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REMNANTS OF DENNIS BRING RECORD RAINFALL TO WNY

Hurricane Dennis made a side trip to Western New York early today, resulting in a record rainfall for the date.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport recorded 1.37 inches of rain -- most of it between 1 and 3 a.m. -- to break the record of 1.25 inches set Sept. 7, 1948.

Periods of less-intense rain later today were expected to add to the record.

The rain resulted from the remnants of Hurricane Dennis combined with an upper-level disturbance.

"It came down really hard for a couple hours," said Alan Blackburn, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

No widespread flooding problems were reported in the area, but the rain "will keep the grass growing and the remaining flowers blooming," Blackburn said.

The rain should clear this evening, and Wednesday is expected to be partly sunny and less humid. A high temperature in the 70s is forecast.

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