Louisville Latest City to Smash Yearly Rain Record

December 6, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
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With more than 2 inches of rain falling on Monday, Louisville, Ky., became the latest location to break its yearly rainfall record.

The Derby City joins a long list of other Midwestern and Northeast cities to establish new wettest years on record.

With a little more than three weeks to go in 2011, Louisville has now recorded a total of 65.70 inches of precipitation, besting the previous record of 64.40 inches from 2004.

Moisture streaming north along a slow-moving frontal boundary provided the needed rainfall to break the record on Monday, as a widespread 2 to 6 inches of rain inundated areas from eastern Texas into the Ohio Valley since the weekend.

While the rain was welcome in drought-stricken Texas, it exasperated stream and river flooding over the Midwest and Ohio Valley.

Among the other cities to break yearly rainfall records: Binghamton, N.Y. (64.96 inches); Cleveland, Ohio (62.07 inches); Philadelphia, Pa. (60.00 inches); Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa. (56.80 inches); and Albany, N.Y. (39.35 inches).

A map showing soil moisture across the United States. Anything above 400 mm is considered quite wet. (NOAA)

Both New York City (68.81 inches) and Detroit (45.91 inches) have recorded their second wettest years on record.

Not surprisingly, soil moisture is running very high from the mid-Mississippi Valley into the Northeast according to NOAA. In some areas, this may have made it difficult to cut the grass one final time before the ground freezes for the winter.

The AccuWeather.com forecast for the upcoming winter keeps the water-logged region stormy over the next few months.

As a final note, melted snowfall from the winter and early spring of the year goes into the final precipitation total in each city.


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