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    Ohio, Great Lakes Area Rolling in the Rain

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    October 21, 2011, 2:56:30 PM EDT

    The latest storm has pushed Cleveland past its all-time wettest year ever, and Cincinnati's all-time wettest year is on the bubble.

    The latest storm responsible for high winds, battering waves and a thorough soaking around the central Great Lakes has delivered about 2.45 inches to the Cleveland area.

    The amount of rain from this "Freshwater Fury" has pushed the seasonal total to 54.67 inches as of 10:00 a.m. EDT Thursday. The old record was 53.83 inches, set in 1990.

    Meanwhile, in Cincinnati, 2.49 inches has fallen from the storm, bringing the seasonal total to 57.35 inches for the year so far. The current annual rainfall record is 57.58 inches, set also in 1990, but it will soon fall.

    During the balance of Thursday, additional rain will continue to affect much of Ohio, driving annual totals higher.

    Youngstown, Ohio also has a shot at breaking their wettest year on record with around 44.50 inches so far this season. The record is 50.71 inches, set in 1911.

    Ohio is not the only state close to the Great Lakes that has had excessive rainfall this year. Portions of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York and Wisconsin, and Canada's southern Ontario, have had their share of downpours.

    Binghamton, N.Y. along the Susquehanna River, has received a record 60.94 inches of rain so far this year. Normal rainfall through the first 20 days of October is 32.02 inches.

    Harrisburg, Pa. also along the Susquehanna River, has racked up 62.31 inches of rain so far this year, which has also set an all-time record. Normal rainfall through October 20 is 33.19 inches for the Pennsylvania state capitol.

    Rain from 125 to 150 percent of normal for the year thus far has fallen in Chicago, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Ind., Erie, Pa., Buffalo, N.Y., Green Bay, Wis. and Hamilton, Ont.

    In some cases, the percentage of rainfall thus far, such as that for Cincinnati and Cleveland, has surpassed that of super-saturated Philadelphia and New York City. Cincinnati and Cleveland have had approximately 165 and 175 percent of their normal rainfall this year compared to about 157 and 160 percent for New York City and Philadelphia, respectively.

    The latest storm to affect the Great Lakes and Northeast will not be the last, with the active weather pattern forecast to continue. Many of these areas will catch a break during at least part of this weekend.

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