National Preparedness Month 2019

September is National Preparedness Month! This month will be all about preparing for natural disasters.

Weekly themes for National Preparedness Month from Ready.gov

One of the most devastating parts of a natural disaster such as a tornado, earthquake, flood, or fire is the financial toll you will suffer. hundreds of billions of dollars worth of damage are done each year by natural disasters. Unfortunately, your home insurance may not cover it all. You will want to start saving now and make sure you have enough to cover repairs after the event.

You should make a plan to prepare for natural disasters before they happen. Decide where you will take shelter, or meet if you need to evacuate. Stock up on much needed supplies like water, non-perishable food items, battery powered radio and NOAA weather radio with extra batteries, flashlights, first aid kit with any prescription medication someone might need, a whistle to let rescuers know where you are if you get buried, and comfort items such as photographs, blankets, or kids’ toys. Sit down with your family and make sure that all adults and children know your plan. This will help you when disaster strikes and you have very little time to react.

Also be sure to learn about ways your community prepares for disasters. Different zones, evacuation routes, shelters, etc.

Published on September 6th, 2019 at 12:37pm CDT.

Weekend Forecast

Friday

For Friday you can expect hot and dry weather. Latest models show a high of around 85F with a heat index of 92F for Madison County. A NW wind at 10-15mph will be much welcomed. We will have partly cloudy skies becomming clear during the afternoon hours. Friday evening, clear with a low around 61F and patchy fog after midnight.

Saturday

There will be patchy fog near rivers, creeks, and fields until after the sun has come up. During the day we will see mostly sunny skies with a high near 81F and wind will be calm. Saturday evening, mostly clear with a low around 61F.

Sunday

Things will change a bit on Sunday with a chance for showers and thunderstorms in the late morning and early afternoon. The high will be near 82F and it will be mostly cloudy with a light southeast breaze in the morning. Sunday evening, another, greater chance for showers and thunderstorms until midnight. The low will be around 67F with mostly cloudy skies.

Next Week

An unsettled weather pattern looks to return to the area with showers and thunderstorms and above average temperatures with highs in the low 90s and lows in the low 70s. Sunday through Monday we will see scattered showers and thunderstorms. Tuesday looks to be the best chance for a dry day but that is still uncertain at this time. More chances for showers and thunderstorms will return from Wednesday until Friday.

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Published September 6th, 2019 at 12:00pm CDT

STATS FOR SEPT 2ND – SEPT 7TH, 2019

These are daily weather, temperature, and heat index history recorded by the National Weather Service at St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton, IL. You can find these numbers and more for the last three days here.

Monday, Sept 2nd

Skies were partly cloudy, then clear overnight. The high temperature for the day was 82F. The highest heat index was 86F.

Tuesday, Sept 3rd

Fair skies during the moring then mostly cloudy after 9:00pm CDT. The lowest temperature for the day was 64F. The highest was 88F. The heat index got up to 100F.

Wednesday, Sept 4th

Mostly cloudy and then partly cloudy. The lowest temperature was 63F. The highest temperature was 79F. The highest heat index was 81F. The highest sustained wind was from the N at 12mph.

Thursday, Sept 5th

The weather was fair with fog and then clear after sunrise. The skies were partly cloudy and then clear after sunset. The lowest temperature was 55F. The highest temperature was 79F. The highest heat index was 81F. The highest sustained wind was from the SE at 7mph.

Friday, Sept 6th

The weather was fair, then partly cloudy. The lowest temperature was 62F. The highest temperature was 84F. The highest heat index was 92F. The highest sustained wind was from the NW at 17mph. The highest wind gust was recorded at 1:54pm CDT and was from the NW at 23mph.

Saturday, Sept 7th

The weather was fair, then partly cloudy after 7:00am, and then fair again after 8:00pm. The lowest temperature was 55F. The highest temperature was 77F. The highest heat index was 79F. The highest sustained wind from the East at 7mph.

