October in Illinois: cool and wet
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[November 05, 2012]
CHAMPAIGN -- October was cooler
and wetter than normal, according to Jim Angel, state climatologist
with the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois
The statewide average temperature was 52.2 degrees, 1.9 degrees below
normal. Most of the state reached lows of 32 degrees, and much of central and
northern Illinois was down to 28 degrees or colder, signaling the end of the
growing season for most outdoor plants.
The statewide average precipitation
was 3.9 inches, 0.7 inches above normal. The wettest area of the state was
between Quincy and Champaign, where precipitation totals ranged from 4 to 7
Some of the driest areas were in southern Illinois south of Interstate 64 and
in northern Illinois north of I-80. Some of that area had precipitation totals
of less than 3 inches.
The statewide average precipitation for January-October was 27.1 inches,
nearly 5.8 inches below average. This made it the 15th-driest January-October
and virtually tied with 2005. The driest was in 1901 with 22.0 inches. The
second-driest was 1988 with 22.1 inches.
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The statewide average temperature for January-October was 58.9
degrees, 3.4 degrees above normal. That made it the second-warmest
on record. The warmest was 1921 with 59.2 degrees.
"Soil moisture and stream flows in many areas have begun to
recover from this summer's drought, thanks to the rains and cooler
temperatures. We should see further improvements in November," Angel
[Text from file received from
State Water Survey]