September temperatures were - get this - below average

CHAMPAIGN — After 11 consecutive months of above-average temperatures — some months as much as 15 degrees above normal — Champaign-Urbana had a below-normal September.

The mean temperature locally was 65 degrees, 1.2 degrees below normal, according to the Illinois State Water Survey. The average high was 2.4 degrees below normal; the average low was 0.4 degrees below normal.

January-July 2012 was warmest ever

CHAMPAIGN — With seven consecutive months of above-average temperatures, 2012 is now the warmest-ever January through July period in Champaign-Urbana weather history.

Local full-year weather records go back to 1889.