Drenched: The start of 2019 is one of the wettest on record for Peoria

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Peoria, Ill. – In terms of moisture, it’s no secret that 2019 has been tough on Central Illinois. Just five months into the year Peoria has received 22.60 inches of rain, about 62% of our yearly average. Through April the state of Illinois was on track to break the top ten list for one of the all-time wettest years on record. 

From the start of the year through May, Central Illinois has seen storm system after storm system bringing heavy precipitation to the region. In the winter, it was snow storm after snow storm, and so far this spring, it has been one round of rain after another. In fact, four of the last five months have ranked in the top 25 when it comes to precipitation for that month. May turned out to be the 6th wettest on record for the Peoria area receiving 8.26″ of rain.

January 2019 – 2.65″ (25th Wettest January)

February 2019 – 3.00″ (10th Wettest February)

March 2019 – 4.34″ (23rd Wettest March)

April 2019 – 4.35″ (Not Ranked)

May 2019 – 8.26″ (6th Wettest May)

The wet start has been particularly hard on Illinois farmers who have struggled to get corn and soybeans planted. As of June 2nd, only 45% of the corn expected to be planted in Illinois has been planted. That’s well below the average which is around 98% by this time of year. When it comes to soybeans, only 21% of the soybean crop has been planted in 2019. On average, 84% of Illinois soybeans have been planted by this time of year. 

June Outlook
According to the Climate Prediction Center, the outlook for Central Illinois is a bit of a statistical coin flip. According to the outlook, Central Illinois stands an equal chance (33.3%) of seeing above average, below average or near average temperatures and precipitation. However, based on recent trends, it looks like Central Illinois is likely to continue to see below average temperatures and above average rainfall over the next 2-3 weeks. So, it looks like that statistical coin flip is giving a nod to more of the weather we’ve seen over the past few months. 

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