Storm breaks rainfall records across northeast US
In this Friday, June 7, 2013, file photo, a woman walks shielded from a rainstorm with an umbrella, in Philadelphia. The National Weather Service says June 7 was the wettest on record for many cities and towns in the northeastern U.S. The 3.5 inches of rain that fell at Philadelphia International Airport doubled the 1.79 inches that fell in 1904. (© AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season made this June 7 the wettest on record for many cities and towns in the northeastern U.S.
The National Weather Service says Andrea dumped 6.64 inches of rain on Gales Ferry, Conn.
The 4.16 inches that fell on New York City's Central Parkwas more than double the previous June 7 record, set in 1918. The 3.5 inches of rain that fell at Philadelphia International Airport doubled the 1.79 inches that fell in 1904. Newark, N.J., saw 3.71 inches, breaking the previous mark of 1.11 inches set in 1931.
Heavy rain caused localized street flooding in spots throughout the region.
For anyone interested, I have a question about this. It was almost thirty years ago that I got intested in rainfall patterns. I used to read almanacs and record books for fun, and look at trends and compare different cities for rain, snow and so forth.
It was in the early eighties that I noticed something funny. I was comparing Washington DC rainfall to that of New York, and for most of the 1900's the two cities were comparible in rainfall totals. Then, after the 60's drought in which New York received 24 inches in 1965, New York rainfall suddenly shot up consistently. In 1972 it got 67 or so inches, and from then on it's rainfall was always far above it's previous average. In 1983 it go 81 inches of rain for the year. Washington, DC, by comparison, continued to get below and above normal years, and never more than 51 inches.
I've always been astounded as to what made this change. It has never gone back to it's previous pattern of getting rainfall amounts in the 40's in good years. The last I looked the rainfall has been over 50 inches in the majority of the recent years, and it's "average" is now 55 inches.
Is this consistent with Global Warming? If so, then why has Washington, DC, rainfall stayed the same, while New York to New England has been deluged? Is there a relation to the doughts that Texas and California have been receiving? Does this mean that Global Warming, if real, is making key areas flood-prone while other areas dought-prone, with places "in between"?
Any comments are welcome.
Not one word that this was predicted by Climatologists more than 10 years ago. jwc
oklahoma had 7.5 in in 4 hours a week ago friday, ha the east coast whould washed away with that storm!!!!