(CHAMPAIGN) The Illinois State Water Survey reports a wet, record-breaking February 2018. The statewide average precipitation (rain and snow melt down) was exactly five (5.00) inches last month, which was 2.90 inches above normal. This year’s February precipitation beat the old record of 4.40 inches set in 2008 as statewide records go back to the year 1895. The highest reported monthly precipitation total was in Sreator with 11.45 inches, followed by downstate Cobden with 10.88 inches. While northern and far western Illinois received 3.00 to 5.00 inches, our southeastern Illinois total here at the WVLN-WSEI National Weather Service Weather Station, at the south edge of Olney, was 6.90 inches, one of the local Weather Station’s highest February totals on record. The statewide average temperature for February was 31.2 degrees, only three tenths of a degree (0.03) above normal, with a wide range of temperatures reported throughout Illinois.