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Moderate Drought Develops In Parts of the Area, But Some Relief Is In Sight

It’s no secret that we need rainfall. As of writing this (evening of August 15th) Peoria’s rainfall statistics look like this:

  • 1.48″ so far in August. This is 0.08″ below average for the month
  • 8.56″ since June 1. This is 0.38″ below average for that timeframe.
  • 31.16″ since January 1. This is 7.89″ above average year-to-date.

While we are well above average for the year, remember that Peoria saw the 5th wettest spring on record. Our rainfall during the month of July was less than 50% of average.

The recent dry weather has led to the development of abnormally dry conditions over the past few weeks. However, the latest Drought Monitor was released today and it shows the moderate drought conditions have developed in parts of Knox County.

The good news is that we’ll see some needed rainfall in the forecast as early as tomorrow morning.

It looks like most of the showers and storms will stay to our south, but some scattered storms may move into the area near sunrise and tomorrow morning’s commute.

We will also see similar complexes move through Saturday and Sunday mornings. While a few isolated showers and storms may be possible at times during the day, our best rain chances will be in the early to mid-morning hours.

If everyone comes together, we’ll have a chance to put a dent in our abnormally dry weather. One of our forecast models is suggesting over an inch of rain between now and Sunday evening.

We’ll have to wait and see what we can get, but we’ll take any rain that happens to fall.

Brian Walder

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