CHICAGO (STMW) – By noon on Wednesday, Chicago had already broken a record for the third wettest year on record, and counting.

The National Weather Service says Chicago picked up 1.22 inches of rain between midnight and noon, placing the yearly total up to 48.97 inches — the third highest annual total ever in Chicago.

The record was set in 2008 when 50.86 inches of rain fell; In 1983, 49.35 inches were recorded. The top five is rounded out by 1970 at fourth with 46.09 and 1954 with 45.92 inches.

With more rain on the way, it’s very possible 2011 will climb up in the rankings, the weather service said.

Precipitation is expected to continue through Thursday, but there’s just a chance of drizzle before 9 a.m. The high will reach 51 degrees with a blustery low of 28 degrees expected, the weather service said.

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