph this afternoon. The 40 mph wind gusts "could make traveling in high-profile vehicles difficult, especially on east-west oriented roads." The gusts are supposed to subside a bit this evening but be back again Wednesday. The good news Wednesday is the high temperature is slated to get up to 62 degrees. The Hazardous Weather Outlook says gusts …
Friday, March 2, 2012
The National Weather Service-Chicago has issued a Winter Weather Advisory and Hazardous Weather Outlook for our neck of the woods.
The Chicago arm of the National Weather Service is saying snow is possible this afternoon and tonight for Woodridge and much of northern Illinois. According to this Winter Weather Advisory, a period of heavy snowfall is expected late this afternoon and this evening. The storm system is rapidly developing and will rapidly deepen as colder air is drawn into the system. Rain will turn into snow mix by early afternoon and become outright snow by late this afternoon or early evening. It might be as fast and hard as an inch an hour—and we might get as much as 3 to 6 inches. The weather advisory is in place from 3 to 9 p.m. Quick accumulation of the predicted snow will make driving this afternoon and evening potentially hazardous, according to …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A winter storm advisory is in effect through 9 a.m. Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter storm advisory is in effect for Woodridge until 9 a.m. Friday morning. We could see "thundery snowfall and an accumulation which could rank among the winter's heaviest," according to WGN's Tom Skilling, from a storm out of Canada that's named the "Saskatchewan Screamer." Rain is expected through the day. Rain and snow will fall into the evening, becoming all snow around midnight. The National Weather Service predicts four to seven inches of snow might fall in the Chicago area, with the highest amounts in DuPage, northern Cook and southern Lake counties. The bulk of the snow is expected to fall after the evening rush hour and before Friday morning's commute. Heavy wet snow may fall at an inch per hour after 8 p.m. Strong winds …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Snow is likely Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
More snow is on its way to Woodridge, according to the National Weather Service. Snow is likely late Wednesday into Thursday and Friday into Friday night, according to NWS. An inch or two of snow could fall by Thursday, and very cold temperatures will make roads slick Thursday afternoon. At least several inches of snow could fall on Friday. This storm is currently west of California and weather predictions could change as the storm system gets closer to Illinois. Remember that it is unlawful to park cars on the street when there are two or more inches of snow on the ground.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Woodridge is now under a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service.
Updated: Friday, 11:30 a.m. Romeoville received six inches of snow as of this morning, according to the WGN Weather Reporting Center. That was the closest community to Woodridge that was reported. New Lenox led the totals with eight inches. Park Ridge had the least with 5.7 inches. Updated: Thursday, 7:45 p.m. The village has posted the following on its website: "The Village asks that you please take extra caution and be aware of the conditions on the roadways throughout Illinois during this winter storm. Be sure to tune into local weather forecasts, give yourself extra time for traveling, increase the intervals between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, and reduce your speed. Residents are also reminded that it is …