Sandy destroys area rainfall records

By Brian Smith 3:55am, October 30, 2012 - Updated 5:52pm, October 30, 2012
Another indication of the magnitude and significance of Sandy comes in the form of some rainfall records.

The National Weather Service measured 3.79 inches of rain in Wilmington on Monday, which breaks a record that's held for more than 60 years. The old record of 2.56 inches was set in 1953.

Atlantic City destroyed a rainfall record that was even older. The town had 4.79 inches of rain Monday, which was more than twice the old record of 2.33 inches set in 1908.

And at Philadelphia International Airport, there was a record for rainfall and for atmospheric pressure. There was 2.68 inches of rain, breaking a record of 1.72 also set in 1953, and the barometer measured 953 millibars, which was lower than the previous record of 962 set during the blizzard of 1993.

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