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Old 10-17-2007, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Starting late tonight and continuing until tomorrow afternoon... WGN has issued this warning:

Buckle up everyone!

... Severe thunderstorms likely Thursday...

An intensifying storm system in the plains is developing showers
and thunderstorms across the Mississippi River valley as
strengthening winds draw moisture from the Gulf and help
destabilize the area this evening. Showers and isolated
thunderstorms are moving north into northern Illinois and Indiana
at present. This is the first wave of instability and is
associated with a warm front driving north ahead of this deepening
low pressure system in the plains. These first thunderstorms
overnight are not likely to be severe considering the time of day
and weaker available energy.

However... the second wave will move from the west Thursday
morning. This wave is out ahead of a strong cold front that will
come sweeping across northern Illinois in the early afternoon... and
moving into Northwest Indiana in the late afternoon. The wave of
storms ahead of this cold front will likely produce severe
thunderstorms with downburst winds to 70 mph or better. Some large
hail is also probable along with the risk for isolated tornadoes.

These storms will arrive in the late morning in north central
Illinois and spread east to eastern Illinois around noontime... and
should Cut Through Northwest Indiana in the early to mid afternoon
on Thursday. The front will likely be through the area by rush
hour tomorrow... offering some drying for the ride home.

Residents and businesses in northern Illinois and Northwest
Indiana should begin preparing now for this significant bout of
severe weather. Gather valuables and your weather radio and keep
tuned to TV and radio to keep abreast of this developing severe
storm threat.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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It started here in Sheridan Wyoming about 11am. Not as bad, so far as they thought it would be. They were predicting 50+ winds, rain turning to snow. It got windy but only 18-20 with a few gusts. It's raining pretty good but the temp is still mid 40's. We'll see what happens when the sun goes down. haha
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:35 PM
 
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And I'm getting on a plane tomorrow. Maybe...
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:57 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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YES, a huge area was in the severe weather warnings area all day today already. (red on TWC) Isn't this late in the year for severe thunderstorms or does it happen on occasion?
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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So far so good. It rained heavily last night for about 10 minutes and got a little gusty, that was about it. I stepped outside around 10:30pm and it was calm as could be. The ride in this morning was heaven: sunny, 73 degrees, light breeze. I have seen some clouds gather up NE a bit, I wonder if thats the second round? In any case, I think this storm was way too overhyped.
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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It was sunny and perfect all last night. Anyone in the area actually get hit with this "monster"?
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