Metro-East News

February broke state rainfall records with wild temperatures

Last month was the wettest February on record for Illinois, according to scientists at the University of Illinois.

February saw a statewide precipitation of 5 inches, which is 2.9 inches more than the usual rate for February and beat the previous record of 4.4 inches set in 2008.

The precipitation is calculated for rain and the water content of snow, according to Illinois State climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey. Rainfall records in Illinois go back to 1895.

Northern Illinois and Chicago got the worst of it this February. Streator, which is about an hour outside Chicago, had the highest monthly precipitation with 11.45 inches. The highest snowfall was in Aurora, which saw 26 inches of snow.

Northern Illinois in general received between 10 and 25 inches of snowfall, which is above normal, but areas south of Springfield reported less than an inch of snow.

Meanwhile the statewide average temperature was 31.2 degrees, which is barely 0.3 degrees above average. However, temperatures varied wildly: Fulton saw a temp of -16 degrees on Feb. 7, while Belleville registered 83 degrees on Feb. 15.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald