Rainfall above Normal over Much of Illinois during Warm September
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averaged 3.91 inches (0.73 inches above normal), but rainfall since
March averaged 18.90 inches, 7.12 inches below normal and Illinois' sixth
driest March–September since 1895. While most of the state enjoyed the extra rainfall
in September, rainfall north of I-80 was only 2.79 inches, 0.54 inches below
Across the state, rainfall has remained below normal since March 1. For example, Chicago O'Hare Airport received only 12.8 inches (11.9 inches below normal); Rockford, 16.1 inches (10.5 inches below); Moline, 10.9 inches (16.3 inches below); Peoria, 13.2 inches (11.5 inches below); Quincy, 15.4 inches (10.6 inches below); Springfield, 16.0 inches (8.1 inches below); Champaign, 21.3 inches (6.8 inches below); and Carbondale, 21.7 inches (5.7 inches below).
"While good rains in August and September have
alleviated drought conditions in portions of central and southern
Now that October has arrived, the first fall frost becomes a concern
for gardeners. Based on 1971–2000 averages, that usually occurs between October 7 (northern
Angel points out that the actual frost date varies quite a bit each year. "For planning purposes, one can expect the first frost within two weeks of those dates," says Angel.