Winter Outlook – More Snow

October 19, 2017 0 Comments
Winter Outlook – More Snow

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its winter outlook for 2017-2018 and it includes more snow than normal for central Illinois.  La Nina, which is a periodical cooling of the Pacific, is the culprit.  Her brother, El Nino, which is a periodical warming of the Pacific, brings mild winters with below normal […]

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Climate Change Could Affect Our Infrastructure

October 18, 2017 0 Comments
Climate Change Could Affect Our Infrastructure

Here’s an interesting article from the Chicago Tribune on climate change and infrastructure problems.  The link is below the picture. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-midwest-climate-infrastructure-20171010-story.html

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Second Severe Weather Season

October 12, 2017 0 Comments
Second Severe Weather Season

Our primary severe weather season is in April, May and June but severe weather in the fall is not uncommon as warm air retreats northward and clashes with cold air.  Most of central Illinois is in a marginal risk for severe weather Saturday afternoon and evening as a strong cold front moves through.  The primary […]

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Watching “La Nina”

October 12, 2017 0 Comments
Watching “La Nina”

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center updated the La Nina forecast and we remain in a watch. There is an approximately 55-65 percent chance of a La Nina developing this fall/winter from November to January. El Nino and La Nina are opposite phases of a natural climate pattern across the tropical Pacific Ocean that swings back and […]

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Dryness, as simple as T-Td=Tdd.

September 30, 2017 0 Comments
Dryness, as simple as T-Td=Tdd.

The numbers prove our dryness! When we are dry or humid, a meteorological variable called Dewpoint is what we are referencing. Dewpoint is simply an accurate representation of how much moisture is in the atmosphere. The lower the dewpoint, the drier we are; likewise, the higher the dewpoint, the more moisture that is present. Here’s where it really gets […]

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How Dry I Am

September 29, 2017 0 Comments
How Dry I Am

A late season drought has central Illinois in its grip with dry topsoil and plenty of dust.  We’ve seen measurable rain only 3 days this month and our deficit grows. This will be the 3rd driest September in Peoria history. All of central Illinois remains in a slight drought situation with moderate drought towards I-72. […]

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Worst Hurricane Season Ever?

September 26, 2017 0 Comments
Worst Hurricane Season Ever?

Interesting Time Magazine article how this season’s hurricane activity ranks with others. http://time.com/4952628/hurricane-season-harvey-irma-jose-maria/

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How the Tropics Affect our Weather

September 25, 2017 0 Comments
How the Tropics Affect our Weather

Our recent dry and sometimes hot weather are partially the result of the busy tropical storm season in the Atlantic.  Tropical systems act like a “Stop Sign” and don’t allow systems to move across the country. We’ve had 6 consecutive days of 90 degrees or hotter and 4 of them have been records. Normally we […]

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Hurricane Forecasts Saving Lives

September 12, 2017 0 Comments
Hurricane Forecasts Saving Lives

Interesting Los Angeles Times article about hurricane lead time by forecasters. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-irma-prepared-20170912-story.html  

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Central Illinois is Dry

September 11, 2017 0 Comments
Central Illinois is Dry

Central Illinois may see some showers Wednesday as the remnants of “Irma” come farther north. We need the rain.  Peoria hasn’t had measurable rain this month and hasn’t seen measurable rain in 2 weeks. Most of the area is considered abnormally dry.

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