Illinois has seen less snow than usual this winter. But the state is still on pace to have more precipitation than in 2012. The U.S. Drought Monitor says only a third of Illinois is still in drought or "abnormally dry" conditions -- down from 100 percent last fall.
More than two dozen Illinois counties have received disaster designations because of the ongoing drought. And the state’s stepping in to help deal with the loss of crops. Governor Pat Quinn toured a farm in Jefferson County in Southern Illinois on Monday. It’ been hit hard by a lack of rain.
"They’ve never seen anything like this. We were trying to find an ear of corn. We finally found one. It was about four inches long and it looked like something you’d put in a salad." - Governor Pat Quinn
Susan Stephens interviews NIU meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste about Red Flag Warnings and whether he would fire up the grill under those conditions.
A large portion of northern Illinois was under a “red flag warning” Tuesday. But what does that mean? On Tuesday afternoon, WNIJ’s Susan Stephens called Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste to get an explanation.