Metro-East News

More rain could add to record; Mississippi rising

There’s more rain headed our way this week.

The AccuWeather forecast for the region calls for a chance of showers or thunderstorms each day this week.

The forecast for Monday calls for a high of 82, and sunshine mixing with some clouds, with a shower or thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon. The chance for a shower or thunderstorm remains through the evening.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for a high of 86, again with a chance of showers or thunderstorms.

The Mississippi River level at St. Louis was reported at 37.56 feet as of 5 a.m. Monday. Flood stage is 30 feet.

The river level is expected to reach 38.7 feet in the next couple of days. The “major” flood stage is 40 feet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Downstream at Chester, the river level was 38.42 feet on Monday morning. A 40-foot crest is expected in the next few days at Chester.

Upstream at Alton, the level was 31.62 feet on Monday. A 32-foot crest is expected there in the next few days. At Alton, the “major” flood stage is 34 feet.

Wettest June

The St. Louis metropolitan region has experienced its wettest June on record, with 13.12 inches of rain so far. The previous record of 12.35 inches was set in 2003.

And Illinois’ wet June is now one for the record book.

State Climatologist Jim Angel said Sunday that rainfall the past few days has officially made the month Illinois’ wettest June in recorded state history. State records go back to 1895.

Angel said that through Saturday the statewide average rainfall total for the month was 8.91 inches. That tops the previous record June in 1902, when 8.27 inches of rain fell.

And more rain is expected across much of the state before the July starts on Wednesday.

According to Angel, four of the five wettest Junes in state history have now happened since 1998