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Recent heavy rain eliminate drought conditions

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We needed rain, but then last Wednesday we got too much of it. Our area saw widespread flash flooding due to 4-7+ inches of rain. A positive from that though is it eliminated drought conditions locally and significantly reduced areas seeing abnormally dry conditions.

Here is a look at the Drought Monitor that was released today. You can see the noticeable improvement compared to last week.

Drought Monitor, 7/23/2020
Drought Monitor, 7/16/2020

These updates are released every week on Thursday, they measure from Tuesday to Tuesday. This explains why the heavy rain last Wednesday was included in this week's update and not last week's.

To date, Peoria has seen 8.83" of rain so far this month. This is the third highest amount for the month of July. The highest July monthly rainfall was 10.15" in 1993 followed by 9.18" in 1990.

We will see limited rain chances for most of our 7 day forecast, but one day in particular will bring likely rain chances to the area. We'll have your full forecast on the news this evening at 5, 5:30 and 10.

Brian Walder

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