Posts Tagged ‘hail’

Spring Yesterday & Now Back To Winter

After the record warm day Tuesday with a high of 69° in the Quad Cities, a strong cold front brought strong to severe thunderstorms to the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys.

At least 24 tornadoes were reported to the Storm Prediction Center Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening.

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One of those was in Clinton County, Iowa, just north of the Quad Cities, near Low Moor.

Several tornadoes were reported in La Salle County, Illinois, about an hour or so east of the Quad Cities.  At least one person was killed and one injured near Ottawa, Illinois.

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Near Kewanee and Galva, Illinois, in Henry County, there were several reports of large damaging hail.  Some of the hail was larger than golf balls.

The weather today, tomorrow, and Friday will be colder with highs closer to average for early March around the low-40s.

We could see a light wintry mix of rain and snow later today, but a more potent clipper moves through tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night.

This could bring 1-2″ of snow to the north later Thursday and around a dusting to around one-half of an inch in the Quad Cities.

Warmer temperatures are on the way for the weekend.

Anthony

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Storms Today, But Snow Tomorrow!

February is already off to an interesting start.

We had a near record high of 57° yesterday in the Quad Cities, thunderstorms overnight into Tuesday morning with vivid lightning and some small hail, and now some snow is on the way.

As the wet weather comes to an end Tuesday morning and temperatures crash Tuesday afternoon, a disturbance moving out of the Plains will bring a band of light snow to the area Wednesday.

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The snow could start late Tuesday night with the best chances of seeing accumulation across our southern hometowns.  They could pick up an inch or so.

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In the Quad Cities, we might get around one-half inch.

Northern hometowns will only see a few flurries — if anything.

After a couple of colder days Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the upper-20s, we warm to near 50° again Friday and Saturday.

Anthony

My Top 20 Songs of 2014

It’s time to share the songs that I loved this year and to share one that I couldn’t stand!

There are no country songs on the list since country radio pretty much doesn’t play the artists I want to hear (except their oldies), so I don’t listen to country.

However, I really liked Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song”, but I don’t know if it was for the cute video or the song, so here it is as an extra!

MADDIE & TAE — “GIRL IN A COUNTRY SONG”

20

HAILEY ROWE — “DON’T NEED YOUR APPROVAL”

19

CASH CASH (featuring BEBE REXHA) — “TAKE ME HOME”

18

ERASURE — “ELEVATION”

17

CASCADA  — “BLINK”

16

HOZIER — “TAKE ME TO CHURCH”

*The song is amazing, but the video is heart-breaking and poignant.  Why does this have to happen?*

15

RENEE FLEMING — “WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES”

14

WISIN (featuring JENNIFER LOPEZ & RICKY MARTIN) — “ADRENALINA”

13

THE CHAINSMOKERS — “#SELFIE”

12

MILKY CHANCE — “STOLEN DANCE”

11

KYLIE MINOGUE — “INTO THE BLUE”

10

DISCLOSURE (FEATURING SAM SMITH) — “LATCH”

9

ARIANA GRANDE & ZEDD — “BREAK FREE”

8

NICK JONAS — “JEALOUS”

7

MICHAEL JACKSON & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE — “LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD”

6

TAYLOR SWIFT — “SHAKE IT OFF”

5

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS & PITBULL — “I’M A FREAK”

4

NICKI MINAJ — “ANACONDA”

3

ERASURE — “REASON”

2

MADONNA — “LIVING FOR LOVE”

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Since I’m counting down my favorite twenty songs of 2014, I want to take a moment to remember the man who got me interested in music charts and countdowns, Casey Kasem.

Kasem died this past summer at the age of 82 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and dementia.

As Kasey told us each week on his “American Top 40” countdown, “keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars”.

Before we get to my favorite song this year, let’s take a look back to my favorite song of 2013.

HAILEY ROWE — “MY BOYFRIEND IS GAY”

Now, on with the countdown and my favorite song of 2014!

This is the second appearance from T-Swizzle from her “1989” album.

Another number 1

TAYLOR SWIFT — “BLANK SPACE”

Thank you for checking out my countdown.  Let me know what you liked or didn’t like.

Gag Me

Speaking of not liking, my least favorite song of 2014 was “Wiggle” by Jason DeRulo (which is sad because his first album in 2010 was one of my favorites of the year!

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There was another song that I didn’t really care too much about on the radio, but once I saw the over-the-top, crazy, dirty video, then I liked it more.  But, not enough to be one of my twenty favorite songs of 2014.  But, here it is as an extra.

This video is sick!

DJ SNAKE & LIL JON — “TURN DOWN FOR WHAT”

As I look forward to 2015, I sure hope that Reba’s new song, “Going Out Like That”, that hits country radio on January 6th makes the list and gives me a reason to listen to country music again.  Also, let’s get some new Patty Loveless music, too.

