Heavy Rain Ends June

The month of June is behind us, and likely not a moment too soon thanks to all the weather yesterday that ended the month.

The National Weather Service says several inches of rain fell yesterday following at least three rounds of severe weather. A Severe Thunderstorm watch expired at 3am, and that’s after a tornado watch lasted until yesterday evening.

Storm reports in to the Weather Service indicate two and a quarter inches of rain falling as of nine o’clock last night in Altona — over an inch of that falling in just 40 minutes, while almost a half-inch more than that fell in Knoxville — most of that in an hour and a half.

Stark County reported an inch of rain falling in less than 15 minutes last night.

Heavy rain was worse in the Quad Cities area, where near-record floods in the Mississippi River are expected now. As much as five inches of rain fell at the Quad City airport in Moline in just 24 hours time, breaking a previous record by two inches.

The storms also caused plenty of downed trees and tree limbs.

The forecast is much improved the rest of the week, with cool temperatures for a couple of days, including a Fouth of July high near 80 in Galesburg.

The next chances of rain are Saturday night and Sunday.

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