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Reminders of leaf pickup

Here's a roundup on municipal leaf pickup:

September temperatures were - get this - below average

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 for early Sunday


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

How leaves change color

According to University of Illinois Jeffrey O. Dawson, with declining autumn temperatures, tree leaves stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment of photosynthesis.

Leaves might give us an autumn show after all

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.

Severe thunderstorm warning expires

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.


Corn harvest more than half-finished; beans just starting

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.

Red Flag Warning out for two area counties

     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.

Summer wasn't so hot after all

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.

Freeze, drought hurt apple crop

CHAMPAIGN — Curtis Orchard will have plenty of apples to sell this year, despite a year that was hard on the local crop.

Randy Graham, co-owner of the orchard on South Duncan Road, said the orchard produced "10 percent or less" of what it typically does, as a result of an early spring, a freeze on April 11 and the summer drought.