The Jefferson County area is having one of the driest starts to the year on record, although that could change with rains that are forecasted to begin Wednesday afternoon.
According to Scott Dergan, who is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Omaha, Fairbury is .08 inches over the record for the driest first four months of the year, which was set in 1934 with 1.59 inches.
From Jan. 1 to April 21 Fairbury recorded 1.67 inches of precipitation, he said. The normal precipitation amount for that time period is 5.53 inches, according to Dergan.
He said spring storms that often bring moisture have been slow to start this spring because of the weather patterns that are still bringing cold air from Canada. Between March 1 and April 21 which is part of the areas rainy season Fairbury has had only .76 inches. Dergan said the normal amount is 3.97 inches. The cool temperatures have kept rain-producing storms from forming.