2019 Could Be Record Rain Year For Illinois

Jim Gudas
July 11, 2019 - 6:38 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- 2019 has been the wettest year on record in Illinois, at least when you look at the first half of the year.

David Kristovich is the head of the climate and atmospheric sciences section at the Illinois State Water Survey.

On average, he said, Illinois has seen about 28 inches of precipitation from January through June. That’s about 8 ½ inches above normal.

He says we’re in what he calls a "tropical cyclone track," which keeps bringing storms through the Chicago-area and the rest of the state.

Kristovich said the extra rain has led to flooding, delayed planting of crops and a bumper crop of mosquitoes.

As for the rest of the year, Kristovich said models from the National Weather Service show there’s a 50-50 chance we’ll continue to see above average precipitation.