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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