Drought Conditions Worsen in Dry February
| Jim Angel - (217) 333-0729, Fax: (217) 244-0220, email@example.com
Eva Kingston - (217) 244-7270, Fax: (217) 333-6540, firstname.lastname@example.org
"The statewide February mean temperature of 31.5 degrees was 1.4 degrees above normal—cooler than January's 39.1 degrees but warmer than December's 26.7 degrees. Usually January is the coldest winter month, and, this is only the 12th time since 1895 that January was warmer than both December and February. The statewide average winter temperature of 32.4 degrees was also the 12th warmest winter on record , 4.3 degrees above normal," says Angel.
extremes ranged from 71°F at Du Quoin on February 16 to -16°F
"We are in worse shape than last year, which had a very wet January, 3.42 inches above normal. Lack of adequate precipitation this winter means that soil moisture, streams, lakes, and groundwater have not yet recharged after last year's drought, making. timely precipitation even more critical this year. The Water Survey will continue to monitor the situation and post updates (http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/hilites/drought/),"concludes Angel.