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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 ...

Drought Worsens in a Very Dry June

The statewide average June temperature was 71.6 degrees, 0.6 degrees below the 1991–2020 average and the 52nd warmest on record going back to 1895. The statewide total June precipitation was ...

Drought Worsens in Illinois

Dry conditions have persisted through May and into the first two weeks of June. While some parts of Illinois have received beneficial rain in the past week, totals have mainly ...

Drought Takes Hold After a Warm and Dry May

The preliminary statewide average May temperature was 63.7 degrees, 0.4 degrees above the 1991–2020 average and tied for the 46th warmest on record going back to 1895. The preliminary statewide ...