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All eyes are on Laura in the Gulf, as she is forecast to make landfall near the Louisiana and Texas border Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service says the best chance of her heaviest rains will move through our region Thursday night into early Saturday.

Saharan Dust Cloud To Impact Southern Illinois

Jun 26, 2020
National Weather Service
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A Saharan dust cloud could impact Southern Illinois this weekend. Winds have carried the dust from the west coast of Africa across the Atlantic and into the United States. This is a regular phenomenon that happens yearly, but the dust cloud this year is larger than average.

Chris Noles, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Paducah, said the impact should be relatively minor, thanks to thunderstorms in the forecast.


The U.S. Small Business Administration says a deadline is quickly approaching for some of those impacted by excessive moisture, flooding and flash flooding that began on September 1, 2018.

Two Tornado Anniversaries Close Out February

Feb 28, 2020
National Weather Service

Even though we're still in the final weeks of winter, this is the anniversary of two recent tornado outbreaks in the region.

Region Could Face Another Flood Fight in 2020

Feb 25, 2020

It appears our region may be in for another flood battle this spring.

Winter Weather Headed Toward The Region

Feb 5, 2020
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The region can expect to see some wintery weather tonight and early tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service is predicting a mix of freezing rain, sleet and possibly snow. 

The St. Louis area will see the worst of the storm, with conditions improving as you go east, said National Weather Service Paducah meteorologist Chris Noles.

"The heaviest activity should be up toward the St. Louis metro area and back down I-44 and then as you head southeast towards say, Sparta, up to Salem and then back down to Perryville, Missouri, amounts will be much lighter," Noles said. 

Brett Adams, who farms near the town of Peru in southeast Nebraska, takes the good news where he can get it these days. After nearly a year, the floodwater is mostly gone from his riverside farmland.

Adams is on the local levee board, which manages the town’s nearly 8 miles of Missouri riverbed. And the (unpaid) work keeps him very busy: he was on a call when I first climbed into his pickup, apologetically holding a finger up every so often.

After hanging up, he said he can’t afford to miss a call. Somebody might be on the other end bearing good news.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Paducah has completed damage surveys from storms this past weekend.

They found 12 tornadoes occurred around the region, two in southeast Missouri, one in southern Illinois, and nine in western Kentucky.

National Weather Service

Tornadoes hit portions of the region this past weekend.

The National Weather Service in Paducah reports its storm damage teams have been surveying damage.

SIU Carbondale

Due to a major winter storm forecast for northern Illinois this weekend, officials at Southern Illinois University Carbondale say residence halls will open a day early on Friday at 2 p.m. to allow students to travel safely.

WSIU News Update (1/9/2020)

Jan 9, 2020

Partly cloudy and windy this morning, winds diminishing this afternoon. 

Hi near 55 degrees today.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Illinois officials are urging the public to prepare now for potential spring flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, abnormally moist ground conditions and high river levels in the upper Midwest could lead to flooding this spring.


The U.S. Small Business Administration will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Alexander County to assist businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding from February 24th through July 3rd.

National Weather Service

Unseasonably cold temperatures moved into the region Monday night and set all-time records in some towns.

Records were broken in places such as Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Paducah, Kentucky; Evansville, Indiana as well as parts of southern Illinois.

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This is shaping up to be one of the coldest Halloween's on record in our region.

The National Weather Service in Paducah says Thursday's projected high of 48 in the western Kentucky town would tie for the 4th coldest on record. The record of 43 was set in 1993.

Southern Illinois counties impacted by flooding will receive funds from the Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program to help repair damaged roads and bridges.

Jackson, Union, Alexander and Randolph counties will be among those receiving a share of $4 million to be distributed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.


The fate of a Mississippi River levee that's awaiting a decision on federal accreditation could put a southern Illinois village at risk of destructive flooding.


The federal government is giving Illinois officials more time to assess the damage caused by the spring and summer flooding.

Governor J-B Pritzker says it's a time-consuming process that needs to be done right.

With Water Slowly Receding, What Comes Next?

Jul 30, 2019
WSIU Radio

On this edition of WSIU InFocus, we hear from some soil experts and a local farmer about the impact of the floodwaters in southern Illinois.

Less than half the corn and soybean crops in Illinois are in good to excellent condition, according to the latest crop progress report from the U-S Department of Agriculture.

That's fewer crops than usual doing well at this point in the year, and is due primarily to the wet spring that delayed planting for many farmers across the state.

The 2019 flood in southern Illinois is going to be a costly one.

In Jackson County alone, preliminary flood damage reports turned into the Illinois Emergency Management Agency total just over $7 million.

Illinois — and the rest of the country — could soon start seeing more days of extreme heat. That’s according to a report released Tuesday, “Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days”— authored by the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

National Weather Service

The Ohio River at Cairo fell below flood stage on Saturday night.

That ended a record stretch of continuous flooding at 156 days. It started on February 8th. The previous record of 97 days occurred from March to June of 1973.

National Weather Service

If you have outdoor yard work that needs done, it will be best to finish that this weekend.

The National Weather Service says despite the heat, it will be mostly dry, particularly on Saturday.

Illinois farmers now have until July 15 to officially say they won’t be planting crops this year. A key deadline has been extended for claiming some types of crop insurance.

It's been one of the wettest springs in state history. Just last month alone, Illinois averaged more than five inches of rainfall, a whole inch above normal. It’s been so wet for so much of the planting season, farmers across the state haven’t had much of a chance to get their crops in the ground.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Many southern Illinois farmers experienced planting delays due to a rainy spring and summer. WSIU Radio paid a visit to Dayempur Farm near Anna to see how the wet weather impacted local bees.

Mayor Will Stephens

Murphysboro's mayor says a strong thunderstorm knocked down trees and contributed to the partial collapse of a downtown building Monday.

Active Severe Weather Pattern in the Region

Jun 26, 2019

We've just concluded a very active severe weather pattern in the region.

The National Weather Service in Paducah says in its 58-county coverage area from June 16-23, there were 115 combined tornado, severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings. That compares with 159 total severe weather warnings from October 1st to June 15th.

The 2019 flood is not only closing some major roadways between Illinois and Missouri, it's also shutting down some popular recreational spots.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says high water has forced the closure of the Kinkaid Lake spillway, most of Horseshoe Lake, the Fort Massac boat ramp and Fort Defiance near Cairo.