For Immediate Release August 2, 2002
July 2002: Hot and Dry in Illinois
| Jim Angel - (217) 333-0729, Fax: (217) 244-0220, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eva Kingston - (217) 244-7270, Fax: (217) 333-6540, email@example.com
Chicago especially struggled with hot weather in July due to the urban heat island. Within the urban area, Midway Airport reported 22 days of 90+ temperatures while O'Hare Airport to the west only reported 12 such days. Twenty-six of the 30 heat-related deaths in Cook County this summer were reported during July, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Grand Tower reported the warmest temperature for July, 103°F on July 10, and McHenry reported the coldest temperature, 47°F on July 14.
|July 2002 Precipitation (inches)|
The largest one-day total rainfall was at Piper City, 4.32 inches on July 29. Aledo reported the largest monthly total rainfall, 8.30 inches.
“While parts of Illinois received heavy rains in July, these rains were not widespread.
Rainfall that occurred was confined largely to western Illinois between the Wisconsin border and
Quincy and extending eastward in a narrow band across central Illinois (see figure). Substantial
portions of northern and southern Illinois had less than 2 inches rather than the nearly 4 inches
they normally receive in July. As a result, corn and soybeans in areas that received rain are doing
much better than those in areas that received little or no rain,” says Angel.
“Remember to drink lots of fluids and try to keep cool, but don’t expect relief any time
soon,” cautions Angel. National Weather Service forecasts are calling for another two weeks of
warm, dry conditions.
“Remember to drink lots of fluids and try to keep cool, but don’t expect relief any time soon,” cautions Angel. National Weather Service forecasts are calling for another two weeks of warm, dry conditions.