If it seems like it’s rained every other day in the Columbus area for weeks and months now, the National Weather Service in Wilmington is offering some statistical support to that perception.
Columbus recorded the second wettest June 1 through May 31 precipitation total in history at 56.06 inches between June 1, 2018 and May 31, the weather service reported Thursday night.
The only higher June-through-May total since 1879 when Columbus weather record-keeping began: 62.10 inches in 1882.
This past year’s total far surpasses the 48.31 inches we got after the one-year period ending May 31, 2018, which was only good enough for eighth place on the all-time list.
Though the rain has certainly greened things up this spring, it has caused major setbacks for farmers trying to plant their fields, road construction, home builders, roofing companies, patio and deck installers, golfers, kayakers and others dependent on the weather. Not to mention the havoc the severe weather created for the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival last month at Mapfre Stadium.
And Columbus was not alone in its soggy misery. Cincinnati and Dayton also had a lot of wet weather during the June 1, 2018 through May 31 period.
Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton each just completed one of the top-3 wettest June through May 12-month periods in historical records. More rain is on the way for this weekend as a cold front pushes east into the region. pic.twitter.com/bIDclygHl3
— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) June 7, 2019
Cincinnati set a new record of 61.90 inches, the highest total since weather records were first kept in 1872. That broke the previous record of 60.82 inches set in 1880.
Dayton recorded 52.55 inches over this past June 1, 2018 to May 31 period, which was good enough for third-highest in the city’s weather history dating to 1894. The record is 57.19 set in 1996.
So enjoy days like Thursday and Friday, when the weather service says it will be partly sunny with a high of 82 — and most importantly, no rain.
Because the weather service is calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms from Saturday through Monday. Chances are 60% Sunday and Monday.