June 22nd, 2014 at 3:04 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

damage wayne jensen crescent city illinois iroquois co.   Picture from Wayne Jensen and the Chicago NWS facebook page showing storm damage east of Crescent City, Illinois.  A line of strong to severe thunderstorms moved across NE Illinois producing damaging winds and very heavy rain.   Buildings were damaged and crops were flattened in Iroquois Co.   Mundelein IL had a gust to 75 mph and there was a measured gust to 70 mph in Hawthorn Woods.  My brother was playing a gig in Westmont that got cancelled because of the storm.  The bar owner paid them full price anyway and he didn’t have to…Dave said he’s a truly nice guy, best in the bar bus.  My brother has 5 gigs next week/weekend.  He plays in a dozen different bands and is one of the best guitar players you’ll ever hear.  He drove back from Westmont to his home in Deerfield to find water in his basement.  Here’s NE IL storm reports.

Wyoming MI had 1.31″ of rain in 45 min…2 feet of standing water at 44th st. and Byron Center SW – a couple cars were temporarily stuck there.  Also, flooding at Clyde Park & 54th.   The overnight NAM (car.) gives G.R. 87° on Monday and 0.70″ of rain from Mon. evening thru Tues. AM.   The GFS-plot has 0.04″ Sun. PM and 0.20″ Monday.  The European would give us mid-upper 80s Monday with 0.40 in a t-storm Monday evening.

Now, check out this pic. from Eric Treece.  For the 134th consecutive year, there was no rain on June 21 in Fresno CA.  June 21 is the only day of the year when there has never been any rainfall in Fresno.  Records go back to 1881.   4.62″ of rain fell in 12 hours in Del Rio, Texas.

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  1. kevin. w says:

    Heard on CNN this morning that the big ring of fire is going to come into play toward the end of June and may last through the month of July as a centered north america ridge builds. Mentioned the northern plains/great lakes and northeast could be getting in on a stormier/steamier pattern.

    1. Michael g (se GR) says:

      CNN is still on?

      1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

        +1 infinite on that one Michael!!!!

    2. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      The only thing I see when I google ring of fire is the pacific region of volcanoes and earthquakes or Johnny Cash’s song.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        +1 The ring of fire that the almighty kevin w is referring to is hype! Keep the below normal temperatures rolling!

        1. Rodey (Rockford) says:

          Wow. Temps are still running above average for the month despite the mini ice age hype by the little munchkin Rocky. Imagine that. Who knew? Keep the above average temps rolling. I love it. Fantastic.

        2. Cort S. says:

          See the third entry on this page.

        3. matt says:

          Wow another warm summer who knew get used to or move face facts thanks for listening

        4. ralphdraw3 says:

          Global temps

          May 2014 Was the Warmest May on Record – The Wire
          4 days ago – According to the two leading trackers of global temperatures, May of this year was the hottest May on record.

          Preliminary data show May 2014 as warmest May on record …

          5 days ago – It now seems possible that 2014 could become the hottest year on record, if the trend from the first five months continues.

        5. Once a marine always.... says:

          Wow another beautiful warm bit muggy day my garden is looking so good running just above average temps for month and I don’t imagine nothing get outside folks Semper fi

        6. kevin. w says:

          Hurry jump off a bridge.

        7. Bill Steffen says:

          NASA IR Satellite data: Using 1981-2010 climo: May 2014: +0.155°C May 2012: +0.153°C May 2010: +0.156°C

          The IR data includes both the Antarctic and Arctic which were colder than average in May. Also the IR data is not adjusted up to make it look warmer.

  2. John drury says:

    Why have we had a mostly EAST wind the past few days and again this morning? On casual observation of weather maps, I have not seen obvious counterclockwise rotation of the weather systems.

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Another GREAT weather day is on tap! Get outside and enjoy the weather people! Bring it! Hey hey, my my, Rock n Roll will never die!

    1. matt says:

      Warm weather is here who knew rock n roll is dead its not too late to pick a summer sport imagine that just the facts dont like then move thanks for listening

  4. INDY says:

    Breakfast Of Champions Today More Sprites Enjoy Thee Sun Light!! INDYY!!

    1. matt says:

      Do you drink yourself into a stupor everyday, while trying to relive your 20′s. There’s no doubt you’re either a raging alcoholic, or a completely broken old man?

  5. Mr. Negative says:

    SE GR – Rain gauge reads 1.72 inches of rain overnight.

    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      WOW! Where, more specific than SE GR, less specific than your address?

