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Philadelphia Sets June Rain Record

By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
July 02, 2013, 7:13:52 AM EDT

Recent rounds of showers and thunderstorms have not only triggered flooding but also helped make this June the wettest on record in Philadelphia and Wilmington.

This June became Philadelphia's wettest on record Friday evening when the monthly rainfall total stood at 10.11 inches. Additional downpours over the weekend, pushed Philadelphia's June rainfall to 10.55 inches.

June 1938 and its 10.06 inches originally held the record. Philadelphia's weather record books date back to 1872.

The rain that has fallen this month is nearly three times more than the 3.43 inches that Philadelphia typically receives each June.

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A new June rainfall record was also set in nearby Wilmington, Del. The 13.66 inches of rain that fell through Sunday easily surpassed the previous wettest June record of 9.90 inches from 2003.

A total of 1.25 inches of June's rain fell on Friday alone, when severe thunderstorms rolled through Wilmington and downed trees.


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Wilmington also had a last minute addition to their rainfall record on Sunday. Heavy storms that rolled through the area dropped 1.75 inches of rain in a few short hours.

The fact that June rainfall records were broken in several spots across the Northeast proves that the ground is saturated and susceptible to more flash flooding from the rounds of showers and thunderstorms that will occur through the Fourth of July.

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