Saturday, July 14, 2007
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End-of-June rainfall provides remarkable transformation           Send a link to a friend

[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 Natural Resources.

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 data.

[Illinois State Water Survey news release]


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