State Climatologist: Long-Term Outlook Shows 'Elevated Odds Of Wetter Than Normal Conditions'

Jennifer Keiper
May 20, 2020 - 7:50 am
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Related: Record-Breaking Rainfall: Chicago Sees Wettest May In History

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago has set a record thanks to all of the rain that has fallen recently.

Pounding rains, more than originally expected, have pushed the monthly total to more than 8 inches, passing the record rainfall set for May 2019.

"So a few years in a row now at O'Hare we have broken the record for the wettest May," said Illinois State Climatologist Climatologist Trent Ford.

The record-keeping started back in the mid-1950’s.

The good news now, "definitely a drier, warmer seven days ahead for us, which is great, soils need to dry out, I-80 needs to get all of the water off of it, so those are always good things," Ford said.

Ford said as for Illinois crops, farmers were able to plant on time, but there were some late freeze events and now there are pools of water in the fields, so, it’s still unclear what’s to come.

As for the longer term outlook, "out to June, they will show elevated odds of wetter than normal conditions, but wetter than normal could mean a lot of things, of course there is a lot of uncertainty to get out beyond that two-week window."

Ford said until this point, most of this spring has been near to slightly wetter than normal, and we received so much rain heading into the weekend and into early this week, because of a system that parked over this area, plus storms that also crossed us.