We saw some much needed September rain yesterday but the overall numbers were pretty paltry. Here are some of the rainfall amounts gathered from the National Weather Service and our WeatherBug network:
.17" East Chicago
.16 Oak Lawn
The latest numbers from the US Drought Monitor shows a slowly expanding drought setting in across Illinois. The Chicago area is included in the nearly 66% percent of the state that is "abnormally dry". Just under 40% of the state is in a moderate drought and nearly 4% is in a severe drought. The numbers have gone up slightly in nearly every category compared to a week ago.
Rainfall across the state is down anywhere from 1-4" from normal for the past 30 days. O'Hare is down 1.09" for the month on top of a 3.21" deficit from August. There may be a few spotty showers late today and some lake effect sprinkles or showers tonight & tomorrow but not the soaking type of rain that is needed bring us back to average.