Recent Stateline storms have really added up in the rain gauge. Rockford saw it's heaviest rain total since meteorological summer started June 1st this past Saturday. Gauges filled to 1.64" in Rockford Saturday night, as multiple storms fired up in Winnebago County. We did have multiple severe storm warnings with hail, heavy rain, and strong wind gusts reported through out northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
Rockford wasn't the only city to see heavy rain, some cities saw localized flooding, like Cherry Valley and Belvidere. Some areas of Boone County picked up 3-4", and we really saw the flooding near I-39 and 20. Boone county is in need of the rain, last week's drought monitor has Boone and Mchenry counties highlighted under the 'abnormally dry' category.
Rockford's recent rain really helped out the summer's rainfall need, because June was about two inches dry. For the month of July Rockford has a surplus of rain, the month to date total at 4.96" which is 1.94" above average. Overall since June 1st we are still .52" shy of the average with a total of 7.15."
We get a few dry days ahead before scattered showers and storms will be possible to close the week. Enjoy a few 'beach days' with seasonable temperatures and humidity, with highs in the mid and upper 80's.