Fairly Dry September

As expected, our last batch of rain was not enough to help with our local drought conditions.  Saturday rainfall totals were generally light across the Stateline.  Galena and Monroe were the big winners.  The rest of the area was lucky to pick up a tenth of an inch of rain!

Saturday 09/28/13 Rainfall

Saturday 09/28/13 Rainfall

With no rain in the forecast for the last day of September (Monday), Rockford will end the month with a deficit of 1.74 inches.

Other Saturday Rainfall Totals

Other Saturday Rainfall Totals

Our drier-than-average trend began in July.  When looking at the observations taken at Chicago Rockford International Airport, the Forest City has received a little more than half of its normal rainfall over the past three months.  Officially just 6.45 inches of rain fell at the airport between July 1st and September 29th.  Rainfall deficits are higher for areas west and south of Rockford.

Rainfall Deficit

Rainfall Deficit

No rain is in the forecast for the first two days of October—Tuesday and Wednesday—but there are signs of potentially heavy rain by Thursday and Friday.  Since it’s so far out, there will be changes made to the forecast.  As of this blog post, models are all over the place with potential rainfall for the end of the week.  Some are hinting at a quarter to half an inch of rain while others are hinting at two or three inches of rain!  It is still too early to pinpoint.

Change on the Way

Change on the Way

Keep it tuned to the weather blog throughout the week as this will be an interesting system to watch evolve.

-Joe

P.S.  Much cooler temperatures are in the forecast for next weekend.  Highs may struggle to hit 60 degrees in some spots!

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This post was written by qni_it on September 29, 2013

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