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October sets rainfall records all over the East Coast

From the AP:

ITHACA, N.Y. Oct 31, 2005 — With a month of widespread flooding from Maine to Maryland, it should come as no surprise that it was the wettest October on record in 15 cities throughout the Northeast, Cornell University meteorologists reported Monday.

Five of those cities: Allentown, Pa.; Concord, N.H.; Islip, N.Y.; Newark, N.J.; and Providence, R.I. all recorded the wettest month ever, said Kathryn Vreeland, a meteorologist at Cornell's Northeast Regional Climate Center.

Portland, Maine, had 14.37 inches, but that fell short of the record 16.86 inches in October 1996. Still, it was the city's second-wettest October and third-wettest month ever.

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From The Boston Globe:

By Staff | October 31, 2005

No one has to be told that October 2005 was a rainy month across southern New England.

But the National Weather Service in Taunton today issued a detailed report on just how rainy it was and on records broken in communities across much of the region.

The data released by the NWS, however, shows that 1955 was still the wettest in history in many communities.

Boston, with 9.41 inches of rain, this year experienced its second wettest October on record. In 1996 the October rainfall was 10.66 inches.

Boston's wettest month on record is August 1955 with 17.09 inches, much of it coming from Hurricane Diane.

Rainfall records for other three other key southern New England cities include:

Worcester --- October 2005 total was 15.56 inches. Previous October mark was 10.98 inches in 1955. The all-time record is 18.68 inches in August 1955.

Providence --- October 2005 total was 15.38 inches, a new all-time mark. Previous October mark was 11.98 in 1962. The previous all-time record was 12.37 in April 1983.

Hartford --- October 2005 total was 16.32 inches. Previous October mark was 11.98 in 1962. The all-time record is 21.87 inches in August 1955.

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