By: CBS4 News, firstname.lastname@example.org
The heat and the drought was intense this year, but it wasn't the worst we've ever seen.
The Illinois state climatologist said 2012 was the second warmest and only the 10th driest year on record.
The average temperature was about 55.5 degrees, a little more than 3 degrees above average. The warmest average was set back in 1921 with 55.6 degrees.
Illinois also only had about 30 inches of rain all year, that's about 10 below the average.