The winter that wasn’t — that’s how meteorologist Dan Hicks with Freese-Notis Weather described December through February.
“If you look at data back to 1895, it ranked as the sixth warmest December through February for the lower 48 states as a whole,” he said during a Tuesday visit with RFD Radio. “Here in Illinois, it ranked as the ninth warmest since 1895, just about five degrees above normal.”
The real wintery conditions were short-lived in Illinois and there were an abundance of days where temperatures were well above normal.
The first 10 days of March are following that trend.
“We’re running about 4 to 8 degrees above-normal,” Hicks said. “We really haven’t had any cold weather to speak of this month in much of the Midwest.”
Some areas of the state recorded their first major precipitation event of the month on Monday and that mainly came in the form of rain.
“We saw a lot of quarter to one inch rainfall amounts across Illinois,” Hicks said. “Some areas in the northern and central parts of the state saw more than an inch.