Illinois still short of wettest May on record

Illinois still short of wettest May on record

The rain over Memorial Day weekend has inflated the rainfall total for the month, but we're still short of the record.

State Climatologist Jim Angel said Champaign-Urbana saw just under one inch of rain over the weekend, while areas statewide saw as much as six inches.

The statewide average for May now sits at just over 5 inches.  And even though there's rain in the forecast this week, Angel said we're unlikely to reach the wettest May on record, which was 8.87 inches in 1943.

Angel did say, though, that we've broken two other records.  One is the wettest January through May with around 18 inches.  The other is the wettest March through May with around 15 inches.

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Graciepup1 wrote on May 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm

 Respectfully, Mr. Angel must be living in a dry part of the state. I live just northeast of Quincy, and have measured over 13 inches of rain so far this month. Just this past week alone, we have had over 7 inches.