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May Really Was Wetter Than Usual

The Quad Cities has experienced one of the wettest springs ever. After a significant spike in rain in April, precipitation increased even more in May.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Philip, from the Davenport office, says we received 9.76 inches of rain last month, making it the third wettest May on record: well over double the usual amount. 

"There were seven days with over a half an inch recorded. On the 28th and 29th, we had a 24-hour rainfall total of 2.18 inches, being the highest 24-hour total during the course of the month."

Following a month with 22 days of "measurable precipitation", Philip says June has equal chances of being below, equal to, or above the normal amount of rainfall.

For the summer, June, July, and August, he expects our weather will be wetter and slightly colder than average.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.