With nearly three weeks remaining, 2009 is the wettest year on record in Columbus. And those records have been kept for nearly 130 years.
The record came at midnight Saturday after more than 2 inches fell during the day.
The recent rains have pushed the city's total to 73.63 inches since Jan. 1, according to the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, Ga. That breaks the previous mark of 73.22 inches set in 1964.
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Columbus rainfall is measured at a gauge at the city's airport.
What makes the record year more amazing is that comes on the heels of two lengthy droughts that started in the mid 1990s, said meteorologist Laura Griffith.
"Mother Nature has a way of recovering after these drought situations," Griffith said Sunday. "One of the interesting aspects is we have gotten a lot of rainfall without the result of a tropical system."
In 1999, Columbus had a recorded rainfall of 26.39 inches and in 2007 the annual rainfall was 37.84 inches.