Winter is over – at least for the people who study the weather. Meteorological winter consists of December, January and February, so the data are in: In Illinois, it was cold, but not super cold, says state climatologist Jim Angel at the University of Illinois. “What’s funny about this winter, while it was certainly cold, especially with the cold weather in February, it was kind of counter-balanced by what we saw in December, so it ended up only being about the 30th coldest on record, so unlike last year, which was one of our coldest on record, this one was much milder,” he said.
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Winter overall in Illinois averaged 26.1 degrees, 7.5 below normal. February, though, averaged 18.6 degrees, which is 12.3 below normal, making it the seventh-coldest February in 125 years of statewide record keeping.
Snowfall data aren’t kept statewide, but Angel says there was a lot, especially in Southern Illinois.