The Science Behind Fire Whirls and The Extensive Damage One Left In California

August 2, 2018 0 Comments
The Science Behind Fire Whirls and The Extensive Damage One Left In California

If you’ve been watching our newscasts lately or been paying attention to national news you’ve likely seen the devastating wild fires in the west, specifically California. We’ve all seen photos or videos of wildfires, but something less common is a fire whirl, also sometimes called a fire tornado or firenado. These technically are not true […]

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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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It Has Rained Billions Of Tons Of Rain In Pennsylvania This Week. Literally.

July 26, 2018 0 Comments
It Has Rained Billions Of Tons Of Rain In Pennsylvania This Week. Literally.

The rain hasn’t been falling in the Heart of Illinois very much recently, so logic says it must be falling somewhere else. One of those places has been central and eastern Pennsylvania, but they have seen way too much of it. Consistent rains dating back to the beginning of this week have left widespread floods […]

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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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