This year has seemed pretty unusual, right? The winter held on a little longer, the spring stayed cool and wet, and really only had a couple of hot weeks scattered through the summer months. Follow all that with the last week’s worth of cool, cloudy, wet weather, and it seems like we ought to be breaking records in the rainfall category.
Surprisingly, we’re not. We are however, just a bit above normal. Since January first, we’ve had 41.78 inches of rain. Our average rainfall-to-date for the year is 35.53, so we’re only about six inches above normal. This time last year, we were sitting right at the average, and for a few years before that, we had really become accustomed to drier conditions as we struggled with drought.
Of course, part of what has made this year seem so much wetter than normal is that when we’ve had rain, we’ve had it as part of long stretches of wet, cool weather. For many of us, those stretches are more easily etched into memory because we tend to recall negative weather experiences faster than positive ones. As I’ve said before, there’s a bit of psychology to how we perceive the weather.