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Monday Night's Severe Weather Reports

Published 2024-07-16

Monday Night's Severe Weather Reports

Sunday Night's Severe Weather Reports

Published 2024-07-15

Severe weather reports from Sunday night.

20th Anniversary of Roanoke F4 Tornado

Published 2024-07-12

On July 13, 2004, an F4 strength tornado moved across Woodford County, and demolished the Parsons Manufacturing plant west of Roanoke. Despite 150 people being in the building at the time, only a few minor injuries occurred, thanks to adequate storm shelters and a formal severe weather plan.

Impacts of Hurricane Beryl Remnants on Central Illinois

Published 2024-07-10

The remnants of Hurricane Beryl passed through the mid Mississippi Valley on July 9-10, brining some much needed (and in some cases, too much) rainfall, along with strong to severe storms in parts of the lower Ohio Valley.

Climatology of Tropical Remnants Affecting Central IL

Published 2024-07-08

Climatology of Tropical Remnants Affecting Central IL

Independence Day Climatology for Peoria and Springfield

Published 2024-07-01

Holiday climate statistics for Peoria and Springfield show that about 2/3 of Independence Days in this area have dry weather.

Best way to view NWPS hydrographs on your mobile device (video)

Published 2024-06-24

Video on how to best view area hydrographs on your mobile device.

This is Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Published 2024-06-16

Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 19-25.

Survey Information from June 13, 2024 Severe Weather (Updated June 27th)

Published 2024-06-15

Severe storms on June 13th produced a large area of enhanced wind damage across portions of McLean, Ford and Livingston Counties, including 5 tornadoes.

Find additional help in using our new NWPS page with our Quick Start Guide!

Published 2024-06-06

NWS Soliciting Comments on Discontinuation of Haines Index and Lightning Activity Level (LAL) from Fire Weather Forecasts

Published 2024-06-04

NWS Soliciting Comments on Discontinuation of Haines Index and Lightning Activity Level (LAL) from Fire Weather Forecasts

Spotter Training Tonight at 630 pm in Taylorville IL!

Published 2024-06-04

A link to the NWS Central Illinois spotter training resources page. This link includes a schedule of upcoming trainings.

Spring 2024 Climate Summary

Published 2024-06-02

Spring season climate summary for 2024.

June 2024 Climate Summary

Published 2024-06-01

Monthly climate summary for central Illinois for June 2024.

May 26th Tornadoes in Southeast Illinois

Published 2024-05-27

After strong thunderstorms in the morning of May 26th, the remnant outflow boundary left behind helped fire more severe weather during the afternoon and evening hours. This was focused on areas near and south of I-70 in Illinois, producing several tornadoes, straight-line wind damage, and large hail.

Memorial Day Climate Statistics for Peoria and Springfield

Published 2024-05-24

Miss our Spotter Training? Visit our YouTube channel for short training videos

Published 2024-05-15

If you were unable to make it to our spotter training sessions, short reviews of the various topics are available on our YouTube channel. There are 7 videos that can be reviewed, with a run time around 26 minutes.

Information on Observation Outage at the Springfield Airport

Published 2024-05-09

The Springfield Automated Surface Observing System is degraded due to technical issues.

Mother's Day Climate Statistics for Peoria and Springfield

Published 2024-05-09

The date of Mother's Day varies each year, as it is the second Sunday of May. This year, it is on May 12th.

UPDATED: April 18, 2024 Severe Weather Event - 4 tornadoes

Published 2024-04-26

Recap of April 8th Eclipse

Published 2024-04-09

Much of central and southeast Illinois was able to see a near total solar eclipse on April 8th, with areas roughly from I-70 southward within the area of totality.

Virtual Storm Spotter Training This Saturday -- Register Here!

Published 2024-04-08

Interested in learning about severe weather, but haven't been able to make it to any of our in-person sessions? We will be conducting a virtual storm spotter training session this Saturday, April 13th, at 10 am CDT.

50th Anniversary of April 3-4, 1974 Super Outbreak of Tornadoes

Published 2024-04-03

On April 3, 1974, the beginning of a widespread severe weather outbreak was occurring in Illinois. Within a 24 hour period, 148 tornadoes occurred in 13 states and parts of Canada. Twelve tornadoes touched down in Illinois, and 4 of them were of F3 strength.

Easter Weather History for Peoria and Springfield

Published 2024-03-30

The date of Easter varies between March 22nd and April 25th, and is set as the first Sunday after the full moon, following the Northern Hemisphere's spring equinox. These statistics contain the specific date of Easter for each year in the climate record.

Is Your NOAA Weather Radio Beeping?

Published 2024-03-29

Information on April 8th Solar Eclipse

Published 2024-03-23

A total solar eclipse will move across North America during the afternoon of April 8th, tracking from southern Texas to northern Maine. The area of totality will track across about the southeast quarter of Illinois.

AHPS Replacement Coming March 27th

Published 2024-03-22

Climatology of Spring Freezes

Published 2024-03-20

While unseasonably mild weather has spurred early growth, it is important to remember that freezing temperatures typically occur well into April over our area.

Daylight Saving Time Begins 2 AM Sunday

Published 2024-03-08

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10th at 2 AM. Be sure to set your clocks ahead an hour before going to bed Saturday night.

