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Read article: Use these tools to help navigate how climate change is affecting growers
Use these tools to help navigate how climate change is affecting growers
As we get closer to this year’s growing season, it’s important to remember that the changes to the climate are also affecting local weather patterns...
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Read article: St. Louis Metro East Update: Warmer winters
St. Louis Metro East Update: Warmer winters
Much like the rest of the state, the St. Louis Metro East has been on average experiencing warmer winters, yet the coming spring to date hasn’t been...
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Read article: Rare snow rollers make an appearance in Illinois
Rare snow rollers make an appearance in Illinois
When I was growing up, back in the time when grade schoolers were allowed to play in the snow during recess, we would make “snow forts,” making...
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Read article: Southwestern Illinois (Waterloo) Update: Be a part of the Community Collaborative, Rain, Snow, & Hail Network
Southwestern Illinois (Waterloo) Update: Be a part of the Community Collaborative, Rain, Snow, & Hail Network
Rain, rain, glorious rain!!!  We are happily finally getting some much-needed rain in quantities that actually can help us recover the depletion of...

News Releases

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Help protect your community as a trained storm spotter
BENTON, Ill. – In preparation for peak weather season, Illinois Extension is partnering with the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency and the US National Weather Service-Paducah to offer storm...

Videos

Electrical Hazards During and After a Storm

It is important to prepare in advance for a severe storm or natural disaster. Gathering emergency kit items, having a communication plan in place and knowing when, how and where to take shelter saves lives. It is easy to be complacent about storms or think that they won’t strike close to home....

Caught in a Storm: Lightning Safety

As the sun heats the air, energy is created with air movement, and lightning typically comes from towering storm clouds. Fortunately, accidents involving lightning are very avoidable. Safe Electricity has the following suggestions to stay safe from the dangers of lightning:

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Duane Friend

Duane Friend

State Master Naturalist and Climate Change Specialist