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2012 was 10th driest Illinois

posted on January 4, 2013

 CHICAGO (AP) - 2012 was Illinois' 10th driest year.
     Illinois Radio Network reports that Illinois averaged just more than 30 inches of rainfall across the state - about 10 inches below normal.
     The Illinois State Water Survey says that makes last year the 10th driest since record keeping began in 1895.
     State climatologist Jim 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.

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