No Drought Relief from Low October Rainfall
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data for October indicate that rainfall averaged 1.26 inches (1.61 inches below
normal), failing to relieve drought conditions across central and northern
Across the state, rainfall has been below normal since March 1. For example, Chicago O'Hare Airport received only 14.2 inches (13.2 inches below normal); Rockford, 13.9 inches (15.3 inches below); Moline, 12.0 inches (18.0 inches below); Peoria, 14.7 inches (12.8 inches below); Quincy, 17.6 inches (11.6 inches below); Springfield, 19.0 inches (7.7 inches below); Champaign, 22.6 inches (8.3 inches below); and Carbondale, 22.6 inches (7.2 inches below). Check the ISWS' drought Web site for regular updates (http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/hilites/drought/).
temperatures averaged 55.5°F statewide (0.8 degrees above normal).
This also is the fifth consecutive month of temperatures above normal and the tenth
warmest June–October on record. Extremes ranged from 92°F degrees at
Hutsonville on October 5 to 20°F at
National Weather Service's November outlook calls for an increased chance of temperatures
above normal but is noncommittal about precipitation. Their winter prediction also
is noncommittal about precipitation and temperatures for