The first five months or so of 2014 have been the wettest start to a year since the Y2K bug was a real possibility.

Year-to-date, 23.24 inches of rain have fallen at the York Airport in Jackson Township, well above the average of 18.58, Dave Dombeck, expert senior meteorologist with AccuWeather, said on Thursday.

"You're running almost five inches above normal for the year," he said. "Since the beginning of the century, it's been the wettest first five-and-half months or so."

Since the start of June, 2.7 inches of rain was recorded at the airport. That's 203 percent above the 1.3 inches normally seen in the first 11 days of the month, Dombeck said.

It's been 16 years since more rain was reported at the airport during the first five months of the year. In 1998, just more than 32 inches of rain fell between the start of the year and June 11, Dombeck said.

Warnings: The rain not only put a damper on outdoor activities but it also caused the National Weather Service to issue a series of warnings for York and surrounding counties this week.

The latest warning, a flash flood warning for York County, expired at midnight.

But some warnings didn't fizzle out with little or no excitement.

The weather service confirmed Thursday that a tornado touched down in Bedford County on Wednesday.


The EF1 tornado, one of lowest categories in the Enhanced Fujita scale, produced wind speeds of up to 93 mph as it touched down a little after 6 p.m., the weather service said.

The tornado, 100 yards in width at its widest point, skipped across the ground for 12 miles and left uprooted and snapped trees in its wake. Two houses and two barns, one of which was destroyed, were also damaged, the weather service said.

The destroyed barn didn't have doors, likely allowing wind to whip through and wreak havoc, the weather service says.

Weekend: Like most of us, Mother Nature is apparently working for the weekend, too.

Despite the wet week that was, the weekend is expected to be bright, sunny and rain-free, Dombeck said.

After expected showers and thunderstorms Friday, York County is in "great shape for the weekend," he said.

Saturday's high is expected to be 80 and Sunday will reach 84, according to AccuWeather. Nightly lows are expected to be 48 and 58 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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