Interesting Rainfall Data

It’s official Friday night’s thunderstorms pushed July 2009’s rain total into the top 10 wettest months ever (or at least since 1895).  NOAA lists July’s rainfall total at 10.52 inches, well in excess of the old record from July 1916 of 9.07 inches. By comparison normal Rainfall total for July is 3.17 inches. This might explain why basements all over Providence just won’t seem to dry out. 

Here are the 20 wettest months sorted by rainfall total.

Rank Month Year Precipitation
1 October 2005 14.63
2 January 1979 11.82
3 June 1998 11.5
4 June 1982 11.33
5 April 1983 11.19
6 October 1898 11.14
7 June 2006 11.07
8 August 1946 11.06
9 July 2009 10.52
10 March 2001 10.43
11 August 1955 10.21
12 December 1936 10.2
13 November 1983 9.82
14 December 1969 9.6
15 September 2008 9.51
16 October 1962 9.45
17 September 1961 9.39
18 September 1932 9.36
19 July 1916 9.07
20 August 1954 9.02

5 of the 15 wettest months on record have occurred in just the last 8 years. Maybe it’s Global Warming, maybe not, all I know for sure is that it feels like Global Wetting. Check out more interesting weather data at the NOAA website.  You can also get the daily weather summary from NOAA each day. The upside of all this rain of course is that you don’t have to water your garden every day.

Happy gardening. -t

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