With the searing summer heat and a drought, it's no surprise 2012 was one of the driest years in the history of Illinois.
It was the 10th driest to be exact. We averaged only 30 inches of rain across the state, that's 10 inches below normal.
Climatologists though say it didn't cause permanent damage. Soil moisture for farms will recover, as well as water levels for lakes, rivers, and streams.