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Chicago Rainfall: 2011 Second-Wettest Year In History (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 12/27/11 04:02 PM ET Updated: 12/27/11 04:02 PM ET

As 2011 winds to a close, Tuesday morning's drizzles officially tipped the scales, making this year the city's second wettest in history.

Rainfall collected at O'Hare airport Tuesday brought 2011 totals to 49.41 inches, beating the total rainfall in 1983, previously the second-wettest year behind 2008, NBC Chicago reports. About 0.06 inches of rain fell Dec. 27 at O'Hare, according to the National Weather Service. Before Tuesday, 2011 and 1983's levels were tied.

If 1.45 more inches of precipitation falls before the year ends, 2011 will beat 2008's all-time record, when 50.86 inches of precipitation fell, the Lake Forester reports. Forecasts are currently predicting a slight chance of rain and snow for the rest of the week.

Chicago has already set some rainfall records this year. July this year was the wettest July ever, logging 11.15 inches of rainfall, the Chicago Tribune reports. July 23 saw the most rainfall ever recorded in a single day, with 6.86 inches, and Feb. 1-2 saw a record 20 inches of snowfall in a 24-hour period, making it the city's snowiest February ever.

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