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July 8, 2013

Persistent rain puts a damper on holiday weekend

Somerset —

People come to Pulaski County on summer holidays to get wet. It’s just that usually they’d prefer the water to be in a lake or pool, rather than coming from the sky.
Unfortunately for those who sought outdoor fun over the Independence Day extended weekend, things didn’t go quite according to plan. The rain was constant and, at times, torrential. 
In all, Pulaski County saw approximately 4.49 inches of rain, according to Shawn Harley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Jackson, Ky.
“What was unusual was that the pattern was so persistent,” said Harley. “We had day after day of rain. 
“Sometimes we get that amount of rain, but it comes all at once in a localized area,” he added, “but what was unusual was that it was widespread and persistent, and several days of wet weather.”
Indeed, rainclouds soaked communities throughout the Bluegrass state and up into southern Ohio. All while folks were hoping to set off fireworks for the Fourth of July — though judging by the steady stream of loud booms reverberating throughout the hollers of Pulaski over the week, few were stymied by the less-than-friendly weather.
 Like something out of the Book of Genesis, the rains came and washed over the earth for six days — but rested on the seventh.
“Somerset had six days in a row with measurable rain,” said Harley. He noted that during the 24-hour period lasting from early Sunday to Monday morning, there were “trace amounts” of precipitation — “so if you count that, it’s seven days.”
He added, “The observation taken July 1 was 0 (amount of rainfall), but every observation since that was taken, rainfall was observed.”
Fortunately, the substantial amount of rain didn’t mean flooding, at least for this area. “Because it was spread out over so many days, we didn’t have as much flooding as there would have been in a day or two (of heavy rain). There was a lot more (flooding) in central Kentucky, but not really any in Somerset or the southern area.”

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