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Heat eases, drought remains

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:47:37 CDT

After last week's hundred-degree days, slightly cooler temperatures are in the forecast, but the end of the drought is likely a long way off.    Jim Angel, the Illinois state climatologist, says July is shaping up to be Illinois' second warmest and second driest since we started keeping records in 1895:


"The warmest was 1936, and I thought I'd never see us come close to that any time soon. But were getting pretty close."

Angel says the weather pattern finally changed in recent days. That's allowed slightly cooler and wetter conditions across the state, with highs in the 80s and 90s instead of the 100s. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean the drought will End anytime soon. Angel says he wouldn't be surprised if the dry conditions persisted for several more months, into autumn:


"Usually in Illinois, I'd say nine out of 10 of our droughts have actually been in a recovery mode as you get into that fall and winter timeframe."
But that's not always the case. Angel says the drought that began in 1954 lasted two-and-a-half years.

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