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Severe and a Lotta Rain
Sunday, 06 May 2012 18:45
The potential for severe weather has been hanging around for most of the past week and continues through today and possibly into tomorrow. Strong winds and severe hail are possible and heavy rain is likely today and tonight. We are under a Flash Flood Watch until tomorrow morning and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, issued earlier for parts of Illinois, was just extended to include our corner of the state until 9:00 p.m. tonight. A heavy band of storms is currently crawling across central and eastern Illinois just south of our area.

So far we've been fortunate and have not experienced any of the severe weather that's been popping up around the region lately. We were under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for most of the evening on May 3 but experienced nothing sinister, just 0.29 inches of rain during that 24 hour period. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning and a couple of Special Statements were issued for the northern half of our county, but all of that moved across to our north.

20120428-0507_severeToday's graphic shows the constant thunderstorm chances and severe outlooks for April 28 through May 7 (tomorrow). Despite all the potential, we received no severe weather and only 1.16 inches of rain with a couple of dry days during that period. Today we've added at least another 0.2 inches so far, with more (possibly) to come tonight and tomorrow.

Since I have continued to fail in my regular blogging, I must play catch up once more. Over the last couple of weeks we've had a bit of wind (Wind Advisory on April 16) a couple Special Statements and a slew of Nowcasts for storms passing through the area. My favorite bit was during the week of April 22 when we simultaneously had a Freeze Warning and a Fire Weather Advisory at the same time. Freezing fire weather! Positively ominous. Though it got a bit cold, nothing burned and we survived that period unscathed.

Chances for rain and some thunderstorms should stick around the next few days, but right now the forecast has us drying out later in the week with "seasonably cool" temperatures. After all the recent storm potential, a few days of promised quiet weather will be most welcome.
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