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:

Feeling muggy? That's because the dew point's at a high — and rising

Yes, it's hot out there, but it's also icky and muggy. The dew point, a measure of how much moisture is in the atmosphere, is rising rapidly and, frankly, making everything uncomfortable. Here's a closer look, courtesy of The News-Gazette's VISHESH ANAND:

Excessive heat warning issued for weekend

New Thursday:

East Central Illinois is now under an excessive heat warning from Friday morning until Saturday night.


Original story:

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for all of East Central Illinois except Ford and Iroquois counties from 10 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Gifford tornado victims tell of wind lifting car, pool blowing by 'like a flying saucer'

For The News-Gazette

GIFFORD — Stormy weather or not, Kara Roseman planned on driving to work Tuesday evening. But the after-hours bank cleaner didn't even make it out of her driveway before she knew that evening's storm wasn't normal.

"The wind picked up, and it started to lift up my car," she said.

UPDATE: Tuesday's tornado near Gifford was an EF-1

UPDATE, 3:26 p.m. Wednesday:

GIFFORD — The National Weather service said the tornado that touched down Tuesday night between Rantoul and Gifford in rural Champaign County had wind speeds of 90 miles per hour.