Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
After a long, dry summer that turned lawns brown and crunchy across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, this is the fifth wettest September on record – and the month is not even over yet.
So far this month, 6.6 inches of rain has been recorded at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport – 4.52 inches above normal, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
With 1-2 more inches expected through Saturday, the region could surpass that to become the wettest on record before month’s end next week.
The top three wettest Septembers since such records started being kept in the 1800s saw 8.61 inches fall in 1979; 8.25 inches in 1950 and 7.52 in 1911.
The fourth wettest September on record was last year, when 7.51 inches fell.
More rain is on the way today as a warm front comes in from the west. Light rain already is developing in southeastern Indiana.
Expect showers and thunderstorms with a high of 69 degrees. The strongest storms are expected tonight. While severe weather with high winds and hail cannot be ruled out, it is not likely, Randall said.
Rain will stick around in the forecast through Saturday. Highs will be in the 70s and lows will be in the 50s.
And even though we are plenty wet now, the region overall remains below normal rainfall totals for this time of the year.
So far in 2012, 28.38 inches have fallen. That’s 3.49 inches below the normal 31.87 we normally have by this time, Randall said.