Remember when many in Central New York were begging for rain from Mother Nature? That was only about 4 or 5 weeks ago! What a difference a month or so makes, right?! Mother Nature listened and has provided more than enough for most of the region the last month or so, and especially this past weekend! Some people have standing water in their yards after the 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain with isolated locales receiving more than 3 inches this past weekend!!
In Syracuse, just under two inches of rain fell officially at Hancock International Airport over the weekend, with another almost half an inch on Tuesday which brings the July rainfall total to just over 6 and a quarter inches through the first 21 days of the month! The average amount of rainfall through the first 21 days of July is about 2 and 6 tenths of an inch, or about 3 and a half inches below what we’ve had! That’s right, well over double the average we’ve seen so far! How does this compare to last year and the top 5 wettest Julys on record??
We are just over an inch away from cracking the top 5 wettest Julys in Syracuse, but we did crack the top ten after Tuesday’s nearly half an inch of rain with the storms that rumbled through. With over a week left in the month I think it’s safe to say that before July 2021 is over it could very well end up being one of the top 5 wettest Julys in Syracuse. This July, Syracuse has picked up just over 6 and a quarter inches of rain so far this month which puts us in 9th place for wettest July as of July 22nd.
The wettest July on record occurred just 15 years ago back in 2006 when over 10 inches of rain fell that month!! July 2006 was highlighted with the third wettest day in recorded history in Syracuse when over 4 and almost 3 tenths of inch of rain fell on July 12th alone!
We would like to think that record will not be broken over the last part of the month. Stay tuned.
Also, all but five days this month have featured at least a trace of rainfall as you can see below…