CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) ó The warmer-than-usual winter left nine Midwestern
states with their warmest March on record, and in Illinois the first three
months of the year were the warmest three winter months since 1895.
The Midwestern Regional Climate Center and Illinois Water Survey in
Champaign on Tuesday said that Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan,
Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin all had record warmth for March.
Average temperatures in the states ranged from 57.6 degrees in Kentucky to
42 degrees in Minnesota. Previous records were set in either the mid-1940s
or 1910 in all nine states.
The Water Survey says the statewide average temperature across Illinois from
the January-to-March period was 40.9 degrees. Thatís more than nine degrees