Waterlogged

Dec. 14, 2015: It’s going to take a while before we dry out after our latest round of winter rain! There’s plenty of puddles in backyards and fields around the Stateline, as many locations picked up at least 1 1/2″ of rain between Friday night and this morning.

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Rain totals, Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, 2015.

The reason for all of the standing water is that the ground can’t hold any more after what’s been a very soggy past four weeks.

Over the last four weeks, heavy rain and snow has left the Stateline full of water.

Over the last four weeks, heavy rain and snow has left the Stateline full of water.

We’ve been averaging about one inch of water a week, between snow melt and heavy rain showers. The wet pattern started after our first snow storm of the season in late November, then continued through the wettest Thanksgiving on record for Rockford, followed by an active start to December, then finishing with this weekend’s rain storm.

Why so wet? We’ve been stuck in this basic weather pattern:

PATTERN

The jet stream has been able to dip well to the south, drawing up extra moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, and depositing it over us as storms sweep through the Midwest. The extra fuel for these storms give them the ability to produce plenty of rain and snow.

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We do get a bit of a break from the rain for a while, after a chance for light rain on Wednesday.  Look for more possible rain next week.

-Alex

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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on December 14, 2015

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