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Check out these incredible images from the International Space Station

September 12, 2018 0 Comments
Check out these incredible images from the International Space Station

An astronaut on the international space station captured these incredible images of Hurricane Florence from space.They actually got some pretty incredible detail of the eye of the storm. Pictures from space always put in perspective the magnitude of this storm. You can find more incredible images from space from the astronaut himself Alexander Gerst here! […]

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We’re Seeing Smoke from the Wildfires Out West, Here in Illinois!!

August 13, 2018 0 Comments
We’re Seeing Smoke from the Wildfires Out West, Here in Illinois!!

Check out this incredible image from our GOES -East satellite. That haze you see over Illinois is actually smoke particles that climb into the middle to upper parts of the atmosphere and the jet stream brought it into our area. We’ve also seen a decline in our air quality in the Heart of Illinois since Friday. […]

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Cool Sunsets from Around the Heart of Illinois

July 30, 2018 0 Comments
Cool Sunsets from Around the Heart of Illinois

Last week, we had some incredible sunrises and sunsets around the area. The clouds in the morning and evening help create beautiful colors in the sky thanks to the curvature of the earth. Here are a few of my favorite pictures that were sent in to our facebook page.   Like I mentioned, these elaborate colors that […]

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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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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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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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Thanksgiving Climate Stats

November 20, 2017 0 Comments

Ahh Thanksgiving the holidays are right around the corner. The heavenly smells of cornbread stuffing & turkey fill the air. Friends and family come from far and wide to spend the holiday together and to give thanks. It’s a day for eating good food, remembering what you are thankful for, and watching some football. The […]

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Roller Coaster Week Ahead

November 13, 2017 0 Comments

The heart of Illinois is in for a roller coaster of weather over the next week. With temperatures switching from the 40s to the 50s several times. We will see a cold front move through the region on Tuesday night into Wednesday giving us several chances for rainfall on Wednesday. We will see a break […]

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