Weekend rain nearly a record

The big rainfalls Saturday and Sunday morning fell just short of setting the all-time July rainfall record for a 24-hour period in Champaign-Urbana.

The Illinois State Water Survey said 4.33 inches of rain fell at its recording station near Windsor Road and South First Street in Champaign between 8 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

The local July record, set July 30, 1987, is 4.43 inches, according to state climatologist Jim Angel of the water survey.

This weekend's deluge is the second greatest one-day total for July, he said.

But the rain did set a new record for the date of July 13. The previous high was 2.76 inches.

Through 8 a.m. Monday, Champaign-Urbana had received 6.12 inches of rain in July, far above the July average of 4.7 inches. The all-time July record is 13.82 inches in 1992.

Since June 1, Champaign-Urbana has received 14.33 inches of rain; the normal for the period June 1 to July 31 is 9.04 inches.

The heavy rainfall over the weekend was isolated to certain areas of East Central Illinois, the National Weather Service said.

Willard Airport, south of Champaign, reported 3.08 inches of rain during the period when the water survey recorded 4.33 inches.

Adding it all up

Between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Sunday, these area spots got 3-plus inches of rain:

1 mile south of Mahomet 5.83

2 miles north northwest of Champaign 5.23

1 mile south southeast of Urbana 4.92

2 miles east northeast of Philo 4.61

4 miles south southwest of LeRoy 4.59

1 mile north of Sidney 4.30

3 miles west southwest of Mansfield 4.26

6 miles west southwest of Monticello 4.23

2 miles northeast of Cisco 3.71

3 miles west of Farmer City 3.71

1 mile north northwest of Dewey 3.43

3 miles north northeast of White Heath 3.02

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