Category Archives: Climate Monitoring

New Climate Extremes Tool

Someone just pointed out this interesting climate extremes tool from the Southern Regional Climate Center. Here is the URL: http://extremes.srcc.lsu.edu/ From there you can choose the product, which is the type of all-time record – for the month, for the day, … Continue reading

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7-Day Rainfall for Illinois

Here is the NWS radar/rain gauge product that takes advantage of good spatial coverage of radar with the accuracy of rain gauges for the last 7 days. The oranges, pink, and red, indicate amounts of 2 to 5 inches and covers … Continue reading

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Monthly Temperature and Precipitation for 2015 in Illinois

How things are shaping up in 2015? The outstanding features so far are the extremely cold February and the extremely wet conditions in southern Illinois while dry elsewhere. Monthly Temperature Departures from Average Blue means colder than average, red means … Continue reading

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Wet Weather Ahead for Illinois

Here is the Qualitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) for the next 7 days, according to the National Weather Service. This shows the potential amounts of rainfall, your mileage may vary. The area in shades of violet and purple are 1.5 to … Continue reading

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April Temperatures in Illinois Warm Over the Last Century

According to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), the average April temperature in Illinois has warmed by 2 degrees over the last century. In addition, the most recent decade of 2006-2015 was the warmest set of Aprils on record. … Continue reading

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Above-Average Temperatures for April in Illinois

While there were a few cold stretches in April, the statewide average temperature for the month was 54.1 degrees, 1.7 degrees above average. Precipitation in Illinois for April was more complicated. April precipitation was in the range of two to four … Continue reading

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Keeling Curve – Measuring CO2 levels at Mauna Loa

Climate.gov just posted an interesting video on Charles David Keeling and his ground-breaking measurements of CO2 levels in the atmosphere. The observatory was located on Mauna Loa, on top of the second highest peak in the Hawaiian Islands. The idea … Continue reading

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