If April showers lead to May flowers, things should really be blooming in Illinois this year.
In a news release, Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says the state received 6.90 inches of rain this past April — making the month the fourth wettest April on record in Illinois. The total was 3.13 inches above the long-term state average of 3.77 inches for the month.
Not surprisingly, the release says the consequences for so much rain included widespread flooding on the Illinois, Mississippi, and Wabash rivers and their tributaries.
The rain also delayed a lot of agricultural work. According to the release, a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Statistics Service’s report found that only 1 percent of the corn crop was planted compared to 76 percent during April 2012.