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meteorology

Chad Sperry

Western Illinois University added a new piece of equipment that it said will benefit students as well as people living throughout the region: a dual polarization Doppler radar.

Rich Egger

The winter storm that blew through the tri states Sunday night and Monday morning dumped varying amounts of snow on the region.  Some places got as much as 14 inches of snow while others received six inches.  High winds created even deeper snow drifts.

Cleaning Up from Western Illinois Storms

Mar 16, 2016
Courtesy of Tom Williams

Patty and Carl Sloan managed to escape injury Tuesday evening by reaching the basement of their home outside Avon just as a powerful storm hit.

NWS Storm Spotter Certification Class

Mar 3, 2014
Justin Hobson / Wikimedia Commons

Even with today’s technology, the National Weather Service still depends on certified storm spotters across the nation to serve as eyes on the ground.

WIU Researcher Analyzes Tornadoes

Jul 31, 2013
WIU

Tornadoes are fact of life in the Midwest.  A researcher at Western Illinois University is using a National Science Foundation grant to look inside storms to figure out which ones will spawn twisters.

Rich Eggers' guest is Dr Tom Williams, Associate Professor of Geography at Western Illinois University. They talk about the recent heat wave and the year-long drought in the region.

"Farmers are rightfully quite concerned about the growing drought threat and the fact that the forecast for the next week doesn't hold a lot of hope for any significant rainfall," Williams said.