Reba 2011

Happy New Year!

Anthony

Severe Weather Threat Increases Sunday

It finally feels like spring across the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys.

After hitting 90° Tuesday in the Quad Cities, we reached 82° yesterday, and highs of 80° or better are expected through Monday of next week.

And, while we’ve had plenty of rain, 13.05″ since March 1, 2013, which is 8.45″ above average, we really haven’t seen much in the way of severe weather.

However, that could be changing.  Showers and thunderstorms are possible tonight and Friday, but by Sunday night and Monday, Iowa and Illinois could be seeing some strong to severe thunderstorms.

7am Sunday - 7am Monday

The map with the red shading is for 7 a.m. Sunday through 7 a.m. Monday.

7am Monday - 7am Tuesday

And, this map with the purple shading is for 7 a.m. Monday through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Each colored shading indicates where there is, at least, a 30% chance of seeing either damaging winds, large hail, or tornadoes.

Of course, the fantastic CBS4 weather team will keep you updated with the very latest on this severe weather threat.

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By the way, Iowa just set the record for the longest period, 356 consecutive days, without a tornado.  The last tornado touched down on May 24, 2012, in Fayette County, in the northeastern part of the state, near the Wisconsin and Minnesota borders.

Anthony

70s, Storms, Flooding, & Flurries — Oh My!

In just the past five days, the Quad Cities hit 78° Tuesday, picked up 1-4″ of rain Monday through Thursday, and a few snow flakes fell Saturday morning.  Like the old saying goes in the Midwest, “if you don’t like the weather, wait fifteen (or five) minutes and it’ll change”.  That is so true and that’ll be the case over the next week, too.

Today will be blustery and cool with a sun and cloud mix.  Showers and isolated thunderstorms arrive late tonight as a warm front passes.  This will bring windy and warmer conditions Sunday as highs top 70°!

As a strong cold front barrels through the area Sunday evening, there is the potential for large hail and damaging winds of over 50 miles-per-hour for a few hours late afternoon and early evening.  This is the map for Sunday night, 10 p.m.

SUNDAY 10PM

That dark blue represent the thunderstorms and the potential for heavy rain.  Once that front moves through Sunday night, it’ll stall just south of the Quad Cities keeping shower and thunderstorm chances in the forecast all the way into Thursday.

Rivers are already on the rise from the rains last week.  Here is the rainfall total at my house, in Moline, from last week.  I just love my new self-emptying, electronic rain gauge that I got for Christmas!

Rain Last Week

Look at the rainfall projections from NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center.

Rain Projection Saturday AM through Thursday AM

I definitely think we could pick up another 1-4″ of rain this week!

Here’s a stark comparison:  So far, in 2013, we’ve picked up 10.34″ of rain and melted snow.  By this time last year, we were just at 4.30″ and we ended up having a major drought in 2012.  By the way, average is 7.3″.  So, this year, we’re three inches above average and last year we were three inches below average!

And, I’m already being asked if there will be any snow in the colder air Thursday night.  For us, in the Quad Cities, we could see some flurries or light snow.  But, the winter storm will likely stay well to our northwest!!!

This is the forecast map for Thursday evening.  That dark blue line through the Quad cities is the cold air (below freezing) aloft and the green represents the remaining moisture as the storm moves off.  So, yes, there could be some flurries or light snow briefly Thursday night or Friday, but I’m not getting excited about it happening five days out and neither should you.

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Have a good rest of the weekend.  And, find those waders!

Anthony

Random Friday Thoughts — March 22, 2013

Happy Friday!  We’re one week away from Easter and it’s officially spring!

SPRING SNOW THIS WEEKEND

With the forecast of a storm that could bring some snow this weekend and March temperatures running more than 8° below average, I think we’re experiencing  “2013:  The Year Without A Spring”!

I’m thinking we’ll see 2-4″ of snow in the Quad Cities Saturday night and Sunday.  To our south, 4-6″ are possible and to our north, only 1-2″ of snow could fall.  It’s still early and these numbers could change.

Here are the chances of seeing 4″ of snow.  This forecast is from NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center.

Up to 4 Inches Saturday Through Monday

BE RESPONSIBLE, NOT SENSATIONAL!

I have a plea for all meteorologists!  Be responsible when you look at data and post it.  If it’s not your forecast, then avoid the panic it causes for many people.

I’m really appalled by a few “Chicken Little” forecasters that throw out a computer model projection with astronomical snow totals knowing full well that it would have to be a perfect scenario for that to happen.  And, to do this six days in advance!  Insane!  I really wish  people would think about re-posting this crap and hold those forecasters accountable.

