Monthly Archives: March 2012

U.S. Drought Monitor: “Abnormally Dry” to central Illinois

This week’s U.S. Drought Monitor noted a region considered “Abnormally Dry” across central Illinois. This is a result of three things: below-normal precipitation over the last 90 days, much above-normal temperatures (which have increased evaporation), and streamflows that are much below-normal for … Continue reading

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What Follows a Warm March?

What follows a warm March in Illinois? Out of curiosity I looked at the other nine years in the list of 10 warmest months of March on record in Illinois (earlier post). First, I looked at the temperature and precipitation … Continue reading

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Searching for March Records

If you are interested in daily and monthly weather records, there are a few excellent web sites that can help. NOAA National Climatic Data Center The NCDC site http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/records/ allows you to look at daily, monthly, and all-time records for sites in … Continue reading

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On Track for Record Setting March

March [updated March 30, 2012] Based on data through March 29, the statewide average temperature was 54.7 degrees, 14.1 degrees above normal. Of course, we still have March 30-31 to go but all indications are that the much above normal … Continue reading

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Trouble Ahead from the Warm Weather?

Illinois has just come off its third warmest winter on record. And the warm weather continues in March. The first 7 days have been 3.2 degrees above normal and the NWS forecast for the next 14 days shows high odds … Continue reading

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Third Warmest Winter for Illinois

Winter – Temperature It should be no surprise that this winter was one of the mildest on record for Illinois. “Winter” refers to the three key months of December, January, and February. This year the average winter temperature was 34.2 … Continue reading

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