A Guide to the WFO Central Illinois (Lincoln) Homepage


The following information provides specifics on the left menu navigation bar of the Lincoln NWS homepage.



Current Hazards:

  • Watches/Warnings displays information on valid weather watches or warnings across central Illinois.

  • Outlooks contains links to the current Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the Lincoln NWS, as well as graphical outlooks issued by the Storm Prediction Center and Hydrometeorogical Prediction Center.

  • Submit Report allows storm spotters and weather observers to submit their report to the Lincoln NWS.

Current Conditions:

  • Observations allows you to access current surface maps, a tabular summary of the weather across central Illinois, and detailed observations from airport sites in Illinois.

  • Radar displays the current radar image from Lincoln, IL (KILX).

  • Satellite allows you to display several different types of satellite pictures.  This is the same function as clicking on the "Satellite and Upper Air" tab above the map on the main page.

  • Snow Cover links you to various snow analyses produced by the NWS's National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center.

  • Snowfall Analysis provides an interactive mapping of snowfall from several observation networks, for the last 1, 2 or 3 days.

  • Precip Analysis provides an interactive mapping of precipitation from several observation networks, for several periods ranging from today to 90 days ago.


  • Forecast Discussion shows the latest reasoning used by the meteorologists at the Lincoln NWS, in preparing their forecasts for the next several days.

    Local Area provides quick links to local area forecasts.  Information on local forecasts can also be accessed by clicking on specific points of the map on the main page.

  • Activity Planner allows you to query the digital forecast database to determine specific weather parameters for your needs (for example, you can display the periods when the temperature will be between 40 and 50 degrees).

  • Aviation Weather allows you access aviation-related forecasts via the Aviation Weather Center.

  • Fire Weather is a collection of links that can be used by land management agencies to assist with prescribed and unexpected fires.

  • Severe Weather links you to the Storm Prediction Center, which is responsible for issuing severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and outlooks.

  • Winter Weather links you to the snowfall and ice accumulation forecasts provided by the Weather Prediction Center.

  • Hurricane Center links you to the National Hurricane Center, which issues tropical weather products for the Atlantic Ocean north of the Equator, as well as the Carribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the part of the Pacific Ocean north of the Equator and east of 140°W longitude.

  • User Defined Area links you to an interactive forecast where you can designate the specific boundaries of the forecast area.


  • Rivers & Lakes allows you to access the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) for central Illinois.  AHPS displays current river stage observations, and river forecast information.


  • Local is an interactive page that allows you to access weather data for central Illinois.

  • National is an interactive page to access weather data from around the nation.

  • Drought links you to the U.S. Drought Portal.

  • NOAA Climate Service contains information regarding climate change and climate variability.

  • More... will take you to the Lincoln NWS climate page.

Weather Safety:

  • Preparedness has several sections that help you prepare for various weather hazards: severe weather, winter weather, lightning, and heat.

  • Weather Radio provides information on the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) All-Hazards network that covers central and southeast Illinois.

  • StormReady is a national program to assist communities and counties to prepare for severe weather.

  • SkyWarn has resources for storm spotters that report to the NWS during threatening weather conditions.

Additional Information:

  • Other Useful Links contains a collection of links to other parts of our homepage, beyond what is on the left menu.

  • Education Resources is a link to various educational pages maintaned by NOAA. 

  • Cooperative Observer (COOP) Program discusses the volunteer weather observer network, and news affecting the network.

  • Top News Archives contains links to stories that had been previously listed in the Top News of the Day section of our homepage.

  • Our Office provides details on who works here at the Lincoln NWS, and where the office is located.

Contact Info:

  • Contact Info provides our mailing address, phone number, and E-mail address if you wish to contact us with any questions or comments.

  • Feedback allows you to participate in a survey on our homepage services.


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  • Web Site Owner:
  • National Weather Service
  • Central Illinois Weather Forecast Office
  • 1362 State Route 10
  • Lincoln, IL 62656
  • 217-732-3089 (8:30 am to 4 pm)
  • Page Author: ILX Webmaster
  • Web Master's E-mail: w-ilx.webmaster@noaa.gov
  • Page last modified: 31-Aug-2010 7:51 PM UTC