More weather snapshots

Lynn Xydas calls these Happy Buds on what looks like a pussy-willow tree. Photo courtesy of Lynn Xydas, Near Rolling Meadows, IL

Lynn Xydas calls these Happy Buds on what looks like a pussy-willow tree. Photo courtesy of Lynn Xydas, Near Rolling Meadows, IL

Michelle Henn shares this Hampshire sunset with us. Photo courtesy of Michelle Henn, Hampshire, IL

Michelle Henn shares this Hampshire sunset with us. Photo courtesy of Michelle Henn, Hampshire, IL

Shiela Conrad says this is fella is an unwanted hood ornament.  Photo courtesy of Sheila Conrad

Shiela Conrad says this is fella is an unwanted hood ornament. Photo courtesy of Sheila Conrad

Amanda Rauch sends us this shot of shafts of rain extending from the base of these shower clouds. Photo courtesy of Amanda Rauch, DeKalb, IL

Amanda Rauch sends us this shot of shafts of rain extending from the base of these shower clouds. Photo courtesy of Amanda Rauch, DeKalb, IL

Diane Rizzio calls attention to these sprouts which are poking their way through old leaves. Photo courtesy of Diane Rizzio

Diane Rizzio calls attention to these sprouts which are poking their way through old leaves. Photo courtesy of Diane Rizzio

Weather snapshots

Randy Benzie forwards us this shot of one of Monday afternoon's showers and thunderstorms---this one over Yorkville. Photo courtesy of Randy Benzie, Yorkville, IL

Randy Benzie forwards us this shot of one of Monday afternoon’s showers and thunderstorms—this one over Yorkville. Photo courtesy of Randy Benzie, Yorkville, IL

This gorgeous sunset over Third Lake comes to us from Nicole Esperson. Photo courtesy of Nicole Esperson, Third Lake, Illinois

This gorgeous sunset over Third Lake comes to us from Nicole Esperson. Photo courtesy of Nicole Esperson, Third Lake, Illinois

Nicole's sister and her fiance took a kayak out Monday evening to get a better look at that beautiful sunset and shot this photo while out on the lake. Photo courtesy of Nicole Esperson, Third Lake, Il

Nicole’s sister and her fiance took a kayak out Monday evening to get a better look at that beautiful sunset and shot this photo while out on the lake. Photo courtesy of Nicole Esperson, Third Lake, Il

Despite a mild weekend, 5 ft. of snow lines the roads in Wisconsin's North Woods near Land O Lakes.  Lee Ecker snapped this shot on the way to Easter Services Sunday. He reminds us 18" of snow fell there just last Thursday. Photo courtesy of Lee Ecker, Land O Lake's, Wisconsin

Despite a mild weekend, 5 ft. of snow lines the roads in Wisconsin’s North Woods near Land O Lakes. Lee Ecker snapped this shot on the way to Easter Services Sunday. He reminds us 18″ of snow fell there just last Thursday. Photo courtesy of Lee Ecker, Land O Lake’s, Wisconsin

And Lee points out that this mountainous mound of snow at the side of a parking lot off Main Street in Land O Lakes is apt to be there a while longer.  It's going to take a while to melt it!!  I think you're right, Lee. Photo courtesy of Lee Ecker, Land O Lakes, Wisconsin

And Lee points out that this mountainous mound of snow at the side of a parking lot off Main Street in Land O Lakes is apt to be there a while longer. It’s going to take a while to melt it!! I think you’re right, Lee. Photo courtesy of Lee Ecker, Land O Lakes, Wisconsin

Weather snapshots

Some stunning sunrises and sunsets have graced the area over the weekend. Photographer Barry Butler sends us this shot which he identifies at an Easter Egg colored sunrise.Photos courtesy of Barry Butler, Chicago

Some stunning sunrises and sunsets have graced the area over the weekend. Photographer Barry Butler sends us this shot which he identifies at an Easter Egg colored sunrise.Photos courtesy of Barry Butler, Chicago

Patrick Pahl shares this beautiful sunset photographed from Grant Park, IL. Photo courtesy of Patrick Pahl, Grant Park, IL

Patrick Pahl shares this beautiful sunset photographed from Grant Park, IL. Photo courtesy of Patrick Pahl, Grant Park, IL

Several of you photographed coronas around the sun---different than halos in that they're formed when sunlight is refracted or bent passing through raindrops rather than ice crystals.  This shot comes from Dirk Leahy in Wauconda.  The bright illuminated circle of a corona is different than a halo because it touches the disk of the sun or moon whereas a halo is a bright circle of light which surrounds but doesn't touch the disc of the sun or moon. Photo courtesy of Dirk Leahy, Wauconda, IL

