UPDATE 1/10/2012: The following major cities have their official record breaking NWS statements linked: Binghampton, NY | Scranton, PA | Harrisburg, PA | Williamsport, PA | Cleveland, OH | Philadelphia, PA | Newark, NJ. Albany did NOT beat their record.
ORIGINAL REPORT: With little precipitation left to fall this year, we wrap up 2011 as a record rainfall year for parts of the Midwest and Northeast. Below is a map showing the fourteen states (!) that are more than 20 inches over normal, along with some annotation of percentages for major cities.
Although Chicago got "only" 135%, or 39 inches of rain this year, that ended up to be the second wettest year on record (precipitation varies more in the East where major, wet (even tropical) storms abound). In Ohio, they broke the record highest amount of precipitation ever in the state (a record previously held by the year 1870!)
For information on other cities, read our news story "List of Cities Breaking Yearly Rain Records Grows", or download the detailed maps that I used from our Pro site. (data from Dec. 28th from AccuWeather's climate database; may not exactly match NWS records).
For the search engines, here's the list from the graphic, sorted by Percentage:
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: 74" (183%).
Cincinnati, Ohio: 73" (174%).
Cleveland, Ohio: 65" (168%).
Cape Girardeau, Missouri: 78" (164%).
Montgomery, New York: 73" (164%).
Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania: 79" (164%).
Training thunderstorms and mesoscale convective complexes slammed West Virginia and Virginia yesterday, killing 14 people and dropping more than a foot of rain.
I've lived in central Pennsylvania for almost 20 years now. I'm not sure that I remember such a quiet severe weather season. Let's quantify that.
I created an online simulator of the 21-screen real-time U.S. webcam display that is in the lobby of the Joel N. Myers Weather Center at Penn State.
As we predicted, records have been broken across the Southwest U.S. and will continue to be today and tomorrow.
Early next week could bring the hottest weather ever recorded in the Southwest -- and that's no joke.
As part of my continuing Spring 2016 Gadget Review, I recently took a look at a number of weather-related tech products.