Good morning, troops. It's Friday, May 19.
It appears another dreary weekend weather-wise is upon us. More rain has resulted in an extension of the flood warning for the Illinois River at Peoria, until 1 a.m. Tuesday (and the guess here is it will be extended beyond that).
If outdoor activities aren't in the plan this weekend, perhaps rummaging through your antique collection will be. If that's the case and you live in Illinois, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz might want to speak with you.
Fritz and Wolfe are the protagonists of "American Pickers," a reality-television program aired on the History channel. The duo plans to visit Illinois next month in a continuing quest to find and recycle forgotten relics.
The "Pickers" hosts have put out a call for Illinoisans with a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques. If you believe you or someone you know qualifies, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or (855) OLD-RUST (653-7878).
Nick in the Morning never has seen the TV program. In fact, when we heard the title, we thought it was a show about guitar or banjo players. But we'll consider giving them a buzz and seeing if they want to pick through our collection of high school basketball state finals programs. Something tells us they'll be too busy.
• The storms front that swept through the Journal Star area Wednesday apparently spawned a tornado, although that wasn't confirmed until Thursday.
The EF-2 tornado struck about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday a few miles west-southwest of Galva, according to the National Weather Service office in the Quad Cities. The tornado tore off the roof of a house and blew out its doors. One person in the house sustained a minor injury.
Another house's shingles were ripped off, and two power poles were snapped, the Weather Service reported. Winds reached 120 mph. The tornado was on the ground for about one minute and 1.3 miles.
The twister apparently touched down in Knox County and crossed into Henry County, where Galva is located.
• The selection of songs heard on the way to work was uniformly bad. This probably was the best of the bunch. Not sure if it's better than the Grateful Dead or Van Halen versions; either way, the rain probably will be putting a damper on street dancing this weekend. (But if things clear enough Saturday, you might see Nick in the Morning at the North Peoria Craft Brewfest at The Fox Pub & Cafe. Always a good time. In moderation, of course.)