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  • Meteorologists: Chicago snow lovers need not fret Jan 3, 2015 7:51 AM
    Last month was one of the least snowiest Decembers on record in Chicago, but meteorologists say that’s not necessarily an indication of what’s to come. The National Weather Service says historical data going back to the late 1800s does suggest there’s a higher than average chance of finishing the season with a below-normal snowfall total, given the minimal amount of snow so far. But it says it’s also likely that at least one of the upcoming winter months will see above-average snowfall. Chicago only got a trace of snow this December, tying with December of 1889 and 1912 for least snowiest. The December average is 8.5 inches. Since October, the city has gotten 2.9 inches. Up to an inch of snow is possible Saturday for parts of northern Illinois.

  • Idaho earthquake triggers rockslides, no injuries Jan 3, 2015 5:00 PM
    The earthquake was recorded at 10:44 a.m. Saturday and was centered about 4 miles east of Challis, a small town of about 1,000 in the center of the state surrounded by U.S. National Forest land.

  • Today’s rain precedes bitter, bitter cold Jan 3, 2015 12:16 PM
    The Winter Weather Advisory for the suburban area issued for last night’s combination of rain, sleet and snow expired at noon, but the National Weather Service says slick roads and bitter temperatures loom. According to the service’s latest forecast, rain is expected to continue falling between noon and 5 p.m., as temperatures climb to 34. Rain will eventually transition to snow, as temperatures drop, with less than one inch of accumulation possible.

  • South Bend sets December low-snow mark Jan 2, 2015 5:25 AM
    December’s snowfall in South Bend was one for the record books but in a way that many wouldn’t expect. The National Weather Service says the 0.2 inches of snow that fell last month in the northern Indiana city was the lowest December total on record. It broke the old record of 0.5 inches set more than a century ago, in December 1912. The weather service says that while a trace of snow fell on 10 days, measurable snow fell on just one day during the month, tying the record for the fewest number of days with measurable snowfall in December at South Bend. December 1912 and December 1931 also both had a single day of measurable snowfall.

  • Look back at suburbs’ year in weather — with a poem Jan 1, 2015 7:33 AM
    The National Weather Service of Chicago wrote a poem to describe 2014's weather. Enjoy this whimsical look back at the best and the (mostly) worst. With some of the prettier pictures taken in the suburbs last winter.

  • Lack of snow doesn’t deter skiers at Lisle’s Four Lakes Dec 30, 2014 6:21 PM
    Snow? Who needs snow? In the midst of one of the least snowy Decembers in our recorded history, skiers and snowboarders still were able to hit the slopes Tuesday at Lisle’s Four Lakes Ski and Snowboard Area thanks to a combination of colder temperatures and the wonders of snow-making equipment.

  • La Crosse sees optical effect around sun Dec 30, 2014 1:10 PM
    An optical effect of the sun known as a 22-degree circular halo was briefly visible in the La Crosse area this week. The ring around the sun — seen for at least 10 minutes on Monday morning — is visible only under certain weather conditions, Dan Baumgardt, science and operations officer for the La Crosse office of the National Weather Service, told the La Crosse Tribune. The optical effect occurs when a certain orientation of ice crystals in cirrus clouds refracts light, he said. Halos are more common in the winter because that’s when there’s more ice in the thin, wispy clouds that sit about 5 or 6 miles above the ground. Moonlight can also create the effect. Other optical effects, such as rainbows, are usually seen during warmer times of the year, Baumgardt said. Sun dogs, another type of halo, are formed the same way as 22-degree circular halos. But the ice crystal orientation doesn’t allow a full halo to form, Baumgardt said, and sun dogs instead look like patches of light usually to the left and right of the sun. Halos don’t indicate precipitation but they can occur when an approaching weather system brings the high cirrus clouds. The halo seen in La Crosse will travel with the sun until the physical conditions change, Baumgardt said. The 22-degree name refers to the measurement of the sun to the halo.

