I've just been under the weather--and under deadline pressure--the last week or so. Things are starting to look a little better on that front. I wish I could say as much for the weather, however:
(Since the graphic won't size properly, the green shades indicate amounts of roughly half an inch to an inch and a half; the yellow shades from 1.5-2.5 inches; red shades from 2.5-4.25 inches; and purple from 4.25-7.5 inches.)
That's a Doppler radar estimate of the amount of rain we've had in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin over the last day or so. Where I'm at, we've had something between 1.5 and 2.5 inches from this storm--and about 4 inches this month before this storm rolled through, which puts us around the same amount over our average monthly rainfall total--and there are still 11 days left in this month. Most of them, it would appear, are likely to bring rain, at least for the immediate future.
It's either feast or famine in these parts, it seems. A year or two ago, we were situated in a region experiencing severe drought according to the National Weather Service. Now they've just issued a slew of flood warnings for the major rivers in northern Illinois, based on the expectation that we could get anywhere from 2-3 inches of additional rainfall (with localized amounts of 8+ inches) between now and Monday night. That adds up to major or record flooding on all of the rivers the NWS monitors in this part of the country. I've already seen some crop damage from standing water as I've been driving around the county the last couple of weeks--this is only likely to make that worse. Too bad, too, since the crop was really looking to be a good one this year, given that we've managed to get fairly regular rainfall to help it mature.
Here's hoping the forecasters are way off on their estimates. But I'm not betting on that--and I'm saying a prayer of gratitude that my apartment is on the second floor.