January Was Warmer, Wetter than Usual
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"Despite the recent cold spell, statewide January temperatures of 29.5°F were 4.7°F above normal, and precipitation of 3 inches was 1.07 inches above normal, based on preliminary data. Temperatures were well above normal the first half of January (12.7°F above) and slightly below normal the second half (2.8°F below), the third consecutive month with above normal temperatures. November–January temperatures were 4.2°F above normal, the 7th warmest such period on record since 1895," 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.
"January was the seventh consecutive month with normal
to above normal precipitation across much of
Statewide, January heating degree days (HDDs), a measure of home heating demand, were 12 percent below normal, 1099 HDDs statewide compared to the 1247 HDD normal. For the 2006–2007 heating season, beginning July 1 and through January 31, statewide HDDs were 8 percent below normal and averaged 3195 HDDs, compared to the 3458 HDD normal.
Extremes for January were quite dramatic. Temperatures
ranged from 62°F at Grayville on January 1 to -8°F at
The National Weather Service outlook for February–March
calls for an increased chance of temperatures above normal across
"In a typical