Rochester nears record for rainiest April

Rochester, NY is poised to have the rainiest April on record, if scattered showers continue as expected this week.

As of midnight, the rainfall total was a quarter-inch shy of the rainfall record for April of 5.41 inches, set in 1929, said meteorologist David Thomas of the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

With rain predicted this evening and tomorrow evening, “it’s likely we’ll break that record, or get pretty close,” Thomas said. Currently, this month is the second-rainiest April in Rochester, he said.

Scattered spotty showers and thunderstorms are expected, he said, so some parts of Rochester will be pummeled with rain and other parts of the county will receive very little rain in comparison.

Tonight’s showers could also bring strong winds and hail, Thomas said. Forecasters are tracking the storm and will issue weather alerts, if needed, later today.

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