Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Region Sets Daily Rainfall Record 'Fairly Typical' Storms Pack Enough Punch to Best Figure Collected in 1883

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Region Sets Daily Rainfall Record 'Fairly Typical' Storms Pack Enough Punch to Best Figure Collected in 1883

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The band of thunderstorms that rolled through Western Pennsylvania Tuesday was "pretty typical" -- except that it set a record, meteorologists said.

As a western cold front moved in, about 1.29 inches of rain fell on Pittsburgh International Airport, the official measuring spot.

The previous record of 1.05 inches of rainfall on May 29 of any given year was set in 1883, when meteorologists took their tallies at a First National Bank near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Wood Street, Downtown.

"This is fairly typical for what we'd [expect to] have this time of year," said Tom Green, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Moon.

Forecasters predict that another storm brewing in the Central Plains will arrive in Pittsburgh late Thursday night, possibly producing another inch of rain as it hovers in the area through part of Friday night.

Across the region, county dispatchers said they received calls for downed tree limbs and minor mudslides from Tuesday's storm. None resulted in significant injuries.

A small mudslide occurred on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township, prompting a response from road crews but causing no road closures.

A few homes were damaged during the midafternoon storms, many in the North Hills. Scott Lewandowski of Ross said his mother-in-law called him about 1:30 p.m. to tell him an 80-foot oak tree had tumbled onto the roof of the Main Boulevard house he and his wife were scheduled to move into in two weeks.

"I felt a little sick," said Mr. Lewandowski, 26.

There was a hole in the roof, and the master bedroom and several other rooms had water damage.

Mr. Lewandowski and his family members had spent the past nine months building the home he and his wife, Jennifer, plan to share with their baby. The insurance company is expected to send someone to examine the property today. …

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