ISU, District 87, Unit 5 among schools closed Monday

2014-01-26T19:30:00Z 2014-01-27T17:56:47Z ISU, District 87, Unit 5 among schools closed MondayPantagraph staff
January 26, 2014 7:30 pm  • 

BLOOMINGTON — Bitterly cold temperatures are, once again, closing schools with Illinois State University, Unit 5, and District 87 schools and more than a dozen others announcing they will be closed Monday morning. In addition, several customers are without power late Sunday due to the weather.

The Pantagraph has received confirmation of ISU and its lab schools -- University High School and Metcalf School -- closing Monday; they also will be closed Tuesday.

Heartland Community College announced it was closing Monday about 9 p.m.

Bloomington District 87, McLean County Unit 5, Fieldscrest, Blue Ridge and Mount Pulaski schools also had cancelled classes on Monday as of 7:30 p.m. A complete list of cancellations is available on

Several power outages were also reported in Central Illinois Sunday night due to the high winds.

Ameren reported 436 customers without power as of 10 p.m. In McLean County, 631 customers were without power. In Tazewell County, there were 196 customers without and in Woodford County, 42 customers were without electricity. Logan County was reporting nine customers without power.

A cold arctic front is pushing into Central Illinois Sunday night, bringing strong northwesterly winds of 35 miles per hour, with gusts to 45 miles per hour. There is also a chance for a “burst of light snow” for two to three hours tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln.

There is little accumulation expected – only a dusting, say meteorologists with the NWS - but it could mean lower visibilities that could cause brief whiteout conditions for a period of time.

Temperatures will drop below zero in most locations across Central Illinois by Monday morning and wind chill will range from -15 degrees to -30 degrees. The coldest morning is expected to be Tuesday with low tempera-tures ranging from -5 to -15 degrees and wind chills dropping to -35 degrees.

Temperatures will gradually become warmer by Wednesday.

A wind chill warning remains in effect from midnight tonight to noon on Tuesday. The extreme cold is danger-ous for any exposed skin. Frostbite can occur on unprotected skin in as little as 10 to 15 minutes.

Today’s high will reach 43 degrees, before the temperatures plummet.

On Monday, it will be mostly sunny, but bitterly cold, with a high near -3 degrees. Mostly clear skies are forecast for Monday night through Thursday when a chance of snow returns.

Tuesday’s high will be 3 degrees, and Wednesday, the high is expected to be 20 degrees. With the chance of snow on Thursday, the high will be 28 degrees.

There is also a chance of snow Friday and Saturday.

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  1. Euler 314
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    Euler 314 - January 29, 2014 6:54 pm
    Current US drought monitor:
  2. Euler 314
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    Euler 314 - January 29, 2014 6:53 pm
    World drought monitor:
  3. Euler 314
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    Euler 314 - January 29, 2014 6:41 pm
    Six decades of global warming via NASA.
  4. Euler 314
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    Euler 314 - January 29, 2014 1:40 pm
    Jose, I put it down to John Gabriel's Greater Internet Feckwad Theory.

    PRATT refers to "point refuted a thousand times".

    But Ron White still said it best: "You can't fix stupid." So why bother to educate the ignorant? Lipstick on a pig, and all that.
  5. Jose
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    Jose - January 29, 2014 1:12 pm
    Not familiar with PRATT, though I get your gist.

    It's irksome when someone insists I should pay for HIS ignorance.

    Thanks for the link -- I've seen it before.

    As far as educating the ignorant, it's probably best to let the backfire effect take over. When someone like that treats everything like a zero sum game, I can only feel pity that a once (perhaps) rational human let someone tell him what to believe instead of experiencing it for himself...that old empirical data thing, I guess.
  6. Euler 314
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    Euler 314 - January 29, 2014 12:31 pm
    Jose, he's just one more prat that didn't quite make the denialist PRATT list and is p*ssed off about it.

    They just don't care about the costs of spreading their lies. Even when those costs smack them in the wallet, they blunder on like blind hippos, waving their tails and spreading their sh*t.

    For me and my family, we've enjoyed this site:

    Naturally, those of the morally and ethically challenged lot like clogged4ever won't be bothered, and should be cut loose as useless, but your kids (and mine) are those who will most benefit.
  7. Jose
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    Jose - January 29, 2014 12:07 pm
    Nice bit of scientifically illiterate misdirection, and conflating weather with climate. Any 4th grader could try to explain it to you, if you'd get out of the closet you're hiding in.

    Good thing you're not in charge of risk management anywhere.

