Lightning in the distance was electrifying the morning sky on Thursday in The Berkshires as I was getting into my truck to head to work. By the time I arrived at the studios, it was already raining with more rain in the forecast.

Rain, well, we sure could have used a little more of it this summer. I don't think I remember a recent summer where the city and/or state had to intervene with a water restriction mandate; a mandate that is still on going, by the way.

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New England, luckily for all of us who call it home, is spared a lot of extreme weather. We rarely get hurricanes and if we do get one, it's usually weakened, tornadoes are super rare, earthquakes, forget about it, droughts, although we had one this summer, are unlike those that occur out west, so yeah.

But, every once in awhile, we here in Massachusetts get rocked with some sort of major weather event. Rain was on my brain today, so here we go.

Wow, That's A Lot Of Rain, Remembering Boston's Rainiest Day

Closeup of high water flooding on neighborhood street.

Usually, any severe weather talk about Boston, calls for the ole Blizzard of '78 conversation, where and when you were when Armageddon hit. 😆

I had to look it up, but yes, back on August 19, 1955, Boston was hit with just over 7 inches of rain!

During that time, the heaviest downpour recorded for a single day there was 7.06 inches (179.3 millimeters) on August 19, 1955.

Second place? October 20, 1996, where 6.11 inches of rain fell.

Third place? June 13, 1998, where 5.69 inches of rain fell.

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