A historically wet July

wettest albany months

We're now finished talking about the weather.

Update! It's not official yet, but it looks this July will end up being the second wettest month on record in the Capital Region. This past July was the rainiest on record in the Capital Region.

Friday's deluge (2.42 inches) brought the month's total to 9.91 inches. Not only does that set the mark for the rainiest July -- it's also one of the wettest months ever recorded in the Capital Region.

July's total ranks #2 all-time on the list kept by the National Weather Service, which dates back to 1874. Though as commenter Rainman points out, there are records of a handful of even rainier months before that.

Earlier on AOA: A damp decade

(Thanks to jwk and Rainman.)

Data from National Weather Service. Records start in 1874.

Comments

Historically wet? or Hysterically wet?

No, you're probably right. I think the moisture has gotten to my brain...

We're going to get another 1" of precipitation by tonight in the form of my tears over this freaking lame summer.

Oh man, I forgot to water my garden this morning. Do... do you think they'll be okay?

As you know, Business Week put out a list of the 25 Best Cities for Generation Y and Albany ranked 20 on the list.

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/06/0609_top_gen_y_cities/21.htm

Seattle was number 21 on that same list.

Now, ever since that list came out, it's been raining like crazy in Albany. But it's been dry as a bone in Seattle.

Is there a correlation between our newfound hipness and the amount of rain we are receiving? I think so!

By the way, that top 25 list in Business Week was compiled by the Martin Prosperity Institute, which is Richard Florida's group:

http://www.creativeclass.com/creative_class/2009/06/11/what-gen-y-wants/

Florida will be in Albany to give a talk this September

http://yourcitycapregion.com

I plan to ask him about the rain to hipness correlation. :)

Actually the record goes back to 1826 but were not collected
by the NWS until 1874. Although this is the wettest July on record many months have a greater total in the entire record. Here are some examples pre 1874..

July
9.37 in 1871 - superceded today as wettest July on record

August
10.59 in 1871
10.14 in 1856

October
13.48 in 1869 ... WOW

*PRECIPITATION RECORDS FROM 1826.

*THE SOURCES OF ALL RECORDS THROUGH 1873 ARE: THE REGENTS OF NEW YORK
UNIVERSITY, AND; DR. PHILIP TEN EYCK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS THE
SOURCE OF ALL RECORDS DATED 1874 AND LATER.

If I remember correctly, there were two hurricanes/tropical storms that passed through the northeast in September 1999. So that month may have set the record, but it totally gets an asterisk for juicin'.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

This week was brought to you by

This week was brought to you by the return of sweaters, rain boots, hot tea and soup. It was also brought to you by a... (more)

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA: + Christine asked about bachelorette party ideas in downtown Troy. + We took a... (more)

In no more than 10 words

Long story short (because that's the point here): We had a chance to stop in to the Next Door Kitchen & Bar in Ballston Spa... (more)

"Very dramatic and a hell of a conversation piece!"

Currently listed on Albany Craigslist: "Electric Chair - $325" -- "Great for any "Man Cave", Bar, Fraternity or club house. Of course this is not... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

Things should start to dry out just in time for this pre-Halloween weekend. And there's plenty to do, from haunted hayrides, scary movies and harvest... (more)

Recent Comments

... Let's also lower the city speed limit to 25 while we're at it. Maybe then these morons will not go 45 miles an hour down Washington Avenue. Why should cities surrender themselves to the automobile and automobile drivers? - the very forces that killed cities to begin with. ...

Poking at some numbers for New York school districts, graduation rates, and income

...has 7 comments, most recently from KM

In no more than 10 words

...has 6 comments, most recently from Burnt My Fingers

"Very dramatic and a hell of a conversation piece!"

...has 2 comments, most recently from Barold

Favorite fall hikes?

...has 16 comments, most recently from Tess

Albany Common Council passes red light camera ordinance: comments, votes, thoughts

...has 36 comments, most recently from -B