2008 is gone, and so ends the wettest year on record since 1905. The much anticipated Connecticut Star Party washed out, public observing nights canceled, public outreach sessions postponed or eliminated. That’s the way it was this past year here in Connecticut. According to the National Weather Service, central Connecticut usually gets about 46 inches of precipation. The new record which was set in 2008 is in the books at 65.43 inches. The precipitation was measured at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. What is next year going to be like? Just try to make every night that is clear a chance to observe the heavens. You then, just might make it through the tough wet and cloudy nights of 2009. HAPPY NEW YEAR, and clear skies!
Remember the rain of CSP?
Here are some memorable figures of 2008:
- The greatest monthly total of precipitation was set in Burlington, Ct at 11.03 inches in August.
- The greatest monthly total of snowfall was Norfolk, Ct. at 25.9 inches in January.
- The greatest 24 hour precipitation was 3.22 inches in Falls Village, Ct. February 13th.
- The greatest one day snowfall was in Burlington, Ct at 10 inches on December 20th.
- The warmest day of the year was on June 10 at 98 degrees. It was not even summer yet.