2012 was 2nd warmest, 10th driest year in Illinois
CHAMPAIGN – Last year was Illinois’ second warmest and 10th driest year on record as the nation grappled with its worst drought in decades, the state climatologist said.
Climatologist Jim Angel, of the Illinois State Water Survey, said the average temperature statewide in 2012 was 55.5 degrees, 3.3 degrees above normal. That falls just short of the 1921 record of 55.6 degrees.
The state had warmer-than-normal temperatures during the first five months of the year and then again in July and December, Angel said.
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