NOAA: Dry, slightly warm January for Illinois

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ILLINOIS -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its climate data for January 2016.

While January came with several cold snaps for Illinois, they were balanced with an equal number of warm days throughout the month. In Decatur, the warmest day came January 31 with highs in the low 60s. This helped put the state's average temperature (highs and lows over all 31 days) at 26.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.4 degrees above average. This puts  the month in the middle of 122 years of data, coming in 70th.

More notable was the lack of rain and snow across the state. On average, only .86" of precipitation fell statewide compared to the normal of 2.13". Decatur finished slightly above the state average, but still below normal, with 1.04" of precipitation. For Illinois, January 2016 ends up being the 14th driest month on record.

With one of the strongest El Niños on record, these numbers come as no surprise. A typical El Niño winter for the Midwest is mild and dry. For more climate data, visit: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/climate-monitoring/

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