March drier, warmer than usual, but no records set

CHAMPAIGN — For the third month in a row and the 17th out of the last 19, temperatures were above average last month in Champaign-Urbana.

And the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center says there's a good chance April will be above average in Illinois and most of the rest of the country as well.

Tornado sirens: 'Cold War technology'

CHAMPAIGN — After a rainy Thursday filled with severe thunderstorm warnings, over 100 people packed into a Parkland College auditorium to learn how to spot tornadoes.

These volunteers play a key part of the process for emergency officials sounding tornado sirens.

UPDATED: flood advisory issued for northern counties

New 6:29 p.m.

A flood advisory has been issued for Ford and Iroquois counties until 11:45 p.m. Thursday.


New 4:38 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for northern Vermilion County until 5 p.m.


New 3:57 p.m.

The final straw: Area farmers step up after wildfires in Plains

FAIRMOUNT — There's plenty to do this time of year on the Rohrscheib family farm.

But Vern Rohrscheib and his daughter, Lynn, are putting all that on hold for a few days to load their hay bales to help fellow farmers and ranchers devastated by fires in Kansas.

Top of the Morning, March 29, 2017

— "We recovered — and our town is more beautiful than ever"

— "If we can make it through this, you can too"

— "You are stronger than you think, and you will make it through this"

Updated: severe thunderstorm warning expires for northern counties

New 12:20 p.m. Monday:

UPDATE: Winter-weather advisory extended through Monday night

New 9:54 a.m. Monday:

The winter-weather advisory for Champaign, Vermilion, DeWitt, Piatt and Macon counties has been extended until 7 p.m. Monday.

The winter-weather advisory for Ford and Iroquois counties has been extended until 1 p.m. Monday.


New 4:37 p.m. Sunday:

Wind advisory issued for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for a portion of East Central Illinois.

The advisory will be in effect from 9 a.m. Wednesday until 6 p.m. Wednesday for Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Piatt and Vermilion counties.

Winds are expected to be 25 to 35 miles per hour, gusting up to 45 or more.

Top of the Morning, March 7, 2017

The annual statewide tornado drill is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. today (barring — and this is odd to write — actual bad weather).

That means 84 sirens in Champaign County wailing for a few minutes and your TV screen going from "The Price Is Right" to a blackened test message from the National Weather Service.

Warmest February ever

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CHAMPAIGN — February locally was the warmest in 129 years of Champaign-Urbana weather record-keeping, and the three-month meteorological winter tied for 13th-warmest.