Dry in Western IL, Could Change This Weekend

Much of western and southern Illinois has been dry in June. In the first map below, areas in the darker shades of orange are 2 to 4 inches below normal on rainfall for the month. Meanwhile, areas in eastern-central and northern Illinois have been near to above normal. A few areas have been downright wet (shaded in blue). Temperatures have been running 4 to 5 degrees above normal.

However, this picture could change dramatically  with the National Weather Service models indicating that up to 6 inches of rain could potentially fall over the next 5 days (second map). While that area certainly needs rain, it is almost too much of a good thing. Depending on how fast the rain falls, some of it will likely run off instead of having a chance of soaking in.

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Here is the 5-day precipitation forecast showing the potential rainfall totals. Areas shaded in red are expected to received between 2.5 and 5.0 inches.

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