2023-24 Winter Season Climate Summary

Published 2024-03-01

NWS Lincoln Taking Applications for 2024 Summer Volunteer Program

Published 2024-02-20

The NWS office in Lincoln is taking applications for Summer Volunteer Opportunities

February 16th Snow Reports

Published 2024-02-16

Valentine's Day Climate History for Peoria and Springfield

Published 2024-02-13

Why Do NWS Forecasts Reference "Washington's Birthday" Instead of "Presidents Day?"

Published 2024-02-12

2/8/2024 Severe Weather Reports

Published 2024-02-09

2/8/2024 Severe Weather Reports

Groundhog Day Climate Statistics for Peoria and Springfield

Published 2024-01-30

Since reliable sky cover records became available in Peoria and Springfield in the 1950's, Groundhog Day sunrise has been mostly cloudy about 63% of the time.

Update to the Robinson-Sullivan Tornado from Mar 31, 2023

Published 2024-01-23

Storm Anxiety Webinar - Jan 25th, 2024 @ 6pm

Published 2024-01-22

Learn about our operations in our new Story Map

Published 2024-01-20

Ever wonder what all is involved with our operations? Check out our new ArcGIS Story Map to see what we do, who works here, and more.

Coldest Wind Chill Reports (January 14)

Published 2024-01-14

A list of coldest wind chill reports across central and southeast Illinois on the morning of Sunday, January 14th, 2024.

Latest Snow Reports

Published 2024-01-13

2023 Annual Climate Statistics for Area Cities

Published 2024-01-02

Annual climate statistics for 2023 are now available.

Latest Drought Information for Southeast Illinois (Updated December 28th)

Published 2023-12-28

Winter Begins Thursday at 9:27 pm CST

Published 2023-12-20

The winter solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5 degrees South latitude).

Christmas Day Climate Statistics

Published 2023-12-20

Typical odds of a White Christmas in our area range from 25-30% in central Illinois, and around 20% in southeast Illinois.

2023 Weather Highlights for Central and Southeast Illinois

Published 2023-12-16

Temperatures averaged 1 to 3 degrees above normal for the year, while precipitation and snowfall were well below normal, especially south of I-72.

Newton NOAA Weather Radio Off the Air

Published 2023-12-12

Autumn (September-November) 2023 Climate Summary *corrected*

Published 2023-12-07

November 2023 Climate Summary

Published 2023-12-01

SKYWARN Recognition Day 2023 Check-in!

Published 2023-11-30

Skywarn Recognition Day 2023: 6PM December 1 to 6PM December 2

Published 2023-11-30

Thanksgiving Day Weather History for Peoria & Springfield

Published 2023-11-21

November 17th -- 10 Year Anniversary of Washington EF4 Tornado

Published 2023-11-15

November 17th marks the 10 year anniversary of Illinois' largest November tornado outbreak on record, which included a powerful EF4 tornado which tore through Washington, IL.

New Warning Criteria for Heavy Snow

Published 2023-11-14

Across the contiguous U.S., warning thresholds for heavy snow have been updated beginning this winter, to serve as the basis for winter storm watches and warnings.

This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week -- Time to Brush Up on Winter Safety

Published 2023-11-06

Winter Weather Preparedness Week is November 6-10. Now is the time to refresh yourself on preparing your house and car for the winter, and how to handle ice, snow and cold.

El Niño Impacts in the Midwest

Published 2023-11-04

This winter, El Nino is expected to increase the odds of a warmer than normal winter, with below normal snowfall in central Illinois.

See the Radar Dome Removal Process

Published 2023-10-31

The protective dome that covers the Lincoln Doppler radar antenna was removed on October 30th in order to replace the pedestal inside. This was the first time the dome was removed since the radar was originally installed in 1995.

Halloween Weather History for Peoria and Springfield

Published 2023-10-28

Climate statistics show about 1 in 3 Halloweens will have measurable precipitation in Peoria and Springfield. However, just under 20% of years have had highs at least 70 degrees.

NOAA Issues U.S. Winter Weather Outlook

Published 2023-10-20

This year, El Nino is in place heading into winter for the first time in four years, driving the outlook for warmer-than-average temperatures for the northern tier of the continental United States.

Fall Colors Report

Published 2023-09-29

The peak of the fall color season across central and southeast Illinois is typically in mid to late October.

Fall Freeze Climatology

Published 2023-09-29

Here's a look at average dates for first fall freezes in central and southeast Illinois.

Fall Equinox is on Saturday, September 23rd at 1:49 am CDT

Published 2023-09-20

JetStream - An Online School for Weather

Published 2023-09-17

JetStream Online School for Weather provides educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and water with comprehensive, well-organized, colorfully illustrated curricula designed to help teach about the wonders and dangers that abound in the Earth's atmosphere.

Tornado Statistics for 2023 (through August 31)

Published 2023-09-01

As of August 31st, a total of 39 tornadoes have been reported in the 35 counties that make up the Lincoln NWS service area.

Labor Day Weather History for Peoria & Springfield

Published 2023-08-31

August 25 Storm Reports

Published 2023-08-26

Cooling Centers in Central Illinois

Published 2023-08-20

If your home does not have air conditioning, many communities have local facilities you can visit to get some time out of the heat.

Go Back to School with NOAA

Published 2023-08-15

Are you a teacher or educator looking for resources for the new school year ahead? NOAA can help you quickly find lesson plans, videos, data resources, activities, and more created by NOAA and our partners.

