Summer means pop-up storms with heavy rainfall

(Illinois Farm Bureau file photo)

Flash flooding occurred in Quincy and Colchester recently after a large amount of rain fell in a short amount of time.

“Those pop-up thunderstorms that can generate 2 or 3 inches of precipitation or sometimes more in a period of one or two hours, those are somewhat common in the summertime,” said Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford during a Tuesday visit with RFD Radio. Summer officially began Saturday.

Weather spotters reported anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rain in Quincy (Adams County) on Sunday, causing flashing flooding and significant water damage at Blessing Hospital.

“If you look statewide over an entire three-month summer, we’re going to have those pretty much every summer,” he said. “It’s very rare that one location will be impacted by those very heavy precipitation events more than just a couple of times in any given summer.”

Although there was some property damage from the flash flooding in Quincy, there were no reports of injuries.

Also this week, a weather observer in Colchester (McDonough County) recorded just over 3.25 inches of rain in a short period of time Monday.