Waterlogged June

June 2013 made an appearance in a top ten list in Rockford’s climatological history.  Out of 107 years of record keeping, June 2013 will go down as at least the 10th wettest in history! As of this blog post (June 29th), 7.72 inches of rain fell in the Forest City for the month, ranking this year just ahead of 2002 (7.45 inches) and just behind 1916 (7.81 inches).


A climate report from the National Weather Service on June 29th at 5:25pm showed that 0.74 inches of rain had fallen for the day. However, a few more showers moved through the area after that report was issued, so it is possible that our rainfall total for the day will go up.  I will update this blog, should our 7.72 inch total for the month change, and possibly move us into ninth place.

June 2013 started out relatively normal.  From the 1st through the 20th, just 1.3o inches of rain fell.  The highest daily rain total from that time period occurred on June 6th, with 0.37 inches of rain.  It wasn’t until June 21st—the Summer Solstice—when the deluge began.  Almost 83% of the month’s rain, or 6.42 inches, fell between that date and the end of the month.  On Saturday, June 22, a new record for maximum daily rainfall total was set in Rockford. 2.36 inches of rain fell at Chicago Rockford International Airport, breaking a nearly 100-year-old record (1.81 inches from 1914).


UPDATE (June 30th): June 2013 will go down as the 10th wettest June on record in Rockford with 7.72 inches observed at the airport.


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

This post was written by qni_it on June 29, 2013

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