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9.37 in 1871 - superceded today as wettest July on record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

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