Wednesday, July 20, 2011

1,000-Year Rain in Northeast Ohio

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 11:29 AM


Did it rain a little bit around Northeast Ohio the other night? Yeah, something like that.

Via the ABJ, just more rain in a shorter span than Akron's seen in over 50 years and what hasn't happened since "Ermengol II succeeded Ermengol I as Count of Urgell," according to Wikipedia, and probably won't happen again until we have flying cars, beer that you can drink just by looking at it, and economic recovery that allows businesses to pay their employees in actual dollars. The future, it's scary.

A U.S. Geological Survey gauge in South Akron registered 6.81 inches in a 24-hour period, an amount that is likely to occur only once in a thousand years, said Ron Gray, a canal hydraulics operations manager with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Weather service gauges at the Akron-Canton Airport recorded 4.73 inches in about three hours. For the airport, the 24-hour precipitation was the most since beginning operation in 1948.

The massive downpour moved slowly from Canada, across Lake Erie and made landfall west of Cleveland about 2 a.m. Tuesday. The heaviest rain fell along a line from northeast Medina County into the Jackson Township-Canal Fulton area of Stark County, according to weather service radar.

The millennium rain caused plenty of flooding, power outages, headaches, and pithy quips about not having to water the garden for the next year.

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