2011 Second Wettest Year in Chicago History

This year's rainfall totals to 49.41 inches

By Kristin Callahan
|  Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011  |  Updated 9:46 AM CDT
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    The city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs were downright soggy this past year.

    2011 officially passed 1983 as the second wettest year on record after more measurable rainfall collected at O'Hare airport Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

    The 0.06 inches of rain that dripped and dropped at the airport on December 27 were enough to put it over the top at 49.41 inches. The year now stands behind 2008, during which 50.86 inches of precipitation fell.

    But don't close the books on 2011 just yet.

    Chicago needs only 1.45 inches of precipitation to set the all time soggy record and it may be in the cards.

    The weather outlook for the rest of the week shows a slight chance of rain and snow, but mostly cloudy skies.

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