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July 10, 2002

The Times has just printed its semiannual rainfall chart for the years since 1877 (July 5). On my desk is a photocopy of a similar chart published in The Times on Aug. 15, 1886, that showed rainfall back to 1872-73. In those years, the Signal Corps kept the official records for local precipitation.

Notice the heavy rainfall during that early period. The year 1875-76, however, would have been one of the driest years on record.

1872-73 ... 24.78 inches

1873-74 ... 21.67 inches

1874-75 ... 26.47 inches

1875-76 ...... 5.28 inches

Ralph E. Shaffer


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