April 2018: 2nd Coldest on Record.

Is anyone really shocked? Insulting snows and bitterly cold temperatures while also racking up a moisture deficit by the end of the month. Remarkably we did manage to hit 82 degrees before we closed the month. Several multi-day stretches of dry weather also compounded a growing short-term drought by the end of the month. 
 
Temperatures: 7.9° below normal. (Normal: 50.4°)
Precipitation: 2.44″ below normal. (Normal: 3.61″)
Snowfall: 3.3″ above normal. (Normal: 0.9″)
Here’s a look at the more detailed statistics.
Our Sterling station is located approximately 1 mile north of the city off Science Ridge Road.
Our Dixon station is located at Distinctive Gardens in Dixon.

Climate data for our Sterling weather station

Climate data for our Dixon weather station

Andrew Stutzke was born and raised in beautiful Sterling, Illinois. As a young child, he was continually fascinated by the weather, especially thunderstorms. Often times he could be found glued to the television watching The Weather Channel. Upon entering high school it was clear what his area of study would be once he started college. After graduating from Sterling High School in 2004, he attended Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois where he received his Associate of Science degree in 2010. In 2016 he received his B.S. in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University.

Andrew is currently the Friday and Saturday evening meteorologist at WIFR-TV in Rockford, IL.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys listening to the latest Alt-Rock and Indie music, storm spotting, walking the many paths around the area, and spending time with family.