October: Warm and Dry in Illinois
|Jim Angel, Ph.D. - (217) 333-0729, email@example.com|
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - October was warmer and drier than average in Illinois. The statewide average temperature was 55.8 degrees, 1.7 degrees above average, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
The statewide average precipitation was 1.47 inches, 1.79 inches below average and the 22nd driest October on record. Even so, there were a few areas on the border with Iowa and Kentucky that received 2 to 3 total inches of precipitation. The two largest monthly totals came from Stockton and Orion, IL, both reporting 3.47 inches of precipitation for October.
The outlook for November, according to the National Weather Service, shows an increased chance for above-average temperatures across Illinois and the Midwest. The outlook shows an increased chance for above-average precipitation for the southern two-thirds of Illinois. This is part of broad area of expected wetter conditions across the southern U.S.
Meanwhile, the northern third of Illinois has equal chances for above, below, and near-average precipitation.
The Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a division of the Prairie Research Institute, is the primary agency in Illinois concerned with water and atmospheric resources.