August 2011 was another hot and dry month across central Illinois as the drought continued to expand through the area during this month. Lincoln and Springfield, IL had their 2nd driest August on record with 0.55 and 0.25 inches of rainfall respectively. High temperatures of 90 degrees or higher were fairly common over the area in August, though not quite as many days as July. Some specific counts for area cities:
Decatur (airport) -- 12 days
Lawrenceville (airport) -- 11 days
Lincoln -- 5 days
Bloomington (airport) -- 6 days
Peoria -- 7 days
Springfield -- 13 days
Champaign (airport) -- 6 days
Mattoon (airport) -- 9 days
Check out the Drought Update for Central Illinois updated Sep 1.
Some highlights in the area:
* An excessive heat warning was in effect for central and western IL Aug 1-2 with a heat advisory in eastern IL. A heat advisory was in effect from Lincoln southwest on Wednesday Aug 24. Springfield reached 99F and Lincoln reached 96F on Aug 24th & 31st. Decatur airport reached 98F, Lawrenceville airport reached 97F and Mattoon airport reached 96F on Aug 24th.
Individual August 2011 Climate Summaries:
Individual Summer 2011 (Jun-Aug) Climate Summaries:
For additional climate information:
Illinois State Climatologist Office: http://www.isws.illinois.edu/atmos/statecli/index.htm