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Drought Impacts Continue into Fall

Drought re-intensified in Illinois at the end of the growing season and has increased the fire and blowing dust risk as we approach harvest. River levels have also dropped near ...

August Wraps up a Mild and Drier Summer

The preliminary statewide average August temperature was 73.5 degrees, 0.1 degree above the 1991–2020 average and tied for the 63rd coolest on record going back to 1895. The preliminary statewide ...

Drought Eases in Illinois

The 2023 drought has been the most extensive and intense in Illinois in the last 10 years. In mid-July, two-thirds of the state was in at least moderate drought, which ...

July Brought Sweetcorn… and Floods, Drought, Heat, Smoke, and Tornadoes

The preliminary statewide average July temperature was 75.3 degrees, 0.1 degrees below the 1991–2020 average and tied for 64th warmest on record going back to 1895. The preliminary statewide total ...

Illinois Falls into Drought

Following a fairly wet start to 2023, most of Illinois has experienced well below normal precipitation between April and June. In this summary, we review the evolution of the 2023 ...