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May 22, 2018

5/7/2018 1:39:00 PM
April (snow) showers topped 3"
More snowflakes than raindrops fell on Crawford County in April.

According to the National Weather Service, more than 3.19 inches of snow was reported here during the first full month of spring. Only a little more than 1.46 inches of rain fell on the county.

Perhaps fittingly, most of the snow - about 3 inches - fell April 1, April Fools' Day. Another .19 inch fell the next day. It didn't hang around long; temperatures rose into the mid-40s both days and hit the upper 60s April 3.

A trace amount of snow fell April 8. Flurries fell on the 16th but there was no accumulation.

The heaviest rain dropped .35 inch here April 23. Another .01 inch fell April 24. Another .43 inch fell between April 3 and 6.

No snow fell here during April 2017, but the county was soaked by 6.69 inches of rain. Most of it was reported during the last five days of the month. Fields and township roads were submerged and County Road 200E was closed south of Green Briar because flood waters were closing in on the pavement.

The heaviest rainfall of the month dumped 1.58 inches on the county April 28. That was on top of .64 inch that fell during the previous two days. Another 2.08 inches fell over the next two days.

In March, a total of 3.69 inches of rain was reported here during March, with 2.08 inches of the total falling in just the final six days of the month. The heaviest rainfall of the month dropped .93 inches of rain here on March 24.

No measurable snowfall was reported, but flakes were often spotted mixed among the raindrops March 20.

The heaviest March snowfall on record occurred March 7, 1978. Ten inches of new powder fell atop an estimated 7 inches of old accumulation. Strong winds caused much drifting.

The average daytime high in April was 55.6 degrees, down from 68.9 degrees last year. The warmest temperature of the month was 72, reported April 30. It was considerably cooler than the high of 83 reported April 14, 2017.

Most high temperatures during April were in the 60s, compared to last year when they were split between the 60s and 70s. It never warmed up enough to get out of the upper 30s April 4, 7 and 16. The mercury never rose out of the 50s on seven days in 2017, but hit the 80s on five others.

The average overnight low was more than 35.7, down from 46.2 in 2017. The coldest temperature of the month was 23 on the 8th. The coldest April 2017 temperature was 31 and occurred on the same date.

Most April lows were in the 20s or 30s. This was down from the 40s a year earlier. The temperature dropped below freezing 13 times during the month. Last year, it dipped into the 30s six times during the first half of the month but only fell to freezing or below two times. The temperature never fell below 62 on the last day of the month.

The April record high of 92 was reported April 18, 1958. A low of 18 was reported April 1, 2001, breaking a 62-year record.

The average March high was 48.9 degrees. The hottest temperature of the month was 62, reported March 19. Most March highs were in the 50s. It never warmed up to more than 39 on the 20th this year, while last year the mercury rose to 70 or warmer four times.

The average March low was 31. The coldest temperature of the month was 20, reported on both the 9th and 14th. Most lows were in the 30s, although temperatures were at freezing or colder 21 nights.

The hottest March temperature on record is 84, set March 22, 1939. The March record low is 12 below zero, set March 6, 1960.

The statewide average temperature in April was 44.7 degrees, 7.9 degrees below normal, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey. It was the second coldest April on record, back to 1895, beaten only by 43.1 degrees set in April 1907.

The lowest temperature reported in Illinois for April was 1 below zero at both Avon and Lincoln April 2. At the other extreme, temperatures reached into the 80s at times during the month. The warmest reading was 86 degrees at Kaskaskia on April 13.

The statewide average precipitation for April in Illinois was 2.46 inches, 1.32 inches below normal. In general, areas in the north and west had lower precipitation totals and were part of a larger area of below-normal precipitation that extended into Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and beyond. Precipitation is the combination of both rainfall and the water content of snow.

The largest monthly total precipitation was reported in Metropolis with 6.73 inches. On the other extreme, the Quincy Airport reported only .63 inch for the month, which reflects the other low totals in the area.

Snowfall was widespread across Illinois in April, which is highly unusual. Parts of central Illinois received more snow than northwest Minnesota. Snowfall was above normal across most of the Midwest. The largest reported monthly total in Illinois was 12 inches at Augusta in Hancock County.

The statewide average precipitation for April 2017 was 7.01 inches, 3.23 inches above normal and the second wettest April on record. Three of the top five wettest Aprils since the late 1800s have been since 2011, indicating a wetter trend in recent years.

The statewide average temperature for April 2017 was 56.4 degrees, 3.8 degrees above average and the 11th warmest April on record.

The statewide average precipitation for March was 4.03 inches, 1.07 inches above normal. The snowfall pattern for March was largely the result of one storm on March 24 and 25 that extended from the Quad Cities to Danville. The largest monthly snowfall total for March was 11.4 inches at Eureka. The rest of the state saw little snow in March.

The statewide average temperature was 38.7 degrees, 2.6 degrees below normal.

Meanwhile, AccuWeather is looking forward to what the summer will bring to Illinois and the Midwest.

Short-term periods of high heat will blast the region in June, though temperatures will bounce up and down throughout the summer, AccuWeather Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.

Severe weather will also target the first month of the season.

"June, I think, will be the month for the severe weather in the northern Plains," Pastelok said. "It could linger a bit into July, but it will take a break before coming back in August."

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