Large Hail & Wind Reports From Last Night's Storms

Published 2023-07-26

Large Hail Reports From Sunday July 23

Published 2023-07-24

Large Hail Reports From Sunday July 23

24 Hour Rainfall Totals As of This Morning

Published 2023-07-15

Two Additional Tornadoes Identified from June 29th Derecho

Published 2023-07-13

July 8th Rainfall Map

Published 2023-07-08

June 2023 Climate Summary

Published 2023-07-01

Summer Begins Today at 9:57 am CDT

Published 2023-06-21

The summer solstice will occur this year on June 21st.

Help Us Monitor Drought Conditions!

Published 2023-06-17

Drought Early Warning Update for the Midwest

Published 2023-05-26

There is an increased risk of drought development over portions of the Midwest during the next few weeks.

National Safe Boating Week through May 26

Published 2023-05-25

May 7th Severe Weather Review

Published 2023-05-12

A meteorological review of the May 7th, 2023 severe weather event across central Illinois.

Saturday Night Heavy Rain and Severe Weather Reports

Published 2023-05-07

Local storm reports from a system that moved through Saturday night.

Champaign NOAA Weather Radio Repairs Completed!!

Published 2023-05-05

The Champaign NOAA Weather Radio is back online and transmitting at full power after repairs were completed this morning, May 5, 2023.

Localized Dust Storm of May 1, 2023

Published 2023-05-02

On May 1, a dust storm from near Springfield to Effingham caused a major accident on I-55 at the Sangamon/Montgomery County line, involving several dozen vehicles.

Central Illinois Tornado Climatology Updated Through 2022

Published 2023-04-29

Our county-by-county breakdown of tornado activity since 1950 has been updated to include the period through 2022.

March 31, 2023 Tornado Event

Published 2023-04-08

Severe thunderstorms developed over parts of central Illinois during the afternoon into early evening hours on Friday, March 31st, 2023. 13 tornadoes were reported across our coverage area. This was part of a large, multi-state tornado outbreak.

April 4, 2023 - Tornado & Large Hail Event

Published 2023-04-05

March 2023 Climate Summary

Published 2023-04-01

Termination of the River and Lake Forecast Product (RVD)

Published 2023-03-21

Spring Begins at 4:24 pm CDT Monday

Published 2023-03-19

The vernal equinox takes place at 4:24 pm CDT on Monday, March 20th.

2023 U.S. Spring Flood Outlook

Published 2023-03-17

St. Patrick's Day Climate Statistics for Peoria and Springfield

Published 2023-03-15

Friday Afternoon Wind Gusts

Published 2023-03-03

A listing of peak wind gusts observed as of 130 PM CST Friday afternoon.

Adjustments to Historical Peoria Snowfall Records for February

Published 2023-02-12

Due to some errors in the historical climate database for Peoria, adjustments are being made to the snowfall records for Peoria for February and all-time records.

Jan 2023 Climate Summary

Published 2023-02-01

Storm Prediction Center's 2022 Severe Weather Year In Review

Published 2023-01-31

January 24-25 Snowfall Reports

Published 2023-01-25

Lawrenceville, IL Automated Surface Observing Station (ASOS) Outage

Published 2023-01-25

How Do We Use Models in Our Forecasting?

Published 2023-01-23

A lot is made of numerical weather prediction today. How do we use it in our forecast process?

NOAA Releases 2022 Climate Review, Including 18 Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters

Published 2023-01-11

Last year, the U.S. experienced 18 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters, leading to the deaths of at least 474 people. This ranks in third place (tied with 2011 and 2017) for the highest number of disasters recorded in a calendar year, behind 2021 — with 20 events — and 2020, with a record 22 separate billion-dollar events.

Snowfall Reports from January 8, 2023

Published 2023-01-08

Snowfall reports from the morning of Sunday, January 8, 2023.

Additional Tornado Documented from January 3rd Event

Published 2023-01-04

2022 Climate Summaries for Area Cities

Published 2023-01-01

A review of climate statistics for area cities in 2022 is now available.

2022 Weather Highlights for Central and Southeast Illinois

Published 2023-01-01

Temperatures for the year averaged close to normal, although they leaned a little colder than normal over western Illinois. Precipitation was above normal in southeast Illinois, but as much as 6 to 8 inches below normal around Champaign and Danville.

New Years Day Climate Statistics for Peoria and Springfield

Published 2022-12-29

A look back at how the near year has started off in Peoria and Springfield since climate records began.

What Are the Historical Probabilities of a White Christmas?

Published 2022-12-11

A White Christmas is defined as having at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day. Check out this interactive map of historical probabilities across the country.

Interactive Snowfall Climatology Toolbox (Courtesy of Midwestern Regional Climate Center)

Published 2022-12-11

The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) has launched an online interactive Snowfall Climatology Toolbox that provides easy-to-use, visually appealing data on annual snowfall, monthly snowfall, number of snow days, first and last snow dates, and record one-day snowfall.

Looking Back at the December 10-11, 2021 Tornado Outbreak

Published 2022-12-10

The tornado outbreak of December 10-11th, 2021 was the deadliest December tornado outbreak on record, with 89 reported fatalities and over $3 billion of damage. A total of 66 tornadoes occurred, six of which were in central Illinois.

Fall 2022 Climate Summary

Published 2022-12-01

November 2022 Climate Summary

Published 2022-12-01

Summary of High Wind Event on November 5, 2022

Published 2022-11-06

Strong winds were reported across central and northeast Illinois on Saturday, November 5th, including a gust of 68 mph at Willard Airport south of Champaign.

