The Illinois Water Survey says that this spring was one of the driest on record. Only three other years were drier in Illinois, the years 1895, 1934 and 1936.
For March, April and May, the average precipitation this year was 6.02 inches. That's about half of a normal spring's rainfall.
The dry spring follows a winter that was wetter than average.
The winter's rain and snow added moisture to soil that now helps offset some of the dryness for farmers.
State climatologist Jim Angel says that dry springs in the past have preceded hot, dry summers, but that doesn't mean this summer will be hot and dry.