Skip to contents
Downtown

It’s Not Just You: This Spring Has Been Unusually Rainy And Cold

Chicago's had more than a foot of rain this spring and more is coming.

-Tripp-/Flickr
  • Credibility:

DOWNTOWN — It’s not just your imagination: This spring has been way rainier and chillier than usual in Chicago.

As of Thursday, the city’s gotten 12.84 inches of precipitation this spring, said AccuWeather meteorologist Tony Vartman.

The city typically has just 8.5 inches by this point of the season (and 9.5 inches for all of spring), meaning Chicago’s had about 50 percent more rain and snow than usual.

And, yes, it’s also been colder: Temperatures have been about 1.9 degrees lower than normal, a “significant temperature departure,” Vartman said. The deluge of rain has played a role in keeping temperatures low.

“It’s certainly been a lot wetter than what we normally expect this time of year,” Vartman said.

There’s just a week left of meteorological spring, which kicks off at the start of March and ends when May does. But that week isn’t looking too great, either, putting a damper on Memorial Day weekend plans.

“It just looks like every day we have at least a round of showers or thunderstorms coming through the area,” Vartman said. “Certainly it looks like precipitation will continue to be above normal.”

The city could get another inch or 2 of rain as more showers and thunderstorms pop up over the next few days, Vartman said.

And though it may have been a particularly dreary spring, Chicago’s not breaking any records: The most it’s ever rained and snowed during a Chicago spring was in 1983, when there was 17.51 inches of precipitation, Vartman said. The driest spring came in 1887, when there was just 2.73 inches of precipitation.

Do stories like this matter to you? Subscribe to Block Club Chicago. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods.