Remembering Coach Saylor

November 12th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by under Uncategorized

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Tracking Tuesday Storms/Better Temps

June 24th, 2014 at 11:30 am by under Uncategorized

A cold front will bring increased rain chances and more comfortable temps to the Valley today.

Today: Sct’d thundershowers will be likely through this afternoon with an otherwise mostly cloudy sky. Rain chances begin to dwindle after 5 p.m. EDT. Daytime highs only reach near 80 with the winds shifting from the south to the northwest. Relief from the recent stretch of above average temperatures!

Futurecast 1

Tonight: Showers exit and skies turn partly cloudy through the overnight. As winds shift from the northwest on the backside of a cold front, it will begin to feel more comfortable. Low: 66°.

Futurecast 2

Tomorrow: Wednesday will be a mainly dry day with partly cloudy skies. Only a slight chance of stray afternoon showers. Highs in the middle 80s.

Futurecast 3

Extended Outlook: More widespread rain returns Thursday as a secondary cold front looks to push through. Enjoy a break from the high heat! High temps will be in the low to middle 80s through Friday. That is right where we should be this time of year with an average high of 86°. We get back into the upper 80s by this weekend.

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May 27th, 2014 at 7:08 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Uncategorized, Weather, WTHI Blog

Warm and rather humid conditions will continue Tuesday night and Wednesday.  A weak cold front will drop south into the region Wednesday afternoon and bring a better chance of more widely spread showers and thunderstorms.7day

From Sixties to Snow

March 11th, 2014 at 11:28 am by under Uncategorized, Weather, WTHI Blog
Today: We’ll enjoy one last spring-like day across the Valley before big changes roll in during the overnight. Daytime highs will top out near 68° this afternoon with partly cloudy skies. Southern portions of the Valley could potentially see that 70° mark!
Futurecast 1   THTCAMISU000M
Tonight: A low pressure system will slide through just to our south during the overnight bringing rain showers and a few thunderstorms. No severe weather is expected. Winds pick up from the northwest gusting up to 35 mph during the overnight and up to 40 mph during the day on Wednesday.
Futurecast 1
Wednesday: Temperatures drop back near 32 tonight and will continue to fall throughout the day on Wednesday. This will cause rain to mix with snow in the morning hours and precipitation will change over into all snow by the afternoon. Light snow accumulations will be possible.
Futurecast 2   snowfall potential
Wednesday Afternoon/Evening: Snow exits heading into Wednesday evening and it turns much colder with lows near 13.
Futurecast 3


February 17th, 2014 at 4:43 pm by under Uncategorized, Weather, WTHI Blog

Finally, some warmer weather is moving in.  However, it could also bring a chance of rain.  There may even be some thunder on Thursday!7day

Tracking This Weekend’s Precip

January 31st, 2014 at 8:52 am by under Uncategorized

A stalled frontal boundary will reside in the area through late Saturday bringing a mixed bag of wintry precipitation over the next couple of days.

Today: Look for a cloudy sky with periodic afternoon light snow showers. Daytime highs near 35.

Futurecast 1
Tonight: A surge of warm air will lift northward through the overnight changing snow into a snow/freezing rain mixture after midnight. Temperatures warm enough by daybreak Saturday to change all our precip into rain showers all throughout the Wabash Valley. Nonetheless, a brief icing through the overnight could leave roadways rather slick some Saturday morning. The following are images from Futurecast at 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Saturday.

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Saturday: Scattered rain showers will be likely through the day on Saturday with highs in the mid 40s. Rain will possibly mix with light snow as this system departs the region before midnight Saturday.

Futurecast 4

Sunday: Partly cloudy and much colder with highs near 24. We’ll start the day near 21.

Futurecast 5

Extended Forecast: The highly talked about weather system for next week looks to move in during the day on Tuesday. Models are still not agreeing on the type of system we’ll see next Tuesday. The “track” of the low pressure will play a huge roll and each model positions it a little differently. Depending on it’s track, we could see all snow or a wintry mix/ice event which will drastically take down snowfall totals but add a completely separate set of problems. Once the models start agreeing more on on the storm’s track, we’ll have a better idea of not only what type of precipitation we will see, but how much. Stay tuned!

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January 28th, 2014 at 8:46 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog, Uncategorized

I’ve been getting several reports lately about people hearing loud, mysterious booms.  There is no apparent source and the booms are strong enough and loud enough to shake houses, rattle windows, upset animals and create overall confusion.  Many of the reports I’ve had are from southeast Illinois.  Lawrence County, Richland County and Crawford County have been among the most frequent reporting locations.  There are two aspects of these booms that are of interest.  The first is that they are being heard all over the globe, and the second is that NOBODY seems to know what is causing them.

One name given to these booms is, “Seneca Guns”.  It’s a word first used to describe them in a short story written by James Fennimore Cooper in the 1800s.  Yes, these booms have been heard for more than a century and probably longer.

Some scientists believe they might be caused by shallow earthquakes that are too weak to be registered on seismographs.  Others think the booms may have an atmospheric origin similar to thunder, but the sounds have been heard when no clouds or storms are around.  Some speculate they might be caused by meteors entering the atmosphere, but a meteor big enough to cause a boom would likely be large enough to be seen.  There is a faction that believes that the booms are being caused by cloaked UFOs or secret military aircraft.  It is true that some of these booms have been admittidley caused by the military, but those are few and far between. One interesting point is that similar booms were reportedly heard in the months prior to the Great New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812.

So, the question remains whether these booms come from the earth, the sky or some other unknown source.  The bottom line is that they are heard all over the globe, have been heard for a long time and nobody knows where they come from.  The booms, for now, remain a true mystery.

If you’ve experience these booms, I’d like to know about it.  Let me know when and where and also what you think might be going on.  Perhaps together we can find an answer.  Contact me at:  kevin.orpurt@wthitv.com


13 Hours to Dallas

November 19th, 2013 at 10:41 pm by under Matt's Blog, Uncategorized

Part of our “The End of Camelot: Through the Valley’s Eyes” coverage actually meant getting outside the WabashValley. Which took myself, Mike Cleff, and photojournalist Gary Brian 13 hours away to the city that shook a nation Dallas, Texas.

You might wonder why? After all if you are following our coverage of the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s assassination you’ll notice every story comes out of the WabashValley. For my part we spoke with Phyllis Hall, a nurse from Oblong, Illinois. But it was her first job in nursing at Dallas’ ParklandMemorialHospital that put her in the way of history.

After reviewing her interview we realized photos and file video would only go so far. In order to really show you what Phyllis saw and what happened, we needed to go where it happened. So we drove 13 hours to Dallas.

The first thing you’ll see when you go to Parkland Hospital is a medical-megaplex. High-rise hospitals and parking garages engulf the original building that tried to save President Kennedy’s life.

But, the original brick structure and the emergency room ambulance bay are still there. If you close your eyes you can imagine the black convertible pulling in and chaos unfolding. Nurses, doctors, police, and bystanders were rushing the man who was king of Camelot to the emergency room.

We met Phyllis outside the emergency room on a cloudy Monday in October. We had already interviewed her in Oblong, but we wanted her to tell you the rest of her story where it happened. Almost 50 years after it happened.

It’s still a little eerie as she describes the scene only 30 yards from where the President took his last breaths and his heart beat for the last time. And if you watch part 2 of Phyllis Hall’s story you can almost re-live his final moments through her eyes; as she and a team of doctors race to save the 35th President’s life.

It’s a story that, even during her interview, captivated me. So I hope it came across that way on your screen. If you’re like me you might wonder: who among us right now could be connected with a significant time in the future?  After all Phyllis is just girl from Oblong whose life took a detour for history all because of a job she chose.

I guess if you want to tell the story right, you’ve got to go see it for yourself, even if it takes 13 hours to get to Dallas.

Staying HOT!

August 28th, 2013 at 6:58 pm by under Uncategorized, Weather, WTHI Blog

A weak cold front is passing through from the north with isolated light rain trying to develop before sunset.  Otherwise, mostly clear skies will be around tonight with areas of patchy fog moving back in for early Thursday morning. Overnight lows will drop to around 70° before warming back up to around 90° Thursday afternoon. Daytime high temperatures will top out near 90° through Sunday with a break from the heat moving in next Tuesday. Scattered rain showers are possible this holiday weekend with the best chances for rain moving in on Sunday and Sunday night. Expect high temperatures in the lower 80s next week!

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Scattered Rain Again Friday

August 8th, 2013 at 10:51 pm by under Uncategorized

A few scattered rain showers will be around tonight with overnight lows dropping into the mid 60s. Less humid air will move in for Friday but scattered rain and thunderstorms are still possible. Daytime highs will stay below average and top out near 80°. A few showers will hang around into early Saturday morning with dry weather for the rest of the weekend. Highs Saturday and Sunday will reach the lower 80s under partly cloudy skies.