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2012 Weather Breaks Records

Low rainfall, soaring temperatures and a cool winter put Indiana on the books.

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The heat and drought affected the entire country with the summer marking the 3rd warmest on record for the continental United States.

The weather in 2012 made the record books in a few different areas. National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Tucek says the year began rather mild with little precipitation and unseasonable warm conditions in February.

Tucek says that lack of rain continued through the spring and summer bringing record hot temperatures and drought conditions to the whole state. Indiana recorded 12 100-degree days and 48 90-degree days through the summer.

Tucek says the extreme heat resulted in the hottest July on record for Indianapolis and the fifth hottest for the city with the summer months combined. The heat and drought affected the entire country with the summer marking the third warmest on record for the continental United States.

The drought dropped the water tables for several of the state‘s reservoirs. Although August through November brought above-normal rainfall refilling the reservoirs, balance hasn‘t been fully restored.

Tucek says Indianapolis remains about 4 inches below normal for rainfall totals while places like Terre Haute and Bloomington are 16 inches below normal. As far as the tornado count, Tucek says the state is right on par with its average.

Officials have marked 19 tornadoes in Indiana so far this year. The average is 20.

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