Jim Angel http://tspr.org en November Tornadoes in Illinois http://tspr.org/post/november-tornadoes-illinois <p>Weather statistics show it’s not unheard of for a tornado to touch down in Illinois during November. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:56:34 +0000 Sean Crawford 44067 at http://tspr.org November Tornadoes in Illinois Corn Unlikely to Recover from Drought http://tspr.org/post/corn-unlikely-recover-drought <p>Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the current drought conditions have been slowly developing since the start of the calendar year.</p><p>&quot;Every month, this year, has been below normal on precipitation and above normal on temperatures,&quot; says Angel.&nbsp; &quot;You get that combination going and we were drying out in March, which is normally the &#39;budding&#39; month.&quot;</p><p>Angel says the situation was not helped by a dry winter, which depleted some soil moisture, and less rain last summer and fall.</p><p>He says the drought is also feeding on itself.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:32:27 +0000 James Lenz 18422 at http://tspr.org Corn Unlikely to Recover from Drought Warming Trend in Illinois http://tspr.org/post/warming-trend-illinois <p>The US Department of Agriculture is confirming what gardeners in Illinois already knew: it has become warmer in the state during recent years.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />The change can be seen in <a href="http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/" target="_blank">the USDA&#39;s plant hardiness map</a> that appears on the back of packages for seeds and plants.&nbsp;<br /><br />State climatologist Jim Angel said the previous map was based on a much colder period in Illinois history.<br /> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:37:47 +0000 Rich Egger 10893 at http://tspr.org Warming Trend in Illinois