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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
601 AM CST WED NOV 29 2006

ILZ038-042>046-048-051>057-061-301200-
CHAMPAIGN-CHRISTIAN-COLES-DE WITT-DOUGLAS-EDGAR-LOGAN-MACON-
MCLEAN-MENARD-MOULTRIE-PIATT-SANGAMON-SHELBY-VERMILION-
601 AM CST WED NOV 29 2006

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL
ILLINOIS AND EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE AS A STRONG STORM
SYSTEM IN THE SOUTHERN PLAINS MOVES TOWARD THE MIDWEST. THE PRIMARY
SEVERE WEATHER THREAT WILL BE HAIL AND STRONG WINDS THIS AFTERNOON
AND THIS EVENING. IN ADDITION...HEAVY RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL BE
LIKELY FROM THE STRONGER STORMS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY

THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT
AS ARCTIC AIR POURS INTO THE REGION BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT.
SURFACE TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY DIP BELOW THE FREEZING MARK BY
MIDDAY THURSDAY...WHICH WILL CAUSE FREEZING RAIN AND ICE
ACCUMULATIONS ON EXPOSED SURFACES. AS THE COLD AIR CONTINUES TO
PUSH EASTWARD...THE FREEZING RAIN WILL CHANGE TO A MIXTURE OF
SLEET AND SNOW THURSDAY EVENING. SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW
ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE ON TOP OF THE ICE BY THE TIME THE
STORM DEPARTS EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. EXPECT TRAVEL PROBLEMS...
ESPECIALLY SINCE THIS WILL BE THE FIRST WINTER STORM OF THE
SEASON. STAY TUNED TO LATER STATEMENTS FOR MORE INFORMATION ON
THIS DEVELOPING SITUATION.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE REQUIRED THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING.

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tornadoes?

Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
608 PM CDT SAT SEP 9 2006

ILZ031-037-038-043>046-055>057-100115-
WOODFORD-TAZEWELL-MCLEAN-DE WITT-PIATT-CHAMPAIGN-VERMILION-
DOUGLAS-COLES-EDGAR-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BLOOMINGTON...NORMAL...CHAMPAIGN...
URBANA...DANVILLE...CHARLESTON...MATTOON
608 PM CDT SAT SEP 9 2006

...FUNNEL CLOUDS SIGHTED OVER SOUTHEAST CHAMPAIGN COUNTY...

THE CHAMPAIGN COUNTY ESDA REPORTED SOME SIGHTINGS OF FUNNEL CLOUDS
NEAR SIDNEY...OR ABOUT 8 MILES SOUTH OF CHAMPAIGN.

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS EXIST THIS EVENING ACROSS A PORTION OF
CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS THAT FAVORS THE POSSIBLE
FORMATION OF WEAK CIRCULATIONS ON A PRE-EXISTING BOUNDARY. SOME OF
THESE CIRCULATIONS ARE OCCURRING UNDERNEATH DEVELOPING SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS...WHERE A FUNNEL CLOUD MAY DEVELOP. ONCE THE RAIN
BEGINS...THE FUNNEL CLOUD DISSIPATES.

LOW HANGING CLOUDS CAN ALSO APPEAR TO DIP UP AND DOWN AT TIMES...BUT
THEY WILL NOT SHOW SIGNS OF ANY RAPID ROTATION. AN ACTUAL FUNNEL
CLOUD WILL EXHIBIT SPINNING IN A COUNTER-CLOCKWISE DIRECTION.

IN RARE INSTANCES THESE FUNNELS MAY BRIEFLY TOUCHDOWN. STAY ALERT
AND BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO A SAFE SHELTER IF A FUNNEL CLOUD APPROACHES
THE GROUND.

$$
SMITH

The midwest doesn't sleep well tonight

Hey guys,

This community seems a little inactive, but the air above Nebraska is quite the opposite. Go check out the radar just north of Hastings, NE. I'm using www.weatherunderground.com.

If you look at where the frontal boundaries lie, you can see that the center of the circulation and fresh activity is right above Hastings. Zoom in on it, and watch the air masses give birth to severe weather. It's fun to see. It almost makes me wish I was up in the midwest experiencing it first hand again. Then I hear of the tragedies recently due to the weather in Tennessee, and I'm not quite as excited about it. Everyone be safe and listen to your warnings.

