April in C-U was one of warmest, wettest on record

CHAMPAIGN — Last month was one of the warmest and wettest Aprils in local weather history.

It also was the fourth consecutive month — and 18th of the last 20 — with above-average temperatures.

But there's a change in the outlook — a probability of cooler-than-normal temperatures in May in Illinois — according to the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center.

UPDATED: rain, flood advisories in effect this weekend

New 4/29/17 7 p.m.:

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for central Coles, northern Edgar, Vermilion, eastern Champaign, and eastern Douglas counties until 7:45. p.m.

New 4/29/17 6:51 p.m.:

A flash flood warning has been issued Edgar, Piatt, Vermilion, Champaign, and Douglas counties until 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

Pools open as temps soar

The weather scoop from our Tom Kacich (ask him questions here):

— Monday was the 18th day (of 24) in April with above-average temperatures. The official high was 77 degrees. The average high for April 24 is 66 degrees.

Top of the Morning, April 21, 2017

For seven years, Derick Fabert's been telling us when we need a coat or an umbrella. But the WCIA chief meteorologist is hanging up his green screen.

Saturday's Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon coverage will be Fabert's last day on the job.

Updated: severe thunderstorm warning, watch expire for area counties

New 8:22 p.m.:

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued:

Frost advisory issued for Friday night

A frost advisory is in effect for a portion of East Central Illinois from late Friday night through Saturday morning.

Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, and Vermilion counties are under the advisory from 11 p.m Friday through 9 a.m. Saturday. Low temperatures could be around 35 degrees. Unprotected sensitive outdoor vegetation could be damaged.

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.