Illinois Drought - 2005 Archive, Illinois State Water Survey

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The 2005 Illinois Drought - Dry conditions in 2005 reached a historic level of severity in some parts of Illinois and ranked as one of the three most severe droughts in Illinois in 112 years of record. The timing of the dryness during the spring and summer, when water demand and use are high, ensured substantial impacts on agriculture and other sectors. The drought also had several unusual characteristics. The drought area was long and narrow, extending from south Texas to the Great Lakes, but within the Midwest, the drought had relatively minor impacts on states other than Illinois. A record number of remnants of hurricanes and tropical storms passed through Illinois during July, August, and September, substantially ameliorating drought conditions in portions of central and southern Illinois. Crop yields were surprisingly high in parts of the state, perhaps providing evidence of increased drought resistance in modern varieties and the benefits of timely rains.
The 2005 Illinois Drought, Kunkel, Kenneth E (editor), James R. Angel, Stanley A. Changnon, Roger Claybrooke, Steven D. Hilberg, H. Vernon Knapp, Robert S. Larson, Michael Palecki, Robert W. Scott, Derek Winstanley., 2006 Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL, ISWS IEM 2006-03

 
 
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Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (May 5, 2006, Illinois Commerce Commission) - May 5th update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Illinois Drought Update (April 20, 2006, Drought Response Task Force) - According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, portions of western Illinois along the lower Illinois River and northeastern Illinois in the Chicago area remain in a "moderate" drought (category 1 in their 4-category drought classification). Much of northern, western, and southwestern Illinois are considered "abnormally dry".

Illinois Drought Task Force Meeting Minutes (March 22, 2006, Drought Response Task Force) - Minutes from the Illinois Drought Task Force Meeting on March 22, 2006.

Illinois Drought Update (March 22, 2006, Drought Response Task Force) - Statewide, the period March 2005 through February 2006 has been the driest March-February period in the last 75 years. Despite normal to above normal March precipitation, much of northern and western Illinois remains in a severe drought.

Illinois EPA Division of Public Water Supplies Drought Report (March 3 , 2006, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Community water supply updates for the Rockford, Elgin , Champaign, Springfield, Collinsville, and Marion regions.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (March 3, 2006, Illinois Commerce Commission) - March 3rd update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Illinois Drought Update (February 9, 2006, Drought Response Task Force) - Statewide precipitation in 4 of the 7 months since July 2005, including January 2006, has been above normal. It would be easy to conclude that the drought is over. Yet severe precipitation deficits in much of northern and central Illinois in March-June 2005 still leave their mark in January 2006 as low streamflows, depleted soil moisture, and low groundwater and reservoir levels.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (February 3, 2006, Illinois Commerce Commission) - February 3rd update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Illinois Drought Update (January 6, 2006, Drought Response Task Force) - Extreme to severe drought persists throughout most of northern Illinois and is evident in record low precipitation since March 2005, low streamflow, low soil moisture, and low groundwater levels.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (January 4, 2006, Illinois Commerce Commission) - January 4th update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (December 2, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - December 2nd update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

USGS Drought Update Handout (December 1, 2005) - Below normal 7-day average streamflow of basins in the United States as compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year and more information that relates to the current drought.

Illinois Drought Update (December 1, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - The precipitation deficit has increased across northern Illinois and decreased in eastern and southern Illinois.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (November 18, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - November 18th update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (November 4, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - November 4th update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Illinois EPA Division of Public Water Supplies Drought Report (October 17 , 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Community water supply updates for the Rockford, Elgin , Champaign, Springfield, Collinsville, and Marion regions.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (October 21, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - October 21st update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (October 7, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - October 7th update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (September 29, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - September 23rd update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

USGS Drought Update Handout (September 28, 2005) - Below normal 7-day average streamflow of basins in the United States as compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year and more information that relates to the current drought.

Illinois Drought Task Force Meeting Minutes (September 10, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - Minutes from the Illinois Drought Task Force Meeting on August 26, 2005.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (September 9, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Illinois Drought Update (September 7, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - The drought has worsened over much of the northern two thirds of Illinois. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of northern and western Illinois remains in a severe or extreme drought.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (August 26, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

USGS Drought Update Handout (August 26, 2005) - Below normal 7-day average streamflow of basins in the United States as compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year and more information that relates to the current drought.

Illinois Drought Update (August 26, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of northern and western Illinois remains in a severe or extreme drought.

Illinois EPA Division of Public Water Supplies Drought Report (August 25, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Community water supply updates for the Rockford, Elgin , Champaign, Springfield, Collinsville, and Marion regions.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (August 19, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Illinois Drought Task Force Meeting Minutes (August 18, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - Minutes from the Illinois Drought Task Force Meeting on August 3, 2005.

