Category Archives: Climate Monitoring

May Update, Cool with Near-Normal Rains

Looking at the latest numbers for May to date, Illinois is 3.5 degrees cooler than normal. Rainfall is within an inch of normal for most areas. Click on the  images to enlarge.

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Outlook for Summer, Fall in Illinois

The National Weather Service released their latest outlooks for this summer and fall today. Looks like a warmer summer and fall may be in store for Illinois. Transition from El Niño to La Niña Most models predict the end of … Continue reading

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Chilly Week in Illinois

Temperatures over last weekend and early this week have been cooler than normal. How much cooler? Here are the average high temperatures from May 13 to May 18 as a departure from normal. The values range from 6 to 9 … Continue reading

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Cooler, Wetter Soils in Mid-May

The Illinois State Water Survey put out the following press release today by Dr. Jennie Atkins, the director of our program that measures the soil moisture and soil temperatures in the state … Cooler, Wetter Soils in Mid-May 5/16/2016 Source:   Jennie … Continue reading

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Wet Start to a Normally Wet Month

Rainfall On average, May is the wettest month of the year in Illinois with a statewide normal of 4.62 inches. And so far, this May is living up to that reputation. The two maps below show the rainfall totals through … Continue reading

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Soggy Two Weeks for Illinois?

The NWS released their latest Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) out to 7 days. It shows Illinois with potential amounts of 0.75 inches (blue) to 2.5 inches (purple). Also their 8 to 14 day forecast shows Illinois with an increased chance … Continue reading

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Dry Spot in West-Central Illinois

Illinois has had a persistent dry spot in west-central Illinois since the beginning of 2016. Here is a map of the precipitation departures from normal for the last 90 days. The band from Quincy to Peoria is about 2 to 4 … Continue reading

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