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Climatologist: Illinois sees wettest February on record

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois climate experts said the state saw its wettest February on record this year.

Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel said statewide average precipitation was 5 inches last month. That's 2.9 inches above normal. The measurement beats the old record of 4.4 inches in February 2008.

Streator had the highest reported monthly precipitation total at 11.4 inches. Cobden had 10.8 inches. Aurora had the highest monthly snowfall total at 26 inches. Chicago Heights had 25.5 inches of snow.

Angel said northern Illinois saw between 10 and 25 inches of snow, while the rest of the state saw little snow. He said areas south of Springfield had less than an inch for the month.

The highest temperature recorded during February was 83 degrees in Belleville. The coldest temperature was Fulton's 16 degrees below zero.

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