Heavy rains in central Illinois drive up statewide average precipitation for October

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CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — Illinois' state climatologist says October was considerably wetter than the month usually is.

State climatologist Jim Angel said Tuesday the statewide average precipitation for the month was 4.5 inches. That's 36 percent more than the 3.3 inches of precipitation Illinois usually gets for the month.

But Angel noted last month was far from the wettest October on record. That came in 1941 when 9.06 inches of precipitation were recorded.

Central Illinois received the most precipitation last month. Angel said 6 to 8 inches of rain was common across the region.

Angel said the statewide average temperature was 54 degrees. That's just .1 degrees above average.

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