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.
  8. CLG4
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    CLG4 - January 29, 2014 9:25 am
    Jose, take off your tin hat. There is no amount of tax money confiscated by the U.S. government that will make hurricanes, cold weather, tornadoes, flooding disappear. The help that you think the public demands is not carbon tax the help is disaster relief. Unlike you people do understand that mother nature is quite fickle and will change as frequently as the low and high pressure areas pass. It does not matter if it is winter or summer, rain/snow does not occur until there is a COLD front. When you can figure out how to stop cold fronts, then in your Utopian world the climate will be fixed and we can all live with rose colored glasses on and sing cumbaya.
  9. Jose
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    Jose - January 28, 2014 10:15 am
    Climate is much more than just temperatures. A more thorough examination would include snow cover, ice melt, glaciation, air temperatures over land, sea temperatures, humidity, temperatures just above the sea, ocean heat content via currents, and tropospheric temperatures.

    The question of global "cooling" is often raised in the light of a recent weather event -- a big snowfall or drought-breaking rain. Global warming is entirely compatible with these events; after all they are just weather. For climate change, it is the long term trends that are important; measured over decades or more, and those long term trends show that the globe is still, unfortunately, warming.

    Considering that most denialists have received money from the fossil fuel industry, being given large sums of money just for being climate "skeptics" and publishing error-riddled nonsense, it's pretty odd that all of a sudden, you drag out the old "gummint says the end is near" and "we need to tax for it" canard. Have you even tried to figure out the enormous costs of INACTION?

    What will it cost the US alone in disaster mitigation? In insurance? What is it costing us all each time a hurricane, record-breaking cold system, or tornado happens and people demand government "do something"? Would it be cost-effective to keep our military stationed overseas when disasters happen here at home? What value do you put on human life? Have you heard of the term "tragedy of the commons"? Do you think that won't apply to you? Or your kids? Or grandkids?
  10. CLG4
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    CLG4 - January 28, 2014 9:24 am
    The climate problem is not earth warming, it is earth cooling. Your barking up the wrong tree with global warming theories. Why did the media all of a sudden back off saying polar vortex (which is really just a low pressure area). Would it be cause simple minded people would start thinking of hurricanes as equator vortexes (that would be another low pressure area). The earth is a living organism it has been warm in the past and it has been cold in the past. THIS will all happen again whether man is here or not. That is not to say that we as a species should not try to be environmentally conscious. But for government to say the end is near so we need to tax for it is just a bunch of BS.
  11. Proangel
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    Proangel - January 27, 2014 3:41 pm
    I love the youngsters here at work that turn their cars on from inside the building 15 minutes before departing. Of course I remind them - each and every one of them have preached to me about the carbon footprint and subsequent problems the baby boomer generation has left in their wake for them to deal with... Oh how I do love hypocrites….. :-)
  12. Cresent
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    Cresent - January 27, 2014 12:12 pm
    Way to go, Father Flannagan!
  13. Jose
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    Jose - January 27, 2014 12:03 pm

    All you need are think tanks bankrolled by deep-pocketed individuals to spread lies and disinformation to a gullible public who once "heard something about climate back in school".

    All you need are untraceable donations that fund mindless "sciencsounding" blather.

    All you need is the lack of a free flow of information to ensure that democratic politics and government accountability become impossible.

    Money amplifies certain voices above others and gives them a megaphone in the public square.

    Ask yourself where the money REALLY is. I can tell you - it AIN'T in the pockets of scientists and those who give a darn what happens to us all. Exxon and the Kock brothers are being very, very careful now what is shown under the public light.

    Maybe some "bright light" on here can explain WHY over 140 foundations funneled $558 million to almost 100 climate denial organizations from 2003 to 2010? Couldn't be anything like, oh...maybe THEY have an agenda in keeping their profits high because of their ongoing planetary damage?

  14. Euler 314
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    Euler 314 - January 27, 2014 11:27 am
    Remember this the next time you hear people claiming that climate scientists are only in it for the money, or that environmentalists are trying to create a communist world government: these ideas were devised and broadcast by energy companies, and those spreading the ideas are unwitting dupes or know their claims are untrue.

    Oil companies fight for their economic interests by manipulation of the mass media and public opinion. Now those companies, and investment banks too, are all on the alarmist side of the debate. What can we conclude?
  15. thoughts a million
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    thoughts a million - January 27, 2014 11:09 am
    My cousin lives in Anchorage, and they've been having mid-30 temps for the past two weeks. Climate change is happening whether the naysayers ignore it or not.
  16. virtuonian
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    virtuonian - January 27, 2014 10:43 am
    I am pretty sure the generation before yo thinks you are soft. What with all of that facny electricity and a steel plow! Heck, my great grandfather plowed fields with a wood plow and the horses were much smaller back in his day! My great grandmother was born in 1890 and they didn't have ANY of the conveniences that the boomers grew up with! Of course that is why they died from common afflictions that don't even get an emergency room visit today!
  17. Ted Kennedy's Drill Instructor
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    Ted Kennedy's Drill Instructor - January 27, 2014 10:19 am
    Apple Polisher
  18. Jose
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    Jose - January 27, 2014 10:05 am
    Consider that carbon trading is the very essence of free market capitalism. You just set the floor, call the the reductions, and let little entrepreneurs trade way, buying and selling credits all they want - even concepts like banking, trading, offsets (hey plant some trees!) and hedging (hedges - is this Monte Python shrubbery?). There are even investors who create "clean tech" derivatives, and index of indexes you can hold short or long positions! It is neo-liberal economics at its very finest.

