Category Archives: Climate Monitoring

January – Wild Temperature Swings and Dry

Summary: January in Illinois finished out at 26.7 degrees, 0.3 degrees above average. Both precipitation and snowfall were below average. The statewide average precipitation (rain plus water content of snow) was 0.85 inches, 1.22 inches below average. Snowfall was below … Continue reading

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What is the Risk of Drought for 2016 in Illinois

In an earlier post we examined the NWS Climate Prediction Center forecasts through next summer¬†that included the statement, “Illinois has a higher risk of being both warmer and drier than average through mid-summer. There is an increased risk of being … Continue reading

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Latest Seasonal Outlooks – Warm and Dry

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) released their seasonal outlooks today. Illinois has a higher risk of being both warmer and drier than average through mid-summer. There is an increased risk of being warmer than average in late summer and … Continue reading

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Second Warmest, Third Wettest Year in US

The National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) reported that the US experienced the second warmest and third wettest year on record, based on records going back to 1895. Temperature What is amazing to me is that all of the lower … Continue reading

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Temperature Swings in January in Illinois

The old statistical joke is that a person with one foot in the fire and one foot in a bucket of icewater feels comfortable – on average. That describes Illinois for January. In round numbers, the first 9 days were … Continue reading

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Where Is the Snow in Illinois?

So far this winter, central and southern Illinois have seen little or no snow. Here are the totals through January 6¬†for this winter. Areas north of I-80 have seen amounts in the 10-15 inch range, which is close to average. … Continue reading

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Warm, Wet December Finishes a Wet Year

Illinois experienced record or near-record conditions in 2015. Here is the breakdown by category. Overall, Illinois started out 2015 on the cold side but finished with the warmest December on record. However, to me the outstanding feature of 2015 was … Continue reading

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