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Soggy April and May breaks rain records in nine cities

April and May were the wettest on record for nine cities in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, reports climatologist Jessica Rennels of Cornell's Northeast Regional Climate Center.

More than a foot of rain fell during the two months in Huntington, W.Va.; Burlington, Vt.; Williamsport, Pa.; Binghamton, N.Y.; Erie, Pa.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Ithaca, N.Y.

The other record-setting city in April and May was Rochester, N.Y., which had just less than 11 inches of rain.

"A repeated pattern of frontal systems bringing rain and strong thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall has contributed to these record-breaking months," said Rennels.

In the same period, Washington, Boston and some other cities in the region went through a dry spell.

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