    Oh wait, all that is no good. Never mind, as fictional character Roseanne Roseanna-Danna said.

    But tell me something. What other economic system would you replace it with? Command and control central planning? What is the opposite of capitalism that would work here?
  19. Jose
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    Jose - January 27, 2014 9:51 am
    Your attempts to explain Milankovitch cycles is laudable, but simply because there are many many factors involved doesn't mean that scientific models need to be thrown away.

    Climate models are built to estimate trends rather than events, and are tested against the past, against what we know happened. If a model can correctly predict trends from a starting point somewhere in the past, we could expect it to predict with reasonable certainty what might happen in the future. I would strongly suggest you do some research into hindcasting.

    The Earth's rotation changes all the time. Its motion changes, too. There are several of these motions, as any 6th grader will tell you. The length of the day changes mostly in response to changes in the atmospheric winds. Anything that moves mass around will, in principle, affect the Earth's rotation. But in order for it to have a measurable effect, it has to be a lot of mass. So changes in the atmosphere, changes in the oceans, melting ice off Greenland, all of these can affect the Earth's rotation.

    Yes, we do know the orbital pathway of the Earth. Ref. here(It's at the grade school level):

    Science is NEVER settled, as it is continually evolving and being added to. Science deals in probabilities, not certainties. When the probability of something approaches 100%, then we can regard the science, colloquially, as “settled”.
    Scientists have been predicting AGW, with increasing confidence, for decades, a fa back as1896.

    By the 1970s, the scientific community was becoming concerned that human activity was changing the climate, but were divided on whether this would cause a net warming or cooling. As science learned more about the climate system, a consensus gradually emerged. Many different lines of inquiry all converged on the IPCC’s 2007 conclusion that it is more than 90% certain that anthropogenicgreenhouse gases are causing most of the observed global warming.

    In most aspects of our lives, we think it rational to make decisions based on incomplete information. We will take out insurance when there is even a slight probability that we will need it. Why should our planet’s climate be any different?
  20. CLG4
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    CLG4 - January 27, 2014 9:22 am
    Jose, here's some more to chew on while you wait for the temps to go up.- - It should be remembered that carbon exists as a commodity only through the decisions of politicians and bureaucrats, who determine both the demand, by setting emissions limits, and the supply, by establishing criteria for offsets. However, the credibility of the U.N. approval process for these carbon offsets is in question. The central flaw is in the U.N.’s reliance on private companies to validate emission reductions. A possible solution may be a system wherein project developers would pay a fee to the U.N., which in turn would assign validators to a project in a random selection process thereby providing some level of protection from evident conflicts of interest. In addition, independent, qualified, third-party verifiers (that did not validate the offset project in question) using approved methodologies and regulations and “whose compensation is not in any way dependent on the outcomes of their decisions” should be employed to verify the carbon offset project. I wonder is al gore a 1 percenter?
  21. CLG4
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    CLG4 - January 27, 2014 9:15 am
    Jose, Here's some cause and effect to try to wrap your head around. - -The Moon also plays a great role in our weather patterns, as does our shifting axis and its orbit around the sun. The orbits of both the moon and and earth around the sun are ellipsoid in nature. That huge earthquake that rocked Japan also knocked the axis off a little. The actual spinning of the earth on that axis is not uniform either, it wobbles). Add into this mix the always changing status of the sun’s conditions (solar flare activity, gamma bursts, heating and cooling not uniform across it’s surface) and the job of putting together an accurate model to predict possible weather trends makes any claims to know definitely what is happening is arrogant at best. We don;t have enough computing power in the world to model all the variables I just touched on…we don’t even know the exact orbit pathway of our planet around the sun…the moon’s either (around earth). We have approximations. The whole “science is settled” argument is pure BS. The truth is no one really knows what is going on with the weather and they cannot predict it using the data and tools we have today any better than they could 50 years ago. This whole man made climate change scare is nothing but another method of nudging folks into accepting something drastic…like say using your tax dollars to reverse the so called damage.
  22. Jose
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    Jose - January 27, 2014 8:46 am
    So that is what your "education" tells you?

    What about the weather scientists who have for decades been telling us such cause-and-effect information as the Arctic amplification?

    The following is in part why we've been having the extremes of WEATHER this season.

