No Drought Relief from Low October Rainfall, Illinois State Water Survey

Press Release

For Immediate Release November 3, 2005
No Drought Relief from Low October Rainfall
Jim Angel - (217) 333-0729, Fax: (217) 244-0220,
Eva Kingston - (217) 244-7270, Fax: (217) 333-6540,

"Preliminary data for October indicate that rainfall averaged 1.26 inches (1.61 inches below normal), failing to relieve drought conditions across central and northern Illinois. Rainfall since March statewide averaged 19.69 inches, 9.53 inches below normal and Illinois' fourth driest March–October since 1895. It was also the driest March–October on record in northeastern Illinois, which had only 15.79 inches since March (12.65 inches below normal). Tuscola had the highest one-day precipitation total (2.50 inches on October 21), and Windsor had the highest monthly total (3.52 inches)," says State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey (, a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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 (

"October 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 Mt. Carroll on October 28.

"The 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 Illinois. Last winter both temperatures and precipitation were above normal in Illinois by 3.3 degrees and 2.24 inches, respectively," says Angel.

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