Some Rare Heavy Rainfall in Drought-Parched Areas on Thursday

24-hour rainfall ending 7 am Friday, August 3

Rain was a welcome sight across portions of central and southeast Illinois on Thursday afternoon and evening.  The remnants of a thunderstorm complex, which had occurred further to the west earlier in the day, moved into central Illinois and produced a large area of 1 to 3 inches of rain from Quincy southeast to Lawrenceville (click image at left to enlarge).  The heavier amounts generally affected Christian, Montgtomery, Shelby, and Fayette Counties.  The highest total observed was 4.31 inches at Morrisonville in southwest Christian County, which is the most to occur in a single day at that location since September 1, 2003.  Unfortunately, most areas from about Beardstown to Lincoln to Paris northward did not receive any rainfall. 

Here are some observed rainfall amounts from around central and southeast Illinois.  These totals were measured early Friday morning. 

Christian County:

  • Morrisonville:  4.31 inches
  • Taylorville:  2.55 inches
  • Kincaid (3 miles west):  2.53 inches
  • Rosamond:  2.50 inches
  • Pana (sewage plant):  2.29 inches
  • Pana (city):  1.96 inches
  • Pana (6 miles north-northeast):  1.39 inches
  • Edinburg (3 miles west):  0.58 inches

Coles County:

  • Mattoon (city):  1.08 inches
  • Charleston (5 miles south-southwest):  1.03 inches
  • Mattoon (west side of city):  0.78 inches
  • Mattoon (airport):  0.54 inches
  • Charleston (city):  0.17 inches

Crawford County:

  • Robinson (3 miles west):  0.85 inches
  • Robinson (city):  0.73 inches
  • Robinson (2 miles west):  0.62 inches
  • Robinson (7 miles northwest):  0.56 inches

Cumberland County:

  • Neoga (2 miles northeast):  2.61 inches
  • Neoga (city):  1.70 inches

Effingham County:

  • Effingham (2 miles west-northwest):  3.16 inches
  • Effingham (Lake Sara):  2.88 inches
  • Altamont (3 miles southeast):  2.75 inches
  • Beecher City:  2.71 inches
  • Effingham (7 miles north):  1.92 inches
  • Effingham (sewage plant):  1.55 inches
  • Watson:  1.43 inches

Jasper County:

  • Newton (6 miles north-northeast):  2.32 inches
  • Newton (city):  0.82 inches

Lawrence County:

  • Lawrenceville (2 miles west):  2.79 inches
  • Lawrenceville (city):  2.06 inches
  • Birds (3 miles west):  1.92 inches
  • Sumner:  1.75 inches
  • Birds (2 miles east):  1.28  inches
  • Lawrenceville (airport):  0.92 inches

Morgan County:

  • Jacksonville - near border with South Jacksonville:  1.15 inches
  • Jacksonville - 2 miles east:  0.98 inches
  • Woodson:  0.85 inches
  • Jacksonvile - near intersection of Anna and West Sts:  0.75 inches
  • Murrayville:  0.45 inches

Moultrie County:

  • Sullivan (3 miles south):  1.20 inches

Richland County:

  • Olney (2 miles south):  0.90 inches
  • Olney (4 miles southwest):  0.55 inches

Sangamon County:

  • Springfield - Meadowbrook Rd south of Old Jacksonville Rd: 1.22 inches
  • Springfield - Near intersection of Koke Mill Rd and Iles Ave: 0.96 inches
  • Springfield - Capital Airport:  0.66 inches
  • Jerome: 0.45 inches
  • Rochester:  0.38 inches
  • Springfield -  Walnut St. near North Grand Ave -- 0.28 inches
  • Riverton:  0.21 inches
  • Sherman: 0.10 inches
  • Springfield - CWLP Plant: 0.09 inches

Scott County:

  • Winchester:  0.95 inches

Shelby County:

  • Moweaqua (2 miles south):  2.40 inches
  • Shelbyville Dam:  1.75 inches
  • Shelbyville (city):  1.58 inches
  • Neoga (4 miles northwest):  1.35 inches
  • Windsor (4 miles northwest):  1.08 inches
  • Windsor (city):  1.06 inches
  • Mode (4 miles northwest):  0.86 inches


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