Sunday, July 29, 2007

Gainesville FL Record Rainfall

I posted the severe weather warning yesterday as the predicted storm moved over our area. Today I located the following precipitation data for Gainesville FL (measured at GVL - the airport) at the National Weather Service website:
...THE GAINESVILLE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR JULY 28 2007...
WEATHER ITEM OBSERVED TIME RECORD YEAR NORMAL DEPARTURE LAST
VALUE (LST) VALUE VALUE FROM YEAR
NORMAL

PRECIPITATION (IN)
YESTERDAY 3.88R 2.32 1926 0.20 3.68 T
MONTH TO DATE 8.37 5.50 2.87 5.14
SINCE JUN 1 15.26 12.28 2.98 9.93
SINCE JAN 1 25.60 29.53 -3.93 22.89
The data show that yesterday a record 3.88 inches of rain fell in a single storm event. The ~2-hour storm surpassed the 1926 record of 2.32 inches. I arranged the relevant bits from the original published data for this post, so it's an abridgement of sorts.

[Just to go way off on a tangent: Why can abridgement also be correctly spelled "abridgment"? One would think that the "e" is required to palatalize the "g" so it is not pronounced as a "hard g" as in gib, gardant and gules?. How many other English words can you think of that have d-g-m in an unbroken string?]

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2 comments:

CGHill said...

"Judgment," for one.

CALL said...

I thought cghill was pulling my leg about the spelling of judgment until the Clog-wife informed me that that is an accepted spelling the world of court reporting.

Judgment, as in retribution in the form of a Noachic downpour yesterday.