You don’t need a meteorologist to tell you that it’s been a rainy (and snowy) five months across eastern Iowa and northern Illinois. But, I’ll tell you that it’s been wet because I want to share some incredible rainfall statistics and a couple of amazing pictures with you.
Tuesday evening, Galesburg, Illinois, picked up more than three inches of rain in just about an hour causing widespread flash flooding.
Alexis Cory, of Galesburg, took this picture of the street flooding.
And, LeAnn Crouse, of Galesburg, has lived at her house for 27 years and she’s never seen the flooding that she has this year.
In the Quad Cities, we only picked up 0.72″ in the strong to severe thunderstorms that moved through the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys.
That brings our May rainfall total to 7.23″, which is more than three inches above average. As a matter of fact, we’re just outside the Top Ten for the wettest May months on record. With more heavy rain expected Thursday and Friday, a Top Ten appearance is guaranteed!
Since March 1, 2013, the start of “meteorological spring” (March, April, and May), we’ve picked up more than 17″ of rain (and melted snow) in the metro area. In the same time period in an average year, that total should be just over ten inches.
So far, in 2013, our precipitation total is up to 22.41″, which is about nine inches above average.
One year ago, we were at 12.14″, which was just about an inch or so below average and then we headed into that devastating drought last summer.
Sadly, much more rain is on the way Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The rain on the first two of those days could be heavy and it could be accompanied by more flash flooding and severe storms.
I expect several more inches of rain and this forecast projection from NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center verifies my thinking.
Be careful out there with all the flood waters and be safe over the next few days.