January in Illinois – Wet Despite the Lack of Snow

The preliminary numbers are in and the statewide precipitation was 3.9 inches, 1.9 inches above average. Most of the state was in the 3 to 6 inch range except for some drier areas in central and western Illinois. It was wettest in southeastern Illinois with several sites with over 6 inches, including Smithland Lock and Dam on the Ohio River with 9.7 inches. By the way, the precipitation amount includes both rain events and the water equivalent of any snow.

Snowfall for January was below average and ranged from 6.5 inches in the northwest corner to zero in far southern Illinois (second map).

Even though January finished with below-average snowfall, it was offset with above-average rainfall in many areas. The impact of these rains were discussed in an earlier post.  As a result, the U.S. Drought Monitor has reduced the area in drought or abnormally dry conditions since January 1 (last figure) by 11 percent.

The statewide temperature for January was 28.7 degrees, four degrees above average. It was far short of the warmest January on record that was established in 2006 with 37.9 degrees and followed closely by 1933 with 37.7 degrees.

January precipitation (rain plus water content from snowfall).
January precipitation (rain plus water content from snowfall).
January Snowfall for Illinois.
January Snowfall for Illinois.
Change in the US Drought Monitor for Illinois through January 2013.
Change in the US Drought Monitor for Illinois through January 2013.
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