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Philly already has had wettest month in history

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is barreling up the eastern seaboard toward a Philadelphia that has already seen the wettest month in recorded history.

The National Weather Service said Friday that the .61 inches of rain that fell at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday raised the August rainfall total to 13.61 inches.

That broke the previous August record of 12.10 inches - which was set back in 1911.

Forecasters say that also made August 2011 the all-time wettest month on record, breaking the old record of 13.07 inches set in September 1999, mostly due to another storm - Hurricane Floyd.

But the month isn't over yet - and Hurricane Irene is already dumpin additional rainfall to push those totals even higher.

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