    Sea ice retreats, and sunshine that would have been reflected back to space by the bright ice is instead absorbed by the ocean, which heats up, melting even more ice.

    Extra heat entering the vast expanses of open water that were once covered in ice is released back to the atmosphere. All that extra heat being deposited into the atmosphere affects the weather, both locally and on a large scale.

    Why? Because the Arctic is warming so quickly, about twice as fast as as the rest of the planet, therefore the difference in temperature between the Arctic and the lower latitudes is narrowing.

    That temperature difference drives the jet stream; when it shrinks, the jet stream slows and undulates more. It also moves more north-south than east-west (its usual flow), and can get stuck in patterns that last for much longer than they did even a few years ago.

    And when that happens, the waves of the jet stream slow down and become larger and more sluggish. When they increase in size thanks to Arctic amplification, they move eastward more slowly, allowing the weather associated with them to stick around longer.

    These WEATHER patterns add up ultimately to CLIMATE changes due to AGW.

    Of course, that's probably too difficult, or uncomfortable, or time consuming for you.
  23. communityorganizer
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    communityorganizer - January 27, 2014 7:44 am
    Darn global warming, think how cold it would be if Man hadn't ruined the environment with all that "icky" carbon. Thankfully, an education is no longer required to participate in today's society. If something (an education) is difficult, or uncomfortable, or time consuming why do it?
  24. Ted Kennedy's Drill Instructor
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    Ted Kennedy's Drill Instructor - January 27, 2014 5:27 am
    MTCO Time and Temperature number (309) 367-2222
  25. Rosco
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    Rosco - January 27, 2014 5:15 am
    It was much colder then and tons mire snow
  26. Rosco
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    Rosco - January 27, 2014 5:14 am
    You are kidding right? This current generation thinks everything should be given to them, they know nothing of work ethics as I've seen first hand. Yes boomers are a much better generation than now
  27. Rosco
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    Rosco - January 27, 2014 2:31 am
    You are right. People are wooses now
  28. observer123
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    observer123 - January 26, 2014 10:59 pm
    The answer to your question about when the BOOMERS are gone............we'll start trying to piece this country back together again after you all are dead and gone and finished tearing this place apart. The baby boomers are the worst generation in American history. You have run this country into the ground and provided nothing positive.
  29. Joram
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    Joram - January 26, 2014 9:45 pm
    Yes, our son was 3 Jan. 1977 and in his baby book I wrote it was -22 on our home thermometer. It didn't even get to -0- for quite a few days. Historical Weather on line says our Airport started keeping records in 1976, coldest day was Jan. 17, with -17. That was before they started reporting wind chill factor.
  30. TheWave
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    TheWave - January 26, 2014 9:18 pm
    I was also here in 77, 78 and 79, and you are absolutely wrong about the weather being worse then. And try to be nice to these kids. They'll be lacing your shoes before you know it.
  31. otis1949
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    otis1949 - January 26, 2014 8:57 pm
    Si amigo
  32. Newman
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    Newman - January 26, 2014 8:43 pm
    The weather was by far worse in 1977,1978,1979,and there was no computer games,internet,cell phones,,ect, the only thing instant ,was instant oatmeal.
    I think modern life has made some people soft.,would, I want to go back to that time,well I already lived through it once.
    I have plenty of memories of that time.
    And yes we still had school,and still was able to finish the school year the Friday before Memorial Day.
    We didn't have a day off every fourth Friday or Monday.
    We had Lincolns Birthday off,and Good Friday that was it.
    What I want to know,is WHO is going to take care of these kids,when THE BOOMER GEN
    IS GONE.
    Certainly not them, they can't even tie their shoes
  33. AllyH
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    AllyH - January 26, 2014 8:16 pm
    That's good District 87, ISU, etc. are closing......extremely cold temps=NOT GOOD!!
  34. SDog
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    SDog - January 26, 2014 7:13 pm
    Hey smart one - maybe you should have spent more time in school. It's "too bad", not "to bad". The school districts have plenty of common sense which is driven by legal requirements. They are trying to take the legal responsibilities back to the parents, not keeping it on themselves, by staying open.
  35. Smartone
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    Smartone - January 26, 2014 3:34 pm
    I hope the school districts have enough common sense to start canceling tonight by bedtime so parents can make their final arrangements on who will be watching the kids tomorrow while they are at work. And really if the wind chills get as cold as they are predicting, common sense also tells parents to not send their kids even if the schools are open tomorrow and Tuesday. To bad we just can't wish this cold air heading this way would turn like a summer storm sometimes does and go the other direction. No such luck I am afraid, so be prepared to hibernate the kiddies.
  36. Beltline Bert
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    Beltline Bert - January 26, 2014 1:44 pm
    Dress warm District 87 kids !
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