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Heavy rainfall brings area well above average for June - but why?

Posted: 11:55 AM, Jun 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-17 14:37:30-04
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It's raining, it’s pouring, the rainfall totals are soaring. But why are we seeing so much rain this month compared to Junes past?

The Cleveland area is already two inches above June’s total average, and it’s only the 17th. The area is also more than five inches above the yearly norm, according to News 5 Meteorologist Trent Magill.

In the past 48 hours alone, Wadsworth received 4.74 inches of rain, Barberton 4.14 inches, Shelby 3.98 inches and Seville 3.54 inches. The average rainfall for the entire month of June is about 3.5 inches.

So why have we gotten so much rain lately?

A few weeks ago the words "Death Ridge" were flying around the weather community, Magill said. Essentially, that's the culprit. It's a weather pattern. This pattern breeds more and more rain.

Our friends to the south, under the "Death Ridge" are in a crazy drought. Drought breeds more drought. At least until we can get a pattern shift. That pattern shift is coming. Not until after June wraps up though. We're staying in the crosshairs. That's not to say we won't have dry, hot days, but the overall pattern is wet and cool.

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