June 2013… Not as Wet as June 1972 (yet)

With over 10″ of rain so far this month you don’t need me to tell you June can be very wet in Connecticut. Some of the most serious flood events in Connecticut history have occurred during the month of June. In June 1984 the Connecticut River reached “major flood” stage – the last time that happened. In June 1982 a devastating flash flood event resulted in widespread damage in New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties. More on that here.

There’s also another June flash flood event that sneaks under the radar some. June of 1972 was an exceptionally wet month in southern Connecticut. The flooding here on the 18th and 19th was totally overshadowed by the flooding from Hurricane Agnes in the Appalachian Mountains a few days later.

At Sikorsky Airport in Bridgeport 17.70″ of rain fell in June of 1972. That’s an incredible monthly rainfall total. For the first-order sites in Connecticut (Bridgeport and Windsor Locks) this monthly total is only eclipsed by the 21.87″ in August of 1955 at BDL following Tropical Storms Connie and Diane.

In Bridgeport 6.18″ fell on June 19th, 1972 with 4.27″ on the preceding 3 days. The 4-day total was 10.45″! Major flash flooding in Bridgeport, Stratford, and Fairfield resulted. The heaviest of the rain was centered around Bridgeport while other areas so very little. In Windsor Locks only 0.97″ of rain was recorded during this same period.

Here are some other selected totals

  • Bridgeport (Sikorsky) – 10.45″
  • Windsor Locks (Bradley) – 0.97″
  • Ansonia – 5.93″
  • Bakersville – 0.95″
  • Barkhamsted – 0.97″
  • Brooklyn – 3.19″
  • Bulls Bridge Dam (New Milford) – 1.63″
  • Burlington – 1.25″
  • Colchester – 5.86″
  • Coventry – 2.21″
  • Cream Hill (Cornwall) – 1.05″
  • Danbury – 4.86″
  • Dawson Lake (Woodbridge) – 6.37″
  • Easton – 8.64″
  • Falls Village – 0.78″
  • Groton – 6.76″
  • Manchester – 1.79″
  • Mansfield Hollow – 3.28″
  • Middletown – 4.49″
  • Milford – 9.22″
  • Mount Carmel – 5.31″
  • New Haven – 7.25″
  • New Haven Airport – 8.39″ (5.24″ on 19th)
  • Norfolk – 0.42″
  • N. Branford – 7.57″ (5.57″ on 19-20th)
  • N. Guilford – 6.46″ (4.31″ on 19-20th)
  • Norwalk – 9.48″ (6.16″ on 19-20th)
  • Norwich – 5.60″
  • Prospect – 4.47″
  • Putnam Lake – 9.25″ (6.73″ on 19-20th)
  • Rocky River Dam (New Milford) – 2.27″
  • Round Pond (Ridgefield) – 5.83″
  • Saugatuck Res. (Weston) – 5.82″
  • Shepaug Dam (Newtown) – 1.33″
  • Stamford – 7.83″ (6.19″ on 19-20th)
  • Stevenson Dam – 6.12″
  • Storrs – 2.92″
  • Torrington – 1.00″
  • Trap Falls Res. (Shelton) – 8.02″ (6.06″ on 19-20th)
  • Wepawaug Res. (Orange) – 7.54″
  • West Hartford – 1.94″
  • W. Thompson Lake – 2.22″
  • Westbrook – 6.40″ (5.00″ on 19-20th)
  • Whigville Res. (Burlington) – 1.95″
  • Wigwam Res. (Thomaston) – 1.92″
  • Woodbury  2.71″

Here’s how Storm Data described the flooding in Connecticut.

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There was also flood damage in Westchester County and the Bronx with equally impressive amounts of rain.

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Thankfully our rain this month has been spread out and we’ve avoided significant flooding issues. Let’s hope that continues!

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