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Dr. Jim Angel began working at the Illinois State Water Survey in 1984 and became the Illinois State Climatologist in 1997. His areas of research include drought, extreme rainfall events, climate impacts, climate change, and climate tool development. As state climatologist, he works with a wide range of users, including farmers, teachers, engineers, state and local officials, and the media. One thing he has learned over the years is that there is never a dull moment in Illinois when it comes to weather and climate.
Growing up in Missouri, Jim was always interested in the weather. He came from a long line of farmers from western Illinois so the weather was always a topic of conversation in the family. Another family tradition that he continues is gardening. He is a history buff, partly inspired by growing up a few miles away from the site of a small Civil War battle. Jim lives with his wife in Champaign, Illinois and has two grown sons in town as well.
Jim Angel has a Bachelor (1982) and Masters (1984) degrees in atmospheric science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned his Ph.D. (1996) in Geography at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
In 2008, the Illinois General Assembly voted into law the University of Illinois Scientific Surveys Act. As a result, the Illinois State Water Survey was transferred from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to the newly formed Prairie Research Institute on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2983&ChapterID=18
In 2014, additional legislation was passed, establishing Illinois State Scientists, including the State Climatologist, and how they will be appointed. See http://www.prairie.illinois.edu/state-scientists/index.shtml
Disclaimer: any opinions, findings, and conclusions are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Illinois State Water Survey, the Prairie Research Institute, or the University of Illinois.
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