      1. Mr. Negative says:

        Due East of 36th/Kalamazoo

  6. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    My sister said yesterday in Rogers Park IL it got very dark and torrential down pours and lots of lightening.

  7. Andy says:

    So now that we have had the Summer Solstice, we are now starting to SLOWLY lose daylight…is that correct!?? also…at what rate do we lose it? I LOVE the fall and how dark it gets so early!! Im kind of a vampire I guess. haha I really do not like the sun all that much. When we have full sun, it makes me sleepy and draggy…but when its cloudy, I feel much more awake and alive. Does anybody else get this??

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      I hear what you’re saying. I do a lot of driving every day, and notice that I become more sleepy when there is full sunshine.

    2. Cort S. says:

      Correct. We lose daylight very slowly at first, but the rate at which we lose daylight will accelerate until we hit the Autumnal Equinox, then it begins to decelerate. By the end of June, we will lose about half a minute of daylight per day. By mid-September, we will lose a little less than 3 minutes of daylight per day.

    3. Barry in Zeeland says:

      We actually are gaining light at sunset yet through about June 28 or so. But we have been losing light at sunrise for over a week now. What happens on the solstice is that we lose more light in the morning than what we gain in the evening, therefore it equals less sunlight, if that makes any sense for you. Good graph located here:

      Another intersting note is if you look at December, the sunsets start getting later already by the second week of the month, but sunrises don’t start getting earlier until the first week of January.

  8. Scott (robinson twsp) says:

    hey, someone needs to update the daily forcast video, still has yesterday’s on it. :(

  9. Jack says:


    Dave Steffen
    Dave Steffen knows hard traveling. He ought to. He’s found the road a companion for thirty years. During this time Dave has played in clubs from Hawaii to Pound, Wisconsin, bringing his signature style of blues rock to many thousands of people across America.

    Born and raised in Wisconsin, Dave began playing guitar as a young boy, showing unusual talent even at a very early age. By the time he left high school, his band was signed to Scepter Records. Within five years, he had also released recordings with RCA and Mercury Records. His talent as a songwriter and singer, in addition to his prowess as a guitar player, earned Steffen and his band special recognition in Billboard and Cashbox magazines and the Gavin Report.

    Dave continued to play venues in Wisconsin, opening for such national acts as Rush, Boston, Styx, and REO Speedwagon, as well as headlining his own shows. For several years Dave and his band continued to receive acclaim in clubs throughout the upper Midwest, including Chicago, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee.

    In 1986, the Dave Steffen Band headed west to the bright lights of San Francisco to experience the Bay-area music scene. During an adventurous nine-year stay, Dave worked with a variety of national musicians, opening for groups like Huey Lewis and the News, Santana, Ronnie Montrose, Robin Trower, and Journey. Guitar virtuosos like Carlos Santana and Neil Schon noticed in Dave a special giftedness as a guitarist, and on various occasions would come to his performances to jam with him in an intimate club setting. During this time, Dave continued to write and record his own music, releasing three album/CDs.

    In 1995 Dave returned to Wisconsin, back to his roots. Since that time, he has performed both with his band and as a solo act. His ability to adapt to so many music environments is the mark of a skilled professional. He continues to receive accolates from his peers in other bands. Just ask them. He connects with an audience not only because he is good, but also because he is a genuine performer. He gives people one hell of a show. In that, he has never failed.

    Like the dented blue Chevy van, which has carried his equipment 450,000 miles through three engines and twenty states, Dave, too, continues his hard traveling. He still has the power to amaze old friends and new fans with performances that show no signs at all of slowing down, not for a long, long time.

  10. Barb says:

    Up here in Cheboygan it’s been beautiful. Cool wind easterly off Lk. Huron.

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Sounds nice. NWS brings the mention of heat and humidity back into the forecast for next weekend. Thats just great!!!

      1. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Felt like the monkey house at the zoo this morning on my run. Thick, humid air.

  11. ralphdraw3 says:

    Arizona Could Be Out of Water in Six Years

    Prolonged drought and a rapidly expanding population are pushing Arizona’s water system to its limit

    By Colin Schultz
    June 20, 2014

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    1. michael g (SE GR) says:

      A drought? In Arizona!?!? No way.

    2. michael g (SE GR) says:

      So, what’s your solution for THIS calamity? Carbon tax? Make everyone move out of Arizona?

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        No carbon tax plz….

    3. Once a marine always.... says:

      I like to visit a desert occasionally I just would not choose to live in one they are known to get dry buyer beware but I don’t believe in paying any tax to help and yes I do care about the environment!

