Pat Shingleton: "Boulder Beats Katrina"
Prior to Sept. 9, Boulder, and eastern Colorado remained in a long-term drought. Last Monday officials designated 2013 as the wettest ever with three months still remaining. The weather data notes 30.12" with more than half of that amount recorded since Sept. 9th. The previous mark was 29.93 recorded in 1995 while the yearly average, including snowfall, is 20.68 inches. Other statistics note that over five of the past 7 days, daily rainfall records were set. Sept. 12th marked another record with the all-time single-day total of 9.08 inches; double the previous mark of 4.90" on July 31, 1919. The flooding established a final record.. It became the largest U.S. rescue airlift since Hurricane Katrina along the northern Front Range of Colorado.