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Racine and Caledonia experience never-before-seen rainfall | Local News

UPDATE: By 11:11 p.m., Sunday’s record-setting rainfall had reportedly surpassed 9 inches in Racine.

“Racine easily will end up with 10-11 inches (of precipitation) by morning. Incredible rain,” WITI-TV (Fox 6) Meteorologist Tom Wachs wrote on social media Sunday night. “To give some perspective, if this rain were snow it would be 90-110 inches (7½-8⅓ feet).”

That much snowfall would by far be a record for Racine too. Racine’s one-day snowfall record, according to the National Weather Service, was 24 inches on Feb. 2, 2011.

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Fosters ReStore, 2000 Lathrop Ave., is expected to be closed Monday due to “major flooding” in its building.

It is strongly advised to not drive through floodwater, even if it appears calm and shallow. The majority of U.S. deaths in flashfloods occur after cars are driven into the water.

ORIGINAL REPORT, published at 10:10 p.m. Sunday: On Sunday, more than half-a-foot of rain poured on the Racine area. That’s never happened before; it’s the highest recorded rainfall in a single day in local history.



The Caledonia Police Department released this photo Sunday evening on Facebook with the caption: “Since there is more rain than usual the ditches are filling up. We are quite limited in our ability to arrest the rain. And since the roads aren’t blocked,  the highway department is also limited in their response. It’s dark out now, leave the ditch and drain clearing to the professionals.”



Measurements of 7½ inches of rain in Caledonia and 6.48 inches in Racine Sunday set all-time 24-hour records, and those measurements were reported before 9:15 p.m. — leaving another 2¾ hours of downpour still expected before the end of the day — according to the National Weather Service.

The prior record was 4.8 inches, recorded on April 5, 1947 at the Racine Wastewater Treatment Plant by the lakefront, according to the National Weather Service; the oldest records NWS has for Racine are from May 1, 1896.

Sunday evening, a flood warning was in place across southeastern Wisconsin. Flooding is to remain a concern into the day Monday, and social media reports indicate numerous homes throughout eastern Racine County experiencing water in their basements.

According to We Energies, more than 1,600 people in the greater Racine area were without power as of 10:18 p.m.

“It’s a situation where you’ve got all the right ingredients coming together,” Miller said. He said there are three primary factors coming together to create the conditions for the unprecedented downpour:

  • Lots of moisture in the air. “Most of the time anytime we get these really good rains, it’s usually moisture that comes up from the Gulf of Mexico.”
  • What is known as “a surface low-pressure system,” which Miller called “one of our big weather makers,” coming north from central Illinois and settling over the southwestern edge of Lake Michigan. Low-pressure systems typically bring weather events while high-pressure systems are associated with clear skies.
  • The biggest difference-maker has been how slow this stormfront has been moving. “It’s basically lingering in one spot,” Miller said.

Sam Kuffel, a Kenosha-native meteorologist affiliated with WDJT-TV (CBS 58), reported that Racine received more Sunday as it did throughout most of the summer of 2022; from June 1-Aug. 31, 2022, Racine recorded just 6.51 inches of precipitation.

At 9:52 p.m. Sunday, Kuffel tweeted that Racine’s rain total had risen to 7.78 inches while Caledonia’s was up to 7.5 inches.



Rainfall Sunday

The Caledonia Police Department released this photo Sunday evening on Facebook with the caption: “Since there is more rain than usual the ditches are filling up. We are quite limited in our ability to arrest the rain. And since the roads aren’t blocked,  the highway department is also limited in their response. It’s dark out now, leave the ditch and drain clearing to the professionals.”



History

NWS Meteorologist Cameron Miller noted that record-keeping for most of the last 125 years in Racine has been spotty. But, with the records that do exist dating back to the late 1800s from multiple sources, the National Weather Service is aware of no dates in Racine County history when nearly this much rain fell.

According to tracking from the Wisconsin State Climatology Office, other record-setting days locally included:

  • Aug. 18, 1978: 5.37 inches in Union Grove.
  • June 13, 1940: 5.09 inches in Burlington.
  • Sept. 11, 1933: 4.1 inches in the City of Racine.

The all-time record for most rain in a 24-hour period in Wisconsin history was 11.72 inches on June 24, 1946, in the City of Mellen in Ashland County.

