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Upstate NY flooding: Why forecasters are concerned about this storm

"Much of Upstate New York has had 6 inches more rain than normal April through June. Considering 3 inches a month is about normal, it's as if those areas in green had two extra months worth of rain by June 30. And that doesn't count the heavy rain that has fallen this month. A soft, soaking rain on dry ground is one thing; torrential rains on already wet ground is a recipe for flash flooding. The red oval denotes the wettest area of Upstate New York, in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley. Those areas could get hit again today and Thursday."

Weekly Rain Accumulation

It is going to be wet come Sunday afternoon through Tuesday. There isn't much hope for drying out at least in the first half of the week. Monday is expected to be particularly wet, so you'll want to make sure you know where your umbrella is located.

This interactive graph shows how much rain is expected to accumulate over the next five days. Gray bars represent clouds, with no new accumulation, yellow bars represent sun, which will start to dry things out.

Inches of Precipation Since January 1, 2017

This graph shows how we got up to the 18.73 inches of precipitation that we have received since January 1st. The largest precipation event of the year was on March 14th, when Albany received 17 inches of snow, which melted down to 1.58 inches of water. It was followed up by a March 31st rain storm where we got 1.18 inches of rain, and a January 24 rain storm that left us with 1.08 inches.

Data Source: Preliminary Monthly Climate Data (CF6). http://w2.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=aly

Black flies — there really is only one solution to them: don’t be hanging out until they are gone for the night. That means waiting for darkness to come over the land. Then the party can get started.

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Black flies aren’t out all night. So that’s the best time to up and own doing things. Like cooking dinner, drinking beer, and hanging out by the campfire. There is nothing wrong with staying up all night during black fly season, because the days really aren’t that wonderful, if you don’t like getting eaten alive.

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Granted, in the darkness, you are somewhat restricted in what you can do. But bring a flashlight, and hell, maybe a bunch of Christmas lights, party lights, and big bright 100-watt equivalent florescent lights, and pretend it’s day light. It’s also cooler, and generally much nicer in then in the day time.

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During black fly season, the whole purpose of the day is to be sleeping, and recovering from the hang overs of the previous night.