Earlier this year we got too much rain, but now we’re not getting enough.
Peoria saw the 5th wettest spring on record this year, but we have seen below average rainfall since June 1st. Peoria is 0.41″ of rain below average since that date.
Most of the dry weather has come in the last month. During the month of July, Peoria saw only 8 days of measurable rainfall, and just 3 of those days produced 0.1″ of rain or more. This has led to Peoria seeing less than half of the average rainfall for the Month of July.
The latest Drought Monitor was released today, and it shows a larger area of abnormally dry conditions compared to last week. While it is important to note that none of the area is officially seeing drought conditions, we could potentially enter a drought if this extended dry spell continues.
Looking ahead in the 7 day forecast, I don’t see too many opportunities for rain. I think we’ll be dry through the weekend and into early next week.
A cold front will move through the area by the middle of next week, but at this point, I think our rain chances are only about 20-30%.
We need rain, but unfortunately, our rainfall deficit will grow before it shrinks.