February: More Rain, Less Snow, Illinois State Water Survey

ISWS Press Release

For Immediate Release March 3, 2009
February: More Rain, Less Snow
Jim Angel - (217) 333-0729, jimangel@illinois.edu
Lisa Sheppard - (217) 244-7270, sheppard@illinois.edu

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – February statewide precipitation averaged 2.45 inches, 0.52 inches above normal. Ft. Massac State Park reported the highest monthly precipitation total of 6.03 inches, according to State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey (http://www.sws.uiuc.edu).

Meanwhile, statewide snowfall was below normal; only the northern part of the state received any significant amounts. Barrington reported the highest snowfall total of 8 inches. Amounts in the range of 3 to 7 inches were common in the wider Chicago area.

The statewide average temperature was 31.4 degrees, 1.2 degrees above normal. The cold spot in the state in February was McHenry with a low of minus 9 degrees, while the warmest spot was Cairo with a high of 72 degrees.

The Illinois State Water Survey, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, is the primary agency in Illinois concerned with water and atmospheric resources.

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