Spring in Illinois, Warm with Wet and Dry Patches

Climatological spring is defined as March, April, and May. Here are how things looked this Spring for precipitation and temperatures. For most of Illinois, precipitation in Spring was close to the 1981-2010 average (normal) with some wet areas in northeast and southern Illinois. Temperatures ended up on the warm side for Spring.

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The accumulated precipitation in spring, ranging from 15-20 inches far southern Illinois, to only 5-7.5 inches in small patches near the Illinois River. Most of the state was either 10-15 inches (dark green) or 7.5 to 10 inches (medium green).
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The Spring precipitation departures from normal show wet and dry areas of the state. Areas in southern and northeast Illinois were wetter with with amounts 2 to 6 inches above normal (darker shades of green). Areas in western Illinois were 2 to 6 inches below normal. The rest of the state was within 2 inches of normal. 
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The temperature departures from normal for Spring show that most of the state was running 1 to 2 degrees warmer than normal. Obviously, there were some stretches of colder than normal weather during Spring but the warmer than normal temperatures prevailed. 
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