Friday, August 13, 2010


These pictures are from Iowa State Trooper Doug Cutts. Trooper Cutts is the education officer for the Iowa State Patrol and often sends us pictures of severe weather events. I want to make sure these pics give you a mental note to stay out of flooded areas.
Tonight we have new numbers on the amount of flooding in the Des Moines area. Here is an update on the record rainfall of 2010.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
745 PM CDT WED AUG 10 2010

...UPDATE ON RAINFALL RECORDS AT DES MOINES...

THROUGH YESTERDAY..AUGUST 12TH...41.69 INCHES OF RAIN HAD BEEN
RECORDED AT THE DES MOINES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SO FAR THIS YEAR.
ANOTHER 0.02 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN THROUGH 7 PM TODAY...AUGUST
13TH...BRINGING THE CURRENT 2010 TOTAL TO 41.71 INCHES. HERE ARE THE
UPDATED STANDINGS FOR THE WETTEST YEAR ON RECORD THROUGH AUGUST
12TH...THE WETTEST SUMMER /JUNE THROUGH AUGUST/ ON RECORD...AND THE
WETTEST ENTIRE YEAR ON RECORD. RAINFALL RECORDS AT DES MOINES DATE
BACK TO 1878.

WETTEST YEARS FROM JANUARY 1ST THROUGH AUGUST 12TH...

1. 2010 41.69
2. 1993 38.12
3. 2008 36.77
4. 1990 35.04
5. 1881 34.69

WETTEST SUMMERS FROM JUNE 1ST THROUGH AUGUST 31ST...NOTE THAT THE
2010 TOTAL THROUGH 7 PM TODAY IS ALREADY IN 2ND PLACE WITH 18 DAYS
REMAINING IN AUGUST...

1. 1993 29.67
2. 2010 27.30
3. 2008 23.57
4. 1998 21.22
5. 1902 21.04

WETTEST ENTIRE YEARS FROM JANUARY 1ST THROUGH DECEMBER 31ST...NOTE
THAT 2010 IS ALREADY IN 13TH PLACE WITH NEARLY FOUR MONTHS REMAINING
IN THE YEAR...

1. 1881 56.81
2. 1993 55.88
3. 2008 49.42
4. 1882 47.60
5. 1973 45.18
13. 2010 41.71