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Fact Sheet: New England Climate Change and Extreme Weather, via Climate Central. Hits the high-notes of recent trends in extreme events in New England, including rain, floods, snow storms, and heat waves. At four pages, it’s very concise and worth a click.

• In late August, Hurricane Irene became the first hurricane to make landfall in New Jersey in more than 100 years, dumping 6 to 8 inches of rain in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. This was on top of the 6 to 8 inches that had already fallen in August.

• In early September, Irene was followed by more heavy rain due in part to the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee which caused several Mid-­‐ Atlantic and Northeastern states to experience historic flooding (Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia) and in Pennsylvania alone forced 75,000 people to evacuate and destroyed 2,000 homes.

• The September rains swelled the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers to record-­‐breaking levels in Binghamton and Owego, NY, and Waverly and Wilkes-­‐Barre, PA, to name just a few.

• In Hershey PA, Swatara Creek crested at 26.8 feet, beating the previous record by more than 10 feet.

• Flood damage, which is estimated at around $1 billion, was especially severe because the rains fell on a region that had already been saturated with drenching rainfall in the preceding weeks and months including from Hurricane Irene in late August.

• On September 8th, a whopping 7.03 inches of rain fell in Ft. Belvoir, VA., in just three hours. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), that amount of rain in that amount of time was “off the charts above a 1000-­‐year rainfall (based on precipitation frequency from Quantico).” Largely due to Tropical Storm Lee, Pennsylvania recorded its rainiest September on record, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

• January through September was the rainiest such period on record in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.