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Big Rain, Big Help in New York City

A rainy, grey and cool Tuesday isn’t typically the way to win over the hearts of America’s largest city, but a badly-needed dose of heavy rainfall gave New York City a big boost on Tuesday.

New York’s Central Park received 1.81″ of rainfall on Tuesday, making it the wettest day here since January 23rd and the second-wettest day of the year so far overall. For New York, the rain is badly-needed, as even with Tuesday’s significant rainfall the city is more than eight inches off of its typical year-to-date rainfall.


The peak of the drought struck during the end of the summer, when much of the Northeast saw an extended period of near-record dry weather. New York saw less than half of its typical rainfall for the months of August and September combined, and October and November have also remained relatively dry across the five boroughs and much of the Northeast as well. Boston, Massachusetts saw its driest meteorological summer on record, with only 3.92″ of rain for the months of June, July and August combined.

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While the rest of the week looks relatively calm and mild in New York City and the Northeast, more rain could return by the end of the weekend and into early next week in the Big Apple. It could also bring substantially cooler temperatures and the potential for some snowfall into interior portions of New England and upstate New York.
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Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this system and the potential for more drought-busting rainfall across the Northeast and the rest of the country.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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