Wet May



Illinois' climatologist says last month was the state's 12th-wettest May on record.
 
Jim Angel of the Prairie Research Institute says precipitation measured nearly 6.9 inches in May. That's about 2.3 inches above the long-term average and far wetter than the same period last year.
 
Only 2.5 inches fell for the whole month of May 2012.
 
The wettest May on record was in 1943, with nearly 8.9 inches of rain.
 
Angel says western Illinois was especially wet last month, with the heaviest amounts in an area bounded by St. Louis, Springfield, Galesburg and the Mississippi River. Estimated precipitation there was as high as 12 to 15 inches.
 
Conditions were somewhat drier north of Interstate 80, with 3 to 5 inches of precipitation across that area.

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