July rainfall breaks 49-year-old city record
By Tom Joyce
A round of showers that began Monday afternoon gave Mount Airy its highest rainfall total ever logged for July, breaking a record that stood nearly 50 years.
The 1.37 inches measured from Monday through 7 a.m. Tuesday at the city’s F.G. Doggett Water Plant pushed the monthly total to 13.47 inches — and counting.
That eclipsed the previous record of 13.37 inches, set here in July 1964, according to figures from the water plant, the official weather-monitoring station for Mount Airy, where statistics have been kept since 1924.
“So we’re a tenth above that, and we still have eight more days of July,” Phillip Easter, a plant spokesman, said Tuesday.
The precipitation so far this month locally is 192 percent above the July average of 4.76 inches, Easter said.
To drive home the point about what a rainy time it’s been, he mentioned that as of Tuesday, there have been only five days during July in which no measurable rainfall occurred.
This month’s output is a continuation of a wet pattern that has been noted all year. “It started in January, it seems to me like,” Easter said. That month, another local record was broken when Mount Airy received 9.93 inches of precipitation — shattering a mark set 77 years previously in January 1936.
In June, measurable rainfall fell on 15 of the month’s 30 days. June’s total of 7.41 inches dwarfed the Mount Airy average for that month, 3.86 inches.
As of June 30, precipitation was 46 percent above normal for the year in Mount Airy, with 33.02 inches received compared to the local average for that period of 22.61 inches.
The year-to-date percentage gap will widen even more when July’s numbers are added.
Reach Tom Joyce at 719-1924 or email@example.com.
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