The Chicago space noticed greater than an inch of additional precipitation in March than what the area has averaged over the previous 152 years.
That’s in accordance with meteorologists on the National Weather Service places of work in Romeoville who stated 3.69 inches fell final month at O’Hare International Airport, the realm’s main climate station.
The space has averaged 2.64 inches of precipitation in March since climate information started in 1871, company figures present.
“We’ve had very active low pressure systems come through very quickly, bringing that moisture with them with fairly cooler temperatures,” meteorologist Brian Leatherwood stated.
While March did not set any information for precipitation, it may need felt wetter than regular because of the milder winter the area skilled, Leatherwood stated.
“We saw below average snowfall this winter, so that might make the extra precipitation we got last month feel like more than it was,” he stated.
And it is actually greater than the realm is used to getting in current reminiscence.
Only 1.25 inches of precipitation was recorded within the Chicago space for March 2021, whereas lower than inch dropped in March 2020.
Since 2000, solely two Marches have been wetter than this yr — 2017 with 4.01 inches and 2009 with 5.2 inches, company information present.
The precipitation the Chicago space obtained in March 2009 is the fifth highest quantity recorded for that month ever. The wettest March on report was in 1922 when 5.58 inches of precipitation fell on the Chicago space over the 31-day span.
This previous March ranks because the thirty second wettest March for the Chicago space, climate service information present.
“We’re not breaking any records, just running a little bit high,” Leatherwood stated. “Nothing too special.”
And April, up to now, is shaping as much as be pretty common, Leatherwood added.
The first week of April normally averages a half-inch of precipitation. Currently, the climate station at O’Hare has recorded 0.6 inches of precipitation since April 1.