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Rain, rain go away: Last month was officially wettest June on record

Many Grafton businesses hurting with the high water

A pouring rain covers the mostly deserted East Main Street in Grafton on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Photo by J.B. Forbes,


St. Louis' rain totals for June came in at historic levels.

Measurements taken at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport had 13.14 inches for the month. That's about nine inches above normal.

"That is by far a monthly record," said Ben Miller, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Weldon Spring. "The previous record was 12.35 inches in 2003."

June 2015 is the second-wettest month on record for St. Louis. The only month that was wetter was August 1946, with 14.78 inches of rain.

Rain total record-keeping goes back to 1874.

June is normally the wettest month in St. Louis, but nowhere near the record totals seen this June. The norm is closer to 4.28 inches, Miller said.

Why so much rain?

"That's a good question," he said. "We were just are in a pattern where a cold front wavered around the area, and repeated situations where that was close enough to the area where showers moved into the area."

"The whole Midwest has seen a pretty wet month."

Wednesday is the first day of July, but don't expect a respite from the rain. Miller said forecasters think there could be another inch or two of rain before Thursday night, especially in central Missouri.

The high temperature on Wednesday could reach 80 degrees. Showers and thunderstorms are likely Wednesday, Wednesday night and Thursday. Chances drop off a bit (to a 40 percent chance) on Thursday night, Friday and Friday night.

The forecast for the Fourth of July holiday says there is a 20 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms Saturday. The high Saturday will be about 80 degrees, and the low overnight Saturday will drop to the mid 60s. Sunday brings another chance for rain, with a high near the mid 80s.

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