Weather

With a boost from El Nino, 2016 began with a bang.  For eight consecutive months, from January to August, the globe experienced record warm heat.   With this as a catalyst, the 2016 globally averaged surface temperature ended as the highest since record keeping began in 1880, according to...
Last year will be remembered as warmer than average for much of the nation, and depending on where you live, 2016 was either parched, soggy – or both. To understand how, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, on Jan. 9 released its U.S. “climate by the numbers” summary for 2016...
A pickup truck made its way through water which covered part of Illinois Route 146 near Ware during heavy rain which fell in mid-August. File photo.
Record flooding on the Mississippi River in early January was the top weather story in the region for 2016. The National Weather Service office at Paducah posted the top 10 weather events of last year on its website. The top 10 weather events for 2016 in Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri,...
...or, maybe...sometimes you feel like a nut...those words would, once again, date yours truly. Oh, well. This squirrel seemed to have found a veritable banquet in the branches of a pecan tree. The squirrel was spotted enjoying a snack while yours truly was on a walk one afternoon recently.
Sigh. I finally broke down and made a winter coat a regular part of my daily attire. To tell you the truth, I had put off such action as long as I could. A couple of mornings during the past week with frosty temperatures finally forced my chilly hand. The coat goes with the frost on the windshield...
 As snow and ice season looms over Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, and the  Illinois State Police, ISP, are teaming up to remind motorists to be prepared and to remember: “Winter Weather – Get it Together.”  The two state agencies noted that by taking steps to prepare for...
More than 4 inches of rain fell on the Union County area during the period of Nov. 15-28. Precipitation included .39 of an inch on Nov. 18, .05 of an inch Nov. 22, 1.07 inches Nov. 23 and 2.62 inches on Nov. 28. Temperatures during the period ranged from a high of 78 to a low of 24. Following are...
Thanksgiving Day high temperatures in the area generally are in the 40s, 50s or 60s, according to statistics recorded by the National Weather Service office in Paducah. The normal high temperature is in the range of 52 to 55 degrees. Climate records have been kept since December of 1937 in the...
The statewide average temperature for October was 59.8 degrees, which was 5.4 degrees above normal, according to Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Statewide average precipitation for October was 2.38 inches...
October has been fairly mild and very dry in Union County. Through Oct. 24, only .89 of an inch of precipitation had been recorded in the Jonesboro area. Precipitation during the period of Oct. 18-24 amounted to only .19 of an inch, which was measured on Oct. 20. Scattered light frost was seen on...
September was a warm month in Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky. The National Weather Service office at Paducah reported that the whole area experienced above normal temperatures during September. Both Paducah and Cape Girardeau experienced the seventh warmest September on...

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