Several of you photographed coronas around the sun—different than halos in that they’re formed when sunlight is refracted or bent passing through raindrops rather than ice crystals. This shot comes from Dirk Leahy in Wauconda. The bright illuminated circle of a corona is different than a halo because it touches the disk of the sun or moon whereas a halo is a bright circle of light which surrounds but doesn’t touch the disc of the sun or moon. Photo courtesy of Dirk Leahy, Wauconda, IL

Controlled burns like this one near the home of storm chaser Brad Hruza in northwest suburban Elburn are conducted this time of year to eliminate fuel which may feed larger, more serious fires as summer comes on. Photo courtesy of Brad Hruza, Elburn, IL

Controlled burns like this one near the home of storm chaser Brad Hruza in northwest suburban Elburn are conducted this time of year to eliminate fuel which may feed larger, more serious fires as summer comes on. Photo courtesy of Brad Hruza, Elburn, IL

CHECK out this gorgeous Easter Sunday shot taken by Mike Zarnek at Chicago Botanic Garden yesterday. Photo courtesy of Mike Zarnek, Chicago Botanic Garden

CHECK out this gorgeous Easter Sunday shot taken by Mike Zarnek at Chicago Botanic Garden yesterday. Photo courtesy of Mike Zarnek, Chicago Botanic Garden

SUZIE FRITZ sends us this beautiful Mendota sunrise. Photo courtesy of Suzie Fritz, Mendota, IL

SUZIE FRITZ sends us this beautiful Mendota sunrise. Photo courtesy of Suzie Fritz, Mendota, IL

Lee Ecker sends us this shot and says “Here’s a pile of snow at the end of the parking lot off Main Street in Land O’Lakes Wisconsin which will be there a while! Photo courtesy of Lee Ecker, Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin

Lee Ecker sends us this shot and says “Here’s a pile of snow at the end of the parking lot off Main Street in Land O’Lakes Wisconsin which will be there a while! Photo courtesy of Lee Ecker, Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin

Janet Ellison sends us this shot of one of this afternoon’s showers and thunderstorms moving into Warrenville, IL. Janet Ellison, Warrenville, IL

Janet Ellison sends us this shot of one of this afternoon’s showers and thunderstorms moving into Warrenville, IL. Janet Ellison, Warrenville, IL

Lynn Xdas characterizes this as a magical sky over Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. A lot going on here, high and mid-level clouds with some embedded jet contrails. Photo courtesy of Lynn Xdas, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Lynn Xdas characterizes this as a magical sky over Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. A lot going on here, high and mid-level clouds with some embedded jet contrails. Photo courtesy of Lynn Xdas, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Mark Olmsted shares this Easter Sunday sunrise over the Rock River near Rockford. Photo courtesy of Mark Olmsted, Over the Rock River near Rockford

Mark Olmsted shares this Easter Sunday sunrise over the Rock River near Rockford. Photo courtesy of Mark Olmsted, Over the Rock River near Rockford

Delightful photos from this early Spring season

And from Wadsworth, IL comes this beautiful sunset shot taken last evening by Kathy Stinson.  The orangish-red hues are quite beautiful! Photo courtesy of Kathy Stinson, Wadsworth, IL

And from Wadsworth, IL comes this beautiful sunset shot taken last evening by Kathy Stinson. The orangish-red hues are quite beautiful!
Photo courtesy of Kathy Stinson, Wadsworth, IL

A series of beautiful spring sunsets--this one in Lake Geneva from Shirley Latte. Photo courtesy of Shirley Latte, Lake Geneva, IL

A series of beautiful spring sunsets–this one in Lake Geneva from Shirley Latte.
Photo courtesy of Shirley Latte, Lake Geneva, IL

Wes Carrasquillo sends us this shot of a cardinal out taking in Thursday's 60-degree temps in Aurora. Photo courtesy of Wes Carrasquillo, Aurora, IL

Wes Carrasquillo sends us this shot of a cardinal out taking in Thursday’s 60-degree temps in Aurora.
Photo courtesy of Wes Carrasquillo, Aurora, IL

Lisle, IL Tornado

John Piepenbrok reminds us it’s tornado season with this shot taken by his Great Uncle in the Lisle, Illinois area after the devastating March 28, 1920 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak over the Midwest and Deep South. This photo shows the storm damage in the Lisle area. The storm produced 37 tornadoes which left 380 dead and 1,215 injured. Elgin and Melrose Park were hard hit in this area with 10 fatalities in Melrose Park.  Tornado watches were still more than 30 years away and the only weather information which was available at the time were forecasts in the newspapers from the day before.
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Photo courtesy of John Piepenbrok