Spring 2013: One of the Wettest on Record (Updated 6/3)

Overview

Meteorological spring (March-May) was very wet for much of central Illinois, especially west of I-57.  The maps below show heaviest precipitation accumulations focused towards western Illinois.  Several cities with long-term climate records finished spring at or close to all-time records for precipitation accumulation.  Sites setting precipitation records this spring are: Galesburg (22.60"), Peoria (20.79"), Jacksonville (18.63"), Havana (22.51"), Virginina (20.82"), and Winchester (20.80"). Between 18 and 24 inches of rain fell from Peoria to Springfield west to the Mississippi River, while around 10 to 11  inches is more typical for the spring season.  Tables below summarize the wettest springs for several area towns. 

Spring 2013 precipitation, departure from mean maps, and 30-year normal from MRCC

Accumulated precipitation for Spring 2013Departure from Normal of precipitation across Central IL in Spring 2013

Accumulated precipitation % of mean for Spring 201330-year average Spring precipitation

Spring 2013 Accumulated Precipitation Graphs vs normal and wettest year for Galesburg, Peoria, Jacksonville, and Springfield (click to enlarge)

Accumulated Precipitation - GalesburgAccumulated Precipitation - Peoria

Accumulated Precipitation - JacksonvilleAccumulated Precipitation - Springfield


Wettest springs for selected cities

 Wettest Spring

GALESBURG

Records began 
1895

Rank

Amount

Year

1

22.60 2013

2

20.36 2009

3

17.73 1898

4

17.58 1945

5

17.09 1995

6

16.91 1973

7

16.80 1944

8

15.28 1965

9

15.06 1990

10

15.05 2010

 Wettest Spring

JACKSONVILLE

Records began 1895

Rank

Amount Year

1

18.63 2013

2

18.21 1927

3

18.17 1935

4

17.99 1984

5

17.58 1973

6

17.16 1957

7

16.94 2002

8

16.90 1970

9

16.84 1920

10

16.78 1922

 Wettest Spring

PEORIA

Records 
began 
1883

Rank

Amount Year

1

20.79 2013

2

19.91 2009

3

18.64 1927

4

18.36 1944

5

16.56 1883

6

16.52 1995

7

16.20 1957

8

15.72 1933, 1973

9

15.54 1947

10

15.51 1893

 

 Wettest Spring

SPRINGFIELD

Records began 
1879

Rank

Amount Year

1

21.83 1893

2

19.36 1882

3

19.30 2013

4

19.05 1927

5

18.65 1920

6

18.56 1898

7

17.76 1933

8

17.39 1892

9

16.65 1922

10

16.58 1996

 Wettest
 Spring

HAVANA

Records
began 
1917

Rank

Amount Year

1

22.51 2013

2

19.89 2009

3

19.07 1927

4

18.38 1998

5

18.28 1995

6

16.93 1945

7

16.70 1944

8

16.55 1983

9

16.38 1957

10

16.33 1935

 Wettest Spring

VIRGINIA

Records 
began 
1963

Rank

Amount Year

1

20.82 2013

2

16.95 2009

3

16.85 1970

4

16.68 1977

5

16.20 1973, 1995

6

15.79 1984

7

14.96 2002

8

14.87 1983

9

14.85 1996

10

14.82 1998

 Wettest Spring

BEARDSTOWN

Records began 
1896

Rank

Amount Year

1

20.17 1898

2

19.44 2013

3

19.37 1927

4

17.80 1935

5

17.57 1944

6

17.25 1920

7

16.91 1970

8

16.84 1957

9

15.79 1943

10

15.36 1974


 Wettest Spring

RUSHVILLE

Records 
began 
1890

Rank

Amount Year

1

20.85 1973

2

20.23 1893

3

20.18 2013

4

19.44 1927

5

18.95 1995

6

18.07 1974

7

18.03 1996

8

17.81 1970

9

17.74 1944

10

17.63 1935

 Wettest Spring

CONGERVILLE

Records began 
1935

Rank

Amount Year

1

17.64 1995

2

15.92 2013

3

15.24 2009

4

14.15 1998

5

12.88 2002

6

12.72 1999

7

12.48 2007

8

12.25 2010

9

12.12 1991

10

11.77 2004

 Wettest Spring

PRINCEVILLE

Records began 
1905

Rank

Amount Year

1

18.35 2009

2

18.33 1984

3

17.67 1982

4

17.41 1995

5

17.17 1973

6

15.69 1933

7

15.40 2013

8

15.05 1945

9

14.71 1976

10

14.67 1965

 Wettest 
Spring

PANA

Records 
began 
1890

Rank

Amount Year

1

24.88 1892

2

23.67 1927

3

21.95 2002

4

21.37 1893

5

19.86 1983

6

18.95 1922

7

18.83 2013

8

18.67 1944

9

18.28 1929

10

18.00 1908

 Wettest Spring

LINCOLN

Records 
began 
1905

Rank

Amount

Year

1

19.75

1995

2

18.72

1927

3

17.72

1943

4

17.67

1933

5

17.39

1957

6

17.23

1998

7

16.98

1922

8

16.92

1920

9

16.65

1973

10

16.30

2013

Wettest
Spring

WINCHESTER

Records
began
1897

Rank

Amount Year

1

20.80 2013

2

17.89 1898

3

15.12 2009

4

14.31 1899

5

13.93 1998

6

13.86 1904

7

13.61 2010

8

13.39 2002

9

13.13 2011

10

11.95 1902


Seasonal Summaries

Links below are the seasonal climate summaries for area cities. Only the summaries for Peoria, Springfield and Lincoln are considered "official", meaning they are the station of record for their respective locations. The other summaries are "supplemental", meaning another location in the area is the official climate station for that city.

Climate data for other area cities is available at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/xmacis.php?wfo=ilx



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