What Hurricane Chris Is Doing To The Water Beneath It

July 11, 2018 0 Comments
What Hurricane Chris Is Doing To The Water Beneath It

Hurricane season is underway, and so far it has been a pretty quiet season so far with 3 named storms and only 1 hurricane. That storm is Hurricane Chris, and it has been moving slowly off the Carolina Coast for the past half of a week. Here is what Chris looked like earlier this afternoon […]

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Weather’s Role in the Thai Cave Rescue

July 9, 2018 0 Comments
Weather’s Role in the Thai Cave Rescue

The story has captured our attention for weeks now as a soccer team has been trapped underground. While rescuers work diligently to rescue the remaining boys and their soccer coach from the cave, they are racing against the clock of mother nature. There has been a lot of talk of the Thai monsoonal rains that […]

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Fun with Equations: The Omega Equation & it’s role in weather forecasting

July 6, 2018 0 Comments
Fun with Equations: The Omega Equation & it’s role in weather forecasting

This fun equation is called the Quasi-Geostrophic Omega equation and it helps meteorologist determine rising motion in the atmosphere. The equation is useful from a theoretical sense as it depends on two major parameters that can tell us whether or not air will rise. The first term in this equation is vorticity advection. This essentially tells us […]

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Fourth of July Climatology For Peoria

July 3, 2018 0 Comments
Fourth of July Climatology For Peoria

The United States of America declared its independence on July 4, 1776. Tomorrow we celebrate our independence from Great Britain. The holiday usually involves barbecues, fireworks, and many other outdoor activities. With that in mind, weather is always on the mind of people making Fourth of July plans. Official weather records for Peoria go back […]

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Recapping The Weather For The First Half of 2018

July 2, 2018 0 Comments
Recapping The Weather For The First Half of 2018

Somehow, someway, we’re already halfway through the year. I wanted to take this opportunity to go back on look at the weather statistics so far this year for Peoria. Peoria started the year with the coldest day of the year. The low temperature on New Year’s Day was an awful -16°. Overall January looked like […]

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Examining Yesterday’s Lack Of Severe Weather

June 27, 2018 0 Comments
Examining Yesterday’s Lack Of Severe Weather

It was in the forecast, but it didn’t pan out. Such is the life of a forecaster sometimes. I will say that no one hates missing a forecast more than me, but anytime we can get severe weather out of the forecast I am happy. To best understand the weather scenario yesterday, I want to […]

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From Hot & Humid Conditions to Drenching Rains

June 19, 2018 0 Comments
From Hot & Humid Conditions to Drenching Rains

    It sure has been a hot start to our work week with temps in the 90s and heat index values in the triple digits. All the humidity in the atmosphere is creating a lot of moisture for storms to tap into as we go further into the work week. Right now, we are […]

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Explaining the Heat Index

June 18, 2018 0 Comments
Explaining the Heat Index

Whenever it gets hot in the summer like it has been the last few days, we’ll often times not just talk about the temperature, but add in the heat index to our weather forecasts and social media posts. We usually keep the explanation short on TV and typically it goes something like “it’s currently 93° […]

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Comfortable For Now, But Heat and Humidity Return Later This Week

June 12, 2018 0 Comments
Comfortable For Now, But Heat and Humidity Return Later This Week

We’ve seen some hot weather recently, but if you’re not a fan of the above average temperatures and muggy conditions you’ll likely enjoy what is coming our way over the next couple of days. A cold front is moving through the area overnight. While this may bring with it a few stray showers, we’ll feel […]

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Severe Weather Likely Across the Southern Plains Later This Week

April 30, 2018 0 Comments
Severe Weather Likely Across the Southern Plains Later This Week

While the weather may be quiet here in the Heart of Illinois, the ingredients are coming together for an active week of severe weather in the central and southern plains. The Storm Prediction Center has already placed portions of Kansas & Missouri in an Enhanced (3 out of 5) area for severe weather for Tuesday.   […]

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