Sunday, May 18, 2003

Frequent storms keep area waterlogged

By Brenna R. Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

There have been only five days without rain this month in Cincinnati - and today isn't going to be the sixth.

"It's going to start off as a wet week," said Don Hughes, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

That's after a wet week last week, and the week before, and the week before.

Rain is expected today through Wednesday morning; it'll finally dry out Thursday through Saturday, Hughes said.

With rain falling 12 of the last 17 days, it might seem like May has been an exceptionally wet month. But the 5.98 inches of rain that had fallen this month - as of 5 p.m. Saturday - is nowhere near the 9.52 inches that fell during that period in May 1905.

"But we are still well above normal," Hughes said. Cincinnati has received about 3.5 inches more rain than normal this May. Much of that came May 10, when 2.51 inches fell.

For the year, Cincinnati's rainfall is below normal, Hughes said. That's because of two drier-than-normal months. In March, rainfall was 1.73 inches below normal and in April, rainfall was 2 inches below normal.

Today's rain should be heaviest this morning. By tonight the chance of rain will drop to 30 percent, Hughes said.

Showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast until Wednesday. The rest of the week should be dry, with highs in the lower 70s.

"It'll be good baseball weather," Hughes said. The Reds return home Tuesday for a three-game series with Atlanta and a weekend series against Florida.


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