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CHAMPAIGN — After 11 consecutive months of above-average temperatures — some months as much as 15 degrees above normal — Champaign-Urbana had a below-normal September.
The mean temperature locally was 65 degrees, 1.2 degrees below normal, according to the Illinois State Water Survey. The average high was 2.4 degrees below normal; the average low was 0.4 degrees below normal.
FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 8 AM CDT SUN
The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a frost
Advisory, in effect from 1am to 8am CST Sunday.
Lows will fall into the middle 30s overnight.
The time between 4am and 7am is most likely to see the
coldest temperatures and most widespread frost.
Widespread frost is likely to occur later tonight
URBANA — Rumors of the demise of fall color in our local trees have been slightly exaggerated.
State climatologist Jim Angel said this summer's drought might make the prognosis for Technicolor leaves seem dire, but our recent weather has perked up the chances for a bit of display of natural beauty.
According to University of Illinois Jeffrey O. Dawson, with declining autumn temperatures, tree leaves stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment of photosynthesis.
UPDATE (4:20 PM):
The severe thunderstorm watch for DeWitt and Piatt counties has expired.
UPDATE (3:40 PM):
The severe thunderstorm watch for Macon County has been canceled. It remains until 4 p.m. for DeWitt and Piatt Counties.
CHAMPAIGN — Area grain-elevator operators say the corn harvest is about 60 percent complete — and the crop has more moisture than expected.
High moisture means the corn has to be dried, and the extra time needed for that has sometimes caused delays for those delivering grain.
Meanwhile, the soybean harvest is just getting under way.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Ford and Iroquois counties, in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
A Red Flag Warning means a combination strong winds, low relative humidity, and high temperatures will increase the risk of fires to spread rapidly.
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-Urbana's long, hot summer of 2012 wasn't really that hot.
It wasn't even as hot as the summer of 2011, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.
Based on the average temperature of 76.5 degrees in the June through August meteorological summer, 2012 tied for fifth place (with 1954 and 1913) among Champaign-Urbana's hottest summers.
VILLA GROVE — Drought and heat really took a toll on green beans and sweet corn at the Kleiss Produce Farm west of Villa Grove this year.
"We do a lot of irrigation, but it has really hammered the sweet corn and green beans pretty bad," Bob Kleiss said.
Extreme heat cut yields on green beans to less than 20 percent of normal, he said.