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Rainy September a record-breaking one for Nova Scotia

The rain just wouldn’t go away in September, and we have a new record to show for it.

“It’s one of the wettest moments in Eastern Canadian history,” said climatologist David Phillips of Environment Canada.

Nova Scotia received 386.8 millimetres of rain last month, about nine times more than in September 2011. It also smashes the old September rainfall record for Nova Scotia set in 1996 of 308.7 millimetres.

“Talk about night and day,” Phillips said.

Since we’ve had a dry summer, Phillips said last month made up for the shortfall and then some.

“You had 200 millimetres more in one month than you had in [June, July, August],” Phillips said. “You made it all up in one swoop.”

Although there was an unusual amount of water overall, Phillips said there tended to be breaks of nice weather between the rainy ones, so the ground was usually dry.

Hurricane Leslie came close to Nova Scotia a few weeks ago, but Phillips said we can’t blame the storm for the amount of rain we got.

“Leslie gave you very little,” he said, “It was almost that opening act to Leslie that came and just sat over Halifax.”

September also came within just 0.3 millimetres of the overall monthly record for rainfall in the province, which happened in August 1971.

“You were like a thimbleful of water away,” Phillips said.

But don't forget, August had an extra day in it.

“If you did it comparing apples with apples this would have been the wettest 30-day month ever,” he said.

Now for some good news. For the first part of October, Phillips said it looks like nature is tired of raining on us.

“I don’t see a drop,” he said.

He added Saturday and Sunday of the Thanksgiving long weekend should be sunny with normal temperatures.

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