April Review: Warm Start, Cool & Wet Ending

We’ll finally receive a much needed break from the recent several day rainy stretch that ended up pushing our April rainfall total well over the 5 inch mark in a month where we typically receive only around 4 inches total.

April also featured several warm days with nearly 77% of our daily high temperatures located on the above average side of things.

Some area rivers including the Rock River have risen over the last several days, with minor flooding expected across portions of Lee county and Whiteside County. At this time no major flooding is expected as we enter a much needed dry stretch that will last through the upcoming weekend.

May will be a critical month in determining how warm or lack thereof temperatures will get this summer. If we see a cool and damp May, it is increasingly likely that our summer will be on the cooler side temperature wise. May is also the month when our severe weather climatology begins to reach it’s peak.

Here’s a breakdown of the daily climate with data taken from our weather station located 1 mile north of Sterling. Data is not official.