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July Was Nearly Warmest and Driest Ever In Illinois

Posted by wlpo on August 8, 2012

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – A weather expert says Illinois experienced the second warmest and fourth driest July on record.

State Climatologist Jim Angel says the average temperature statewide was nearly 82 degrees and 6.4 degrees above normal. Only July 1936 was warmer.

Average rainfall was 1.5 inches in July. That’s 2.6 inches below normal.

Angel says Illinois has “a long way to go” to recover the soil moisture, stream flows, lake levels and groundwater it has lost.

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