2012 was 2nd warmest, 10th driest year in Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The state
climatologist says 2012 was Illinois'
second warmest and 10th driest year on record.
Climatologist Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water Survey says the
average temperature statewide in 2012 was 55.5 degrees. That's 3.3 degrees
above normal. 1921 holds the record as the warmest year at 55.6 degrees.
Illinois averaged just
more than 30 inches of rainfall in 2012 -- about 10 inches below normal. The
Illinois State Water Survey says that makes last year the 10th driest since
record keeping began in 1895.
Angel says the lack of rain and the heat were
brutal on Illinois
crops. He says soil moisture for farming will recover before the ground water
and the levels of lakes, rivers and streams recover.