Precipitation Perspective On The First Half Of 2009

Late 2008 was dry and 2009 started out dry but we have done some catching up. It seems like some sort of record should have been broken for precipitation but the numbers are not even close.

The official records for Baltimore going back to the late 19th century show that the January-June period of 2009 is only the 26th wettest.

1.           1889      34.15”

2.           1924      32.36”

3.           1983      31.07”

4.           1972      30.57” (The year of Hurricane Agnes)

5.           1892      30.40”

10.       1886        29.59”

20.       1878        26.22”

25.       1932         24.98”

26.       2009      24.80”

A look at the “spring” months of March, April and May puts 2009 in the top ten wettest on record.

1.         1889            21.23”

2.         1983            18.82”

3.         1924            18.35”

4.         1952            17.89”

5.         1953            17.60”

8.         2009         16.29”

A focus on the month of June places this year in the top 25 wettest in the record books.

1.         1972            9.95” (The month of Hurricane Agnes)

2.         1948            9.36”

3.         1963            9.16”

4.         1951            8.80”

5.         1920            8.25”

10.       2006            7.32”

20.       1924            5.54”

22.       2009          5.52” (Tie with 1911)

Records or not, it has been wet recently and the region goes into the summer months with water to spare.

John Collins

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