It’s easier for people just to say that all weather forecasters are always wrong.  GRRRRR!!!!!!!!!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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SING IN YOUR SHOWER, HATER.  NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR YOU NOW!

Folk singer Michelle Shocked has never had mainstream success and I hope she never sings another note publicly again!

Last Sunday night, the singer went on an anti-gay tirade at a San Francisco club owned by a gay man in front of many gay patrons and all of her upcoming tour dates, except one (the Harmony Bar in Madison, Wisconsin) have been cancelled.

Michelle Shocked

While performing at Yoshi’s, she stunned the audience by saying, “When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back,” and “You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates fags.’

The show was shut down when about two-thirds of the crown walked out.

In the aftermath of the tour cancellations, Michelle Shocked tweeted, “First: “I’m abiding, letting everyone’s true colors show before I undertake a personal response to each & every tweet.” and  “Am neither against a woman’s right to choose nor gay marriage. Am a fundamentalist tho”.

Really, it doesn’t sound like you’re against gay marriage!  Good riddance!

REALLY READY FOR APRIL 1ST

No fooling here!  I’m ready for April Fool’s Day to arrive and for the Easter feast to be over with because I want to start eating really healthy again and working out.

Last summer when Ray and I lost all that weight (30 pounds for him and 25 for me), we both felt really good.  Since we’ve been very bad at our food choices since August, we’ve gained much of the weight back (17 pounds for me).

While I don’t plan on being so extreme this year, my goal is only ten pounds this spring and summer.

HILLARY, THANK YOU!

ONLY ONE CONCERT PLANNED, SO FAR!

After seeing Madonna’s “MDNA Tour” last October and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Ball Tour” in January before her hip injury forced the cancellation of the rest of the tour, I don’t have any big mega shows planned this year.

I’ll be seeing Rick Springfield (a teenage crush) in May at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa.

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And, there’s a part of me that would love to see Depeche Mode in Chicago in August.

Depeche Mode Tour 2013

Maybe there’ll be some big announcement coming soon that will really get me excited!  A Culture Club/Human League reunion tour would be fun!

PEEPS’ ’80S FRIDAY FLASHBACK

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Since I’ll be seeing Rick Springfield in concert in May, I’ll feature him in my ’80s flashback.

The Australian gained television fame on “General Hospital” and scored his first hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971 with “Speak To The Sky”, which peaked at #14.  However, it would be a decade later when he shot to the top of the charts with “Jessie’s Girl”.

He would have four consecutive platinum albums (shipments of more than a million copies) from 1981-1984 and score a career total of 17 Top 40 hits with five of them reaching the Top Ten:  the aforementioned “Jessie’s Girl” (#1, 1981), “I’ve Done Everything For You” (#8, 1981), “Don’t Talk To Strangers (#2, 1982), “”Affair Of The Heart” (#9, 1983), and “Love Somebody” (#5, 1984).

FACEBOOK FLASHBACK PICTURES

With the dismal, cold weather we’re experiencing this March, I thought I’d share these pictures from my yard this time last year!

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EMAIL US!  TEXT US!  TWEET US!

Okay, the news business isn’t this bad?   Is it?   But, it’s funny.

AND, WHAT ABOUT HAIL DAMAGE?????

KABOOYOW!  I had to leave you with a smile!

Have a great weekend!

Anthony

Storms Chances Tonight Near Zero Now; Good Chance Friday

6:12 pm Update:  That slight chance for strong thunderstorms this evening has diminished to almost zero chance.  However, we still have a good chance for a decent, soaking rain tomorrow night and Friday.

ORIGINAL POST:

More strong to severe thunderstorms are possible across the Mississippi and Illinois Valley Wednesday afternoon and evening as a cold front brings us a real taste of fall this weekend.

This would be the second round of severe weather today if these storms develop.  In the early morning hours Wednesday, winds of 50-75 miles-per-hour were reported across eastern Iowa (73 mph in Muscatine, 66 mph in Iowa City, and 50 mph gusts in Louisa County).  Most locations picked up about one-half to three-quarters of an inch of rain.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of northern Illinois and a portion of eastern Iowa under a slight risk of severe thunderstorms through 7 a.m. Thursday.

At this point, it looks like hometowns east of the Mississippi River will most likely see the strong to severe thunderstorms.

Here is the forecast for damaging winds (58 mph or higher), large hail (one inch diameter or larger), and tornadoes Wednesday evening and night.

In the morning thunderstorms Wednesday, 0.62″ of rain fell at the Quad City International Airport, which ironically is twice the amount of rain that fell with the remnants of Hurricane Isaac this past weekend.

Behind the storms Wednesday night, another round of wet weather is likely Thursday night and Friday and then much cooler weather takes over this weekend.  Highs Saturday will only be in the 70-75° range with overnight lows in the 40s possible.

Anthony