Hot temps gone, but drought lingers
The abnormally warm weather that characterized the summer and much of the fall may be a thing of the past this year.
But the dryness that damaged crops and withered lawns earlier this year persisted, leaving the area in a state of drought as what are normally the driest months of the year approach.
Gilbert Sebenste, meteorologist at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, said the region remains in a state of drought because precipitation has remained relatively scarce since spring.
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