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Chicago's Rainy June Is One For The Record Book

By Lisa White in News on Jun 29, 2015 2:35PM

If you've recently tried to enjoy outdoor activities, play in any summer sport leagues or generally just enjoy the few months Chicago gets to enjoy being outside, you've likely noticed that we've had a rainy June. More so than usual, or at least that's what our media softball league thinks, after many cancelled games.

Seems like our observations weren't off, since state climatologist Jim Angel declared the past month Illinois' wettest June in recorded state history, the Tribune reports. Angel stated that rainfall towards the end of last week put us over the edge. Through Saturday, the statewide average for rainfall totals this past month were 8.91 inches. The previous record was in June 1902, when 8.27 inches on average were recorded. State records go as far back as 1895.

And as we woke up to the sound of more rain outside our window, we're expecting even more wet weather today and tomorrow before July starts on Wednesday.

Another interesting bit of information— four of the five wettest Junes in Illinois history have happened since 1998. Maybe we should change the old adage to April showers bring May flowers and June downpours with substantial flooding?