But below ground, the dirt is still dry. Subsoil moisture levels are listed at 46 percent short and 45 percent adequate.
According to the National Weather Service in Lincoln, the year started as the record high temperature for Danville was tied for the month of March. The city also saw the warmest nights on record, with lows in the 60s. The month of May averaged 5-6 degrees above normal with unseasonably hot temperatures in the 90s occurring during the Memorial Day weekend.
The warm May contributed to the warmest spring on record in Danville, according to the National Weather Service.
According to Angel, history does not tend to repeat itself when it comes to dry seasons in Illinois.
“It’s been really bad one year, but we’ve never had historically back to back bad summer droughts,” he said.
Overall, 2012 ranked among the 10 driest growing seasons on record in the state, he said.
“But in most cases, the following summer was down an inch or so, but nothing too alarming,” Angel added.