April showers bring
May showers, on the
other hand--as Dunelanders learned last month--bring mud, damp, backyard
pooling, burned-out sump pumps, frayed tempers, and soggy souls.
records generously provided by Bill Williams, chief operator at the
Chesterton wastewater treatment plant, in May it rained fully 24 days out of
31, including 10 consecutive days May 21-30.
Add for good
measure the last four days of April and it rained 27 days out of 35.
Total rainfall in
May: 8.12 inches, comparable to the all-time May record of 8.25 inches
recorded last month in Chicago. The Chesterton Tribune was unable
immediately to find the Duneland record.
Include the last
four days in April, and between April 27 and May 31 Duneland was deluged by
nearly a foot of rain: 11.37 inches. On five separate occasions during that
period daily rainfall totals exceeded one inch.
average rainfall in May, the Weather Channel reports: 3.85 inches.