2008 Wettest Year for 6 Central IL cities

Recent media reports indicated that central Illinois has seen its wettest year on record.  Some clarification is needed on how this should be applied.

The city of Lincoln has established its wettest year on record, with a total of 56.25 inches through Dec 31.  However, this cannot be applied to central Illinois as a whole, as the measurement was at a specific location.  Additionally, the length of record varies with location.  For example, records began in Lincoln in 1905.  In nearby Springfield, the top 3 wettest years on record occurred prior to 1900, when no station was operating in Lincoln.

The Illinois state climatologist's office keeps track of averages over a wide area, such as the entire state, and how they rank with the historical records.  

Precipitation Rankings for Selected Locations (Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2008)
Location 2008 Total Historical
Rank
Current/Old
Record

Records
Began

Needed to
Reach #1

Beecher City 52.29 inches 1st wettest 51.44 (2000) 1974 0
Decatur 59.77 inches 2nd wettest 60.58 (1927) 1893 0.81
Effingham 59.29 inches 2nd wettest 59.69 (1993) 1951 0.40
Flora 57.77 inches 4th wettest 60.48 (1993) 1893 2.71
Havana 50.18 inches 5th wettest 60.51 (1993) 1917 10.33
Hoopeston 45.36 inches 9th wettest 55.68 (2004) 1902 10.32
Hutsonville 61.76 inches 1st wettest 54.22 (2000) 1946 0
Lawrenceville 43.18 inches 25th wettest 56.64 (1990) 1962 13.46
Lincoln 56.25 inches 1st wettest 50.84 (1927) 1905 0
Mackinaw 50.86 inches 4th wettest 59.70 (1993) 1940 8.84
Mason City 46.88 inches 4th wettest 56.56 (1993) 1937 9.68
Mattoon 52.78 inches 2nd wettest 53.79 (1950) 1893 1.01
Minonk 45.93 inches 7th wettest 54.26 (1982) 1895 8.33
Morrisonville 47.38 inches 2nd wettest 47.98 (1982) 1948 0.60
Mount Pulaski 51.51 inches 1st wettest 50.73 (1977) 1942 0
Moweaqua 52.77 inches 1st wettest 46.48 (1985) 1963 0
Normal 49.32 inches 7th wettest 63.35 (1993) 1893 14.03
Palestine 54.77 inches 6th wettest 59.09 (1945) 1892 4.32
Paris 50.07 inches 8th wettest 61.59 (1957) 1893 11.52
Peoria 46.57 inches 8th wettest 55.35 (1990) 1882 8.78
Rushville 47.17 inches 11th wettest 57.16 (1990) 1890 9.99
Springfield 53.73 inches 5th wettest 58.21 (1882) 1879 4.48
Tuscola 55.13 inches 1st wettest 55.05 (1927) 1893 0
Urbana 52.54 inches 4th wettest 58.54 (1993) 1888 6.00



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