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April showers persist through summer
By Amy Cherry

Updated Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 7:07pm

We've racked up nearly 14 inches of rain in the past month.

AccuWeather's Danielle Knittle says that's way more than usual for this time of year.

"Typically, we'd only get just under 4 inches of rain looking through the month of June and about 4.5 for July so really just kind of been inundated with water," says Knittle.

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Knittle explains an upper-level low that got cut off from the jet-stream has been retrograding east and west.

"That's just been kind of bottling everything up, not allowing anything to move in the area, and between those two systems, we've just been getting this moisture flow here coming in from the Gulf of Mexico just right on up the Eastern seaboard that's just been helping to bring us that tropical, air mass here, and those heavier rainfall that we've been experiencing," she says.

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Last year, around this time we experienced a drought now this year it's the opposite. Knittle says the weather has been so extreme because we're transitioning between La Niña and El Niño.

"Last year we had this strong ridge built over the entire eastern part of the U.S. and just nothing really to break it so just constantly had that heat and the dry conditions where this year just basically kind of the complete opposite as we have kind of been transitioning to an El Niño year across the region, so that's one factor anyway," she explains.

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Rain returns next week.



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