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FLOOD WARNINGS IN ILLINOIS

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for several rivers in Illinois as a large rain storm moves across the middle of the state. The weather service on Thursday had flood warnings out for the Illinois River at Beardstown, Havana, Henry and Peoria; the Kankakee River, Embarras River, Little Wabash River, Mazon River, Spoon… read more

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DROUGHT MONITOR

The latest Drought Monitor reflects the “too wet, too dry” conditions across the nation. California remains in desperate shape, with fully 70 percent of the state locked in extreme or exceptional drought, with the entire state remaining in some level of precipitation deficiency. Elsewhere, dry weather is a seldom heard word.

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DROUGHT WATCH

The latest Midwest Drought outlook thru July calls for dry conditions developing and intensifying in the northern Corn Belt states, including northern Illinois.

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COOLER CORNBELT

Illinois and the rest of the Midwest saw the 15th coldest year in 2014, says State climatologist Jim Angel. You would have to go back to 1996 for a colder year, and before that 1978 and 1979.  

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EL NINO

The Climate Prediction Center on Thursday estimated there is around 65% possibility El Nino conditions will develop this winter and last into the spring of 2015.

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HARVEST OUTLOOK

A compilation of weather models indicates northern Illinois may have a sloppy harvest, but the rest of the state should see normal rainfall during October. Weather models show the northern half of the Cornbelt will have a 40% chance of being wetter than usual during the month of October, while the southern half of the… read more

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WINTER OUTLOOK

GROWMARK Energy tells Leader that early forecasts for the winter season appears as if they are calling for cool periods this winter in the Midwest, but not the extremely cold temperatures we experienced last year.  As for propane supplies, inventory levels in the Midwest remain below the 5-year average, but above-average builds over the past… read more

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RIVER FLOODING

This week’s heavy rains are bringing flood waters along the Mississippi River. In general, the river is forecast to rise another 2-3 feet above current levels upstream of the Quad Cities area and begin cresting at the end of this week. From Quincy downstream to Grafton, the river is forecast to rise another 5-6 feet… read more

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CROP CONDITIONS

Crop observers are warning that heavy rains, hail and flooding across the northern Midwest may offset good growing conditions in the eastern Corn Belt. But long-time observer Rich Feltes told a reporter this week: “for every hollow, there are two hills”.

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SNOW???

Rockford and other locations across northern Illinois saw snowfall this morning. It was a record late snowfall for Rockford – the previous record was May 11.

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