Latest weather snapshots

Bill----pictured here—Mary Elliot’s Golden retriever out in Streator—says of today’s snow----“YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!” I love the expression on this fella’s face. Photo courtesy of Mary Elliot, Streator, IL

Bill—-pictured here—Mary Elliot’s Golden retriever out in Streator—says of today’s snow—-“YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!” I love the expression on this fella’s face. Photo courtesy of Mary Elliot, Streator, IL

Nicole Esperson says her flowers can’t make up their mind whether it’s winter or spring after today’s round of snow! Photo courtesy of Nicole Esperson, Third Lake, Illinois

Nicole Esperson says her flowers can’t make up their mind whether it’s winter or spring after today’s round of snow! Photo courtesy of Nicole Esperson, Third Lake, Illinois

This is hail—NOT snow—which fell in those Saturday thunderstorms in this photo from Lynn Rockcastle who took this photo at Rt 14 and McGuire Road in Harvard, IL.  Photo courtesy of Lynn Rockcastle, Harvard, IL

This is hail—NOT snow—which fell in those Saturday thunderstorms in this photo from Lynn Rockcastle who took this photo at Rt 14 and McGuire Road in Harvard, IL. Photo courtesy of Lynn Rockcastle, Harvard, IL

Brian Kelly collected these hail stones Saturday in the northwest suburbs and places them with golf balls to illustrate their size. Photo courtesy of Brian Kelly, Northwest suburbs

Brian Kelly collected these hail stones Saturday in the northwest suburbs and places them with golf balls to illustrate their size. Photo courtesy of Brian Kelly, Northwest suburbs

Mark Perkowski of Inverness says---“Plate of hailstones anyone?” Photo courtesy of Mark Perkowski, Inverness, IL

Mark Perkowski of Inverness says—“Plate of hailstones anyone?” Photo courtesy of Mark Perkowski, Inverness, IL

 

Weather snapshots

The pounding many areas, particularly in the northwest suburbs Saturday morning, had to be seen to be believed. Bob Kinnison shares this shot of the Aideen Golf Club in Rockford covered by hailstones as big as golf balls. Photo courtesy of Bob Kinnison, Aideen Golf Club, Rockford

The pounding many areas, particularly in the northwest suburbs Saturday morning, had to be seen to be believed. Bob Kinnison shares this shot of the Aideen Golf Club in Rockford covered by hailstones as big as golf balls. Photo courtesy of Bob Kinnison, Aideen Golf Club, Rockford

This robin's not sure what just happened--sitting amid a sea of hailstones covering the ground in Mary deJong's shot from Lake in the Hills. Photo courtesy of Mary de Jong, Lake in the Hills

This robin’s not sure what just happened–sitting amid a sea of hailstones covering the ground in Mary deJong’s shot from Lake in the Hills. Photo courtesy of Mary de Jong, Lake in the Hills

The hail barrage was so heavy, it covered the roads AND the ground in Belvidere. John Beasley tells us those hailstones ranged from marble to baseball sized. Photo courtesy of John Beasely, Belvidere, IL

The hail barrage was so heavy, it covered the roads AND the ground in Belvidere. John Beasley tells us those hailstones ranged from marble to baseball sized. Photo courtesy of John Beasely, Belvidere, IL

These hailstones were nearly the size of the tennis ball on the right side of this dramatic photo from Debra Fulscher in Barrington. Photo courtesy of Debra Fulscher, Barrington, IL

These hailstones were nearly the size of the tennis ball on the right side of this dramatic photo from Debra Fulscher in Barrington. Photo courtesy of Debra Fulscher, Barrington, IL

HERE'S hail falling and littering the side of the road on I-294. Kevin Bowman sends us this. Photo courtesy of Kevin Bowman, On I-294

HERE’S hail falling and littering the side of the road on I-294. Kevin Bowman sends us this. Photo courtesy of Kevin Bowman, On I-294

Controlled burn in Zion

These are shots from a controlled burn conducted this morning by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion today taken by Christina Dreher. Controlled burns are designed, among other things, to decreased the fuel which might produce more serious fires later.

Photo courtesy of Christina Dreher, Illinois Beach State Park controlled burn

Photo courtesy of Christina Dreher, Illinois Beach State Park controlled burn

Photo courtesy of Christina Dreher, Illinois Beach State Park controlled burn

Photo courtesy of Christina Dreher, Illinois Beach State Park controlled burn

Photo courtesy of Christina Dreher, Illinois Beach State Park controlled burn

Photo courtesy of Christina Dreher, Illinois Beach State Park controlled burn