Record rainfall

March 30, 2017: Just a few days ago, we were talking about how we could use a little rain to get back above average for the spring. The rain happened!

Rockford’s total so far will be recording breaking, at least for March 30th. March 30th’s record for rainfall was 0.99″ set in 1960. Today’s rain total reached 1.47″, with a lot of that coming during the morning.

Many locations saw over 2″ of rainfall, causing some minor flooding on roads, in small streams and rivers, and in fields across the Stateline. The ground was soaked to the point where it couldn’t hold any more water (saturated), and so runoff onto roads and streams occurred. Thankfully, as the weather dried up a little in the evening, the roads are back to normal.

Why were we so waterlogged with today’s showers? Check out the dew point temperatures across the region.

These are a good measure of how much moisture is in the air. Dew points were in the 60’s in central Illinois, which is very high for this time of year! Normally we are closer to the 30’s, like what was seen in Rockford this afternoon. With the air soaking with moisture, today’s showers could be efficient rain producers, and the results showed.

The rain looks to end by mid-morning Friday, with a bright start to the weekend ahead- we could use it to dry out! So much for March going out like a lamb…



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This post was written by Alex Kirchner on March 30, 2017

1 Comment so far

  1. jordan September 17, 2019 1:39 AM

    good weather

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