Chicago Rainfall Tops May Record

May 30, 2019 - 8:08 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago broke its record Thursday for the most rainfall during the month of May with a full day to spare.

A total of 8.25 inches of rain fell last month, up almost 5 inches from the 3.68-inch May average, according to the National Weather Service. The previous record for May was 8.21 inches, set in 2018.

With 21 days of rainfall of at least over .01 inches, Chicago also tied its record for the most days with measurable precipitation in a single month, the weather service said. The only other month with that many days of rain was November 1985.

This also mark’s the city’s second-wettest spring since the weather service started keeping track in 1871, with 16.36 inches of rainfall recorded for the season. The wettest spring recorded for Chicago saw 17.51 inches of rain in 1983.

This also mark’s the city’s second-wettest spring since the weather service started keeping track in 1871, with 16.36 inches of rainfall recorded for the season. The wettest spring recorded for Chicago saw 17.51 inches of rain in 1983.

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