Relief in sight next week for waterlogged Columbus area

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Columbus has had only six dry days so far in June out of the first 21 — or more than twice as much soggy than dry.

And although it was 75 degrees and mostly sunny on the first day of summer, Friday is considered one of the 15 wet days because of rain showers after 12:01 a.m.

A total of 5.84 inches of rain had been recorded during June at John Glenn Columbus International Airport through Friday, which is 2.86 inches above the average amount of rainfall for June, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Allen Randall, an NWS meteorologist, said rain and thunderstorms are not uncommon for this time of year.

“It is above normal and there has been flooding, but it’s not a record,” Randall said.

While flood warnings remain in effect into Saturday for some portions of the Scioto River, high waters are slowly receding in most of central Ohio.

In June 2018, 5.39 inches of rain was recorded, which was part of a meteorological year from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 that recorded the second highest total annual precipitation in Columbus history behind only 1882.

Last month, Randall said there were 25 wet days and six dry days in May, but the total precipitation of 3.8 inches for the month is below the historical monthly average of 4.17 inches. In May 2018, there were 4.55 inches of rain.

“There were a lot of days with just a little rain,” Randall said of the May 2019 precipitation total. “Most days hit a tenth of an inch.”

From Jan. 1 to Friday, there have been a total 27.10 inches of precipitation this year in Columbus. During the same period in 2018, there were 25.77 inches of precipitation.

As for the rest of June, Randall said the rain should clear up after Monday and dry days are forecast through the rest of next week.

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