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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Major storm sweeps through Southern California Dec 12, 2014 6:29 PM
    Californians got a lot of what they wanted and little of what they feared from a major storm that finally blew out of the state Friday.Up to 5 inches of desperately needed rain fell in some areas of Southern California, where several areas were hit by landslides, some areas saw minor flooding and fire officials rescued two people and pulled two bodies from rivers.

  • Four-story “Polar Peak” snow hill opens Friday in Rosemont entertainment district Dec 11, 2014 5:31 PM
    There may not be any real snow on the ground, but Rosemont’s four-story tubing hill is ready for its inaugural ride Friday night. Polar Peak is the latest addition to the host of winter activities at the village’s MB Financial Park entertainment district.

  • Wintry weather mix could cause problems for morning commute Dec 8, 2014 6:18 AM
    A wintry mix of precipitation could cause sick roads and major delays on the roadways, authorities warn.

  • Powerful typhoon slams into eastern Philippines Dec 6, 2014 6:15 PM
    Eastern Samar province Rep. Ben Evardone said electricity was knocked out early Saturday in Borongan city where the government has set up a command center for rescue and relief operation.Evardone said the strong winds also felled trees and ripped off roofing sheets. “You can hear the whistling of the wind,” he said.

  • Meteorologists watch for ‘winter bomb’ Dec 5, 2014 4:51 PM
    Bombs are the storms people remember. Airports close, Amtrak shuts down train service, roads become impassable, beaches get washed away and power can be knocked out for days at a time.

  • Flash flooding strands drivers in California Dec 4, 2014 5:35 PM
    A dayslong storm took a parting shot as it moved out of the drought-stricken state Thursday, dumping more heavy rain that triggered flash floods and stranded more than three dozen people in their cars in Southern California. Five vehicles got stuck shortly after 1 a.m. as several feet of mud and water roared over a rural road near Gilman Hot Springs about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Riverside County fire officials said.

  • November was 4th-coldest on record in Illinois Dec 2, 2014 6:11 AM
    There’s a reason you pulled out the parka last month. Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says November’s statewide average temperature was 34.2 degrees — 8.2 degrees below average. That’s the fourth-coldest November on record. The record was set in November 1976, when the average temperature was 33.4 degrees. The state also was unusually dry, averaging just under 2 inches of precipitation in November. That’s about 1 ½ inches below average. Angel says that’s not a cause for concern because of wetter-than-average conditions in August, September and October. When it came to snow last month, Angel says many areas in southern Illinois saw more snow than areas in central and northern Illinois. Two to 5 inches fell south of Interstate 70, compared to less than 2 inches north of the interstate.

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