Fifth Warmest November and Second Warmest Fall in Illinois, Illinois State Water Survey

ISWS Press Release

For Immediate Release December 2, 2016
Fifth Warmest November and Second Warmest Fall in Illinois
Jim Angel, Ph.D. - (217) 333-0729,
Lisa Sheppard - (217) 244-7270,

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - November 2016 was the 5th warmest November on record for Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

The statewide average temperature in November was 47.4 degrees, 4.9 degrees above normal.  The warmest November in Illinois was in 2001 with an average of 49.9 degrees.

This year also had the 2nd warmest fall (September, October, and November) on record for Illinois. The statewide average temperature for fall was 59.4 degrees, 5 degrees above normal. Only the fall of 1931 was warmer at 59.8 degrees.

The statewide average precipitation for November was 2.51 inches, 0.96 inches below normal. Most of the state had below-normal precipitation with the driest spots in southern and western Illinois. The largest monthly total for November was 4.29 inches near Gibson City, IL, in Ford County.

The statewide average precipitation for fall was 8.20 inches, 1.74 inches below normal. Although dry, it was far from setting a record. The driest fall on record was in 1953 with only 3.93 inches of precipitation.

Several sites in northern Illinois reported a trace of snow, but only one site reported measurable amounts, Wonder Lake in McHenry County, with 0.1 inches.


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.

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