Chicopee breaks record for wettest year

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Well, it’s only December 3 and Chicopee Air Reserve Base has already broken the record for most precipitation in one year. 

The previous record for the wettest year was 65.8 inches in 2008. That includes both rainfall and the liquid-equivalent of snow. This year, we’ve already seen 66.2 inches. 

The most shocking thing about this record is the year isn’t even over yet; we still have almost a month to raise the record even more.

“Yes, it’s very muddy,” Elizabeth Rogalski from South Hadley told 22News. “Because I’m a CNA so I have to walk in peoples’ yards sometimes and it’s very muddy, very soggy…I just hope it dries out soon.”

In November alone, we typically see almost four inches of precipitation, and this year we were nearly double that at just over six and a half inches. And we nearly doubled the precipitation in October as well. And while most of us would rather not see so much rain, others welcome abnormally high rainfall. 

“I think it’s good for us. I think it’s helpful…look at California,” Addison Grimes from Sudbury explained to 22News. “They got dry so that can be bad, but yeah, it doesn’t bother me.”

UMass climatologist Michael Rawlins said the unusually wet weather started from “garden variety” thunderstorms and then increased dramatically in a series of Nor’easters this fall.

The Nov. 24 National Climate Assessment report found heavy rains becoming more intense and frequent across most of the country, especially here in the northeast. 

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