Illinois State Water Survey

Illinois State Water Survey

Fisher area residents blame irrigation well for drying up theirs

FISHER — MJ Shields grew up about a mile from where she now lives in the country between Fisher and Dewey.

"That's why I moved out there, because I love to be in the country," Shields said of her home of the past three years.

Scientific surveys set 'lightning' talks

A "Lightning Symposium" — as in quick, not thunder — will showcase the diverse work of the state scientific surveys later this week.

July 2012 takes second place for heat; last July is right behind

CHAMPAIGN — This July and July 2011 now rank second and third for the hottest Julys in Champaign-Urbana weather history.

And July 2012 is tied for fourth place among the driest Julys locally, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.

2012 may be one of driest years on record

CHAMPAIGN — So far, 2012 is on pace to be one of the driest years ever in Champaign-Urbana weather history.

Including Sunday's brief rainstorm, the Illinois State Water Survey has reported 14.18 inches of precipitation so far this year. Normal through the first six months of the year is about 20 inches.

Climatologist says this year's spring was the warmest on record

CHAMPAIGN — If you thought this spring was exceptionally warm, it wasn't your imagination.

The months of March, April and May marked the warmest spring on record for the state dating back to 1895, according to Illinois State Water Survey State Climatologist Jim Angel.

November warmer, wetter than normal

November was warmer and wetter than normal in Champaign-Urbana, according to statistics from the Illinois State Water Survey.

The average temperature for the month was 45.7 degrees, which was 4.4 degrees above normal. The average high was 54.4 degrees, greater than the normal of 50.6 degrees. The average low was 36.5 degrees, 4.5 degrees greater than the average low.

Greenhouse gases in the future could give Chicago 100-degree days for a month

Chicago in the future could have weather similar to Phoenix today, according to a University of Illinois researcher's climate model.

Xin-Zhong Liang, an atmospheric scientist at Illinois State Water Survey and assistant professor at the UI, says that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current level rate, the region could have up to a month of 100-degree days.