Stateline having one of wettest years on record

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BELOIT - If it seems the year is way wetter than normal, your internal rain gauge is right.

Wisconsin and Illinois have received about 34% more rain than during an average year, and the U.S. has experienced the wettest year on record in the past 124 years for the time period of September 2018 through August of 2019, according to Denny VanCleve, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

VanCleve said the ranking could change a bit depending on the months included in the time period. The period of record is 124 years.

For the same time period in Wisconsin, September 2018 through August 2019, the state was ranked as having the second wettest season on record with Wisconsin receiving 42.08 inches. Normally, the average is 31.35 inches. The wettest season for Wisconsin was in 2017 when it received 42.15 inches of rain.

Rock County received 45.85 inches of rain this time period, while the average is 33.03 inches of rain. Beloit saw another 1.6 inches of rain over the weekend from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, according to data provided by the National Weather Service Milwaukee-Sullivan reporting station.

Rock County had the third wettest season. The top record for rainfall in Rock County was in 1993 when it received 48.55 inches and 2017 when it received 47.71 inches.

Illinois had its third wettest season in 124 years. It received 50.13 inches of rain this year. The average is 37.45. Illinois had 51.14 inches of rain in 1927 and 50.62 inches of rain in 1993. Winnebago County, Illinois had its second wettest season. It had 47.42 inches of rain, and the average is 33.75 inches of rain. Its highest time period for rainfall was in 1993 with 49.17 inches.

With the amount of rain received, VanCleve there will be flooding, especially along rivers or when snow melts.

Rock County farmers were at least three weeks behind in the planting, according to UW Extension Rock County's Agriculture Agent Nick Baker in an earlier interview.

At Skelly's Farm Market, 2713 S Hayner Road, Janesville, there were some struggles dealing with the wet weather this year, but the farm has had normal yields for fruits and vegetables. It expects good results for its pumpkin crop despite shortages in some places.

Co-owner Joe Skelly said the spring was exceptionally wet in April and May, but there were occasional dry days which allowed workers to get everything planted when necessary.

The only hiccup was germination because it was wet and soggy, although it didn't cause too much economic impact.

"The yield of pumpkins is where it should be and they all should be maturing," Skelly said.

Skelly said the pumpkins are looking healthy and should last until Halloween.

Skelly's has a small amount of field corn, used for rotational purposes, which has been a little delayed in maturity. If the frost is delayed until mid-October when the corn can be harvested, the crop should have time to finish maturing and should be a normal yield.

Despite challenges, Skelly said he's realizing that weather patterns are changing and precipitation is the new normal.

"Instead of smaller amounts of rain you get a lot at once, you get multiple inches. We've come to expect it, deal with it and adapt," Skelly said.

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