Does anyone remember 1991? That is the rainiest year on record, and we’re almost on track to send that mark packing.

We had 53.54 inches in 1991 (which I don’t remember at all), about 2 1/2 inches more than 1932, the previous rainiest year. So far this year, we have had 35.23 inches. This means that if we get 18 inches in the final six months — not all that difficult considering that the average for the last six months is around 16 inches — everyone will be able to tell their grandchildren about the record-setting rain in ought seven. If we do get 50 inches, it will be just the fifth time since the weather service started keeping records in 1898.

We’ve also received a couple of record rain-related memories on Back Talk. Check them out here.

Update (and I promise to stop doing this since I really do have work to do): We had 1.11 inches officially on Thursday, which means we are at the July average after five days and only 17 inches away from the annual record.

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