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Capital Ottawa breaks annual rainfall record, Canada


Canada's capital Ottawa has broken its annual rainfall record on Monday, October 30, 2017, two months before the end of the year.

As of 08:00 local time, Monday, October 30, 2017, Canada's capital Ottawa received a total of 1 213 mm (47.75 inches) of precipitation since the start of the year, breaking its previous record of 1 174 mm (46.22 inches)  recorded in 1972 for 39 mm (1.53 inches).

The amount that the city received is also 270 mm (10.62 inches) more precipitation than the city's annual average, CBC Ottawa reports.

According to Peter Kimbell, warning preparedness meteorologist at Environment and Climate Change Canada, the recent storm has dumped more than is normal for the entire month of October in just two days.

Between Sunday, October 29 and Monday, October 30, weather stations in Ottawa recorded 98 mm (3.85 inches) of rain, eclipsing the normal month-long amount of 86 mm (3.38 inches), Kimbell said.

"The flooding today is slightly reminiscent of what we endured in spring," CBC Ottawa said yesterday. "Both May and July broke records for monthly rainfall, and June was Ottawa's wettest in almost two decades."

Featured image: Flooding in Ottawa, Canada. Credit: Kimberly Molina / CBS Ottawa


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