February unusually warm and dry in Knox County

It was a historically warm, dry February for the Galesburg area.
Metrologist with the National Weather Service Kirk Huettl says La Nina patterns in the Midwest for most of the winter made for a mild, dry season.

He says Galesburg experienced the 3rd warmest and 7th driest warmest February in the hundred plus years of recorded temperatures.

Huettl says a mild winter doesn’t necessarily indicate a mild spring although the outlook is looking that way.

“Currently the monthly outlook does go with the trend of about 40 to 45 percent chance of above normal temperatures for March, April and May so at least the mild weather we’ve had the last couple months it looks like that pattern could continue,” Huettl says.

He adds that lack of precipitation in the winter months tends to add moisture to the soil.