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EIU Geographers Premier "Illinois' Skies"

Illinois' Skies is a quarterly magazine that features stories about the skies and landscapes of Illinois, the Midwest, the Nation, and the world.

In this edition of "Illinois' Skies:" Cloud Classification, Storm Tracks, California Drought, and the infamous Polar Vortex. Watch the Vernal Equinox Edition...


Craig & Page Investigate the Effects of Drought in California

Drought east of the Rockies is much different than drought west of the Rockies. While the lack of precipitation in the Midwest affects crops and water supply in rural regions, drought impacts farmers and agriculture in a serious way that leads to unemployment.

Project directors, Cameron Craig and Nate Page, traveled to the Central Valley in California to talk with water officials about the influence of drought on agriculture and urban centers. Read More from TCPFilms...


EIU Film Team Plans Project to Southwest

At the beginning of each semester, Cameron Craig, geographer in the Department of Geology/Geography, asks his classes the primary question that gets to the essence of the situation, "how will we all endure as water resources dwindle with a changing climate?" With puzzled expressions, he sometimes gets a single response, "there is no concern, we have plenty of water." Read More...


Winter's Wrath of 2014

Winter has certainly has shown its teeth this season with 20.4" of snow since December and bone chilling temperatures. This will be a winter to remember just like the Blizzard of 1978 and the record breaking cold Arctic blast of January 1994!

To begin the year, 5.2" of snow fell across the region on New Year's Day. The second storm came in on January 5th and snow started falling in Charleston at 3:30AM and continued through 8PM. The heaviest snowfall occurred between 8AM and 1PM that Sunday. The total depth was recorded at 11.2". Winds began to increase to about 20 mph Sunday evening and continued to gust to 35 mph. After the last snowflake fell, the cold Arctic air began to push into the region. Overnight temperatures dropped to -11F breaking the 1924 record (-10F). Wind chill values across the region were between -30F and -45F. On Monday, January 6th, daytime highs never got higher than -1F in Charleston breaking the coldest high temperature on record.

Snow accumulation and harsh winter winds kept most of the region indoors until Tuesday afternoon. Salt would not work due to the extremely cold temperatures. Many people have asked, "is this it for winter?" The answer is a simple, "NO!" Winter is still very young and we can possibly expect a few more events like this.


EIU/NWS Climate Station Data

Check-out the daily climatological data collected by students in the Department of Geology/Geography.

November and December 2013 are available. Once quality control has been completed for 2013, we will provide the complete data series (around January 20th).

Get Current Climate Data for Charleston...