Cooling The Past In Illinois


By Paul Homewood

Steve Goddard has been regularly reporting how NOAA temperature adjustments have been making this winter appear less cold than it really has been.

For instance, in this post, he reports that NWS have declared December to March as the coldest 4-month period on record in Chicago. Yet, according to NOAA it is only the 4th coldest.

The State Climatological Reports have now been published for December, so we can now check individual stations in detail, and see how they stack up against NOAA’s claims.

According to NOAA, December 2013 was the 28th coldest since 1895 in Illinois.


We can drill this down into individual divisions, and the chart below is for Division 2, the Northeast Division which includes Chicago.


In this division, December 2013 ranks 21st coldest, and ties with December 1977 at 21.8F.

But how do the individual stations listed in the State…

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