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New Year’s in Rockford the coldest on record

CHICAGO — The National Weather Service says Monday was the coldest New Year's Day on record in Rockford with a high of minus 1 degree and Chicago with a high of 1 degree. The bitter cold continued Tuesday as the weather service issued…

Deadly, bone-chilling cold grips wide swath of US

MILWAUKEE — Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the U.S. as 2018 began, breaking century-old records and leading to several deaths that authorities attributed to exposure to the dangerously low temperatures. The National Weather Service…

Higher energy costs accompany bitter cold snap

By David Sharp  Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine — Plunging temperatures across half the country on Thursday underscored a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on heating aid: Their dollars aren't going to go as far this…

Bitter cold expected until New Year

CHICAGO — A white Christmas for much of the Northeast and Midwest has given way to bitter cold until the New Year. Chicago-area National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley says to expect colder-than-normal temperatures the rest of…

Illinois recorded wide temperature swings during November

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois' state climatologist says the state saw wide temperature swings throughout November but the month ended up slightly cooler than average. State climatologist Jim Angel with the Illinois Water Survey says the statewide…

State’s lack of November snow normal, warm temps not

By Benjamin Yount  Illinois News Network That Illinois is seeing temperatures as much as 20 degrees warmer than average is not normal. That only about a third of the state has seen a dusting of snow so far is normal, however.…

Data: Illinois sees 10th-wettest October on record

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois climate experts say the state saw the tenth-wettest October since 1895 this year thanks to average statewide precipitation of nearly 5 inches. Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey…

Illinois sees historically dry September

Last month was one of the driest Septembers on record for Illinois. One Downstate city had the driest month ever in its recorded history. According to the United States Drought Monitor, more than 92 percent of the state is experiencing…

Cool August temps expected to continue

Illinois’ uncharacteristically cold weather in the first week of August looks like it will continue. The advice from the National Weather service? Enjoy it! Senior Meteorologist Ed Shimon with the National Weather Service in Lincoln says…

Officials warning not to reuse sandbags after flood

ALGONQUIN — Sandbags have been provided by local government to Illinois counties that have been affected by recent floods. Sandbags are cheap to make thanks to economies of scale, the low cost of materials and the help of thousands of…

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