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Piatt County School Districts were shut down Monday following a severe storm that dropped about 13.5 inches of snow on the Monticello area Sunday and Monday (March 24-25). For Monticello students, it added a week to their spring break.
Is the drought over?
It depends on who you ask. Climatologists say for most residents in Central Illinois, the answer is yes. But if you are a farmer, the answer is ‘not quite.’
January was warmer and wetter than normal, according to weather statistics from the Illinois State Water Survey.
Washington Elementary students are giving their pennies, while a local pastor uses his musical talent to help raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims. Meanwhile, Monticello resident Robin Whitted spent 14 days in New York servicing portable tents that housed some 700 emergency personnel who had responded in the aftermath of the storm.
Members of the U.S. armed forces are well-known for their international exploits, but the extent to which they help at home sometimes goes ignored.
Local governmental entities are taking extreme caution with workers as the mercury stays in the mid- to upper-90's this week.
For example, Monticello township workers are starting their day between 4:30 and 5 a.m. in order to get a full day in by 1 p.m., according to Township Road Commissioner Charlie Montgomery.
A storm front last week produced some tornadoes in Piatt County but caused little damage locally on the afternoon of May 1. The same system moved east and did cause damage to a pair of homes in Champaign County.
The unusually warm weather of the past week has brought out more than the daffodils. Golfers at the Monticello Golf Club work their way through the course on March 16 in the sunshine and 80-degree temperatures. Also on March 16, Monticello Township workers remove snow fencing from along a road east of town.
The weather service warned of winter weather conditions and although only a few inches fell, winds made roads treacherous on Thursday, Jan. 12. The first storm of the winter brought strong winds and slippery roads to the area. District 10 Illinois State Police began warning drivers of hazardous road conditions Thursday morning, and by evening had received more than 100 calls.