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[JUNE 4, 2004]
just had the eighth wettest May and the seventh warmest spring since
1895," says Jim Angel, state climatologist with the
Illinois State Water Survey,
a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Rainfall during May throughout the
state averaged 7.52 inches, 176 percent of normal. Temperatures this
spring averaged 54.8 degrees, 2.7 degrees above normal.
"Seesawing from the 20th wettest March
to the 10th driest April to this wet May contributed to 2004 being
the 22nd wettest spring since 1895," says Angel. Overall, March-May
precipitation averaged 13.87 inches, 123 percent of normal.
"May temperatures averaged 65.5 degrees
statewide, 2.7 degrees above normal, the 19th warmest May since
1895," says Angel. Temperature extremes during May ranged from 24
degrees at Streamwood on May 3 to 95 degrees at Kaskaskia on May 8.
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The National Weather Service calls for
equal chances of above-normal, below-normal and normal
precipitation, with a slightly increased chance of
warmer-than-normal temperatures this summer in southeastern
"Historically, wet, warm springs do not necessarily mean wet or warm
summers. Still, this abundant soil moisture should provide a buffer
against any dry spells this summer. We’ll just have to wait and see
what records, if any, we’ll be setting this summer," concludes
State Water Survey news release]