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June 2013 already among top-5 rainiest in Providence area

Just one-third of the way through the month, 2013 is already among the top-5 wettest Junes on record in the Providence area. TF Green Airport had received 6.99″ of rain through early Tuesday, June 11. That is fifth highest amount of rain that has fallen during the month of June in the Providence area since 1905. With more rain in the forecast, it is possible that June 2013 will be in the top four by the end of the day. So far, the excessive rainfall has led to just minor and low-end moderate flooding on area rivers including the Pawcatuck River in Westerly, RI and the Pawtuxet River in Cranston, RI.

June Precipitation Records – Providence area (since 1905)

  1. 11.08″ (1982)
  2. 9.61″ (1998)
  3. 9.23″ (2006)
  4. 7.21″ (1938)
  5. 6.99″ (2013)

Normal June precipitation: 3.64″

Amazingly, 43% of Rhode Island was in a moderate drought in early-June. After two heavy rain storms, and more rain in the forecast, the drought concerns are long gone. The yearly precipitation deficit, which was quite pronounced at the end of April, has also been eliminated in the Providence area. As of Tuesday morning, June 11, the total precipitation for the year at TF Green Airport in Warwick, RI was 21.59″. The normal amount of precipitation in the Providence area to date is 21.49″. 9.00″ of rain has fallen in the Providence area in the past three weeks dating back to May 21, 2013.

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Fred Campagna

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