Weekly Numbers

The lowest temperature for the week was 55F on both Thursday the 5th and Saturday the 7th. The highest temperature for the week was 88F on Tuesday the 3rd. The highest sustained wind was from the NW at 17mph on Friday the 6th. The highest wind gust was from the NW at 23mph on Friday the 6th at 1:54pm CDT.

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Isolated Showers Possible Overnight

St. Louis Regional Airport: The high today reached 88F. The dewpoint got up to 77 and the humidity 84%. The heat index topped out at 100F. There were mostly cloudy skies for much of the day, then clear after sunset.

The SPC has pushed the area with a “marginal risk” for severe thunderstorms to the northeast.

A cool front is expected to push across the area late Tuesday evening and into the overnight hours. The severe threat previously mentioned has been pushed to the northeast, leaving only a small chance for isolated showers and non-severe thunderstorms for areas along and north of I-64.

For the rest of the week, Wednesday through Saturday, we can expect a nice cool down with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s and dry weather. It looks like things will warm up starting Saturday night, with above average temperatures, and below average precipitation expected for all of Illinois from September 9th through at least the 13th.

This post will no longer be updated. Final update was on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 at 8:39pm CDT.

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Labor Day Week

Happy Labor Day everyone! Hot and humid will be the story for the next two days.

Fog should clear out this afternoon and we can expect a high in the low 80s today with heat indeces raching the low 90s.

Hot! Upper 80s to near 90 degrees on Tuesday with heat index values near 100!

Our next chance for showers and thunderstorms arrives Tuesday evening with a cool front. We look to finish out the week dry with upper 70s to low 80s Wednesday through Saturday before an unsettled weather pattern returns early next week

I hope you all have a great rest of your labor day!
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Be Smart in the Heat

When it gets hot out, do you know the signs of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and how to prevent it? Living in the midwest, we experience some pretty brutal summers at times. When you factor in humidity and dewpoint we can easily see heat index values of over 110 degree fahrenheit! Knowing the signs and the steps you can take to keep from overheating can ultimately SAVE YOUR LIFE!

Be sure to drink 6-8 cups of water daily.

Obviously the best way to avoid heat stress is to just stay indoors with the air conditioner on full blast. Unfortunately, that’s not always practical. Whether you work outside, are planning on attending an outdoor event such as a party or concert, or you just don’t have AC, we all inevitably end up outside during the summer months. Be sure to drink plenty of water and electrolyte-rich drinks such as Gaterade or Powerade. Stay away from sugary drinks such as soda, tea, and energy drinks as well as any alcoholic beverages.

Know the signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. It could save your life!

As stated before, we all inevitably end up outside during the heat at some point. You need to know the signs of heat exhaustion/stroke so you can know when to get yourself or someone else help.

Some signs of Heat Exhaustion are feeling faint or dizzy, excessive sweating, cool pale clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, rapid or weak pulse, and muscle cramps. When you start experiencing Heat Exhaustion, you need to take action to prevent a Heat Stroke. Some helpful steps you can take include getting to a cooler space (prefereably air conditioned but shade will work too), drink water but not ice cold if fully conscious, and take a cool shower or use cold compresses.

Sometimes you may not notice that you are expericing symptoms of Heat Exhaustion. That can lead to a Heat Stroke. Some signs that you may be having a Heat Stroke are throbbing headache, not sweating, nausea or vomiting, rapid or strong heart pulse, and may lead to unconsciousness. If you or someone else are experiencing sypmtoms of a Heat Stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately! Follow the steps for Heat Exhaustion and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.

Stay safe when it’s hot out. Know your limits, the signs of heat exhaustion, steps to prevent a heat stroke, and the difference between heat exhaustion and a heat stroke. It may very well save your life or someone elses!

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Hurricane Dorian

Catagory 5 Hurricane Dorian impacting the Bahamas.

Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian is a Category 2 Hurricane that is currently impacting the Bahamas Islands and is moving NW, dangerously close to Florida’s east coast.

