There's a reason why we give umbrella's away during the month of May. It's because we have many rainy days! But this past May was more wet than usual. The first couple weeks of May were the wettest with many rounds of thunderstorms. We all remember the worst day of flooding on May 2nd, when up to 10" inches of rain fell over parts of Northeastern Kentucky and Olive Hill was devastated by a flash flood.
I received a question from one of my blog readers, Amanda Day of Ashland, Kentucky who asks: "Just how wet was May and did we break any records?"
Good question, Amanda! I've been crunching the numbers and here's what I found.
May 2010 finished as the 10th wettest ever in Huntington, the 4th wettest in Parkersburg and the 6th wettest in Beckley.
The total rain amount for Huntington was 7.16" and that's 2.75" above normal for the month.
For Charleston is was the 3rd wettest May ever. 8.01" inches of rain fell and that's 3.71" above normal.
What I found most interesting is despite the records dating all the way back to the late 1800s, the top 4 wettest May's in Charleston have all be in the 2000s. 2001 was the wettest on record and last May was the 4th wettest.
Here's a not so bold forecast for the summer ahead... We will NOT have a drought this year. Now that was easy, ha-ha!
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