For those of us in Central Illinois for whom the beans and tomatoes seemed to struggle this past growing season, it seems we just experienced an anomalous cold 12 months. And it sounds like as we prepare for next year, trends predict we shouldn’t expect another similar cold summer.
Annual temperature in Illinois
Based on preliminary numbers, 2014 was the 4th coldest year on record for Illinois. The statewide average temperature was 49.4° F and 2.9° F below average. It was tied with 1912 and 1979 for fourth place. The statewide records go back to 1895. Here is the breakdown for the four coldest:
- 1917: 48.3° F
- 1904: 48.9° F
- 1924: 49.2° F
- 1912, 1979, and 2014: 49.4° F
What happened to global warming?
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