C-U's June temperatures average, but rainfall way down

CHAMPAIGN — June weather in Champaign-Urbana featured seasonable temperatures but unusually dry conditions.

With only 2.05 inches of rain, it was the 26th-driest June on record, according to the Illinois State Water Survey. Normal June rainfall is 4.34 inches.

Warmer-than-average days turn to cooler-than-average nights

If you're planning to walk the dog this morning, we recommend something with sleeves.

The National Weather Service forecasts a low temperature of 52 for Champaign-Urbana — just 6 degrees warmer than the all-time June 27 record, set in 1905.

Top of the Morning, June 24, 2017

The Emord siblings will proudly represent the family at today's dedication of Emord Memorial Park in downtown Gifford.

Top of the Morning, June 22, 2017

Don Follis' next "On Faith" column in The News-Gazette is scheduled to run July 2.

That's if he doesn't melt first.

Our longtime contributing pastor is spending his summer study leave in Phoenix, where on Wednesday it was a bit toasty (read about the heat wave on A-7).

Reader-submitted storm photos, June 19, 2017

For more pictures of Monday's head-turning skies, follow us on Instagram.

The following is a compilation of reader-submitted photos from the rain and picturesque conditions that followed on June 19, 2017.

UPDATED: flood warning in effect for Ford County

New 9:11 p.m. Wednesday:

The severe thunderstorm watch has been trimmed to include just the following counties: Macon, Shelby, Coles and Moultrie.

A flash flood warning has been issued for Iroquois County until 12:15 a.m. Thursday.


New 7:48 p.m. Wednesday:

Updated: flood advisories issued for Ford, Iroquois counties

New 8:16 p.m. Tuesday:

A flood warning has been issued for north central Iroquois County until 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.

A flood advisory has been issued for north central Ford County and central Iroquois County until 10 p.m. Tuesday.


Original story:

May's temps below normal, but precipitation well above

CHAMPAIGN — For only the third time in the last 21 months, temperatures last month in Champaign-Urbana were below normal.

But only by 1.1 degrees.

Temperatures for the year so far are more than 5 degrees above normal, according to statistics from the Illinois State Water Survey.

UPDATED: Flash-flood warning for Vermilion County

New 8:54 p.m.:

The flash flood warning for northern Vermilion County has been extended until 5 a.m. Saturday.

The tornado watch for our area has been canceled.


New 7:37 p.m.:

A flash-flood warning has been issued for northern Vermilion County until 9 p.m.

Do not drive over a flooded road.


New 5:48 p.m.: