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Monthly Temperature and Precipitation Departures Since 2011

Here are the monthly temperature and precipitation departures for the state of Illinois since 2011. Departures are from the long-term average (1981-2010).  A few of the outstanding features were: outstanding warming from July 2011 to July 2012; a wet start … Continue reading

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Temperatures and Precipitation By Month in 2013

Here are the monthly temperature and precipitation departures from the long-term average by month in Illinois for 2013. After a warmer-than-average January, temperatures have been below-average in February, March, and April. Monthly precipitation has been above-average in January, February, and … Continue reading

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April 4th Wettest On Record

Precipitation This April was the 4th wettest on record for Illinois with 6.90 inches, based on the preliminary numbers. That was 3.13 inches above the long-term average of 3.77 inches. To show you how wet it was, this April easily … Continue reading

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Trouble Continues on the Missouri River

The US Corps of Engineers put out a press release today on the continued problems on the Missouri River due to the drought. From the release, Based on the current soil moisture and snowpack conditions, 2013 runoff in the Missouri … Continue reading

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The Tale of Two Winters – One Dry, One Wet

We have had a remarkable contrast in the last two winters in terms of precipitation. While both winters have been relatively quiet in terms of snow (at least up until the last week), this winter has made up for it … Continue reading

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New Climate Prediction Center Outlooks

On February 20, the NWS Climate Prediction Center released their new outlooks for March and beyond. Below are the maps for March, spring (March to May), and summer (June to August). The overall theme for Illinois is an increased chance … Continue reading

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USDA Report Reflects Impact of Drought in Illinois

Last week the Illinois office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service released their report on crop yields in Illinois. The full report can be found here. As expected, the Illinois corn yield for 2012 was only 105 bushels per acre, … Continue reading

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