Leap Day Rain Totals

The last 24 hours brought a healthy dose of rain to most of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.  A line of showers and thunderstorms crossed the Mississippi River and intensified a bit as it moved through Stockton, Lanark, and Dixon.  The storms moved east-northeast through Freeport and Oregon before passing through the Rockford, Beloit, and Genoa areas around 3am.  Brief heavy rain and a few flashes of lightning were reported over most of the area.  Rockford picked up nearly half an inch of precipitation within the past 24 hours, as did Galena and Dixon.  Rainfall totals across the rest of the region were generally near one-quarter to one-third of an inch. 

On another note, today is the last official day of meteorological winter.  Temperature-wise, we were above average this season; there’s no doubt about that.  Surprisingly, our precipitation totals have been very close to the seasonal average.  While snowfall has been below normal, rainfall helped to keep our total on par with past years.  Officially at RFD Airport, a total of 4.39″ of precipitation accumulated during December, January, & February.  That amount is just 0.37″ below normal.  -JA

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Posted under 13 Climate Authority, rain, statistics, weather, weather geek

This post was written by qni_it on February 29, 2012

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