Top of the Morning, Sept. 15, 2018

With all this talk of a warmer-than-usual winter — woolly worms, persimmon seeds and News-Gazette Media meteorologist GREG SOULJE all point to one — we tapped another reliable source just in case: the Old Farmer's Almanac.

UPDATED: Dense fog advisory ends

9 a.m. Update

The dense fog advisory is no longer in effect.


7:30 a.m. Update

The National Weather Service says that Coles, Edgar and Vermilion counties are under a dense fog advisory until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Tropical storm's remnants filled up rain gauges in C-U, Illinois

Thanks to the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon, Champaign-Urbana — and the state of Illinois as a whole — have already topped the average rainfall mark for September.

Champaign-based state climatologist Jim Angel said 3.49 inches of rain fell locally over the weekend. C-U’s normal for the whole month is 3.13 inches.

UPDATED: flash flood warning issued

New 2:22 p.m. Friday:

A flash flood warning is in effect for Champaign, Vermilion, Piatt and Macon counties until 8 p.m. Friday.


Original story:

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties until Sunday morning.

Just Askin' | Wildfires' wide reach

Q: How does wildfire smoke from California make it to Illinois?

A: Simple, University of Illinois weather professor Jeff Frame said: "These fires can create smoke flumes thousands of feet, sometimes tens of thousands of feet into the atmosphere."

UPDATE: No one struck by lightning in Paxton

New Tuesday:  

The manager of Monical’s Pizza in Paxton is clarifying what he termed inaccurate media reports stating that someone was struck by lightning outside his restaurant during Monday night’s storms.

Dense fog advisory expires

A dense fog advisory is in effect for a portion of East Central Illinois Wednesday morning.

The advisory includes Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, Shelby and Vermilion counties. It is in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Visibility is at one quarter of a mile or less at times. Be sure to use your headlights as drive this morning and slow down.

Urbana hit hard by storm

CHAMPAIGN - For the second time this summer, inclement weather has cancelled a downtown Champaign streetfest.

About 1:30 p.m., the Champaign Park District cancelled the live music event, set to begin at 7 p.m. at Walnut and University avenues.

It also had to cancel the June 9 fest because of threatening weather early in the day.


Flood advisory remains for southeastern Iroquois County

7:06 p.m. Thursday update

A flood advisory has been issued for southeastern Iroquois County until 10 p.m. Thursday.


2:20 p.m. Thursday update

A flood advisory has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 5:15 p.m. Thursday.


12:27 p.m. Thursday update

Forecast for early July: More mugginess, just like June

The local forecast for early July? Think June — only stickier and stormier. With more muggy weather on the way, staff writer ADALBERTO TOLEDO takes a look back at last month and a quick peek ahead, by-the-numbers style: