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10/14/2011

Another Record Breaker for Wet Pattern

It’s been a year of weather record breakers already and there more than 2 months left in the year! This summer was warm (In July, Newark hit 108 Degrees, the hottest temperature ever recorded there.)  And it was wet, August of 2011 was the rainiest month in NYC’s history dating back to 1869.  Even before tropical storms Irene and Lee, our area had record setting daily rainfall on August 14, 2011, with a total of 5.81" which is the fifth highest daily total ever. Now the Central Park reporting station is on target to make the Top 5 Wettest Years of all time by this weekend!

Here’s the Top 10 List for All Time Annual Rainfall:

1. 1983 - 80.56"

2. 1972 - 67.03"

3. 1989 - 65.11"

4. 2007 - 61.70"

5. 1975 - 61.21"

6. 2011 - 60.99"

7. 1990 - 60.92"

8. 2006 - 59.60"

9. 2003 - 58.56"

10. 1903 - 58.32"

NYC’s history dating back to 1869.  Even before the tropical storms Irene and Lee, our area had record setting daily rainfall on August 14, 2011, with a total of 5.81" which is the 5th wettest day ever. Now, the Central Park reporting station is on target to make the Top 5 Wettest Years of all time (over this weekend.) 

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The all-time rainiest year occurred in 1983, when 80.56" of rain deluged the city which is an impressive amount of rain, but we could break that record. 

Or at least get very close.  We are just over 60” right now at the Central Park reporting station.  Consider the averages.   The month of October gets 4.40" of rain, November gets 4.02" and December averages 4.00”  Totaling the averages, New York City can expect another 12.42" of rain. That would total over 72" of rain for 2011, which would make it the second all-time rainiest year.

This weekend starts wet and it may very well push us to the 5th spot but big winds are coming in on Saturday which will dry us out fast (and hopefully not blow all the leaves off the trees!)

 

Posted by WABC on October 14, 2011 in Science | Permalink

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