  • Montana man recovering after post-game lightning strike Dec 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    BILLINGS, Mont. — A 73-year-old Montana man and lifelong Green Bay Packers fan was among a dozen people who were injured when lightning struck outside Raymond James Stadium after the Packers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-3 on Sunday. The family of Gary Linse of Billings tells The Billings Gazette that the force of the strike knocked him into the air, causing him to land on his face and lose consciousness. Linse’s daughter, Rachel, said her father suffered bruises, cuts and a black eye and doesn’t remember attending the game. He remained hospitalized in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa with a Packers-themed Christmas tree in his room. Linse and his wife, Ruth, were visiting their daughter in Florida for Christmas and the Packers game was to be one of the highlights of the trip. Ruth Linse says they’ll have to take in another Packers game as a family.

  • Severe storms slam the South, killing at least 4 Dec 24, 2014 11:51 AM
    ower companies struggled to restore electricity to thousands of people in Mississippi on Wednesday, a day after a powerful storm swept through the southeastern U.S. and killed at least four people. Police in Columbia, Mississippi were stationed at all major intersections because traffic lights were swept away or destroyed amid Tuesday’s powerful storms. The severe weather also injured 50 people and damaged or destroyed an unknown number of homes and businesses.

  • Latest weather: No big storm, White Christmas unlikely Dec 24, 2014 9:22 AM
    If you’re still dreaming of a white Christmas, you may need to keep dreaming. The winter storm watch for the Chicago area was canceled. On the bright side, we're not suffering through last year's polar vortex nightmare -- so far.

  • Severe weather could snarl holiday travel Dec 23, 2014 2:22 PM
    Severe weather could snag holiday travel with a strong storm system that’s delivering heavy rains in Gulf states and possibly through the East Coast, and threatening snow in the Great Lakes. Snow from another system fell in some Midwestern states Tuesday, including nearly 2 feet in South Dakota’s Black Hills. Wind and blowing snow shut down eastern Colorado’s Interstate 70 into Kansas.

  • Winter storm to hit suburbs on Christmas Eve Dec 23, 2014 6:32 PM
    Good thing Santa wears boots. A winter storm is expected to hit the Chicago area on Christmas Eve, with most suburbs expected to get at least a dusting of snow starting midmorning and could pick up 7 inches or more in some areas.

  • Holiday travelers could see rain, snow Dec 22, 2014 5:22 PM
    Rain or snow could fall across a big swath of the nation’s midsection as holiday travel gets underway. National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley says parts of Illinois area could see rain switching over to snow on Christmas Eve.

  • The sun’ll come out for Christmas Dec 21, 2014 12:38 PM
    Winter officially arrived today with nary a glimpse of the sun. The clouds will continue for the next three days, with rain in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday and snow on Wednesday, according to AccuWeather.

  • Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form Dec 19, 2014 7:03 AM
    Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can’t reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger.

  • White Christmas out east could mess up holiday travel Dec 19, 2014 2:33 PM
    AccuWeather reports a storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create major travel delays, both on the roads and at airports. The early stages of travel problems from patchy rain and fog will develop on Tuesday, AccuWeather said.

  • Weird weather lingers in Alaska’s largest city Dec 19, 2014 1:36 PM
    A pressure system that has pushed warmer weather to the north more than usual is a factor in the extended warming spell.

  • Contractor hits gas line in Carol Stream Dec 18, 2014 6:06 PM
    A contractor on the Armstrong Park flood-control project in Carol Stream hit an unmarked gas line Thursday morning, causing headaches for parents trying to get their children to nearby schools. The 2-inch gas line was struck near the Gretna Station Museum & Caboose located at the park’s entrance off Illini Drive.

  • Asbestos inspections of flood-prone Des Plaines homes approved Dec 17, 2014 4:43 PM
    Twenty-one flood-prone Des Plaines homes slated for demolition under a voluntary federal buyout program will be inspected for asbestos before being taken down. The city council this week approved an agreement with Gabriel Laboratories at a cost not to exceed $20,000 for inspections and testing for asbestos.

  • Schaumburg parks monitor skating safety Dec 14, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Schaumburg Park District will report ice skating conditions for three ponds this winter. The ponds are Volkening Lake at 900 W. Schaumburg Road; Gray Farm at 120 N. Cloverdale Lane; and Twin Ponds at Lance Creek, 539 S. Summit Drive.

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