    4. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Just like Al Gore’s prediction years ago about the sea ice right. Come on now, do you know how ridiculous that sounds.

    5. fixxxer says:

      Lol…spam on bills blog.

    6. Bill Steffen says:

      There is a finite amount of water in a desert. They take what they can from the area rivers, including the Colorado. As the population increases (and immigration, legal and illegal is quite a factor here), there are some (very expensive) solutions…pumping water in from far, far away is one of them. They could pay to desalinate ocean water (the Israelis do that and do it fairly well). But, it’s the increase in the number of people, not the increase in temperature that will cause the problem to increase.

  12. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    There are some clouds trying to extend upwards near my home just to the west , if they can just keep making there way up up , I would think a few to my east might hear a few rumbles. Seems however that they are bit handi – caped….hehehe

    1. Jack says:

      Darren ..The Correct Wording is Caped- Challenged !! LOL….. STAY CUEDDD … ;-)

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:


  13. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Perfect weekend with more humidity and storms to begin the week.

    Looks like the warmth continues:

  14. Made it to 84 here today. Turned out to be above average compared to yesterdays below average. This month will likely turn out above average.

  15. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Seems much warmer than 83 degrees! Car thermometer says 94. I doubt that is reading an accurate air temp. 2nd day of summer, not sure how you can detetmine that this summer will be warm or even above average. I’m loving this time of the year. Boomer chances tonight?

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      Maybe tomorrow ….

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        But a few is not out of the question , I should have stated.

  16. Dan (Byron Center) says:

    Oh yeah and Go USA! Beat Portugal! You can do it. Gotta love World Cup Soccer!

  17. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    48 hour precipitation forecast .50 – 1.00 for many is possible ( higher within TSM ). :)

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      We sure could use a little more. We’ve had a third of an inch for the whole week.

      Today was perfect!! Spent the afternoon barefoot on the beach north of Whitehall while my grandkids swam in Lake Michigan. I’d guess the water temp was in the high 60s??

      1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

        Tht sounds like a nice way to spend the weekend , I still need to check out the beach ( s ) . When it’s not

  18. INDY says:

    Enjoying a great weekend just got in from the pool sun burn and feeling good that’s what’s summer and lifes is all about!!!! If only some could feel it!! Bill keep the nice weather a coming!! SPRITES AND LOTS OF ICE TONIGHT!! WE WILL MIS U LAURA!! INDYY!!

  19. Tom says:

    Rocky must be out on his 60 foot yacht after 36 holes of golf & skiing at Boyne!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Rj is a unsupervised child.

  20. I know a lot of people hate the forecast late next week but I am loving the looks of it!! :) I like myself some hot stretches in the summer! This hot stretch won’t last very long I don’t think.

    1. SBPortage002 says:

      Well, you know that it is summer. We get at least mini heat waves at times this time of year. 90, for instance, would not bother me so much if there wasn’t humidity involved. My breathing has become affected the last several years more by the heat-humidity combo than just the heat.

      1. Well to get away from the humidity you may have to go to Arizona and other parts of the desert SW. Boring weather there though :/

        1. SBPortage002 says:

          So true…I don’t think i could take sunny days for weeks on end.

  21. Brian(Grandville) says:

    I just did some checking, and dew points on the east side of the state are below 60, while they are all 60+ on the west side. I knew it felt humid out there today. Can anyone elaborate on this. Was it from the rain last night? Is there a front somewhere?

  22. Jack says:

    Should Be Another DANDY Sunset ::: Stay CUEDDD…God BLESS… :-)

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Too cloudy down here. Hope you get a glorious one, Jack!

  23. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    I hope next weekend we can generate some storms in are neck of the woods , or even better have them start Sunday late so we can enjoy the heat and the sun. I know there is a chance tom/ eve so I guess we will see , as I hope things turn out better then it’s looking. Hope all had a great weekend !

  24. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

    Not sure if anyone watched the soccer match but jeez what a heartbreaker , as we needed to hold for about 30 more seconds and we would have moved on. Good news is we didn’t loose and we are still alive , bad news is we play Germany. USA 2 Portugal 2

  25. Jack says:

    ON THIS DATE IN ::: On June 23 in Southwest Lower Michigan…

    An extreme heat wave began and lasted through the end of June. Temperatures in the mid and upper 90s prevailed most of that time. Lansing set their all time high for June of 99 degrees on the 25th.
    A tornado struck north of Carson City in Montcalm County, damaging or destroying several farm buildings and four mobile homes.
    Stay CUEDD…………………………………………….. ;-)

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