WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — If you thought that there has been more rain than usual this month, you aren't imagining things.
According to Jay Racela, environmental analysis lab supervisor and lecturer at Williams College, this July is the wettest month since record-keeping started 130 years ago.
More than 14 inches of rain has fallen in Williamstown at Hopkins Memorial Forest (Station 1), operated by Williams College as part of a network of instruments that provide data for teaching and research.
The previous monthly record was 13.7 inches, in October 2005. The long-term average rainfall for July is 4.2 inches. According to the National Weather Service, the monthly record for the Albany, N.Y., region was 13.68 inches in October 1868.
Racela said news reports suggest that after a relatively dry spring, locations in the central and Southern Berkshires have received even more rainfall than Williamstown.
Excessive moisture has interfered with outdoor events, ruined some crops, flooded basements and small streams and produced the highest flow recorded in 72 years on the Green River in Williamstown.
The flood, on July 9, did not cause much property damage along the Green River, but flooding was widespread in the tristate area downstream from the confluence of the Green and the Hoosic Rivers.
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA volleyball team received 12 kills from Chloie Garber to lead the Trailblazers to a 3-0 win over visiting SUNY Delhi in the Amsler Campus Center Gym.
MCLA moves over .500 to 3-2 while the Broncos drop to 4-3 on the young season.
MCLA (3-2) was challenged in the first two sets but they held off the Broncos. The Trailblazers collected set wins of 25-23 and 25-22 to take a hard fought 2-0 lead. They eventually closed out the visitors with a convincing 25-18 win in the third.
Garber was solid again with her 12 kills on 28 attacks. She added six digs for MCLA. Reagan Scattergood ended with nine kills, 10 digs, and five aces. Kelly Moczulski finished with eight kills and 11 digs. Natasha Stewart continued her solid play with 31 assists and seven digs.
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