On the bright side, 10 of last 61 days were dry

Monday storms

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Spectacular cloud formations and lightning bursts were seen Monday evening throughout Trumbull County.

Severe Weather

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A dark, low fast moving cloud passes over Girard, Oh. near Shannon Rd. about 9pm Monday May 23, 2011.

By David Skolnick



While it seemed like it rained every day in April and May, it was just your imagination.

There were 10 dry days out of the 61 during those months.

All kidding aside, the Mahoning Valley set records this year for the most precipitation during the first five months of a year and for the period between March and May, said Will Kabina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

“It has been extremely wet, the wettest period ever,” he said. “Usually, one-third to a half of the days [in the past couple of months] are wet. We’ve had four to six days of precipitation a week. That’s really unusual.”

As of Tuesday, 20.33 inches of precipitation fell in the Valley between March and May. The average precipitation amount for those three months is 9.71 inches.

Also, 27.51 inches of precipitation was recorded for the area for the first five months of the year. The average for that time period is 14.08 inches.

The Valley has a way to go for this to be the wettest year. The wettest year on record is 1911 with 50.81 inches.

Also, there hasn’t been seven straight dry days in the Valley since Nov. 7 to 13, 2010.

Meanwhile, the Valley extended its record for making the all-time top 10 in most snow and/or most precipitation to seven consecutive months, starting with November 2010.

Before that, three months in a row was the record for being in the top 10 of the most snow and/or the most precipitation, according to an analysis of NWS statistics.

Three consecutive months has occurred a number of times, with December 2007 to February 2008 being the most recent.

Last month finished with 8.32 inches of precipitation, good enough for the second-wettest May on record, trailing only 1946 with 9.87 inches.

The National Weather Service has precipitation records for the Valley dating to 1896.

A month earlier, there was 6.87 inches of rain, the second-wettest April on record, behind 1998 with 7.29 inches.

The 5.14 inches of precipitation in March was the ninth-most for that month.

In February, 20.6 inches of snow fell, good enough for the eighth-most for that month, and the 5.03 inches of precipitation made it the third-wettest February.

The 53.1 inches of snow in December 2010 was the most to fall in any month in the area.

The 4.45 inches of precipitation in November 2010 was the eighth-most for that month.

Rain is a straight measurement: One inch of rain equals 1 inch of precipitation.

It’s different for snow.

Depending on the type, about 10 inches of snow — the wet, heavy kind — is equal to about 1 inch of precipitation, with about 12 to 13 inches of lake-effect snow equal to about 1 inch of precipitation.

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