Heat advisory issued for two area counties

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for DeWitt County from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The heat index could reach 107 degrees.

A separate heat advisory has been issued for Ford County from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The heat index could reach 105 degrees.

Go figure, July 12, 2017: Storm edition


Utility poles knocked down by straight-line winds near county roads 1200 E and 900 N outside Philo, according to Champaign County Highway Department maintenance supervisor Tracy Wingler's count. Two vehicles were in the way but their motorists were not injured, Wingler said.

UPDATE: Crews tending to downed power lines

Update 4:30 p.m.

Ameren Illinois has brought crews to rural Philo, where winds knocked down more than two dozen utility poles.

Champaign County Highway Department maintenance supervisor Tracy Wingler said that straight-line winds knocked down 25 utility poles near county roads 1200 E and 900 N, about four miles west of Philo, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

UPDATED: severe thunderstorm watch expires

New 8:20 p.m.:

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for western DeWitt and northern Macon counties until 8:45 p.m.

Piatt and DeWitt counties are now under the severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m.


Original story:

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).