Weather Is a Curse for Naperville: Severe Weather Threat Causes Temporary Closure Twice on Thursday at Naperville Ribfest

Naperville Ribfest was forced to temporarily close the festival twice on Thursday because of severe weather threat. Yesterday storms creeped up at 10-15 mph from the south to the north. Today storms are moving from the north to the south with a line of moderate, but weakening, thunderstorms bearing down on Naperville. The storms were strengthening over Elgin, but weakened by the time they were on Naperville’s doorstep at 5:20 p.m. For the past three days storms in northern Illinois have strengthened and weakened in a matter of a couple of hours. The National Weather Service calls the storms “loosely organized” with convective trends that are “tricky.” Wednesday night one of the storms brought a lightning strike that caused a house fire in the block of 2400 Branch Court in Naperville, about 3.35 miles southeast of the Ribfest festival grounds at West Street and Martin Avenue.

Today, a cold front is approaching from southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa, which may bring organization to some storm activity with severe wind risk near Naperville 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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UPDATE: Severe weather has not materialized after 6:00 p.m. and the weather radar for northern Illinois is nearly clear with a few scattered diminishing small thunderstorm cells. Cooler temps with the cold front were observed north of the Wisconsin Dells and north of the Iowa-Minnesota border at 8:20 p.m.

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Weather hazards expected… Significant Thunderstorm Risk…

Limited damaging wind risk…up to 60 mph.

Elevated Flooding Risk.

Limited hail risk…up to nickel to quarter size.

Limited Excessive heat Risk.


There is a chance that thunderstorms associated with a cold front
could intensify into the early evening hours as they progress
toward and south of roughly the Interstate 80 corridor. The main
threat if this occurs would be isolated damaging winds, though
very isolated large hail can`t be completely ruled out. Earlier
thunderstorms resulted in areas of flooding across portions of the
area and any additional heavy rainfall could exacerbate the
flooding, particularly near flashier rivers and streams.

Flooding will continue along portions of the Little Calumet



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