WARM WEATHER: Heat, dryness make headlines in 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — It was a hot and dry year across the Midwest in 2012. Northeast Indiana and Whitley County were no exceptions to that trend.Michael Sabones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in North Webster, said 2012 was at or near record-setting for heat. The drought was brought on, in part, by the warm winter in 2011-12. The slow-melting snow pack is what helps with the soil’s deep moisture. This absence contributed to the drought.Despite the record heat, fall was still cooler than average for 2012. Looking ahead to 2013, Sabones said anything is possible since there is not a dominant weather pattern. The outlook for the next three months has an equal chance to be above or below normal temperatures, but precipitation is expected to be above normal.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 4 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.