Hard to believe with this below freezing temperatures that the state of Illinois has declared that 2017 was the 6th Warmest Year in recorded history.
Now living in the mid-west, warm to us could mean a degree or 2 warmer with more humidity, but according to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the average temperature in February 2017 was 41 degrees, which is 10 degrees above normal. During this same period of time, Chicago saw warmer temps, as well in the 60s and 70s for a few days.
But wait, it gets even more odd, August was one of the coolest on record where the average temperature was just above 70. That set another record for 2017, where Illinois had their 10th coolest month in recorded history.
So what does it all mean? Just a bunch of cool stats that we can talk about next year after we get through 2018. At this point, you would think 2018 will at least show January as one of the coolest on record.
One thing I like to consult is the Old Famer’s Almanac. My family laughs at me, but it has predicted just about every weather event we have seen. Like the warmer October and November we saw in 2017.
Here is a snapshot for January and February. Let’s see how close we come.
|Jan 1-5||Flurries, frigid|
|Jan 6-12||Sunny, mild|
|Jan 13-19||Rain, then sunny, mild|
|Jan 20-22||Snow showers, cold|
|Jan 23-31||Rain, then sunny, mild|
|January||temperature 34° (5° above avg.)
precipitation 2″ (1″ above avg.)
|Feb 1-4||Snow, then sunny, cold|
|Feb 5-11||Rain and snow, then flurries, cold|
|Feb 12-20||Sunny, turning mild|
|Feb 21-28||Rainy periods, mild|
|February||temperature 32° (1° above avg.)
precipitation 1.5″ (avg.)
Looks to be on track so far, what say you