September 11 – It’s been a wet start to September in Illinois thanks to Tropical Storm Gordon. September’s statewide average precipitation has already hit three and a half inches. That’s more than three inches above normal according to state climatologist Jim Angel.
“We’ve already got a month’s worth of rain just in the first ten days of the month. There have been some areas that have been really dry this year that finally got some rain. There have been some areas in Western Illinois that have been dry since spring. Those areas got four to eight inches of rain”.
The highest rain total was East of St. Louis in Clay City which got more than ten inches. Angel says the wet weather was due to a cold front that had stalled over the state and the remnants of Gordon. Angel says having a tropical storm impact the state isn’t that uncommon.
“It’s a little bit unusual, but not unheard of to have tropical storms move their way up the Mississippi River Valley and get in to Illinois. And when they do they tend to produce quite a lot of rain over a very large area.”