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About the Illinois State Climatologist Office

Dr. Jim Angel, State Climatologist

Picture of Jim AngelJim Angel has been the Illinois State Climatologist since 1997 and began work at the Illinois State Water Survey in 1984. He has a broad interest in all things related to weather and climate, including droughts, floods, winter storms, heat waves, tornadoes, and long-term climate change (past, present, and future). He has worked on a number of research projects looking at drought, extreme rainfall events, Great Lakes storms, 19th and 20th century climate change, potential future climate change, as well as the impacts of weather and climate extremes. Publications on that research are listed below.

Besides research, he works with a wide range of users and stakeholders, including students, teachers, homeowners, engineers, other scientists, farmers, as well as federal, state, and local officials on issues related to climate. He maintains this website, a blog, and twitter feed for addressing a wide variety of climate topics as they pertain to Illinois.

There is never a dull moment in Illinois when it comes to weather and climate!

Location and Affiliation

The Illinois State Climatologist Office is a primary source for Illinois climate information and services and is located at the Illinois State Water Survey and is part of the Prairie Research Institute on the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Our office is the recognized state climate office by the American Association of State Climatologists.

Contact Information

Email: jimangel@illinois.edu
Phone: 217-333-0729
Fax: 217-244-0220
Mailing Address: Illinois State Water Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois
2204 Griffith Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

Education

Ph.D. in Climatology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1996

M.S. in Atmospheric Science, University of Missouri - Columbia, 1984

B.S. in Atmospheric Science, University of Missouri - Columbia 1982

Professional Affiliations
  • American Meteorological Society
  • Illinois State Academy of Science
  • Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Science
  • Adjunct Professor with the Northern Illinois University (De Kalb, IL) Department of Geography
  • American Associate of State Climatologists, President (2000-2001), Executive Committee (2000-2002)
  • AMS Committee on Hydrometeorology (1994-1996)
  • AMS Committee on Applied Climatology (2012-2015)
  • Northeast Illinois Planning Commission Water Supply Task Force (1999-2000)
  • National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges' Board of Oceans and Atmosphere Executive Committee (2000-2003)
  • Interim National Drought Council's Monitoring and Prediction Task Group (2001-2002)
  • National Precipitation Frequency Atlas Technical Committee (2002)
  • U.S. Drought Monitor discussion group contributor (2000-present)

Selected publications

Shein, K., D. Todey, F. Akyuz, J. Angel, T. Kearns, and J. Zdrojewski, 2012: Evaluating Statewide Climate Extremes for the United States. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatololgy, Vol. 51, No.  11, 2047-2059, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-11-0226.1.

Shein, K.A., D.P. Todey, F. Akyuz, J.R. Angel, T.M. Kearns, and J.L. Zdrojewski, 2012. Revisiting the statewide climate extremes for the United States. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00013.1, in press.

Angel, J.R. 2012. The response of Great Lakes water levels and potential impacts of future climate scenarios. Chapter 11 in “Climate change in the Midwest:  Impacts, Risks, Vulnerability, and Adaptation.” Ed. S.C Pryor. Indiana Press (in press).

D.J. Gotham, J.R. Angel, and S.C. Pryor, 2012. Vulnerability of the electricity and water sectors to climate change in the Midwest. Chapter 12 in “Climate change in the Midwest:  Impacts, Risks, Vulnerability, and Adaptation.” Ed. S.C Pryor. Indiana Press (in press).

Changnon, S. A., J. R. Angel, and D. Kristovich, 2010. The unusual weather of 2009 in Illinois created major impacts. Illinois State Water Survey Report of Investigation 120, 26 p. [available here as a pdf]

Angel, J.R., and K.E. Kunkel. 2010. The response of Great Lakes water levels to future climate scenarios with an emphasis on Lake Michigan-Huron. Journal of Great Lakes Research, Supplement 2, Vol. 36, 51-58.

Wolfe, R. (Ed.),J.R. Angel (contributor), 2008. The Easter Freeze of April 2007: A climatological perspective and assessment of impacts and services. NOAA Technical Report 2008-01, 56 p. [available here as a pdf].

J.R. Angel, and S.A. Changnon, 2008. Record heavy rains in August 2007: cause, magnitude, and impacts. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science, vol. 101, #3&4, pp. 187-199.

J.R. Angel, 2007. The April 2007 Hard Freeze in Illinois: features and impacts. Illinois State Water Survey Data/Case Study 2007-05, 22 p. [available here as a pdf].

Markus, M., J. R. Angel, L. Yang, M. Hejazi, 2007: Changing estimates of design precipitation in northeastern Illinois: comparison between different sources and sensitivity analysis. Journal of Hydrology, vol. 344, no. 3-4, pp. 210-222.

Pielke Sr., R.A. J. Nielsen-Gammon, C. Davey, J. Angel, O. Bliss, M. Cai, N. Doesken, S. Fall, K. Gallo, R. Hale, K.G. Hubbard, H. Li, X. Lin, D. Niyogi, and S. Raman, 2007: Documentation of uncertainties and biases associated with surface temperature measurement sites for climate change assessment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Vol. 88, No. 6, pp. 913-928.

Angel, J.R., 2006. Tropical Storms Reduced Drought in Illinois in 2005. Transactions, Illinois State Academy of Science, Vol. 99, #3 and #4, pp. 111-124. [available here as a pdf].

