Illinois farmers are getting nervous that the long, cold and wet spring will delay the planting season.

The Illinois state climatologist says 2017 was the sixth warmest year on record in the state with an average temperature of 54.3 degrees, or 2 degrees above normal.

Experts say heavy rain and flooding affected northern Illinois in July while the central and southern parts of the state saw dry weather that caused crop damage.

Flood levels along two northern Illinois rivers looked to be falling after flooding this week but another round of rain has them rising again.

Illinois saw an average statewide precipitation of slightly more than 7 inches last month, making it the second-wettest April on record. January through April also was the warmest on record, with an average temperature of 44.5 degrees. That's 5.4 degrees above normal.

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Flood warnings remain for large sections of central and southern Illinois after weekend storms brought as many as 10 inches of rain.  Officials at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale say a four-story housing unit on campus saw up to 12 inches of flooding on its first floor over the weekend. About 180 students had to be relocated for the last two weeks of the semester.

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The Illinois State Police has issued a winter weather travel advisory for this weekend. State Police along with the Department Transportation are urging motorists that travel may be impacted by freezing rain and sleet today through Sunday.

  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The state climatologist says Illinois set a record for June rainfall with a statewide average of 9.53 inches last month. State Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois says the total was 5.33 inches above the average June rainfall. He says the second wettest June on record was 8.27 inches of rain in 1902. June also came just 0.09 inches of being wettest of any month on record for Illinois. September 1926 had 9.62 inches of rain. Angel says a monthly total of 17.20 inches was reported near Ashkum in Iroquois County.


Rain or snow could fall across a big swath of the nation's midsection as holiday travel gets underway.

Roof being repaired on state governor’s mansion

Jul 14, 2014

It took the state seven months and two big storms, but the roof on the governor's mansion in Springfield is finally being repaired. Rainwater seeped into two bedrooms on the third floor of the historic home in late May.

Meteorologists say flooding is imminent across Il

Jun 25, 2014

Rainfall amounts this month are more than double what they were last year, and experts say this means flooding is imminent. IPR's Mariam Sobh reports.

Area rivers are rising across Illinois and neighboring states. Bill Morris is with the National Weather Service. He says the average amount of rain expected in June is right around 4 inches.

Peoria deals with the thaw

Feb 18, 2014

Peoria drivers and pedestrians are dealing with slushy conditions as the snow continues to melt. City of Peoria road crews are now preparing to handle the steady streams of water crossing sidewalks and roadways. Peoria City Streets manager David Haste says commuters shouldn’t have too much difficulty driving during the heat of the day.

More rain could result in additional flooding

May 2, 2013

The National Weather Service says more flooding could occur in the area as rain is expected from today through the weekend. Up to three inches of rain could fall with the slow moving storm system causing renewed flooding in creeks and smaller river basins. Stay tuned to Peoria Public Radio for the latest on the weather.