There better be a lot of May flowers...
Our abundant April showers have made this the 20th wettest April to date on record. O'Hare has seen rain 6 out of the opening 11 days this month totalling 1.91" or .72" above average. Saturday is the only dry day in our 7 day forecast with the active April pattern continuing next week.
Here are some of the heavier rainfall totals for the month from our WeatherBug network:
- 3.30" Kenosha
- 3.27" Western Springs
- 3.04" Sandwich
- 2.87" Flossmoor
- 2.86" Justice
The good news is that recent rain has helped alleviate the dry conditions that existed over northern and northwest Illinois. For the first time in several months none of Illinois is in drought or even "abnormally dry". However, most of Minnesota and Iowa are experiencing drought conditions and nearly half of Wisconsin is in at least a moderate drought.
The rain has kept us cooler than average too. Today will be the 8th day out of 12 this month below average. Now the longer range forecasts are indicating this trend could also continue towards the end of the month. Both the 6 to 10 day and 8 to 14 day forecast from the Climate Prediction Center has most of the midwest and Great Lakes outlooked for below average temperatures overall during the period.