Category Archives: Climate Monitoring

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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Wet Weather Continues in Illinois, Could Delay Harvest

October is off to a wet start and the wet weather is expected to continue over the next 14 days for Illinois. This could have an impact on the already slow fall harvest season in Illinois. The USDA NASS report … Continue reading

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September Was Cool and Wet for Illinois

Highlights September was 1.5 degrees cooler than average and 0.88 inches wetter than average for Illinois. Year to date temperatures were 3.3 degrees below average and the 6th coolest January-September on record. The year to date precipitation was 32.91 inches, … Continue reading

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When Is Fall? Astronomical, Meteorological, Climatological?

No doubt today (September 22) will be announced as the “first day of fall” because of the fall or autumnal equinox. However, that concept refers to the date when we get equal amounts of daylight and dark.  I don’t think … Continue reading

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