Wet Spring Dispels Drought in Illinois
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Illinois is still not completely out of the woods, recent Rainfall throughout
above-normal rainfall in March and April means that the drought in northern and
long-term precipitation deficits remain in that area, sub-surface soil
moisture, streams, and shallow groundwater have largely returned to near-normal
levels, according to the latest Water Survey drought update (http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/hilites/drought/).
Preliminary data for
"It's appears the status of water resources through out the state has improved significantly," said Drought Taskforce Chairman Gary Clark. "We are more encouraged that the state will be able to get through the upcoming summer months with out the need for further water conservation restrictions."
The statewide preliminary April mean temperature of 56.7 degrees was 4.5 degrees above normal, and the 9th warmest on record since 1895. The statewide temperature for 2006 is 41.8 degrees, 4.6 degrees above normal, and the 4th warmest January-April on record since 1895.
extremes ranged from 92°F at Hutsonville on April 16 to 21°F
the return to a more active weather pattern this spring, the La Niña
event in the
The drought taskforce will meet again on May 24th to assess water supply's state wide and will make any necessary recommendations at that time.
For the latest complete Drought Taskforce report, go to http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/hilites/drought/
Released simultaneously by Illinois Department of Natural Resources