Thursday, December 08, 2011

Winter Soaker

Rains are long since departed, leaving the region around 1 AM or so this morning.  However, they won't be forgotten for a while yet as flooding is an issue in a number of spots throughout the region.  Rainfall officially in Philadelphia between yesterday and early this morning totaled 2.11", bringing our yearly rainfall total to 62.26" -- which breaks the premodern era rainfall record of 61.17" of rain from 1867.   This is really, truly, the rainiest year in Philly's recorded (or pre-official) history.   Many locations picked up between two and three inches around the immediate Philly metro, with the highest totals just south of us into Central Delaware where some totals of over three inches were reported near Dover and Smyrna.   Washington, DC's, 3.10" total was the wettest storm in the cold season (December-February) on record.

In terms of snow, it was a matter of elevation -- Tobyhanna picked up four inches last night and High Point in New Jersey picked up 2.5".  Some of the hillier locations in the outer burbs picked up coating to an inch type accumulations but for the majority of the suburbs, it was merely a quick hit of flakes at the tail end of the storm as drier air beat out the coldest of the air.   Snow was reported to Doylestown and in Pottstown in the final hour or so of the event, around Midnight.   Farther west, the Central PA mountains picked up anywhere from three to six inches along the spine of the Appalachians near Altoona.