June Midwest Summary: Flooding Rains and Intense Heat

Posted: July 11, 2018, 2:36 pm by askinner

Throughout the month of June, Chicago and Rockford saw multiple rounds of flash-flood-inducing heavy rain while numerous stationary fronts sparked sporadic shower and storm activity in the Ohio River Valley. However, regardless of where you were in the Midwest during June, several potent heat waves brought temperatures into the 90s. Summer-time work became difficult when associated heat indices rose over 100 degrees at times throughout the month.

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Quick Outlook for Summer 2018

Posted: May 21, 2018, 2:50 pm by askinner

With an active end to winter and a cold entry into spring now safely behind us, our thoughts trend toward how summer-time heat and storms will play out in the upcoming season. For forecast clues, attention turns to a large-scale pattern favorite, the El Nino Southern Oscillation, or ENSO for short. As ENSO arguably plays one of the biggest roles when it comes to seasonal temperature and precipitation trends, our 2018 Summer Forecast analyzes these progressions closely.

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Spring Arrives Late in the Midwest: April Summary

Posted: May 8, 2018, 12:53 am by askinner

The month of April felt like a continuation of winter featuring well below average temperatures combined with above average monthly snowfall across the Midwest. 

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What Makes for a Bad Allergy Season?

Posted: May 5, 2018, 5:14 pm by askinner

As winter winds down, many of us become intoxicated with the idea of an early spring. Outside, there is newly greened grass, the scent of fresh soil, and the sound of songbirds signaling the awakening of the biological world. At first your senses may be dazzled, but then you notice your body feels less than 100% as symptoms of sneezing, coughing, runny nose and itchy eyes plague you.

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How Radar can be Misleading

Posted: April 11, 2018, 3:56 pm by askinner

What’s my relationship with radar? Well, sometimes it has trouble putting the pieces together, and other times it blows things out of proportion. It plays games by saying it’s in a certain spot when it isn’t, and even stands me up on occasion by not bothering to show up! Like most relationships, we go through ups and downs; and while there are many great points to using radar, there is also a good deal that can elude the interpreter.

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March 2018: Temperature Swings & Broken Records

Posted: April 8, 2018, 12:00 am by askinner

The first day of March marks the start of meteorological spring and while the month began warmer than average in the Midwest, many of us were fooled into believing that warmer days were here to stay. It didn’t take long for a roller coaster of up and down temperature swings to unfold, bringing with it sporadic snow storms and a few record breaking precipitation events.

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Top Ten Weather Events of 2017

Posted: January 11, 2018, 6:22 pm by askinner

The year of 2017 has come and gone and as we embark on the 2018 voyage, we are bombarded with the uncertainty of weather phenomena to come. Despite the yearly resolution many of us attempt to follow, there are always aspects of our lives that are simply out of our control, like powerful weather events. Here we reflect on some of the most costly, destructive, and immobilizing atmospheric incidents of the past year. 


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Warming Up the Car in Winter: Good or Bad?

Posted: December 14, 2017, 7:11 pm by askinner

Given the choice this winter, would you rather extend the life of your car or the life of the planet? The good news is that you don't have to choose! Enter the well-known myth: you should let your car warm-up before driving it in the winter. However, by skipping this pre-drive ritual, you’ll find that both your car and the environment benefit. Let’s look into where the notion came from and why it no longer holds. 

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How to Keep Warm at a Tailgate

Posted: November 21, 2017, 11:50 am by askinner

After a long week filled with anticipation, it's finally time for the big game, but first, the fun-filled tailgate. You've packed the coolers, prepped the grill, and piled into the car with family and friends. Turning into the stadium, you’re graced with a sunny sky and a surge of happiness. You open the car door only to be smacked with a wall of unforgiving cold air, you’ve been blitzed! Here are some tips to avoid this cruel scenario and stay warm throughout the tailgate so you can enjoy the game afterwards.

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