Election Day Weather History for Peoria and Springfield

Published 2022-11-05

About 1 in 4 Election Days in central Illinois will see measurable precipitation, though this year will be dry.

October 2022 Climate Summary

Published 2022-11-01

NOAA Issues U.S. Winter Weather Outlook

Published 2022-10-21

La Niña returns for a third straight year. While wetter than normal conditions are favored over Illinois, there is no particular temperature trend favored.

Improved Daily Temperature and Precipitation Maps Available

Published 2022-10-18

We have updated the layout and graphics associated with our observed daily temperature, precipitation and snowfall graphics.

NOAA Introduces New Lightning Climatology Tool

Published 2022-10-05

NOAA’s new Lightning Climatology tool for the continental U.S. shows when cloud-to-ground lightning flashes are historically most frequent for any location across the country.

New Address for Basic Radar Images

Published 2022-09-08

Our low bandwidth (or "lite") radar page, which has a basic display and no interactive features, has changed its web address.

August and Summer Season Climate Summary

Published 2022-09-02

September is National Preparedness Month - "A Lasting Legacy"

Published 2022-09-01

Comparing Saturday's 3" Hail in Washington to Central Illinois Large Hail Climatology

Published 2022-08-22

A supercell thunderstorm on Saturday, August 20th produced hail as large as 3" in diameter in Washington (northern Tazewell County). In our coverage area, there have only been 27 instances of hail at least this large since 1950.

August 01, 2022 Mason City Tornado

Published 2022-08-09

August 1-3: Severe Storms, Heavy Rain, & Flooding

Published 2022-08-04

Wednesday NWR Weekly Test Postponed

Published 2022-08-03

The weekly NWR test for August 3, 2022, has been postponed due to the threat of severe weather. The test will be conducted on the next clear weather day.

24 Hour Precipitation Reports as of This Morning

Published 2022-07-17

July 15-16 Rainfall Reports

Published 2022-07-16

24 Hour Precipitation Amounts

Published 2022-07-14

Rainfall Totals July 7-8th

Published 2022-07-09

Thursday July 7 Rainfall Reports (as of 7 PM)

Published 2022-07-08

Rainfall reports as of 7 PM Thursday

U.S. Supercomputers for Weather and Climate Forecasts Get Upgraded

Published 2022-06-29

NOAA has implemented its latest version of the Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputing System, which operates at 3 times the speed of the previous system.

Drought Early Warning Update

Published 2022-06-18

Drought early warning update for the Midwest

June 17, 2022 Severe Thunderstorms and Heavy Rain

Published 2022-06-18

New National Weather Service Director Named

Published 2022-06-08

Ken Graham, the director of the National Hurricane Center, has been named the new director of the National Weather Service, effective June 7th.

Spring 2022 Climate Recap

Published 2022-06-02

May 2022 Monthly Climate Summary

Published 2022-06-01

May 2022 monthly climate summary for portions of central and southeastern Illinois.

105th Anniversary of the Mattoon/Charleston Tornado Disaster (May 26, 1917)

Published 2022-05-26

On this date in 1917, 108 people were killed by tornadoes across central Illinois, almost all of them in Mattoon and Charleston.

NOAA Issues Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Published 2022-05-24

The Climate Prediction Center projects this will be the 7th consecutive above-average hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin (which includes the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico).

Information on Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

Published 2022-05-15

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align so that the Moon passes into Earth’s shadow. In a total lunar eclipse, the entire Moon falls within the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra. When the Moon is within the umbra, it will turn a reddish hue.

NWS AHPS replacement coming this fall/winter...introducing NWPS!

Published 2022-05-05

April 2022 Monthly Climate Summary

Published 2022-05-01

Monthly climate summary for April 2022 across central Illinois.

Storm Survey Reveals EF-1 Tornado in Christian County on Sunday, April 24

Published 2022-04-26

A brief EF1 strength tornado occurred on Sunday, April 24, north of Taylorville in Christian County.

Today is Earth Day

Published 2022-04-22

Every Earth Day we pause to appreciate all that our home planet provides humankind.

Wind reports from April 14

Published 2022-04-15

Strong winds were observed in central IL today as listed in the attached Public Information Statement

On this date 1953, first tornado hook echo captured on radar in Champaign County

Published 2022-04-09

On this date in 1953, the first tornado hook echo was documented on radar in Champaign County.

Data Acquisition Program Manager Retires

Published 2022-04-01

24 Hour Rainfall Totals

Published 2022-03-31

March 10-11 Snow Reports

Published 2022-03-11

Snow reports received by the NWS from an event that occurred on March 10th and 11th.

Light Snow Expected Through Friday

Published 2022-03-10

March 5-6th Severe Weather Reports

Published 2022-03-06

March 5-6 severe weather reports central IL

Winter 2021-2022 Climate Recap

Published 2022-03-03

February 2022 Climate Summary

Published 2022-03-02

New Radar Website for Low Bandwidth Users

Published 2022-02-18

In response to feedback from emergency managers and others, the National Weather Service (NWS) has added a simplified fast loading radar website, in addition to the existing GIS-based website.

Recap of February 17 Snow/Ice Event

Published 2022-02-18

Heavy snowfall in excess of 8 inches occurred over portions of central Illinois on Thursday, February 17, while areas further south saw a mixture of freezing rain and sleet.

