End-of-June rainfall provides remarkable transformation
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[July 14, 2007]
CHAMPAIGN -- "The most
outstanding feature of June weather was the change from very dry
conditions the first 18 days to very wet ones the rest of the month.
As a result, crops, lawns and gardens recovered quickly from
abnormally dry conditions that began in May," says Jim Angel, state
climatologist, of the Illinois
State Water Survey, a division of the Illinois Department of
Statewide June precipitation in Illinois was 4.47 inches (0.39
inches above normal), and statewide temperatures were 72.7 degrees
(0.8 degrees above normal). "That's quite a switch from the first 18
days of June -- only 1.03 inches statewide, less than half the
2.42-inch normal for that period. The last 12 days of June had 3.44
inches, about twice the 1.66-inch normal," says Angel.
The National Weather Service July outlook calls for an increased
chance for below-normal temperatures in much of western Illinois.
Far western Illinois, around Quincy, also is expected to have an
increased chance for above-normal precipitation. "This predicted
pattern of cooler, wetter conditions in western Illinois is related
to the expectation of continued above-normal rainfall in Texas,
Oklahoma and Missouri," says Angel.
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The rest of the state will have equal chances for July
temperatures and precipitation above, below or near normal. The
July-September outlook calls for an increased chance for
above-normal temperatures but equal chances for precipitation above,
below or near normal.
Disclaimer: Data used for all statistics provided herein are from
the Midwestern Regional Climate Center and are based on preliminary
State Water Survey news release]