in Illinois was Warm and Wet
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[May 08, 2014]
CHAMPAIGN - The statewide average
temperature for April was 51.9 degrees, only 0.7 degrees below
average. While it continues the string of below-average months that
stretched all the way back to November, this month had the smallest
departure from average, according to Jim Angel, Illinois State
Climatologist at the Illinois State Water Survey, University of
The year-to-date statewide temperature was 31.2 degrees, which
is 6.6 degrees below average, making it the fourth coldest
January-April on record.
The statewide average precipitation for April in Illinois was
5.11 inches, 1.33 inches above the 1971-2010 average. This is
the wettest month for Illinois since June 2013. Harrisburg
reported a monthly total of 12.96 inches, the highest monthly
total in the state.
Snowfall was light in April and confined to the northeast
quadrant of the state. Amounts of 1 to 2 inches were common in
the Chicago area.
While southern Illinois received the most rain, some parts of
north-central Illinois were slightly below average. At this
time, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows Illinois to be drought-free
with only a small amount of “abnormally dry” conditions near the
Quad Cities area.
[Text received; Illinois State Water
Survey, Prairie Research Institute]