Category Archives: Climate Monitoring

October Wetter Than Average for Illinois

Based on preliminary numbers*, the statewide average precipitation for October in Illinois was 4.5 inches, which is 1.2 inches above average. It was the 15th wettest October since 1895. The wettest October on record for the state was 1941 with … Continue reading

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Chance of a Repeat of Last Winter

Probably the most frequently asked question I get these days is “Will this winter be as bad as last winter?” I discussed this a bit in an¬†earlier post. The National Weather Service forecast does not show a repeat of last … Continue reading

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Illinois and US Tornado Statistics for 2014 So Far

Illinois Tornado Statistics So far, we have had 30 tornado reports in Illinois for 2014*, according to initial reports from the NOAA Storm Prediction Center. Nearly half of those were from the tornado outbreak of February 20th. Our five-year average … Continue reading

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Cool, Wet October Delays Corn Harvest

Here are the patterns of precipitation and temperature departures across the Corn Belt for October so far. The eastern half of the Corn Belt experienced both wetter and cooler than average conditions for the month. Meanwhile, the western Corn Belt … Continue reading

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October Cooler and Wetter Than Average So Far in Illinois

The statewide average temperature for October so far in Illinois is 56.5 degrees, 1.4 degrees below average. The statewide average precipitation for October so far is 2.5 inches. Here is the map showing how the precipitation has fallen in Illinois … Continue reading

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First Snow in Illinois

Originally posted on Illinois State Climatologist:
The other night we had a brief period of snow with no accumulation on the ground here in Champaign. However I did see some on my car for a few minutes (see right) before…

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Monthly Temperature and Precipitation Departures for 2014 for Illinois

Here are the monthly temperature and precipitation departures for 2014. September joins January, February, March, and July as much¬†cooler than average months. For precipitation, we noted last month that we were regularly alternating between wetter- and drier-than-average months in 2014. … Continue reading

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