Eyes on the skies,
--Keg

(P.S. Yes I am a giant weather nerd)
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ice storm warning

Ice Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
340 PM EST THU FEB 16 2006

...WINTER STORM CONTINUES OVER LOWER MICHIGAN...

.A STRENGTHENING STORM SYSTEM...CENTERED OVER SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN
THIS EVENING...WILL MOVE QUICKLY NORTHEAST OF THE AREA BY MIDNIGHT.
THIS STORM WILL CONTINUE TO BRING THE REGION A WINTRY MIX OF
PRECIPITATION. SNOW AND SLEET...OCCASIONALLYY MIXED WITH FREEZING
RAIN...WILL CONTINUE NORTH OF A WHITEHALL TO CLARE LINE.
PREDOMINATELY FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL OCCUR SOUTH OF THIS
LINE AND NORTH OF A HOLLAND TO ST. JOHNS LINE. LATER THIS EVENING
VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS AND COLDER AIR WILL FOLLOW THE STORM.
THE STRONG WINDS MAY BRING DOWN ICE COVERED TREE LIMBS...POSSIBLY
CAUSING POWER OUTAGES.

MIZ046-050-170300-
/O.CAN.KGRR.WS.W.0001.000000T0000Z-060217T1100Z/
/O.NEW.KGRR.IS.W.0001.060216T2040Z-060217T0300Z/
ISABELLA-MUSKEGON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MOUNT PLEASANT...MUSKEGON
340 PM EST THU FEB 16 2006

...WINTER STORM WARNING IS CANCELLED...
...ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED AN ICE
STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING.
THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

FREEZING RAIN...MIXED AT TIMES WITH SLEET AND SNOW...WILL
CONTINUE INTO EARLY EVENING. ICE ACCUMULATION OF ONE QUARTER TO
ONE HALF INCH OF ICE IS LIKELY. STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL
DEVELOP LATE THIS EVENING. THESE WINDS COULD BRING DOWN TREES ICE
COATED TREE LIMBS WHICH MAY RESULT IN SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES.

AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS
WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY
DISCOURAGED. COMMERCE WILL LIKELY BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. IF YOU
MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR
VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AND WINDS WILL
LIKELY LEAD TO SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES THAT
ADD TO THE DANGER.

$$
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can i get a woot-woot!?

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
349 PM EST WED FEB 15 2006

...WINTER STORM HEADING FOR LOWER MICHIGAN...

.A DEVELOPING FRONTAL SYSTEM JUST SOUTH OF LOWER MICHIGAN WILL
LIFT NORTH ACROSS THE STATE THURSDAY AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING
SURFACE LOW. THIS WILL ALLOW WARM AND MOIST AIR AHEAD OF THE LOW
PRESSURE AREA TO MOVE NORTH AND INTERACT WITH MUCH COLDER AIR
NORTH OF THE FRONT. THIS SETUP WILL ALLOW FOR A GOOD DEAL OF
PRECIPITATION TO DEVELOP OVER THE AREA BEGINNING THIS WEDNESDAY
NIGHT AND CONTINUING THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.

MIZ044>046-050>052-056>059-064-065-160500-
/O.UPG.KGRR.WS.A.0002.060216T0500Z-060217T1000Z/
/O.NEW.KGRR.WS.W.0001.060216T0500Z-060217T1000Z/
NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-ISABELLA-MUSKEGON-MONTCALM-GRATIOT-OTTAWA-KENT-
IONIA-CLINTON-ALLEGAN-BARRY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FREMONT...BIG RAPIDS...MOUNT PLEASANT...
MUSKEGON...GREENVILLE...ALMA...JENISON...GRAND RAPIDS...IONIA...
ST. JOHNS...HOLLAND...HASTINGS
349 PM EST WED FEB 15 2006

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 5 AM
EST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 5 AM
EST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

RAIN OR SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN THIS EVENING AND CHANGE OVER TO
FREEZING RAIN LATER TONIGHT AND LAST INTO THURSDAY
MORNING...RESULTING IN ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF AT LEAST A QUARTER OF
AN INCH. ALTHOUGH TEMPERATURES THURSDAY AFTERNOON MAY BRIEFLY WARM
TO ABOVE FREEZING...ANOTHER ROUND OF FREEZING RAIN...SNOW OR SLEET
IS EXPECTED THURSDAY NIGHT...AND THIS WILL CHANGE OVER RAPIDLY TO
SNOW. STRONG GUSTY WINDS EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WILL GREATLY
INCREASE THE CHANCES FOR POWER DISRUPTIONS AND EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS
TRAVEL WHEN COMBINED WITH ICE COVERED ROADS...TREE BRANCHES...AND OTHER
STRUCTURES. LOWERED VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING SNOW WILL ALSO BE
POSSIBLE. TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS IN THE 24 HOUR PERIOD FROM LATE
TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING COULD EASILY EXCEED A QUARTER
OF AN INCH.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

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shibby!

