Jan 1 - Dec 10, 2011 Accumulated Rainfall: 72.61"
Jan 1 - Dec 10, 2012 Accumulated Rainfall: 27.93"
An "average" annual rainfall at Paducah measures at 49.08" (1981-2010). The lowest annual recorded rainfall was measured at 35.40" (1953). The highest annual recorded rainfall was measured at 74.85" (2011).
With only a few weeks left to count towards the record of 2012 and only small changes in the overall weather pattern, yet another substantial record may be marked in the history books. It is a seasonal shift like nothing I have ever seen before but maybe something similar to what we should get used to. I asked Senior Meteorologist, Stu Ostro of The Weather Channel what his thoughts were concerning such an abrupt turnabout and he gave the following statement....
“This is not surprising, as climate scientists expect an increase in precipitation extremes, paradoxically both on the wet and dry side, due to increased evaporation from increased heat. Also, strong, persistent atmospheric patterns are setting up which are very wet or very dry, and appear to be related to the warming.” -Stu Ostro
Once the yearly climate summary is posted by the Paducah National Weather Service, I will push additional updates through this post and blog.