It is probably not shocking news to find out that the first 8 months of 2014 have been both cooler and wetter than average for Illinois.
The statewide average temperature for January-August was 50.8 degrees, 3.5 degrees below the 1981-2010 average and tied with 1924 as the fifth coolest on record.
The statewide average precipitation for January – August was 28.79 inches, 1.46 inches above average and the 34th wettest on record.
Here is what the precipitation departures look like through the end of August. Several areas in northeast and east-central Illinois have precipitation departures of 6 to 12 inches above average in the shades of blue, and a few areas with 12 to 16 inches above average. Areas in green are 2 to 6 inches above average. Only a few small areas in tan/beige are 2 to 4 inches below average.