February in Illinois was Slightly Warmer than Normal
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois temperature for February was 33.2 degrees, 2.3 degrees above average, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.
Illinois' warmer winter weather for the three months of December, January, and February was reported as the 7th warmest on record. The statewide temperature was 33.5 degrees, 4.4 degrees above average. The statewide precipitation the winter months was 8.94 inches, 2.12 inches above average and the 11th wettest on record.
February precipitation was normal, with 1.38 inches, only 0.68 inches below average. Most of the state received between 1 to 2 inches of precipitation during the month, except for the southeast where 2 to 4 inches were more common.
Snowfall was widespread across Illinois in February. However, the amounts were relatively light in northern, western, and southern Illinois and in the range of 2 to 5 inches of snow. There was a band of heavier amounts from St. Louis to Chicago thanks to the winter storm on February 24. Monthly totals in that area were 5 to 10 inches of snow.
The Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a division of the Prairie Research Institute, is the primary agency in Illinois concerned with water and atmospheric resources.