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Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.

How 'normal' was April 2012 weather?

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

APRIL 2012 WEATHER

Soil Temperature

Air Temp

4" (Bare)

4" (Sod)

(°F)

-------------------------------(°F)--------------------------------

Monthly average high

66

65

57

Monthly average low

40

52

52

Observed high (date)

86 (2)

75 (2)

63 (4)

Observed low (date)

25 (11)

42 (22)

47 (21)

2012 PRECIPITATION (in inches)

Since January 1

Month

Monthly Total

Monthly departure from average

Total accumulation

Total departure

January

0.89

-0.63

0.89

-0.63

February

1.48

-0.06

2.37

-0.69

March

1.63

-0.90

4.00

-1.59

April

1.90

-1.98

5.90

-3.57


Like January, February and March 2012, temperatures in April were above average and precipitation was below average. Specifically, the average high temperature in April was 3.5 °F higher than the 17-year average and the average low temperature was 1.2 °F above normal. The rain that was forecasted for the end of April did not come close to replenishing the deficit that we have had this year. We had 1.98 inches less rain in April than normal. At the NWIARDC, our total departure from normal for the year was -3.57 inches at the end of April. May has been wetter, with 3.23 inches of rain during the first 8 days alone!


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