February 2012 Climate Review

 

February 2012 continued the winter trend of seeing temperatures well above normal across Central and Southeast Illinois.  Similar to January, mean temperatures ranged from 3 to 7 degrees above normal.  Though precipitation was only slightly below normal, the warm temperatures allowed most of it to fall primarily as rain.  Snowfall amounts were generally only a few inches with the highest amounts falling near Interstate 70.  For the winter, snowfall was between a quarter and a half of what normally falls.  Peoria experienced temperatures only two days with high temperatures below freezing while Lincoln and Springfield escaped with only one day that remained below freezing.  A record high of 62 degrees was set in Springfield on February 6th.

Here are the climate summaries for area cities. Only Peoria, Springfield, and Lincoln are "official". The remaining summaries are "supplemental", meaning they are not the official observing station for that location. Here is the official Champaign-Urbana weather data for February 2012.

Illinois Snowfall Jan 2012Illinois Snowfall Departure from Mean Jan 2012

Above are maps of the total precipitation and precipitation departure from normal for February 2012 (Courtesy of the Illinois State Climatologist and NOAA's Midwest Climate Center).

Precipitation over Illinois January 2012 Precipitation departure from mean over Illinois Jan 2012

Above are maps of the total snowfall and snowfall departure from normal for February 2012.  Below are the winter season snowfall totals and percentage of normal. Both sets of maps are courtesy of the Illinois State Climatologist and NOAA's Midwest Climate Center.

IL Average Temperature Jan 2012IL Average Temperature Departure from Mean Jan 2012

Below are maps of the mean temperature and the departure from normal for February 2012 (Courtesy of the Illinois State Climatologist and NOAA's Midwest Climate Center).

IL High Temperature Average Jan 2012IL Average High Temperature Departure from Mean Jan 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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