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2017 was Warm and Destructive

January 17, 2018 0 Comments
2017 was Warm and Destructive

Despite bitter cold temperatures the last few days of the year, 2017 turned out to be the third warmest in history and it set a record for the most expensive natural disasters.  Below the picture is a link to the story. http://www.noaa.gov/news/2017-was-3rd-warmest-year-on-record-for-us    

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The Next Thaw is on the Way

January 17, 2018 0 Comments
The Next Thaw is on the Way

Central Illinois hasn’t seen the freezing mark (32 degrees) in a week but that’s about to change.  Here’s the current scenario. But over the next few days, warm air ahead of a storm system will result in rising temperatures but brisk southwest winds. Our area will be on the warm side of the front which means […]

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Controversy Over Naming Winter Storms

January 12, 2018 0 Comments
Controversy Over Naming Winter Storms

Winter Storm “Grayson”.  Does this name make you sit up and take notice?  Here’s a link to an article about the pros and cons of naming winter storms.   Winters Storms not officially named  

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Baby It’s Cold Outside!

January 2, 2018 0 Comments
Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Peoria started the year with the coldest New Year’s Day in history.  Peoria weather records go back to 1883. Bitterly cold weather covers about 75% of the United States.  In a recent Forbes Magazine article, one of the nation’s leading meteorologists offers his opinion about the polar grip. https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2017/12/30/three-observations-about-conversations-on-the-extreme-cold-weather-this-week/#13f79f0c61ed  

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Can Weather Affect Your Personality?

December 5, 2017 0 Comments
Can Weather Affect Your Personality?

I ran across this article which includes research results on our personalities being affected by weather where we grew up. https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/the-weather-where-you-grow-up-shapes-your-personality-new-study-says.html  

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Mild Weather Honeymoon Ends Next Week

November 29, 2017 0 Comments
Mild Weather Honeymoon Ends Next Week

Enjoy the sunny weather and highs around 50 now through the early part of next week because a pattern change is coming. The cold air will arrive on Wednesday December 6th as highs will be in the upper 20 to the low 30s.  It doesn’t appear to be bitterly cold but cold enough for several […]

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Where Were You 4 Years Ago?

November 16, 2017 0 Comments
Where Were You 4 Years Ago?

I was huddled in the bathroom with other staff members as a tornado touched down outside our building while we were live on the air with severe weather coverage.  We dealt with 2 tornadoes that morning.  The first was Pekin. That tornado actually began on the Peoria county side of the river, then crossed the river […]

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This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois

November 13, 2017 0 Comments
This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois

Although we have a couple of chances for thunderstorms this week, it’s time to think winter weather and how we prepare.  At the top of the list is “Common Sense”. Keeping track of the forecast is vital, because it can change. Bitter cold is dangerous.  Exposed skin can freeze in a matter of minutes. 70% […]

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Could Climate Change Affect the Supply of Our Favorite Foods?

November 7, 2017 0 Comments
Could Climate Change Affect the Supply of Our Favorite Foods?

Here’s an interesting insight into 8 of our favorite foods which could be affected by climate change.  Thoughts?  The link is below the picture. http://www.viralnova.com/foods-affected-climate-change/  

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Is the National Weather Service on the Brink of Failure?

October 26, 2017 0 Comments
Is the National Weather Service on the Brink of Failure?

Here’s a link to a Washington Post article about National Weather Service funding. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/10/26/down-hundreds-of-staff-weather-service-teetering-on-the-brink-of-failure-labor-union-says/?utm_term=.95d64315f181

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