For Immediate Release July 7, 2006
Dry June in Illinois
"Preliminary data for Illinois indicate that June's 3.49 inches of
precipitation was 0.59 inches below normal. The driest region between
Interstates 70 and 80 generally had 2.5 to 3.5 inches or even less at some
locations, and rainfall in the Quincy
area was near normal. Precipitation in northeastern and much of southern Illinois was above
normal. Summertime rainfall just varies a lot," says
State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey (http://www.sws.uiuc.edu),
a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Soil moisture, streamflows, and shallow groundwater
levels are much below normal in west-central Illinois. Despite the wet March and April
with a combined total of 8.53 inches, 1.51 inches above normal, precipitation
was below normal statewide in May and June. The largest deficits in western and
are up to 3 inches or more below normal.
71.4°F statewide June temperature was 0.5°F
below normal. Temperature extremes ranged from 40°F at Mt. Carroll
on June 10 to 98°F at Hutsonville on June 21. Paris reported the heaviest one-day
precipitation, 4.27 inches on June 19, and also the highest monthly total, 6.64
"If we get substantial rains weekly, such as those
we've already had in July, we should be ok. Conditions in areas that were dry
in May and June could deteriorate rapidly after even a week or two of hot, dry
weather. The Water Survey is monitoring this closely and has a more detailed
report on current conditions of water resources in Illinois on the Web (http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/hilites/drought/DTFSummary20060706.pdf),"