As you prepare your seed orders for this year, here’s the Climate Prediction Center’s take on temperatures and precipitation for the coming year. While taking it with a grain of salt, as all such predictions are calculated guesswork, I think there’s reason to expect we won’t be seeing the cool summer of last year.
Last week, the Climate Prediction Center released their outlooks for February and beyond. There is nothing exciting to report for Illinois. Both the outlook for February and the 3-month outlook for February-April have us in “EC” or equal chances of above, below, and near-average temperature and precipitation. See map below (click to enlarge). That’s not bad news – it means there are no increased risks of a colder than average winter.
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