Weather trivia: Tiny Pa. village sets world record rainfall amount of 30 inches

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Shore Weather Today Shore Weather Today A tiny, 2-square-mile village in northwest Pennsylvania became the center of the metrological university more than 70 years ago when more than 30 inches of rain fell in 4.5 hours.

When it started raining just after sunset on July 17, 1942, the 1,600 or so residents of Smethport, Pa., thought there were experiencing a typical late-day, summertime cloudburst.

They were, except for one thing.

The rain didn’t stop.

By the time the downpour ended 4.5 hours later, 30.8 inches of rain had inundated Smethport, Pa., a community near the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 219.

During the rainstorm, Smethport set records for rainfall during 2-, 3- and 4-hour periods.

In total, more than 34 inches of rain fell on Smethport during a 24-hour period that began on July 17 and ended on July 18.

Meteorologists now consider the Semthport rain a world record rain event.

By the time the month was over, Smethport had record a state-record 40.2 inches of precipitation or equivalent to a year’s worth of rain.

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