February 1-3, 2022 Winter Storm Recap

Published 2022-02-03

January 2022 Climate Summary

Published 2022-02-02

Snowfall Map

Published 2022-01-27

6th Tornado Confirmed in December 10th Outbreak

Published 2022-01-22

On Friday, December 10th 2021, a strong low pressure system tracked from Kansas City towards the Great Lakes region producing a significant severe weather event across the Midwest. Several tornadoes were confirmed.

2021 Climate Statistics for Area Cities

Published 2022-01-20

Climate statistics for 2021 are available for several cities in central and southeast Illinois.

Snow Reports - January 14-15, 2022

Published 2022-01-15

December 2021 Climate Summary

Published 2022-01-02

Preliminary 2021 Weather Highlights for Central and Southeast Illinois

Published 2021-12-22

La Nina conditions influenced the start of 2021, and a renewed La Nina pattern closed out the year as well.

Latest First Measurable Snow Stats for Springfield & Peoria

Published 2021-12-21

December 15-16 2021 Reports

Published 2021-12-16

An anomalous low pressure system brought strong wind gusts and record temperatures to portions of central Illinois on December 15-16, 2021.

November 2021 Climate Recap

Published 2021-12-01

SKYWARN Recognition Day 12/2-12/3/2022

Published 2021-12-01

SRD was developed in 1999 by the NWS and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the NWS. Normally during SRD, SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the United States and the world. This year ALL of our SKYWARN spotters can enter into our log page to participate.

October 2021 Climate Summary

Published 2021-11-01

NOAA Releases 2021-2022 Winter Outlook

Published 2021-10-26

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has released their outlook for the 2021-2022 winter season.

La Nina Develops for Second Year in a Row

Published 2021-10-15

A La Nina has developed and will extend through the second winter in a row according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. La Nina is a natural ocean-atmospheric phenomenon marked by cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures across the central and eastern Pacific Ocean near the equator and is translated from Spanish as “little girl.”

October 11th, 2021 Severe Weather Reports

Published 2021-10-12

October 11th, 2021 Severe Weather Reports

September 2021 Climate Summary

Published 2021-10-01

August and Summer Season Climate Summary

Published 2021-09-02

Champaign Airport Observations Unavailable

Published 2021-08-28

Best Wishes to Chris Miller, our Retiring Warning Coordination Meteorologist!

Published 2021-08-27

Chris Miller, our long time Warning Coordination Meteorologist, is retiring August 27th after a 33 year career with the National Weather Service.

Remembering the August 10, 2020 Midwest Derecho

Published 2021-08-09

New "Destructive" Severe Thunderstorm Warning category to Trigger Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

Published 2021-08-05

July 2021 Climate Summary

Published 2021-08-01

Mapping of tornadoes in central & SE IL this year

Published 2021-07-25

Mapping of tornadoes in central & SE IL this year

Fisher Illinois Tornado - July 12th, 2021

Published 2021-07-13

Fisher Illinois Tornado - July 12th, 2021

17 Years Ago Today - F4 Roanoke Tornado

Published 2021-07-13

March 2022 Climate Summary - Updated graphics and snowfall statistics

Published 2021-07-03

March 2022 Climate Summary - Updated graphics and snowfall statistics

June 24-28, 2021 Heavy Rainfall and Tornadoes

Published 2021-06-30

Severe Storm Reports from June 27th, 2021

Published 2021-06-27

24- Hour Rainfall Totals Ending 06/25

Published 2021-06-25

Meet Ryan Knutsvig, Our New Meteorologist-in-Charge

Published 2021-06-23

Ryan Knutsvig reported as our new Meteorologist-in-Charge on June 23, after serving the same function at the NWS office in Grand Forks, ND.

June 18-19, 2021 Severe Storms, Tornado

Published 2021-06-20

May & Spring Season Climate Summary

Published 2021-06-04

Champaign NOAA Weather Radio Back in Service

Published 2021-06-01

The NOAA Weather Radio station serving Champaign/Urbana and surrounding areas is back in service

National Safe Boating Week: May 22-28

Published 2021-05-26

Story Map of the August 10, 2020 Midwest Corn Belt Derecho - The costliest severe thunderstorm event in United States history

Published 2021-05-26

Story Map of the August 10, 2020 Midwest Corn Belt Derecho - The costliest severe thunderstorm event in United States history

May 16-18 Rainfall Reports

Published 2021-05-18

24 Hour Rainfall Reports

Published 2021-05-17

May 6, 2021 Preliminary Severe Weather Recap

Published 2021-05-06

New Monthly Climate Normals 1991-2020 - Peoria & Springfield

Published 2021-05-05

May 3, 2021 Preliminary Severe Weather Recap

Published 2021-05-04

Preliminary recap of the May 3, 2021, severe weather outbreak across central Illinois. This story is being updated.

April 20-21 Winter Weather Recap

Published 2021-04-21

A recap of the April 20-21, 2021 winter event that brought accumulating snow and near-record cold temperatures to central Illinois.

25th Anniversary of Illinois' Largest Tornado Outbreak (April 19, 1996)

Published 2021-04-18

On April 19, 1996, Illinois saw its largest tornado outbreak on record. A total of 39 tornadoes were observed across the state, including one in Decatur which was its second tornado in successive evenings.