Illinois EPA Division of Public Water Supplies Drought Report (August 16, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Community water supply updates for the Rockford, Elgin , Champaign, Springfield, Collinsville, and Marion regions.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (August 12, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Illinois Department of Public Health Drought Update (August 5, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - Comparison of 2004 - 2005 Data for Wells Permitted and Installed for the Period of April Through July.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (August 5, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (August 4, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Illinois EPA Division of Public Water Supplies Drought Report (August 4, 2005, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency) - Community water supply updates for the Rockford, Elgin , Champaign, Springfield, Collinsville, and Marion regions.

Illinois Drought Update (August 3, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - According to the US Drought Monitor (July 26), most of Illinois remains in a state of moderate to extreme drought, with extreme drought in northern and northwestern Illinois extending into northeastern Missouri.

Illinois Drought Task Force Meeting Minutes (July 22, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - Minutes from the Illinois Drought Task Force Meeting on July 22, 2005.

Illinois Drought Update (July 22, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - According to the US Drought Monitor (July 19), most of Illinois is in a state of moderate or severe drought, with extreme drought in Northern Illinois and extending down the Illinois River Valley.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (July 22, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Community Water Supply Drought Report (July 20, 2005, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency) - Community water supply updates for the Rockford, Elgin , Champaign, Springfield, Collinsville, and Marion regions.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (July 15, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

Community Water Supply Drought Report (July 13, 2005, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency) - Community water supply updates for the Rockford, Elgin , Champaign, Springfield, Collinsville, and Marion regions.

Illinois Drought Task Force Meeting Minutes (July 7, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - Minutes from the Illinois Drought Task Force Meeting on July 7, 2005.

Community Water Supply Drought Report (July 7, 2005, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency) - Community water supply updates for the Rockford, Elgin , Champaign, Springfield, Collinsville, and Marion regions.

Illinois Drought Update (July 7, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - According to the US Drought Monitor, most of Illinois is in a state of moderate or severe drought, with extreme drought in North Central and North Eastern Illinois.

Investor-Owned Water Utility Drought Report (July 7, 2005, Illinois Commerce Commission) - Update of the effects of the drought on investor-owned water utilities.

 
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Illinois Drought Update (July 6, 2006, Illinois State Water Survey) - According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of Illinois is free of drought. Only portions of west-central Illinois remain "abnormally dry", with a very small area south of Moline in "moderate drought".

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Streamflow Maps (July 4, 2006, Center for Watershed Science) - Maps describing current Illinois streamflows, based on provisional discharge data obtained from the USGS, as compared to historical flow records.

Illinois Drought Update (October 27 , 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - So far, October has not seen the relief needed from the current drought situation.

Illinois Drought Update (October 12 , 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - The impact of the tropical storm season on the Illinois Drought.

March-September data (October 5, 2005) - Tables describing dryest March-September periods in Illinois and within Illinois climate divisions since 1985.

Rainfall above Normal over Much of Illinois during Warm September (October 4, 2005) - September temperatures averaged 70.6°F statewide (4.4° above normal), making this the seventh warmest September since 1895 and the third warmest September on record in northeastern Illinois.

Illinois Drought Update (October 3 , 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Revised data and figures regarding the 2005 drought.

Illinois Drought Update (September 28, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Most of Illinois experienced another wet week as a cold front pushed through on Friday and the remains of hurricane Rita moved in on Sunday.

Illinois Drought Update (September 21, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Widespread rains fell across Illinois this week, leading to a state-wide average of 1.58 inches

Illinois Drought Update (September 14, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Very little rain has fallen since the Drought Response Task Force meeting of September 7.

Illinois Drought Update (August 31, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - State-wide rainfall for the week of August 25-31 was 0.89 inches, 8 percent above normal. Much of southern Illinois received above-normal rainfall especially from the remains of hurricane Katrina.

Illinois Drought Update (August 24, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Another week of rains across Illinois resulted in a state-wide rainfall total of 0.94 inches, which is 140 percent of normal rainfall for this past week (Aug. 18-24).

Illinois Drought Update (August 17, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Rains were widespread across Illinois since last Wednesday, producing 1.92 inches of rain.

Illinois Groundwater Update (August 17, 2005) - Shallow groundwater levels in Illinois remain below average.

Illinois Drought Update (August 10, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Conditions deteriorated this week as only 0.34 inches of rain fell statewide, 36 percent of normal, during the period from August 4-10.