At its strongest point, Dorian had a pressure of 910mb and maximum sustained winds of 185mph, with gusts over 225mph! This makes Dorian the strongest hurricane on record to ever hit the Bahamas and ties 2nd place for the strongest hurricane in history!

Dorian is heading towards the northwest, moving dangerously close to the coast of Florida, and threatening a landfall as a major hurricane in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, or Virginia, all of which have declared a state of emergency. Models have been very inconsistent with where this hurricane will go.

“Bodies are being collected all across Abaco this afternoon”

Sources told Bahamas Press.

The first death has was reported in the Bahamas as an 8 year old boy when Hurricane Dorian made landfall at Great Abaco Island on Sunday. At least seven people have died following the passage of Dorian. Bahamas Press tweeted a photo at 4:47pm of deceased victims being loaded on flatbed trucks across Abaco. Their sources say “bodies are being collected all across Abaco this afternoon.” It’s very likely that many more have died.

“I’d just seen my grandson about two days ago, and my grandson told me he loved me.”

Ingrid McIntosh, grandmother of 8yo boy who drowned, speeking to EyeWitness News, a local news source in the Bahamas.
Ingrid McIntosh speaking to local news source EyeWitness News about the death of her 8yo grandson.

Photographs and videos show absolute destruction as the buildings on the northern Bahama islands are being completely obliterated. As many as 13,000 houses have been destroyed or severely damaged already. Marsh Harbour, the main city on Great Abaco Island, has been “completely destroyed.” Bahamas Press @bahamaspress released a tweet on Monday at 2:05pm stating, “BP BREAKING| Emergency numbers on Grand Bahama are not working! The people need help!”

This story is ongoing and will change. Keep checking back for more updates Latest Update: Tuesday, 9/3/2019 at 9:05pm CDT.

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Who I Am and How I Got Started

Welcome to Madison County, IL Amateur Weather!

Cameron Lawrence, created and sole admin of Madison County, IL Amateur Weather.

My name is Cameron Lawrence. I have always had a passion for weather, ever since before I even started school. I remember walking outside and looking at the sky and telling my grandpa it was going to rain before there was even a cloud in the sky. Instead of watching cartoons on Saturday morning, I was locked into The Weather Channel, keeping up-to-date on what all was going on in the world. My dream job has always been to become a storm chaser, like the ones from my all time favorite movie Twister! I have seen that movie so many times throughout my childhood and even adulthood that I could probably recite every single line!

I have always thought about going to school for meteorology. After I graduated high school I sat down and looked into it. What I came to learn was that you really can’t live off of storm chasing anymore. Too many people have a professional camera in their pocket and will give any photos to media outlets, just to see their name online or on television. So, now I’m just a truck driver who has a very thrilling, and expensive, hobby of chasing storms in hopes of getting that once in a lifetime shot of a tornado!

I started a local news page awhile back. Was attempting to post on things that were happening locally. After not very many likes and a few critical reviews, I decided to take the page down. Fastforward to spring of 2019. I was sitting at home in bed one night and was watching a St. Louis news station cover an outbreak of severe weather that had brought damaging winds, large hail, and destructive tornadoes to the area. I thought to myself, “I really wish there was a local source for weather, one that was specifically paying attention and reporting for my area.” Then I realized I should try to make a page again. This time though, I made it only about weather. I wasn’t sure if it would really take off but I tried anyway. Now, fastforward to fall of 2019. As of 9:20 am on September 2nd, 2019, Madison County, IL Amateur Weather on Facebook has 932 followers! This is such a huge accomplishment! This is why I have decided to make a website.

The types of things you will see on this site will include local forecasts specifically for Madison County, IL, severe weather updates in words that the average non-weather geek can understand, national weather events that may interest you due to you having family or friends in those areas, and other weather related articles that may help you such as ways you can prepare for severe weather and ways to notice when your body is overheating. Again, thank you all for your continued support. I look forward to keeping you informed on local weather events. Please feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested in weather happening in Madison County, Illinois!

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