WxTalk Webinar #47


Webinar #47 - Thursday, April 21, 2016

"The Climate and Weather of the Midwestern United States"

Mike Timlin
Midwest Regional Climate Center
Champaign, IL


Weather and climate in the Midwest varies throughout the seasons and also spatially across the region.  This talk will focus on the typical seasonal conditions for the Midwest. It will also highlight episodic weather experienced in the region ranging from winter storms, blizzards, and ice storms to summer heat, drought, flooding, and severe thunderstorms.  The impact of the Great Lakes, with shoreline in six Midwest states, will also be discussed.

The Midwest has multiple economic and social sectors that are strongly influenced by weather and climate.  One of the most significant sectors is its agriculture, primarily corn and soybeans, though many others such as apples, pumpkins, berries, and livestock also produced in the region. There are numerous large urban areas in the region as well, such as Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and Cleveland.  Transportation is another major sector, including air, rail, and ground, along with shipping on the Great Lakes and major rivers.  This presentation will highlight several of these sectors and discuss the influence of weather and climate.

View the Webinar by clicking here:  https://youtu.be/76wn9qWTaVk

View Mikes's presentation slides (12MB)


Midwestern Regional Climate Center


Midwest Climate Watch

Vegetation Impact Program