Category Archives: Climate Monitoring

Thursday Highlights – Drought Monitor and El Nino Forecast

Here are two highlights for today: U.S. Drought Monitor After some concerns of dryness over the last several months in parts of Illinois, the conditions across Illinois were much wetter in the last two weeks. Rainfall totals were especially heavy … Continue reading

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El Nino Now Likely This Summer, According to Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology announced today (April 8) that for our summer (their winter): It is now likely (estimated at a greater than 70% chance) that an El Niño will develop during the southern hemisphere winter … surface and sub-surface … Continue reading

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Tracking Tornado Statistics in the US (Part I)

There are several great resources for tracking historical tornado information across the U.S. Of course, for Illinois I have a web page devoted to tornadoes here. The two major US sources are the NOAA National Climatic Data Center and the … Continue reading

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Soil Temperatures in Illinois

The Illinois State Water Survey maintains a network of 19 soil temperature sites across the state that measure temperatures at 4 and 8 inches. You can look at maps for 10 am, any hour of the day, high for the … Continue reading

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March Cold and Dry in Illinois

Based on preliminary data, March 2014 in Illinois was cold and dry. Temperature The statewide average temperature was 33.8 degrees, which was 7 degrees below average and the 8th coldest March on record. Combined with the colder-than-average January and February … Continue reading

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