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.
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.
Tropical Depression Eight could become a tropical storm while brushing the North Carolina coast with rough surf, downpours and locally gusty thunderstorms into midweek.
Tropical Depression Nine developed just south of Florida on Sunday and will turn toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States later this week.
Another strong tropical disturbance has moved off the coast of Africa and bears watching for strengthening and impact on the Caribbean and the United States during September.
Two tropical systems, Madeline and Lester, could pose hazards to Hawaii from the middle of the week into Labor Day weekend.
Though the summer season is winding down, forecasters are predicting a warm start to fall across the Northeast — a weather pattern that could spell bad news for fall foliage lovers.
The worst thing that people who live along coastlines can do is not to prepare for tropical storms and hurricanes.
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