Climate center: March set records
CHAMPAIGN – Much of the Midwest experienced the hottest March on record this year and Illinois had its warmest winter since 1895, a pair of climate-study agencies at the University of Illinois said Tuesday.
All that warm weather has some farmers and gardeners planting weeks ahead of schedule. It also comes with a warning: No matter how unlikely it may seem, April in Illinois and its neighbors could still bring plant-damaging cold.
In all, according to Midwestern Regional Climate Center, nine Midwestern states had their warmest March ever: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Average temperatures in the states ranged from 57.6 degrees in Kentucky to 42 degrees in Minnesota. The records that were broken had been set in either the mid-1940s or 1910 in all nine states.
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