Weather watchwords for June so far: Wet, wild

Weather watchwords for June so far: Wet, wild

With four days left this month, Champaign-Urbana has already seen 8.24 inches of rain, making it the ninth-rainiest June on record. Here's a look at some weather info and its implications, courtesy of The News-Gazette's VISHESH ANAND:

Rain, rain go away

Through the first 26 days of June, we've seen 14 days of precipitation, according to the Illinois Water Survey. The good news: We're not likely to hit the 9.16 inches we saw in June of 2015 — the third-wettest June on record. The soggiest day this month? That would be June 11, which saw 1.62 inches.

Climate Change(ing)

C-U isn't alone in experiencing an increase in wet weather. Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel said it's a statewide trend that lines up with expectations of climate change. "As we warm up the atmosphere, more evaporation occurs. And that leads to heavier rainfall and stronger storms."

Quieting the bats

The Champaign Park District's adult softball league has been the rain's favorite victim. Every league night has had weather-related cancellations or delays this month, says Chelsea Norton, director of marketing. Apart from that, Norton said, only one or two programs have been affected.

(Re)Construction Projects

Champaign's public works and development projects have also experienced lengthy delays and setbacks, said Kris Koester, spokesman for the public works department. For Koester, the cleanup projects after the tornadoes on June 10 were most demanding, as it took his team over a week to complete.

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