November 2013 in Illinois — cold and dry
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[December 05, 2013]
CHAMPAIGN — November 2013 will
always be remembered for the tornado outbreak on Nov. 17 that, based
on the latest reports, produced 25 tornadoes across Illinois. While
not as dramatic, overall weather conditions for the month of
November were colder and drier than average, according to Jim Angel,
state climatologist at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie
Research Institute, University of Illinois.
Statewide average precipitation was 2.6 inches, 0.9 inches below the
1981-2010 average. This is the fifth month with below-average
precipitation for Illinois. Since July, the statewide precipitation
has totaled 12.2 inches, 5.4 inches below average.
This year ranks as the 15th-driest July-November on record. These
statistics are in stark contrast to the first half of 2013, which
was the wettest January-June on record, with 29.0 inches.
Snowfall was common in the northern half of the state in
November. Snowfall amounts were heaviest in the northwest corner of
the state and in the range of 4.0-4.6 inches in the Galena area.
The statewide average temperature for November was 38.3 degrees,
4.2 degrees below average. While cold, it was far from the coldest
November on record. That record stands at 33.6 degrees in 1976. Many
places in Illinois experienced both springtime temperatures and
winter chill in November.
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The warmest day of the month was Nov. 17, as warm air moved in from
the south ahead of a strong cold front. The warm, moist air helped
fuel the tornado outbreak.
Just one week later, low temperatures dropped down into the teens.
For example, Chicago O'Hare Airport reported a high of 69 degrees on
Nov. 17 and a low of 11 degrees on Nov. 24. That's a 58-degree
change in temperature in seven days.
[Text from file received from
State Water Survey]
The Illinois State Water Survey at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a division of the
Prairie Research Institute, is the primary agency in Illinois
concerned with water and atmospheric resources.