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Jun 09 | Weekly Climate Review & Weather Forecast

The first month of summer began with summer-like temperatures. Average temps this week were in the upper 60s to low 70s statewide, 2 to 7 degrees above normal. Daytime high temperatures regularly reached into the upper 80s and low 90s, but the lack of humidity and drought helped push nighttime temperatures into the 50s and even 40s at times. The official numbers for May and climatological spring came out this week. Last month was just about 1 degree above normal,…

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Reminder: University of Illinois 2023 Weed Science Field Research Tour

The weed science program at the University of Illinois invites all weed management practitioners to our annual weed science field tour on Wednesday, June 28 at the Department of Crop Sciences field research location known as the Clem Farm, located at 1114 County Road 1200 East, Champaign. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the tour will start at 9:00 a.m. Preregistration is not required, but please let us know in advance if you will be bringing a large group of participants so we can plan accordingly for meals.…

Drought Spreads Across Illinois as Dry Weather Continues

Dry conditions continue to worsen in Illinois as drought spreads across the state, according to Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford at the Illinois State Water Survey.
The U.S. Drought Monitor now shows the Chicagoland area, much of central Illinois, and areas along the Missouri border from Quincy to St. Louis are in moderate drought, and the northern two-thirds of the state are characterized as abnormally dry.
Among the many impacts of drought conditions, lawns, gardens, and trees have begun to show moderate to significant moisture stress in northeast and central Illinois.…

Jun 02 | Weekly Climate Review & Weather Forecast

Mark us down for another oddly pleasant weather week. Average temperatures this week ranged form the low 60s in northern Illinois to the high 60s in southern Illinois, 1 to 2 degrees above average. The dry air helped daytime high temperatures push into the mid 80s, and allowed nighttime temperatures to dip into the 40s across the state, including 40-degree lows in Aurora and Normal. The month of May to date has been 1 to 3 degrees above normal statewide.…

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