Tim's Weather World: A review of recent record flooding

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Adding insult to injury, most areas saw another quarter of an inch of rain to three quarters of an inch fall  yesterday and overnight.    Topping the list was Flossmoor with 1.10″ of rain.


Here are some other notable rainfall amounts form our WeatherBug network:


  • .91″ Chicago (Nathanael Greene Elementary School)
  • .82″ Hoffman Estates
  • .81″ Streator
  • .79″ Justice
  • .79″ Schaumburg


The additional rain may prolong flooding on area rivers and streams and slow the rate at which the water recedes.  Still, this recent rain is much lighter in comparison with the record rainfall that occurred last week.  That rain has resulted in record flooding.  Here are some of the record crests seen recently according to the United States Geological Survey:


  •         River                    Location                             April 2013 Crest          Previous Record
  •      Des Plaines        Des Plaines                                 10.92′                            10.88′
  •      Fox                     McHenry, Tailwater                       7.49′                              7.20′
  •      Illinois                 Morris                                          24.91′                            24.84′

Check out the NOAA’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (image below) for more detail information regarding area rivers.   Chicago’s National Weather Service office also has an excellent review of our recent flooding.


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