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Fall was fairly mild in Illinois

A forest in autumn with colorful leaves
Billy Freeman

Last month wrapped up a fairly mild fall in Illinois.

There were some pretty big temperature swings in November, which started off warm until a cold front blew through around November 11th.

State climatologist Trent Ford says Illinois finally got to enjoy a nice fall this year.

"So, September, October, November together is the fall season. The average statewide temperature was 54.1 degrees, which is only one-tenth of a degree below the 30-year normal. It was a very, very mild fall overall, very pleasant."

Ford says November precipitation was below normal, leaving this fall as the 28th driest on record in Illinois since 1895.

"The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor that was released last week still has severe to extreme drought in southern Illinois and moderate to severe drought in parts of central and even northern Illinois. Something like almost 90 percent of the state is in some form of abnormally dry or drought conditions."

Ford says despite the dry conditions, snowfall was above normal for areas south of I-80 last month.

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