April 10-11, 2021 Heavy Rainfall

Published 2021-04-12

Mason County Tornado on March 23 2021

Published 2021-03-24

Brief tornado touchdown north of Mason City. EF0 damage with max wind speed of 80 mph.

Highest Wind Gusts So Far Today

Published 2021-03-10

February and Winter Climate Summary

Published 2021-03-02

February 14-15 2021 Winter Storm Recap

Published 2021-02-17

A recap of the strong winter storm that impacted central Illinois on February 14-15, 2021.

Learn About the Winter Storm Severity Index

Published 2021-01-29

The Winter Storm Severity Index (WSSI) is a new tool from the National Weather Service, that forecasts potential impacts of winter storms.

Chirping Weather Radio?

Published 2021-01-23

If your NWR is chirping every 10 minutes, try this solution.

NWS Lincoln's First and Only Meteorologist-in-Charge Has Retired

Published 2021-01-04

Ernie Goetsch, who was selected as our office's first Meteorologist in Charge while it was still under construction in 1994, has decided to call it a career.

Annual Climate Statistics for 2020 Now Available

Published 2021-01-03

Climate statistics for several area cities for 2020 are now available.

December Climate Summary

Published 2021-01-02

Preliminary 2020 Climate Summary for Central and Southeast Illinois

Published 2020-12-22

Here's a season by season breakdown of the weather highlights in central and southeast Illinois during 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions on our New Radar Displays

Published 2020-12-17

The radar displays on our web page have been redesigned to eliminate the Flash-based dependency. Here's some more information on how to use them.

Severe Drought in Areas Around Springfield and Decatur (updated Dec. 17)

Published 2020-12-17

The U.S. Drought Monitor issued on December 17th showed a small area of severe drought conditions in central Illinois, centered around Lincoln, Springfield and Decatur.

November & Fall Season Climate Summary

Published 2020-12-02

Peak Wind Gusts From Sunday

Published 2020-11-15

Peak wind gusts reported on Sunday.

Winter Preparedness Week in Illinois: Nov.15th - 21st

Published 2020-11-13

La Nina Impacts for Illinois

Published 2020-11-06

La Nina Impacts for Illinois

NOAA's U.S. Winter Outlook 2020-2021

Published 2020-10-16

Smoky Conditions in Central Illinois Today

Published 2020-10-09

September Climate Summary

Published 2020-10-03

We're Celebrating our 25th Anniversary in Lincoln!

Published 2020-09-25

The National Weather Service office marks its 25th anniversary of full-time operations in Lincoln on September 27th.

Congratulations to Ameren Illinois, 2020 WRN Ambassador of Excellence for central IL!

Published 2020-09-22

Near Record Temperatures Last Night

Published 2020-09-19

Near Record Temperatures Last Night

Learn More About the Lincoln NWS Office

Published 2020-09-10

Ever wonder what all we do here at our office? Take a look as we break down some of our functions.

August & Summer Season Climate Summary

Published 2020-09-02

Derecho of August 10, 2020

Published 2020-08-13

A derecho impacted areas from Nebraska to Indiana on August 10, 2020. Extensive damage was reported along its path.

July 2020 Climate Summary

Published 2020-08-02

July 11 2020 Severe Weather Summary

Published 2020-07-13

July 11 2020 Storm Reports

Published 2020-07-12

Two rounds of severe storms affected the area on July 20. Late afternoon storms developed along an outflow boundary, producing numerous storms across Champaign county, some with hail as large as golfball. During the evening a line of severe storms tracked southeast across the area, producing widespread wind damage near the I-74 corridor.

Drought Early Warning Update

Published 2020-07-10

Drought Early Warning Update and Webinar for the North Central U.S. on July 7

June Climate Summary

Published 2020-07-03

Midwest Climate Review - Spring 2020

Published 2020-06-25

This is an overview of the climate in the Midwest for Spring 2020 and an outlook for Summer 2020.

Climatology of Tropical Storm and Hurricane Remnants in Central and Southeast Illinois

Published 2020-06-05

There have been 18 systems of tropical origin between 1850 and 2018, whose circulations passed through central or southeast Illinois.

Prepare for Summer Weather Hazards- Visit our Summer Safety Website!

Published 2020-06-01

May & Spring Season Climate Summary

Published 2020-06-01

April Climate Summary

Published 2020-05-02

Looking for Educational Activities? Free NOAA Webinars Geared Toward Kids

Published 2020-04-30

While you are home, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Regional Collaboration Network, in conjunction with Woods Hole Sea Grant and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is offering this series on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am CDT during school closures. The series started on March 16 and will go through June 12th, 2020.

Rain Totals from April 24th - morning of April 26th

Published 2020-04-26

Earth Day Turns 50

Published 2020-04-22

April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This grassroots effort in 1970 helped lead to the creation of our parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, later that year.

Show us your #SafePlaceSelfie on April 8th!

Published 2020-04-03

If there was one extreme weather preparedness action you want your loved ones to take, what would it be? For many, that one action is to know ahead of time where their safe place is located. On April 8th, 2020, at 11:11am local time, please join the National Weather Service and its Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors to take a “selfie” and post with the hashtag #SafePlaceSelfie.

March Climate Summary

Published 2020-04-01

Two EF-1 Tornadoes Near the Illinois River Valley March 28th

Published 2020-03-30

Two tornadoes, both rated EF-1, produced damage in parts of west central Illinois west of the Illinois River valley during the evening of March 28th. Around 8 pm CDT, a tornado damaged homes and outbuildings south and east of Ipava in Fulton County. A second tornado damaged trees and roofs of buildings on the far southwest side of Peoria around 9 pm.

