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Disco Inferno but Frigid Weather

January 17, 2019 0 Comments
Disco Inferno but Frigid Weather

It was a time when Disco was HOT and the weather was NOT.  It was 42 years ago today in 1977 Peoria’s low temperature was -25 (The wind chill was -50). That’s the 3rd coldest on record and the coldest temperature in the past 114 years.  Although it was frigid, we had a Disco Inferno!

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The Weather Hits Keep Coming!

January 16, 2019 0 Comments
The Weather Hits Keep Coming!

https://week.com/weather/weather-now/2019/01/16/winter-weather-blitz-continues/

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Odds Point Toward a Mild Winter

October 18, 2018 0 Comments
Odds Point Toward a Mild Winter

El Nino is back and although he won’t be as strong as the winter of 2015-16 (which saw record warmth) he may be strong enough to keep this winter milder than normal with below normal snowfall.  I’m predicting normal to above normal temperatures.  Regarding snow, our seasonal average is nearly 25 inches and I’m going […]

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Tornado Alley Moving East

October 17, 2018 0 Comments
Tornado Alley Moving East

NIU Newsroom DeKalb, IL – A new study finds that over the past four decades, tornado frequency has increased over a large swath of the Midwest and Southeast and decreased in portions of the central and southern Great Plains, a region traditionally associated with Tornado Alley. The study, by meteorology professor Victor Gensini of Northern […]

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Birds Use Special Senses to Avoid Storms

October 9, 2018 0 Comments
Birds Use Special Senses to Avoid Storms

https://www.journalnow.com/home_food/home_garden/birds_eye_view/birds-use-special-senses-to-avoid-storms/article_f70ba997-1ef8-57d0-a074-31ca800e5644.html

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Earliest Snow on Record

September 24, 2018 0 Comments
Earliest Snow on Record

I’ll let the graphic tell the story.

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Fall – The Second Severe Weather Season

September 24, 2018 0 Comments
Fall – The Second Severe Weather Season

We have a possibility of severe thunderstorms Tuesday evening.  Severe weather during fall is not uncommon in central Illinois. Two of most severe tornadoes we’ve seen have been fall twisters.  The first, the September 14th, 1965 Norwood-Peoria tornado.  By the way, for record keeping, fall is defined as September through November. The benchmark for fall […]

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Pyrocumulus Clouds and Wildfires

August 14, 2018 0 Comments
Pyrocumulus Clouds and Wildfires

One of the by-products of western wildfires are towering pyrocumulus clouds which are created by the fires themselves. Click on the link below the picture for all you need to know. https://whnt.com/2018/08/12/photos-california-wildfires-seen-from-space/

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Super Storms and Global Warming

June 5, 2018 1 Comment
Super Storms and Global Warming

It’s no secret that we’re seeing more intense hurricanes but is global warming the cause?  The debate continues. Here’s a link to a story from the NBC station in Dallas. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/national-international/Is-There-a-Link-to-Superstorms-and-Global-Warming-484364611.html

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What Are Weather Models and How Do They Work?

May 22, 2018 0 Comments
What Are Weather Models and How Do They Work?

Meteorologists (including myself) talk about the “Models”.  Below the picture is a link to a story about model forecasting, how it works, or doesn’t work sometimes. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/05/18/what-exactly-are-weather-models-and-how-do-they-work/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a44d52b25de6

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