Illinois Weather Trivia for February 26th
- Central Illinois experienced weather more typical of mid spring rather than late winter. Regional high temperatures were in the lower and mid 70s. A high of 75 degrees at Lincoln was a record for the month; other record highs for the date were established at Springfield, with 74 degrees, and Decatur, with 73. Severe thunderstorms moved through the region during the evening hours, producing hail as well as an 80 mph wind gust that extensively damaged the Macon County Fairgrounds near Decatur.
- The second major rainstorm in a week affected central and eastern Illinois. The heaviest rainfall, of over 2 inches, was found in east central parts of the state east of I-57. Rainfall of 1.63 inches at Springfield and 1.28 inches in Peoria fell on top of already saturated ground, further aggravating river flooding across the area.
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