Category Archives: Climate Monitoring

February – East Freezes While West Warms

While Illinois and the eastern half of the US freezes, temperatures in California and the West are well above average this month. Here is the map of temperature departures from average for the first 25 days of February. This pattern of … Continue reading

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February On Track To Be Among The Coldest on Record for Illinois

February 2015 is on track to being one of the coldest February’s on record for Illinois. Data through February 24 puts the statewide average at 19.4° F. This is 11.5°F below average and slightly colder than last February’s 19.4°F. Before … Continue reading

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Will Spring Ever Get Here? Yes It Will.

With snow this weekend and another round of cold temperatures expected in coming weeks, it feels like spring will never get to Illinois. But it will arrive someday – I promise. In coming weeks, many will point to the spring … Continue reading

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Outlook for March – Cold in Illinois

The NWS Climate Prediction Center released today their outlook for March and beyond. There is still a 50-60 percent chance of El Niño showing up in the next few months but likely to be both weak and short-lived. I do … Continue reading

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Three Dog Night for Illinois As Extremely Cold Air Arrives

A cold-air outbreak is expected to impact a large part of the US east of the Rockies. Lows tonight expected to drop below zero tonight (first map) across Illinois and most of the Midwest. These extremely cold temperatures will come … Continue reading

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February Snowfall in Illinois

Much of the southern third of Illinois received between 1 and 12 inches in this last winter storm. The highest amount reported was 12.5 inches at Smithland with several other stations reporting in the 7 to 8 inch range, including … Continue reading

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Now You See It – Now you Don’t, Drought Monitor Removes D0 in Illinois

There is an inside joke for those of us who work with the folks at the US Drought Monitor. If you want to make it rain (or snow), just put an area in D0 “abnormally dry” and the heavens will … Continue reading

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