Significant snowfall in the north and then heavy rains over the past couple of weeks pushed February into the record books says state climatologist Jim Angel.
Angel said the rain and water content of snow for the month of February was 5 inches even, which is 2.9 inches above normal. That amount beat the old record of 4.4 inches, set in 2008.
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All that rain helped to alleviate drought conditions, although portions of southwestern Illinois are still rated abnormally dry. Temperatures on average were about normal, although they varied wildly throughout the month.
Temperatures varied quite a bit, but the statewide average temperature for February was 31 degrees, which is about normal.