The last 12-months have been the wettest on record in parts of New England, according to new data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just this week.
From July 2018 through June 2019, the average precipitation in Massachusetts totaled 61.87 inches. That’s more than 17 inches above average and is now the wettest 12-month stretch in the state’s 124 years of record keeping.
Both Connecticut and Rhode Island also set new records, with more than 60 inches of rain reported in those states. That’s 17 to 20 inches above average.
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Downpours producing these high rainfall totals are becoming more common, especially here in the Northeast, as the climate warms.
On a national scale, the average rainfall for this year-long stretch was nearly 8 inches above average. Like Southern New England, this is the most on record for a consecutive 12-month span.
This is now the third time this year that the record has been broken at the national level.