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A BRUSH WITH BERYL

The remnants of Beryl, (the earliest category 5 storm in history to form in the Atlantic basin), are now pushing northward into the lower Mississippi Valley. Despite being a shell of itself, the storm continues to dump excessive rain and gusty winds. By Monday evening, the storm was downgraded to a tropical depression with winds of 40 mph. This radar image from Monday afternoon shows intense rain rotating around the center of circulation north of Houston. Rainfall of 8–12 inches was common in the Houston metro. You can also see numerous tornado warnings on the NE side of the circulation.

The satellite animation also depicts clouds from the system lifting into SE Missouri and southern Illinois.

The remnants of the storm will cut through SE Illinois, passing close to Indianapolis. This may bring clouds and even a few lights showers to my far southern counties

The EURO shows the NW fringe of the rain shield just grazing far SE Iowa and WC Illinois Tuesday evening.

While most of us avoid rain Tuesday, clouds (thickest in the SE) will be in the increase early and should be around until late Tuesday night when the storm center gets into Indiana. That is shown nicely in this satellite animation off the EURO.

These are the projected rainfall totals from the EURO through Tuesday night. Some 2-3 inch amounts showing up in central Illinois. We definitely don't need or want that around here.

With passing clouds and NE winds, temperatures will remain a few degrees below normal in the upper 70s to low 80s.


UNSETTLED PATTERN CONTINUES...

Following the passage of Beryl, NW flow amplifies again. The end result is enough cool air aloft for what should mainly be diurnal showers and a few thunderstorms Wednesday through Sunday. As with recent rains, these are expected to be hit-and-miss. Additionally, moisture will decrease, which means generally brief and light showers can be expected, although here and there a couple heavier totals are possible where storm movement is slow in this stagnant pattern. This is what the EURO shows for rain totals Wednesday through Sunday night.

Taking a dive into the long range, both the GFS and EURO show at least a short period of time where the 500mb jet stream flattens and heights rise over the upper Midwest. The process is slow and really doesn't take hold until later next week. July 21st, the EURO looks like this with the westerlies cranking along the Canadian border.

Such a set-up aloft would favor most of the storminess over the northern tier and much of the nation would experience warm muggy conditions, typical of mid-July. Note the temperature departures shown at that time.

The Climate Prediction Center also indicates much of the nation in the summer doldrums, with the majority of the country seeing above normal temperatures.

Such a pattern also suggests diurnally driven instability precipitation with little organized forcing. What showers and storms do form, are likely to be widely scattered and while overall amounts should be near normal, some spots may actually see totals that are below normal.


One thing is for sure, no heat and humidity is in our immediate future. The EURO meteogram shows highs in the Quad Cities mainly in the 80-85 range until Sunday at the earliest. I'm "cool" with that!

Wave hi to the remnants of Beryl as the former hurricane passes harmlessly off to the SE Tuesday. Until next time, roll weather...TS


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AIRBNB has rated my renovated church in Galena A GUEST FAVORITE, A MOST LOVED home according to visitors. Check out some of our reviews and get in on the flexible deals we have available below.


Christa-Monument, Colorado

The Little White Church is amazing!!!! Pictures do not do it justice. I would absolutely recommend it to my friends and family. It is just so unique. Carolyn is an amazing host and super responsive. I would give our experience 6 out of 5 stars if I could.


Phillip-Queensland, Australia

Amazing and thoughtful renovation. Stayed in a piece of history. Great location and modern amenities. Would stay again!


Jill

The Little White Church is beautiful. The decorations are perfect, and it was redone with impeccable taste. Carolyn was a great host.


Brent

Such a gem. Relaxing in the countryside in a historic church that was beautifully decorated and recently renovated was exactly what we experienced. Everyone loved our stay, and we will be back!!!


Leigh

Beautiful and unique. We were all captivated by the adorable chapel turned AIRBNB


Jenny-Frisco, Texas

It was a magical place for our family to celebrate Christmas!


Kelly

What a gem! The Little White Church exceeded our expectations. It was the perfect spot to meet up with another couple to relax and explore nearby Galena. We enjoyed the beautiful great room with its fireplace and amazing views of the rolling countryside. (The photos simply can't do it justice). The charming church/home was quiet, well appointed and clean. And Carolyn was proactive with instructions and a terrific communicator. We will definitely be back!


John

Absolutely incredible! Loved the tranquility and the beautiful views. The decor was so inviting. AND the bell tower works!! Would 100% stay here again!


Tori-Cedar Falls

This place is so beautiful! Carolyn and Terry were so thoughtful and kind to let us have our wedding at the church. They even provided extra supplies in case we needed them. The private garden worked perfectly for our ceremony, and the backyard easily fit our reception needs. Not to mention, the balconies make perfect photo spots! My husband and I recommend the Little White Church and will be telling all our friends about it.


Mahesh-Buffalo Grove

Carolyn was a great host, very flexible! The place is super clean, spacious with a private backyard overlooking the fields and bluffs! We spent a lot of time on the deck. Great kitchen, clean bedrooms and baths. Highly recommend the place.


William

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Carolyn and Terry's place is BEAUTIFUL! The Little White Church is a wonderful place, way more beautiful than the pictures. Everything is brand new and extremely clean. Staying at the church was a unique experience and I would love to come back soon. I strongly recommend the place if you are looking for a 5-star location!


Vanessa-Chicago

Carolyn was great! Absolutely beautiful place! I would not hesitate to go back. We spent Thanksgiving and the next night. Very well stocked and above and beyond with extras included. Thank you!


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Now that it's vacation season, there is no better place to visit than Galena and no better place to stay than my newly renovated AIRBNB, the Little White Church. We are located in the bluffs, just 5 miles from the 2nd largest tourism destination in Illinois. In fact, "Tourist Destination", rated Galena as the 2023 top place to visit in the entire Midwest.


Now is the best time to enjoy all there is to offer, and my 5-star AIRBNB is the perfect location to stay. Set in the rolling hills just outside of town, our completely renovated church is designed for you to unwind and relax.


Again, we are an AIRBNB Super host and can accommodate up to 8 guests. We've got cable, hi-speed WIFI, Sirius XM and a sparkling full kitchen. We are a home away from home and take great pride in cleanliness and comfort. All of our ratings have attained perfect 5-star status!


Hope to see you soon,

Terry and Carolyn


7 GREAT REASONS TO VISIT GALENA


1. It’s Steeped In History

2. It’s Home To One Of The Best Main Streets In America

3. The Restaurants Are Amazing

4. There’s A Lot To Do Outdoors

5. You Don’t Have To Travel To The Mountains To Go Skiing

6. It’s A Great Place To Spend The Fourth Of July

7. Did I Mention The Shopping?

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