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Lexington creeps toward rainfall record

Joey Wright got caught in the rain on Winchester Road at Loudon Avenue as Lexington got close to a record for rainfall for a year on Thursday  December 22, 2011  in Lexington, Ky.  Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Joey Wright got caught in the rain on Winchester Road at Loudon Avenue as Lexington got close to a record for rainfall for a year on Thursday December 22, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

Lexington inched — or tenth-of-an-inched — its way toward setting a yearly rainfall record on Thursday.

Although he didn't expect Lexington to beat the record of 65.76 inches, set in 1935, by the end of the day Thursday, meteorologist Chris Bailey said he is confident the city will surpass the 1935 record before 2011 is over.

"There should be at least two more systems on the horizon in the next week that can help us out," Bailey said. "It would be funny if it comes down to New Year's Eve to break the record."

By about 7 p.m. Thursday, Lexington had picked up about four-tenths of an inch of rain for the day, bringing the total rainfall for 2011 to 65.2 inches. Another tenth of an inch was expected before the day was over.

London, Somerset and Corbin got between an inch and 1.25 inches of rain on Thursday. Had that rain moved a little farther north, Lexington would have gotten sufficient rain to break the 1935 record, Bailey said.

Louisville, Ashland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Huntington, W.Va., have already experienced record-setting rainfall this year. It's likely that the entire Ohio Valley region has experienced its wettest year ever this year, Bailey said.

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