DOWNTOWN — This was the city’s rainiest Labor Day on record.
And that’s not some kind of fluke: 2018 has just been a super rainy year, according to official records.
This Labor Day saw 1.79 inches of rain, making it the wettest celebration of the holiday since 1912, when the city got 1.49 inches of rain, said Amy Seeley, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The rain led to flash flooding in and around O’Hare Airport, where travelers could be seen ditching cars and trying to cross water-covered roadways to get to the airport. Large trees and branches fell around the city, according to the National Weather Service, and power lines went down while roofs were damaged.
At least one home was hit by lightning in Portage Park, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm was just one in a series that have hit Chicago this year. In fact, 2018 has been the second-wettest year in Chicago to date.
The city was hit with more than 36 inches of rain between Jan. 1 and Sept. 3, which is 10.72 inches of precipitation more than normal, Seeley said. Chicago typically only has had 24.58 inches of rain by this point in the year.