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 Sprites observed on August 26. Photo by Shae Cohan
Shae Cohan photographed these sprites on August 26.  Sprites are electrical discharges that occur above thunderstorms, typically at an altitude of 30 to 55 miles.  The picture was taken from Macomb, although the storms in question were southeast of Springfield near Taylorville.  
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2014 Event Summaries:
Jan 4-5 -- Winter Storm
Jan 6-7 -- Bitter Cold Wind Chills
Feb 17 -- Ice, Snow and Snow Rollers
Feb 20 -- Tornado Outbreak
2013-14 Snowy & Bitter Cold Winter
May 21 -- Hail & Flooding East Central IL
May 28 -- Landspout Tornadoes

Illinois Weather Trivia
8/30/1893
A low temperature of 37 degrees in Champaign set an August record low, which still stands. Weather records in Champaign began in 1889.
8/30/2001
Thunderstorms developed over northern Illinois during the evening hours. A series of thunderstorms moved across northern Cook County, dumping torrential amounts of rainfall. O'Hare Airport received 4.31 inches of rain, most of which fell between 9 pm and 11 pm. This rainfall brought the total for the month to 12.25 inches, making this the second wettest month on record for Chicago.
For more weather history, visit our Illinois Weather Trivia page!


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