Kunkel, K., J. Angel, S. Changnon, M. Palecki, R. Scott, D. Winstanley, R. Claybrooke, S. Hilberg, and R. Larson, 2006. The 2005 Illinois drought. Illinois State Water Survey Informational/Educational Material 2006-3. [available here as a pdf].

Winstanley, D., J. R. Angel, S. A. Changnon, H. V. Knapp, K. E. Kunkel, M. A. Palecki, R. W. Scott, H. A. Wehrmann, 2006. The water cycle and water budgets for Illinois: a framework for drought and water-supply planning. Illinois State Water Survey Informational/Educational Material 2006-2. [available here as a pdf].

Winstanley, D., J. Angel, T. Bryant, V. Knapp, M. Palecki, A. Russell, and A. Wehrmann, 2006. Drought planning for small community water systems. Illinois State Water Survey Contract Report 2006-01, 114 p. [available here as a pdf].

Palecki, M. A., J. R. Angel, and S. E. Hollinger, 2005. Storm precipitation in the U.S. Part I: meteorological characteristics. Journal of Applied Meteorology, Vol. 44, No. 6, pp 933-946.

Angel, J. R., M. A. Palecki, and S. E. Hollinger, 2005. Storm precipitation in the U.S. Part II: soil erosion characteristics. Journal of Applied Meteorology, Vol. 44, No. 6, pp 947-959.

Changnon, S. A., Angel J. R., K. E. Kunkel, and C. M. Lehmann, 2004. The Illinois Climate Atlas. Illinois State Water Survey Information/Education Material 2004-2, 309 pp.

Angel, J. R., 2004. Temperature Variability in Illinois: 1895-2001. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science, 97, #2, pp. 103-116. [available here as a pdf].

Angel, J. R., 2003. Snow rollers in Illinois. Bulletin of the Illinois Geographical Society, v. 45, no. 1, pp. 31-33.

Angel, J. R., 2002. Illinois Tornado Climatology: 1950-1998. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science, V. 95, #3, pp. 163-174. [available here as a pdf].

Svoboda, M., D. LeComte, M. Hayes, R. Heim, K. Gleason, J. R. Angel, B. Rippey, R. Tinker, M. Palecki, D. Stooksbury, D. Miskus, and S. Stephens, 2002. An introduction to the Drought Monitor. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, V. 83, #8, pp. 1181-1190.

Angel, J.R., B. Ousley, and T.W. Schmidlin, 2000. A new minimum temperature record for Illinois. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 81, 4, 824-825.

Kunkel, K. E., and J. R. Angel, 1999. The relationship of ENSO to snowfall and related cyclone activity in the contiguous United States. Journal of Geophysical Research, 104, No. D16, 19425-19434.

Isard, S. A., J. R. Angel, and G. T. VanDyke, 2000. Zones of origin for Great Lakes cyclones in North America, 1899-1996. Monthly Weather Review, 128, 474-485.

Angel, J. R., and F. A. Huff, 1999. Hydrometeorological characteristics of the northern Illinois heavy rains of 17-18 July 1996. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 38, 266-272.

Angel, J.R., and S.A. Isard, 1998. The frequency and intensity of Great Lake cyclones, Journal of Climate, 11, 61-71.

Angel, J.R., and S.A. Isard, 1997. An observational study of the influence of the Great Lakes on the speed and intensity of passing cyclones, Monthly Weather Review, 125, 2228-2237.

Angel, J.R., and F.A. Huff, 1997. Changes in heavy rainfall in the Midwest, ASCE-Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 123, 4, 246-249.

Angel, J.R., 1995. Large-Scale Storm Damage on the U.S. Shores of the Great Lakes, Journal of Great Lakes Research, 21, 287-293.

Kunkel, K.E., S.A. Changnon, S.E. Hollinger, B.C. Reinke, W.M. Wendland, and J.R. Angel, 1995. A Regional Response to Climate Information Needs during the 1993 Flood, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 76, No. 12, 2415-2421.

Angel, J. R., and F. A. Huff, 1995. Seasonal Distribution of Heavy Rainfall Events in the Midwest, ASCE Water Resources Planning and Management, 121, No. 1, 110-115.

Kunkel, K.E, S.A. Changnon, and J.R. Angel, 1994. Climatic Aspects of the 1993 Upper Mississippi River Basin Flood, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 75, No. 5, 811-822.

Angel, J. R., W. E. Easterling, and S. W. Kirsch, 1993. Towards Defining Important Averaging Periods for Climate Normals, Climatological Bulletin, 27, No. 2, 28-44.

Huff, F.A. and J.R. Angel, 1992. Rainfall Frequency Atlas of the Midwest, Midwestern Climate Center and Illinois State Water Survey, Bulletin 71, Champaign IL, 141 p. [available here as a pdf].

Kunkel, K. E., S. A. Changnon, C. G. Lonnquist, and J. R. Angel, 1990. A Real-Time Climate Information System for the Midwestern United States, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 71, No. 11, 1601-1609.

Huff, F. A. and J. R. Angel, 1989. Frequency Distribution Of Heavy Rainstorms in Illinois, Circular 172, Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign IL, 36 p.

Kunkel, K. E. and J. R. Angel, 1989. Perspective on the 1988 Midwestern Drought, EOS, September 5 edition.

Huff, F. A. and J. R. Angel, 1989. Frequency Distribution and Hydroclimatic Characteristics of Heavy Rainstorms in Illinois, Bulletin 70, Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign IL, 177 p.

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