Photos: Devastating scenes from Pakistan’s deadly floods

Pakistan Floods

Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Sohbat Pur city, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Zahid Hussain)



Pakistan Floods

Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Jaffarabad, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Zahid Hussain)



Pakistan Floods

People cross a river on a suspended cradle, in the town of Bahrain, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. The United Nations and Pakistan issued an appeal Tuesday for $160 million in emergency funding to help millions affected by record-breaking floods that have killed more than 1,150 people since mid-June. (AP Photo/Naveed Ali)



Pakistan Floods

Displaced people are transported through floodwaters by boat, in Multan, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Shazia Bhatti)



Pakistan Floods

A woman walks near to damage home after heavy rains, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



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People wade through floodwaters, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



Pakistan Floods

Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Sohbat Pur city, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Zahid Hussain)



Pakistan Floods

Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Sohbat Pur city, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Zahid Hussain)



APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Sohbat Pur city, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Zahid Hussain)



APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

A displaced man transports usable belongings salvaged from his flood-hit home across a flooded area in the Shikarpur district of Sindh province, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)



APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Sohbat Pur city, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Zahid Hussain)



Pakistan Floods

A boy and girl wade through mud near their flood-hit home, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



Pakistan Floods

Children salvage a cot from their flood-hit home, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



Pakistan Floods

A displaced girl peers from the door of her tent after floodwaters hit her family home, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



Pakistan Floods

A boy and girl are reflected in water near their flood-hit home, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



Pakistan Floods

Men make a shelter at their flood-hit home in Shikarpur district of Sindh province, of Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)



Pakistan Floods

Men carry usable belongings salvaged from their flood-hit home across a flooded area in Shikarpur district of Sindh province, of Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)



Pakistan Floods

A man carries usable belongings salvaged from his flood-hit home across a flooded area in Shikarpur district of Sindh province, of Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)



APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

A man carries salvageable belongings from his flood-hit home in Shikarpur district of Sindh province, of Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)



Pakistan Floods

Passengers wait by a damaged road next to floodwaters, in Bahrain, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Naveed Ali)



Pakistan Floods

People cross a river on a bridge damaged by floodwaters, in the town of Bahrain, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. The United Nations and Pakistan issued an appeal Tuesday for $160 million in emergency funding to help millions affected by record-breaking floods that have killed more than 1,150 people since mid-June. (AP Photo/Naveed Ali)



Pakistan Floods

A boy stand in mud after floodwaters hit his home, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



Pakistan Floods

A boy lies on a cot near his flood-hit home, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



Pakistan Floods

People cross a river on a bridge damaged by floodwaters, in the town of Bahrain, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. The United Nations and Pakistan issued an appeal Tuesday for $160 million in emergency funding to help millions affected by record-breaking floods that have killed more than 1,150 people since mid-June. (AP Photo/Naveed Ali)



Pakistan Floods

Muktiyara Bibi looks for salvageable belongings from her flood-hit home in Shikarpur district of Sindh province, of Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)



Pakistan Floods

A man wade through a flooded area after heavy rains, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

People stand around a washed-out road after heavy rains in Charsadda, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



Pakistan Floods

A man uses a bucket to remove water from his home after heavy rains in Charsadda, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

A man stand in mud after floodwaters hit his home, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

A girl sits amid the rubble of her damaged home after heavy rains in Charsadda, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. The United Nations and Pakistan have appealed for $160 million in emergency funds for nearly a half million displaced victims of record-breaking floods that have killed more than 1,150 people since mid-June. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



Pakistan Floods

Displaced families take refuge at a camp after fleeing their flood-hit homes, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



Pakistan Floods

Displaced families line up to receive food as they take refuge on a roadside after fleeing their flood-hit homes in Sohbat Pur city, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Zahid Hussain)



Pakistan Floods

Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Sohbat Pur city, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Zahid Hussain)



APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

People salvage usable items from a damaged hotel building caused by floodwaters in the village of Kalam in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Sherin Zada)



Pakistan Floods

A woman wades through a flooded area after heavy rains in the Shikarpur district of Sindh province, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)



Pakistan Floods

Damaged hotels are surrounded by floodwaters in Kalam, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Sherin Zada)



Pakistan Floods

Damaged hotels are surrounded by floodwaters in Kalam, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Disaster officials say nearly a half million people in Pakistan are crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding caused by unprecedented monsoon rains in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Sherin Zada)



Pakistan Floods

People wade through a flooded area of Sohbatpur, a district of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. International aid was reaching Pakistan on Monday, as the military and volunteers desperately tried to evacuate many thousands stranded by widespread flooding driven by “monster monsoons” that have claimed more than 1,000 lives this summer. (AP Photo/Zahid Hussain)



APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

Army troops evacuate people from a flood-hit area in Rajanpur, district of Punjab, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Officials say flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains across much of Pakistan have killed nearly 1,000 people and displaced thousands more since mid-June. (AP Photo/Asim Tanveer)



APTOPIX Pakistan Floods

Flood affected people stand in a long line with utensils to get food distributed by Pakistani Army troops in a flood-hit area in Rajanpur, district of Punjab, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Officials say flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains across much of Pakistan have killed nearly 1,000 people and displaced thousands more since mid-June. (AP Photo/Asim Tanveer)



Pakistan Floods

A boy covers his face with mud near his flood-hit home, in Charsadda, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. Officials in Pakistan raised concerns Wednesday over the spread of waterborne diseases among thousands of flood victims as flood waters from powerful monsoon rains began to recede in many parts of the country. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)



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