Storm Reports from Saturday

Published 2020-03-29

Need Some Education Ideas for Kids? Check Out Our Educational Resources

Published 2020-03-25

Need help while kids are at home with you? Check out our lessons, games, and videos to keep them engaged in science.

Time to "Spring" Forward - Daylight Saving Time Starts Tonight

Published 2020-03-07

Daylight Saving Time starts tonight

Weather Observers Needed: Effingham/Shumway and Hutsonville

Published 2020-03-02

Protecting Lives and Property for 150 Years -- The NWS Celebrates its Sesquicentennial

Published 2020-02-09

On February 9, the NWS marks the 150th anniversary of its founding. Learn more about the history and stories of our agency.

January 2020 Climate Summary

Published 2020-02-02

NOAA Celebrates its Golden Anniversary in 2020

Published 2020-01-24

While the NWS turns 150 this year, our parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is also celebrating a major milestone.

December Climate Summary

Published 2020-01-01

Preliminary 2019 Weather Highlights for Central and Southeast Illinois

Published 2019-12-20

Here's a look back at the weather that affected our area during 2019.

SKYWARN HAM Radio Recognition Day 12/6-7/19

Published 2019-12-05

SRD was developed in 1999 by the NWS and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). It celebrates the contributions that volunteer SKYWARN radio operators make to the NWS. During SRD, SKYWARN operators visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the United States and the world.

Autumn Climate Summary

Published 2019-12-02

November Climate Summary

Published 2019-12-02

Strong Storms Tonight, Strong Winds Tomorrow

Published 2019-11-26

Strong Storms Tonight, Strong Winds Tomorrow

October 2019 Climate Summary

Published 2019-11-02

NOAA's U.S. Winter Outlook 2019-2020

Published 2019-10-17

New Experimental Product: Graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook

Published 2019-10-11

The Experimental Graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook provides details on several different weather parameters, over the upcoming week. Clicking the items on the right will bring up a detailed map on the left.

NOWData Currently Unavailable

Published 2019-10-07

September Climate Summary

Published 2019-10-02

Assessment of Tornadoes Sept 27th and Sept 29th

Published 2019-09-30

Tornadoes on Sept 27th & Sept 29th

Published 2019-09-30

Rainfall Reports from Friday Afternoon and Friday Night

Published 2019-09-28

Portions of central Illinois received 5 to 8 inches of rain during separate thunderstorm periods, the afternoon and night of September 27th.

August & Summer Season Climate Summary

Published 2019-09-02

Questions on NWS Radar Displays and Flash Software

Published 2019-08-23

The NWS's radar displays, accessed at , are scheduled to be overhauled by next spring. This should occur before the expected discontinuance of Adobe Flash, which is used in parts of the radar display.

Two Tornadoes in Christian and Shelby Counties on August 12, 2019

Published 2019-08-14

National Weather Service staff surveyed the damage from a pair of tornadoes that occurred on Monday, August 12th.

July Climate Summary

Published 2019-08-01

Protect Yourself from the Summer Sun! Check the UV Index Before Heading Outside

Published 2019-07-20

June Climate Summary

Published 2019-07-02

NOAA's Flagship Weather Model Upgraded on June 12th

Published 2019-06-13

NOAA’s flagship weather model — the Global Forecast System (GFS) — implemented a new dynamical core called the Finite-Volume Cubed-Sphere (FV3). This upgrade will drive global numerical weather prediction into the future with improved forecasts of severe weather, winter storms, and tropical cyclone intensity and track.

May & Spring 2019 Climate Summary

Published 2019-06-02

Late May Tornadoes -- 19 Tornadoes in Central / Southeast IL May 22nd-29th

Published 2019-05-24

Several outbreaks of severe weather occurred during the latter part of May, resulted in widespread wind damage and a number of tornadoes across central and southeast Illinois.

April Climate Summary

Published 2019-05-03

Today is Earth Day

Published 2019-04-22

Now in its 49th year, the first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970.

45th Anniversary of 1974 Super Outbreak of Tornadoes

Published 2019-04-03

On April 3, 1974, the beginning of a widespread severe weather outbreak was occurring in Illinois. Within a 24 hour period, a total of 148 tornadoes occurred in 13 states , as well as Ontario, Canada. This stood as the largest tornado outbreak on record, until 2011.

March 2019 Climate Summary

Published 2019-04-02

February & Winter Season Climate Summary

Published 2019-03-02

Highest Wind Gusts Reported on Sunday, February 24th

Published 2019-02-25

Strong winds of 50-60 mph impacted central and southeast Illinois, following passage of an intense storm system.

Today is National Weatherperson's Day

Published 2019-02-05

February 5th is National Weatherperson's Day, which commemorates the birth of one of America's first weather observers (John Jeffries in 1744).

January Climate Summary

Published 2019-02-03

Coldest Wind Chills By County This Week

Published 2019-01-30

Late January & All-Time Record Low Data

Published 2019-01-27

Review of the January 11-12, 2019 Snowstorm

Published 2019-01-16

A major winter storm affected central Illinois on the weekend of January 12th, producing a foot or more of snow in some areas.

