March ended up being warmer than normal, and wetter than normal for most. For the entire State of Illinois, it was the 10th warmest March on record, 5.2 degrees above normal. This is the 7th straight warmer than normal month for Illinois. Below is a break down of central Illinois.
Champaign ended up with an average temperature of 47.5, nearly 8 degrees above normal for the month. Rainfall was at 2.27″, which was around a half inch below normal. We did record a trace of snow, but that was well below the 2.6″ we normallyy see in March.
Danville was warm as well with an average temperature of 48.9, nearly 7 degrees above the normal. There was more than 5.5 inches of rainfall, 2.5 inches above normal. No snowfall was recorded, and we normally see 2.7″ in March.
An average temperature of 47.7 was recorded for the month of March in Decatur, 5 degrees above the normal temperature. Precipitation was around 3.3 inches, around three quarters of an inch below normal. There was a trace of snowfall recorded, well below the 1.7″ of snow we normally see in March.
Temperatures averaged 49.8 in Springfield for March, just over 7 degrees above the normal. Total precipitation was 5.59″, double the normal 2.63″. Snowfall was just a trace, well below the 2.5″ that we normally see in March.