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7/10/2013 11:08:00 AM
From 2012 to '13, driest June becomes wettest
Last year, the record for driest June in Crawford County was broken.

This year, Mother Nature went to the other extreme and broke the record for wettest June.

A total of 10.34 inches of rain soaked the county during the month, according to Official Crawford County Weather Observer Ron Brock, Palestine. That bested the old record of more than 10.22 inches that fell in June 1944.

Measurable rainfall was reported on 16 of the month's 30 days, with the heaviest precipitation dumping 2.89 inches on the county June 1.

That storm alone completely washed away last June's rainfall total. Crawford County, listed as suffering from severe drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor, received only .55 inch during the month. The previous record of .64 inch was set in 1933.

June was also a good deal cooler than its 2012 counterpart. The average daytime high temperature during the month was slightly more than 80.93 degrees, down from 87.1 last year. Nights were a bit warmer, however; the average overnight low was almost 63.3 degrees, up from slightly more than 60 last year.

The hottest temperature of the month was 91, well bellow the sizzling high of 104, hit on both June 28 and 29, 2012. Most highs during the month this year and last were in the 80s. The mercury hit the 90s nine times last year, though.

The coolest temperature was 51, reported on the 4th. This was up from a low of 48 recorded June 2 last year. Most overnight lows were in the 60s this year and the 50s last year. The temperature never fell below 70 on two nights this year and six nights in 2012.

June 1933 may no longer be the driest, but it still may be the June hottest overall. The average daytime high temperature for the month was 93.7 degrees, while the overnight low was 65. Temperatures hit the triple digits six times during the month's final 10 days.

The hottest temperature was 103, reported on June 30. This fell short of the record of 108, reported June 20, 1953, and June 26, 1954.

The coldest June temperature ever in the county is 40, reported June 2, 1956.

A total of 7.14 inches of rain fell here in May. This was up from only 1.29 inches last year.

The single wettest day of the month, May 31, saw more precipitation than that alone. A total of 1.49 inches of rain fell here that day, following up on .37 inch that fell a day earlier. In all, measurable rain fell on 19 days during the month.

A total of 6.19 inches of rain fell during April.

The average May low was almost 56.1. The coldest temperature of the month was 37 on the 13th. Almost all May lows were in the 50s and 60s. The record low for May is 29, reported May 1, 1963.

Statewide average precipitation for June was 5.2 inches, which is nearly 1 inch above the 1981-2010 average. It was more than double the June 2012 total of 1.8 inches, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey.

The two wettest areas in Illinois were in northern Illinois and an area just south of Interstate 70. The highest monthly total in the state was Flora with 12.63 inches.

The area in northern Illinois was part of a larger area of heavy precipitation amounts in northeastern Iowa and southern Wisconsin. The area in southern Illinois extended into southern Indiana and Kentucky. Both regions had rainfall totals in excess of 8 inches and even 10 or more inches in some locations.

Most of the remainder of the state had close to average precipitation for June with 3 to 6 inches. The Midwest in general experienced a wet June, including the Ohio River Valley, which experienced drier conditions early in the month.

The year-to-date (January-June) statewide precipitation for Illinois was 28.7 inches, which was 8.9 inches above average and the wettest January-June on record. It is more than double the 12.7 inches accumulate in January-June of 2012 during the height of the drought.

The statewide average temperature in June was 71.5 degrees, which was 0.3 degrees below average.

The statewide average temperature for June 2012 was 72.9 degrees, a full degree above normal. It was still far behind the hottest June on record in Illinois, which was 1934 with a state-wide average temperature of 78.5 degrees.

The statewide average precipitation for June last year was 1.8 inches, which is 2.3 inches below normal and 43 percent of normal.

Statewide precipitation for May was 6.87 inches, 2.25 inches above the long-term average, making it the 12th wettest May on record. The wettest May on record was 1943 with 8.87 inches.

The statewide average temperature for May was 63.6 degrees, just 1.1 degrees above average.

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