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND RAPIDS MI
336 PM EST TUE FEB 14 2006

...WINTER STORM HEADING FOR CENTRAL LOWER MICHIGAN...

.LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE NORTHEAST TOWARD THE LOWER GREAT LAKES ON
THURSDAY AND GRADUALLY INTENSIFY. SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS CENTRAL
LOWER MICHIGAN LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AS THIS SYSTEM APPROACHES AND
IT MAY BECOME HEAVY AT TIME. THE SNOW MAY CHANGE OVER TO A PERIOD
OF FREEZING RAIN ON THURSDAY...BEFORE CHANGING BACK OVER TO ALL
SNOW AGAIN THURSDAY NIGHT.

MIZ037>040-043>046-150445-
/O.NEW.KGRR.WS.A.0002.060216T0500Z-060217T1000Z/
MASON-LAKE-OSCEOLA-CLARE-OCEANA-NEWAYGO-MECOSTA-ISABELLA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LUDINGTON...BALDWIN...REED CITY...
CLARE...HART...FREMONT...BIG RAPIDS...MOUNT PLEASANT
336 PM EST TUE FEB 14 2006

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH
LATE THURSDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT.

SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW MAY OCCUR LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND EARLY
THURSDAY OVER THE WATCH AREA. THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO
CHANGE OVER TO FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET DURING THE DAY ON THURSDAY
WITH A COATING OF ICE POSSIBLE. THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO
CHANGE BACK TO SNOW THURSDAY EVENING WITH ADDITIONAL SNOW
ACCUMULATION LIKELY.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

$$

JK WDM
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Visitors Told to Flee Parts of Florida Keys

MIAMI - Tourists were told to evacuate the lower Florida Keys on Sunday as a new tropical depression strengthened over the Bahamas and moved toward the vulnerable, low-lying island chain.

A hurricane watch was posted for the entire Florida Keys.

"It does look like that there is the potential for it to become a hurricane, near or just before it reaches the Florida Keys," said Daniel Brown, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center.

The watch means that hurricane conditions with sustained wind of at least 74 mph are possible by late Monday, according to the Miami-based hurricane center.

Long-term forecasts show the system heading generally toward the west in the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas or Mexico later in the week, but such forecasts are subject to large errors. That means that areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina could potentially be in the storm's path.

"Once it reaches the Gulf, really everybody should pay attention at that point," Brown said.

Monroe County emergency management officials told visitors to leave islands extending from the Dry Tortugas west of Key West to the Seven Mile Bridge near Marathon. The islands are connected to each other and the mainland by a single highway.

Hundreds of motorcyclists were in the Keys for an annual event, but most were leaving Sunday, senior emergency management director Billy Wagner said.

County officials also urged residents of mobile homes to prepare for possible evacuation.

Residents of South Florida and central and western Cuba should also closely monitor the system's progress, Brown said.

The 18th depression of the Atlantic hurricane season formed late Saturday east of the Turks and Caicos Islands late Saturday.

At 2 p.m. EDT, the depression had top sustained winds of about 35 mph. It was centered about 385 miles east-southeast of Nassau, Bahamas, and 600 miles east-southeast of Miami. It was moving to the west near 10 mph and was expected to continue that motion for at least 24 hours, taking it over the eastern and central Bahamas.

If its sustained wind speed climbs above 39 mph, the depression would be named Tropical Storm Rita.

Hurricane Dennis brushed by the Keys in July, flooding some Key West streets, toppling trees and knocking out power. Dennis then struck a direct blow on the Florida Panhandle.

Katrina and Dennis were among six hurricanes to hit Florida in the last 13 months. Last year's four hurricanes killed dozens of people and caused $19 billion in insured losses in Florida alone.

Farther out in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Philippe formed late Saturday well east of the Lesser Antilles. At 11 a.m., Philippe had maximum sustained wind near 50 mph, up 10 mph from Saturday. It was centered about 425 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and was moving to the north-northwest near 7 mph.

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On the Net:

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
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