Illinois' November weather was colder, drier than usual

News-DemocratDecember 5, 2013 

November was colder and drier than usual in Illinois, according to the Illinois State climatologist.

The month was the fifth month this year with below-average precipitation for the state, according to Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist with the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since July, the state has received 12.2 inches of rain, which is 5.4 inches below average.

During November, the state received 2.6 inches of rain, which is 0.9 inches below the 1981-2010 average.

This year ranks as the 15th driest July-November on record, according to Angel. These statistics are in stark contrast to the first half of 2013, which was the wettest January-June on record, with 29 inches.

Snowfall was common in the northern half of the state in November. Snowfall amounts were heaviest in the northwest corner of the state and in the range of 4.0 to 4.6 inches in the Galena area.

The statewide temperature for November was 38.3 degrees, 4.2 degrees below average. While cold, it was far from the coldest November on record. That record stands at 33.6 degrees in 1976. Many places in Illinois experienced both springlike temperatures and winter chill in November.

The warmest day of the month was Nov. 17 as warm, moist air moved in from the south ahead of a strong cold front. This warm, moist air helped fuel the tornado outbreak. Twenty-five tornadoes ripped across the state that day. Two people died in New Minden in Washington County.

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