Did you know that lightning can be up to five times hotter than the surface of the sun? A typical bolt of lightning has a temperature of 50,000°F. Illinois is the hot spot for the rest of the country away from the southern U.S.
The NWS Chicago radar is back online after completing a big-time upgrade that involved cranes along with removing and replacing its 15,000-pound pedestal. This is a huge project to extend the life of the radar.
Once a severe thunderstorm is deemed “Destructive”, a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) will be activated for people within the warning area. This will send out an emergency alert to your smartphone, similar to what occurs when a Tornado Warning is issued for your area.
Solar panel technology is nothing new. However, the solar panel industry is seeing positive effects even during the COVID-19 pandemic. As more people stayed home for months, many made the move to switch to solar in an effort to save on high energy costs.
As the final component of the “Hazard Simplification” project, the National Weather Service is asking for public comment on the set of options to replace the Advisories and Special Weather Statements from its warning and watch system.
Remnants of Iota continue to dissipate over Central America with a heavy rain threat that continues, according to the National Hurricane Center. Flash flooding and river flooding is expected through Thursday across portions of Central America with the heavy rainfall.