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%).
Two days of rare September severe thunderstorms in Pennsylvania have dropped tornadoes and funnel clouds, and I was able to chase some of them.
There are quite a few notable low pressure systems or "cyclones" worldwide today. One of them, Typhoon Meranti, is the biggest in a while.
On the evening of September 5, 1996, as Hurricane Fran approached the North Carolina coast, I embarked on my first-ever hurricane storm chase trip.
Twenty years ago, Hurricane Fran roared into eastern North Carolina, and I was there -- and I've got the VHS tapes to prove it.
Until yesterday, Hurricane Wilma was the last Hurricane to strike the state of Florida, 11 years ago.
Hurricane Irene caused over $16 billion in damage in 2011. A the 5-year anniversary, I look back on my experiences with the storm.