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New Hampshire sees wettest year on record

From the New Hampshire Union Leader:

As if yesterday’s messy weather wasn’t further proof, the year 2005 has broken the record for the wettest year in New Hampshire, according to the National Weather Service.

As of late yesterday afternoon, 56.33 inches of precipitation had been recorded in Concord — 2 inches more than the previous record, which was set in 1888, the Weather Service said.

Rainfall records in Concord go back to 1868, the longest in the state.


“I imagine most (communities) in southern New Hampshire are going to have record wet years,? said David P. Brown, the state climatologist and an assistant professor of geography at University of New Hampshire.


It appears the 1888 Concord record of 54.33 inches was broken on Dec. 16. A memo issued by the Weather Service said 54.56 inches had fallen through Dec. 16. Daily precipitation tallies, which are run in the New Hampshire Union Leader, did not report the record breaker until today.

Schwibs [of the National Weather Service] blamed the discrepancy on the automated weather station at the Concord airport. Daily totals that the station reports are preliminary and subject to change, he said.

“There’s all sorts of problems with gauges,? he said. “They don’t do a good job.?

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It is no secret that in the past precipitation measurements from the Automated Surface Observation System (ASOS) have been less than perfect. In fact, the tipping-bucket style gauges were horrible at times. Luckilly we have known about this since the last 90s and some steps have been taken to correct the problems. I'd still rather have an old-fashioned bucket gauge in the back yard and I am a huge fan of new toys.

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