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Rain, rain, go away

So just how rainy has it been?

In the short term, the first 10 days of this month, we’ve been soaked, by on-again, off-again showers and thunderstorms that have kept us reaching for our rain jackets and umbrellas.

In the long term, not so much.

The National Weather Service recorded 0.36 inches of rain for the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. Tuesday. That brings the total for the first 10 days of the month to 3.82 inches, or more than three times the long-term average of 1.24 inches for those 10 days.

While that’s way above normal, National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Hitchcock put the figure in perspective.

“It’s really not that unusual, because we’re looking at such a short time period,” he explained.

So far this year, we’ve had 17.92 inches of rain through June 10, marginally more than the long-term average of 16.25 inches for the same time period.

The second half of the spring has been wet, but that followed a fairly dry spell in the beginning of the spring.

“So we needed the rain,” Hitchcock pointed out.