SIOUX CITY | The skies showered Sioux City with 5.81 inches of rain last month, making it the sixth-wettest April in 138 years of record-keeping.
Normal rainfall for Sioux City in April amounts to 2.95 inches.
Sioux City set three daily rainfall records in the final 10 days of the month, including a 1.59-inch deluge on Saturday that topped the 2003 record of 1.23 inches for that date.
Sioux City set a rainfall record on Wednesday when 1.35 inches edged the standard of 1.21 inches set on April 27 in 1955. The other record took place on April 20, as a 2.05-inch rain nearly doubled the old high-water mark for that date of 1.1 inches recorded in 1972.
"You usually would think you'd break a monthly record when you set three daily records in that month," said State Climatologist Harry Hillaker. "But that wasn't the case."
Rain closed golf courses around Siouxland through the past week and into the weekend, forcing officials with the Northwest Iowa Senior Golf Association to move the regular Monday tournament at Alta (Iowa) Golf & Country Club to Tuesday.
Jim Scholten Day, a day honoring the former Morningside College baseball coach, was postponed not once, but twice, because of the incessant weekend rain. Scholten, the Morningside head coach for 28 years, threw out the first pitch under sunny skies on Monday afternoon as the Mustangs faced crosstown rival Briar Cliff in a key Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader at Lewis and Clark Park.
Raindrops found the company of corn planters idled on farmsteads from Estherville, Iowa, to Pender, Nebraska, during the past week. The USDA's weekly crop report showed corn planting progressing in other parts of the Midwest, but not in Siouxland, an area where thousands of crop acres from Hawarden, Iowa, to Wakefield, Nebraska, sit submerged.
"April, for the state of Iowa as a whole, was slightly drier than normal," Hillaker said. "Eastern Iowa is much drier than western Iowa."
Preliminary figures across Iowa showed a statewide average of 3.15 inches of rain in April, down from the normal statewide average of 3.51 inches for the month.
The average statewide total of rain came to 3.37 inches in April 2015, a figure that ended 10 straight Aprils that were wetter than normal.
"We've had a tendency toward wetter springs in recent years," Hillaker said.
Across Siouxland, that tendency continued in 2016.
As May breaks, however, so does the weather pattern, as forecasters show sunny skies and zero chances of rain through Friday, complemented by temperatures rising above 80 degrees.