Category Archives: Climate Monitoring

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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April Temperature and Rainfall in Illinois

Updated May 2, 2016.  Rainfall Here are the April rainfall and departure from normal maps. In general, the northern half of the state has received 1.5 to 4 inches of rain, while the southern half has received 4 to 7 inches … Continue reading

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Seasonal Outlook for Illinois

The National Weather Service released their seasonal outlook today. Here is their discussion of the outlooks. Hmm, I thought they were retiring the all-caps style. BOTH OCEAN AND ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS ACROSS THE EQUATORIAL PACIFIC OCEAN INDICATE A CONTINUED WEAKENING EL … Continue reading

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Corn Belt – April Cold; Dry West, Wet East

Here are the conditions across the Corn Belt for April so far. Except for the western edge of region, temperatures in the Corn Belt have been well below normal for April (left panel). Meanwhile, precipitation has been slightly above normal in MI, … Continue reading

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Mid April Ag Weather Update

The latest NASS report from USDA pegs the percent planted at 2 percent. In recent trips around Illinois I have seen very little field work of any kind, except around Quincy. Here are a few things we are seeing in … Continue reading

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Corn Growing Degree Day Tool

As I posted  last week, we are finishing up a 5-year USDA project called Useful to Usable (U2U), which is designed to provide a set of decision support tools for corn farmers. The tools can be found at http://www.agclimate4u.org, which redirects … Continue reading

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April off to cold, wet start in Illinois

After the warm March, April is off to a cold, wet start in Illinois. Currently the statewide average temperature in Illinois for the first 7 days of April is 3.3 degrees below average. And precipitation across the state is near to … Continue reading

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