Warm, Dry Summer Follows Warm, Wet Spring
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“Statewide, September temperatures averaged 69.2°F (3°F above average), and July–September temperatures averaged 74.2°F (2.3°F above average). September precipitation was 2.17 inches (1.01 inches below average), and July–September precipitation averaged 9.21 inches (1.45 inches below normal). The 6-month period from April–September was the 20th wettest and 26th warmest since 1895. The year-to-date statistics also show this as the 26th wettest and 11th warmest January–September since 1895.
“The one bright spot was that southeastern Illinois benefited from rains from remnants of Tropical Storm Isadore. In fact, southern Illinois was the only region where precipitation was near average,” says Angel.
Hutsonville reported the warmest temperature, 100°F on September 8. Princeville, Monmouth, and Mount Carroll all reported the coldest temperature, 33°F on September 24. Harvard reported the largest one-day rainfall total, 2.68 inches on September 20. Grand Chain Dam reported the largest monthly total, 5.83 inches.
National Weather Service long-range outlooks call for an increased chance of warmer conditions in November–January continuing into February–April and an increased likelihood of drier conditions in December–February continuing into March–May. “These forecasts are based on past behavior of El Niño events. However, the current El Niño event has been weak, which means that warmer and drier conditions are less likely to occur in Illinois,” says Angel.