August Was Slightly Warmer and Wetter than Normal
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"Preliminary data for
"As we all know, summer rainfall can be highly
variable. For example, this month O'Hare Airport at
August's statewide average temperature was 74.7°F, 1.1°F
above normal, and the
34th warmest August on record. Temperature
extremes ranged from 102°F at Kaskaskia on August 3 to 45°F
"Statewide, summer (June–August) temperatures and precipitation, respectively, averaged 74.5°F, 0.7°F above normal, and 12.25 inches, 0.69 inches above normal. Combined with a near-normal occurrence of days above 90°F, this summer could be characterized as very moderate. Year-to-date precipitation for 2006 averaged 28.01 inches, 1.32 inches above normal. Year-to-date temperatures averaged 56.8°F, 2.5°F above normal and the second warmest such period since 1895," says Angel.
The National Weather Service (NWS) outlook for September calls for equal chances of both temperature and precipitation above, below, or at normal. The September–October outlook indicates an increased chance of temperatures above normal and precipitation below normal. The outlook for this winter (December–February) calls for an increased chance of temperatures above normal and equal chances of precipitation below, above, or at normal.
"In any event, most of Illinois has avoided drought this year so we can expect to see more vibrant fall colors this year," concludes Angel.