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Weather Summary For Central And Southeast Illinois
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
302 PM CST Sat Dec 16 2017

Mostly sunny skies over central Illinois through the afternoon, as
high pressure in the southeast U.S. continues to shift eastward.
Southerly winds allowed temperatures to climb well above normal,
with reports in the 50s for highs.

As the high continues east, southerly winds will linger through
the remainder of the weekend. A weather system approaching from
the southwest on Sunday will build more clouds into the region,
cooling temperatures in to the 40s. This system will also bring
the chance for scattered rain showers to the Midwest. Drier
weather, and warmer temperatures, will move in Monday and linger
through the first half of the week.

Lows tonight will range from the mid 20s in northern Illinois, to
the lower 40s in central Missouri. Highs on Sunday will top out
in the upper 30s to upper 40s, from northern Illinois to southern

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Regional Hourly Observations For FORD County
Issued at 400 PM CST SAT DEC 16 2017

CHAMPAIGN      CLEAR     52  29  41 S15       29.95R                  
DANVILLE*      CLEAR     49  29  46 S12       29.94R                  
RANTOUL*       CLEAR     53  31  44 S6        29.95R                  
MATTOON        CLEAR     51  32  48 S13       29.97R                  
PARIS*         CLEAR     49  32  51 S14       29.99R                  

Current Temperatures, Dewpoint Map, RH, Wind, Regional Obs, Surface 4-Panel
Meteograms : Springfield , Peoria , Quad City , Chicago (O'Hare) , Rockford

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Illinois
Based on observations at 400pm CST, Saturday December 16, 2017

Across Illinois...temperatures are near 42 degrees north, near 53 degrees central, and near 51 degrees south. Current sky conditions are partly cloudy north, clear central, and cloudy south. In the north, relative humidity is near 53%, and the dew point is near 26 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 39%, and the dew point is near 29 degrees. In the south, relative humidity is near 46%, and the dew point is near 31 degrees. Winds are calm north, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 13 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the southwest at 14 mph south, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. The livestock cold stress index is in the no stress category north, no stress category central, and no stress category south. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 59 degrees at Alton. The lowest temperature is 38 degrees at Waukegan.

Current NOWCAST not available:
Nowcasts are not issued routinely during fair weather. Only when
precipitation or other significant weather is occuring in this county will these
forecasts be issued. Currently, there is no short term forecast in effect.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook For FORD County,IL

327 PM CST Sat Dec 16 2017 /427 PM EST Sat Dec 16 2017/

 DAY ONE  Tonight.

  Patchy freezing fog is possible late tonight, mainly for
  locations north of Interstate 88.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Sunday through Friday.

Sunday and Monday  
  Limited Fog Risk.
  Patchy freezing fog is possible early Sunday morning, mainly 
  for locations north of Interstate 88.

  Limited Snow Risk.


Spotter activation will not be necessary through tonight.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For FORD County, IL
245 PM CST Sat Dec 16 2017

Clear until early morning then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Cloudy with light rain likely. Highs around 40. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Cloudy. Areas of fog. Slight chance of drizzle. Temperatures nearly steady in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Slight chance of drizzle in the morning. Highs in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs around 50.

Clear. Lows in the mid 20s.

Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 40s.

Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 20s. Highs in the lower 40s.

Mostly cloudy. Snow likely after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.

Mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of snow in the morning. Highs in the mid 30s.

Partly cloudy. Lows around 20. Highs in the mid 30s.

12-48 Hr Surface, 12-48 Hr ETA 500mb/Sfc, TWC Forecast, Fire Danger, Day 1 Precip, Day 2 Precip, Days 1-5 Precip
NGM 60 Hr Forecast Meteograms : Springfield , Peoria , Quad City , Chicago (O'Hare) , Rockford , Severe Weather Pot.-Day 1, Day 2

Medium & Long Range Outlook For Illinois
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
                   DEC 22-26    DEC 24-30    DEC       DEC-FEB                      
                 -----------  -----------  --------  ---------
   Temperature:      Below        Below     Normal     Normal                      
 Precipitation:     Normal       Normal     Normal      Above                      

....  Medium and long range outlooks provided by NCEP/K. Thomas Priddy
5 Day Rainfall Forecast, 6 to 10 Day , 8 to 14 Day , Text, 30-Day Outook, 90-Day Outook, 120-Day Outlook
MRF 10-Day Forecast Meteograms : Springfield , Peoria , Quad City , Chicago (O'Hare) , Rockford

Almanac Information

Saturday December 16, 2017 the 350th Day of Year

Declination -23.350000
Distance 0.999725 AU
Rise 08:14 EST Set 17:36 EST
Transit Meridian 12:55 EST
Civil Twilight Begins 07:45 EST Ends 18:05 EST

Calculations made for central point in the state.
Time in ET -- and will vary due to location and
elevation -- Priddy

Historical Weather And Climate Facts For Today

New England experienced one of their coldest days of record. At noon on
that bitterly cold Wednesday the mercury stood at four degrees below at
Boston, 15 degrees below at Norfolk CT, and 17 degrees below at Hanover NH.
The temperature at Boston was 12 degrees below zero by sunset. Gale force
winds accompanied the severe cold, and that night a great New York City
fire destroyed much of the financial district. (David Ludlum)
A bill was introduced in the House of Representatives, 41st Congress, 
calling for the taking [of] meteorological observations at the military 
stations in the interior of the continent, and for giving notice on the 
northern lakes and Atlantic seaboard of the approach and force of storms. 
This would be signed in to law February 9, 1870, by President Grant, 
establishing what would come to be called the National Weather Service. You 
can see the actual bill on-line at: 
An ice jam closed the Ohio River between Warsaw KY and Rising Sun IN. The
thirty foot high ice jam held for 58 days, and backed up the river a
distance of 100 miles. (David Ludlum)
A Pacific storm battered the coast of California with rain and high winds,
and dumped heavy snow on the mountains of California. Winds along the coast
gusted to 70 mph at Point Arguello, and winds in the Tehachapi Mountains of
southern California gusted to 100 mph at Wheeler Ridge. Snowfall totals
ranged up to 24 inches at Mammoth Mountain. Snow fell for two minutes at
Malibu Beach, and Disneyland was closed due to the weather for only the
second time in twenty-four years. A winter storm which began in the
Southern Rockies four days earlier finished its course producing snow and
high winds in New England. Snowfall totals ranged up to 19 inches at
Blanchard ME. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
Fairbanks AK reported freezing rain and record warm temperatures. The
afternoon high of 41 degrees was 43 degrees above normal. Snow and high
winds continued to plague the mountains of southern California. Mount
Wilson CA reported two inches of rain in six hours during the early
morning, and a storm total of more than 3.50 inches of rain. (The National
Weather Summary)
Fifty-seven cities from the Southern and Central Plains to the Appalachians
reported record low temperatures for the date, including North Platte NE
with a reading of 17 degrees below zero. Squalls in the Great Lakes Region
produced 18 inches of snow at Syracuse NY, and 30 inches at Carlisle IND.
Low pressure brought heavy snow to northern New England, with 18 inches
reported at Derby VT and Saint Johnsbury VT. (The National Weather Summary)
(Storm Data)

Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky