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More than eight inches of rain fell Sunday at Philadelphia International Airport, according to the National Weather Service — making it the rainiest single day in Philadelphia history.
The weather service recorded 8.02 inches of rain at the airport, besting the Hurricane Floyd-aided record of 6.63 inches set Sept. 16, 1999. The previous record for the date — July 28 — was 3.28 inches set in 1969. Records go back to 1872, according to the weather service.
The downpour also brought the total to a record-setting 13 inches for the month of July. The previous record for July was 10.42 inches set in July 1994.
The record-setting July follows a record-setting June in which 11 inches of rain fell, topping the June 1938 record of 10.11 inches.
July’s number also marks the fifth time in the past four years a month has ended with at least 10 inches of rain, according to PhiladelphiaWeather.net. The single wettest month was August 2011 with 19.31 inches; second wettest was September 1999 with 13.07 inches. July has become the third wettest month in the city’s history.
Overall, the area has seen more than 20 inches of rain in the past two months compared with about 12 inches of precipitation in the six months prior to that.
South Jersey hit hard
Flooding and fallen trees were reported across Camden County, leading to significant traffic delays and closing some roads.
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