Illinois Drought Update (August 3, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Since last Wednesday, no significant rains fell in Illinois. Temperatures remained near-normal across the state.

Illinois Drought Update (July 27, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - A strong cold front pushed through Illinois on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing widespread rains across the state as well as relief from the hot, humid weather.

Hot Conditions in Illinois - Summer 2005 (July 25, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - The highest temperature reported in Illinois was 117°F in East St. Louis on July 14, 1954. Temperatures over 100°F occur, on average, twice a year in the south and once a year in the north.

Illinois Drought Update (July 19, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Since the last Drought Response Task Force meeting on July 7, here has been the precipitation developments in Illinois. (4 additional precipitation figures)

Illinois Drought Update (July 14, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - The remnants of Hurricane Dennis moved into Illinois early in the week. As a result, light to moderate rain has fallen over virtually the entire state.

Illinois Drought Update (July 7, 2005, Drought Response Task Force) - According to the US Drought Monitor, most of Illinois is in a state of moderate or severe drought, with extreme drought in North Central and North Eastern Illinois.

Drought Update (July 7, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Some rain fell over Illinois over the 4th of July weekend. Southern Illinois south of I-70 received amounts of 1 to 2 inches over large areas. The rest of the state received amounts of less than 0.5 inches.

Drought Update (June 29, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Another dry week in Illinois (June 23-29) leads to a further worsening of conditions in the state. Statewide rainfall this week was 0.26 inches, or 27 percent of normal.

Drought Update (June 22, 2005, Illinois State Climatologist) - Virtually no rain fell in Illinois in the last week (June 16-22), leading to a worsening of conditions in the state.

Illinois Drought Update (State Water Plan Task Force Meeting - June 21, 2005) - With little or no rain anticipated in the next 10 days, the period from March to June 2005 is expected to be the third driest March-June period in Illinois since 1895.

 
Past ISWS Press Releases - ARCHIVE Current Illinois Drought-Related Press Releases   top
 

December Plunges Illinois into Deep Freeze (December 21, 2005)

Summer Heat (Illinois State Climatologist)

Warmer, Drier April Could Follow Cool, Dry March (April 5, 2005)

Past Drought Press Releases - Selected past ISWS press releases about drought.

Wet Spring Dispels Drought in Illinois (May 3, 2006)

Precipitation doesn't equal above average water levels (February 15, 2006)

No Drought Relief from Low October Rainfall (November 3, 2005)

Governor Blagojevich's Drought Response Task Force reports on dry conditions (July 7, 2005)

Nearly 50 Counties File Drought Reports (July 1, 2005)

Tenth Driest June: Precip Just Half of Normal (July 1, 2005)

Governor Announces Drought Response Task Force Activated (June 26, 2005)

Dry May Wraps Up 4th Driest Spring on Record (June 2, 2005)


CURRENT INFORMATION
 

 
Contacts top
 

Jim Angel, State Climatologist - (217) 333-0729 jimangel@illinois.edu.

Steve Hilberg, Midwest Regional Climate Center - (217) 333-8495 hberg@illinois.edu.

Vern Knapp, Center for Watershed Science, Surface Water - (217) 333-4423 vknapp@illinois.edu.

Al Wehrmann, Center Groundwater Science, Head - (217) 333-0493 alex@illinois.edu.

 
Contacts for Technical Information top
 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Water Resources (IDNR)

Arlan Juhl, Director - (217) 785-3334 Arlan.Juhl@illinois.gov

Frank Pisani - (217) 557-8243 Frank.Pisani@illinois.gov

Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fisheries (IDNR)

Debbie Bruce - (217) 524-4111 Debbie.Bruce@illinois.gov

Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA)

Tom Jennings, Director - (217) 785-4195 Tom.Jennings@illinois.gov

Steve Chard - (217) 785-2661 Steve.Chard@illinois.gov

Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC)

Bob Bensko, Homeland Sec. - (217) 524-5049 bbensko@icc.illinois.gov

William Marr, Water Dept. - (217) 524-5017 wmarr@icc.illinois.gov

Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)

Trent Thompson - (217) 557-4794 Trenton.Thompson@illinois.gov

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Public Water Supplies (IEPA)

Rick.Cobb, Deputy Manager - (217) 785-4787 Rick.Cobb@illinois.gov

Dave McMillan, Manager - (217) 785-4787 Dave.McMillan@illinois.gov

Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health (IDPH)

Jerry Dalsin - (217) 524-4136 Jerry.Dalsin@illinois.gov

United States Geological Survey, Illinois Water Science Center (USGS)

Douglas Yeskis, Director - (217) 328-9706 djyeskis@usgs.gov


Current Drought Information

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