Just like the famous song from Queen, "another one bites the dust" we are having weather records bite the dust. We have set over northern Illinois new latest snow records, new latest cold records, consecutive days without snow records, etc. The record book is definitely tatered looking from all the rewrites. Actually, the computer keys are being given a good work-out with all the new typing.
The year 2012 will go down as the warmest year on record for Rockford and Chicago. The current preliminary data shows the entire state of Illinois just concluded the 2nd warmest year on record, missing the old record by only .1 degrees. The year was also the 10th driest statewide. As is shown in the graphic from the Illinois State Water Survey, precipitation for some parts of the state was 12- 16 inches below normal. Details here.
For the Chicago area, we will continue mostly dry in the immediate future. A few flurries are possible tonight. A little light rain or snow is possible Saturday night. After that it looks totally dry until at least the middle of next week. After our current chilly days, the weather will warm up. Lower to middle 30s expected for the weekend and highs well into the 40s next week as mild Pacific air spreads over the country.
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