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By Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
2017 was a record-breaking year for weather in New Orleans, including the wettest summer the city has seen since forecasters started consistently tracking rainfall here. How did last year’s total rainfall compare historically?
We looked through National Weather Service data to find the 20 rainiest years on record for New Orleans. Here are the years that made the list, ranked from driest to rainiest.
“Rain Gauge” by Woodley Wonderworks licensed via Flickr under CC BY 2.0
A note about the data.
The National Weather Service’s official rain totals for New Orleans are based off of readings at a gauge located at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner. Readings at the airport can differ — sometimes drastically — from what is seen from storms that impact isolated parts of the city.
For example, the rainfall total for Aug. 5, when large sections of New Orleans were deluged and flooded, was recorded at half an inch. Parts of the city, however, saw as much as 8 inches of rain that day.