One for the record books
The 2012 year has entered the record books as one of the mildest years in Illinois in a very long time.
On Wednesday, state climatologist Jim Angel announced the 2012 year appears to be the second warmest and 10th driest year on record for Illinois, based on preliminary data available for December.
The statewide average temperature for 2012 was 55.5 degrees, which is 3.3 degrees above normal, Angel said. The warmest year was 1921 with 55.6 degrees.
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