Peak Wind Gusts in Central/Eastern IL - Dec. 27th

Published 2018-12-28

View Comet on Sunday Night Dec 16-17th

Published 2018-12-16

12/1/18 Event Sets Record for Largest December Tornado Outbreak in Illinois History - UPDATED - Now 28

Published 2018-12-02

The December 1, 2018 severe weather event set the December record for most tornadoes in Illinois.

Recap of Sunday's Blizzard

Published 2018-11-26

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend ended with blizzard conditions impacting a large part of the Midwest, including areas of central Illinois.

Revisiting the Historic November 17, 2013 Tornado Outbreak, 5 Years Later

Published 2018-11-17

Five years ago, 25 tornadoes occurred across Illinois, including an EF4-strength tornado which devastated the town of Washington.

October 2018 Climate Summary for Central & Southeast IL

Published 2018-11-01

NOAA Releases Winter Outlook

Published 2018-10-18

A mild winter could be in store for much of the United States this winter, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. In the U.S. Winter Outlook for December through February, above-average temperatures are most likely across the northern and western U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.

September Climate Summary for Central and Southeast Illinois

Published 2018-10-01

Summary of Heavy Rain from September 6-9th, 2018

Published 2018-09-10

A stationary front combined with the remains of Tropical Storm Gordon, to produce several periods of heavy rain from September 6-9th.

September is National Preparedness Month

Published 2018-09-02

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.

Summer & August Climate Summaries

Published 2018-09-01

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend

Published 2018-08-08

The Perseid meteor shower will peak Sunday night, with potentially 50-70 meteors per hour. Here are some viewing tips and suggestions for how to photograph the meteor shower.

July Climate Summary

Published 2018-08-03

July 29-30 Heavy Rain

Published 2018-07-30

Putnam County No Longer Part of Peoria NOAA Weather Radio Service Area

Published 2018-07-23

June Climate Summary

Published 2018-07-01

Damage Survey of Rantoul-Gifford Tornado 6/26/18

Published 2018-06-27

The Village of Pleasant Plains Declared StormReady by the NWS

Published 2018-06-20

June 9-12 Severe Weather and Flash Flooding Review

Published 2018-06-12

Overview of the June 9-12 severe weather and flash flooding event across central Illinois.

Champaign County Tornadoes & Central IL Wind Damage

Published 2018-06-11

May Climate Summary

Published 2018-06-03

De Witt County Added to Bloomington NOAA Weather Radio Coverage Area

Published 2018-06-01

Heavy Rain in the Illinois River Valley Wednesday Morning

Published 2018-05-30

Summary of the 5/30/18 heavy rain event in the Illinois River Valley.

NOAA Issues 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook

Published 2018-05-25

National Safe Boating Week: May 19-25, 2018

Published 2018-05-18

Wanted -- Your Spring Photos!

Published 2018-05-07

April Climate Summary for Central & SE IL

Published 2018-05-03

Historical Review: Freak May Snowstorm of May 2, 1929

Published 2018-05-02

Midwest Ag-Focus Climate Outlook (PDF)

Published 2018-04-23

Frigid and Snowy Start to April

Published 2018-04-10

Southwest Effingham County Storm Survey

Published 2018-04-04

Event Review: Easter Snowstorm of April 1, 2018

Published 2018-04-02

March 2018 Climate Summary for Central & Southeast IL

Published 2018-04-01

Midwest Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook (PDF, 1.33MB)

Published 2018-03-27

March 23-24 Winter Storm Review

Published 2018-03-26

Snowfall Reports from Saturday

Published 2018-03-25

NOAA's Outlook for Spring 2018

Published 2018-03-15

NOAA Weather Radio Broadcasts Will be Degraded on Wednesday

Published 2018-03-13

Weather Warnings on the Go!! Emergency Alerts for Mobile Devices

Published 2018-03-09

Lightning Safety Awareness

Published 2018-03-08

Severe Weather Preparedness Week: March 4-10, 2018

Published 2018-03-02

Winter Season & February Climate Summary for Central & SE IL

Published 2018-03-01

February 19-21 Heavy Rain Event Summary

Published 2018-02-22

5th Annual Central Illinois Weather Net Severe Weather Seminar - Register Now!

Published 2018-01-24

7.9 Magnitude Earthquake off Alaska Coast on Tuesday Seen on Illinois Seismometers

Published 2018-01-23

Scattered Storms Possible This Afternoon

Published 2018-01-22

Additional showers and a few thunderstorms should develop by mid to late afternoon today. Some of the thunderstorms may contain some hail and strong wind gusts.

National Review of Weather Events in 2017

Published 2018-01-14

NOAA Upgrades Supercomputers to Boost Accuracy & Efficiency of U.S. Weather Models

Published 2018-01-09

Dense Fog Likely into Tuesday

Published 2018-01-09

Midwest Ag-Focus Climate Outlook (PDF)

Published 2018-01-03

Midwest Ag-Focus Climate Outlook

Cold Weather Statistics for Central Illinois from the New Year's Arctic Outbreak

Published 2018-01-02

Climate Statistics for 2017 Now Available

Published 2018-01-01

More Bitter Cold Air Coming Up

Published 2017-12-26

Interactive Mapping of Tornadoes in Illinois in 2017 (as of December 13th)

Published 2017-12-13

Visualizing the August 21st Eclipse

Published 2017-06-26

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a web application that allows one to see how the eclipse may appear from any location. You can quickly visualize the length and intensity of the event at any point.