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National Weather Service

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

Severe storms with damaging winds and large hail moved across the tri states region during the evening hours on Tuesday. The National Weather Service reported trees were downed in Lee, Hancock, and McDonough counties.  There were also reports of widespread power outages.

It was colder overnight, in fact, colder than ever recorded in the Quad Cities. The National Weather Service in Davenport says the low temperature at the Quad City Airport was minus -33 degrees. 

Dangerously Cold Weather for the Tri States

Jan 28, 2019
Rich Egger

The National Weather Service (NWS) reports dangerous and life-threatening wind chills will persist from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning.  A Wind Chill Watch will be in effect for the Tri States Public Radio listening region during that period.

Courtesy Andrew Pritchard and the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) said at least 23 tornadoes touched down Saturday in Illinois, making the outbreak the state's largest on record for December.  In west central Illinois, tornadoes were reported in Cass, McDonough, Fulton, Schuyler, and Mason counties.

Courtesy of Sara Boeckelman

The National Weather Service reported Macomb received 2.98 inches of rain in about two hours Monday evening. Streets flooded as the city's storm water system struggled to keep pace.

Wiki Commons

There’s a reason why this might have felt like one of the coolest summers in memory.

Flood Protection in Southeast Iowa

Jul 2, 2014
Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Cities and counties along the Mississippi River are preparing for a surge of high water.

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.

Sensor Network to Provide IA Drought Data

Feb 18, 2013
ISU Extension

During last summer’s drought it was difficult for farmers to get accurate data on how dry the soil was. An Iowa State University project that’s been in the works for several years, will change that.

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.

Area Cooling Centers for the Public

Jul 5, 2012

Due to the extreme heat we are experiencing around the area, a number of public cooling stations have been set-up. If you, or anyone you know, is in need of relief from the heat please check the list below to find the closest location in your area.

In Macomb, IL

Storm Spotters Are Needed

Mar 26, 2012

Storm spotters provide a crucial link in tracking severe storms. A team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service will provide free training in Macomb.

County Board member Tony Coniglio chairs the Emergency Service Disaster Agency committee for the board. Although radar and computers track severe storms to a degree, he said there is still a need to have human eyes follow storms.  He coordinates the spotters during severe weather.