Dayton experienced another day of record rainfall on Thursday, its third in three weeks.
The day’s 2.22 inches of precipitation passed the previous record of 1.91 inches, which was set in 1926.
Thursday’s milestone follows record rainfall on June 14 and June 23, as the area accumulated 2.33 and 2.69 inches on those days, respectively. The previous record for June 14 was 1.29 inches set in 1996, while the previous record for June 23 was 1.04 inches set in 1896.
Flash flood warnings were issued for Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties from the late morning to mid-afternoon Thursday.
Tipp City’s Jerry Borchers told News Center 7’s Kate Bartley that his backyard stream flooded in less than two hours.
“At 9 o’clock it started raining, and there was no water,” Borchers said. “An hour and a half later, there was a total flood again.”
Friday will likely bring more rain, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. The forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms throughout Friday afternoon, with a “slight risk” of severe thunderstorms.
“Our big concern will be for damaging winds and potential for hail,” Elwell said.
While flooding could persist again on Friday because of the ground’s saturation, Elwell said that the threat will be limited, as Friday’s storms will move quickly through the area.
Saturday will be dry and sunny, with highs in the upper 70s, and Sunday will be similar.
Just under an inch of rain fell in Fort Loramie on Thursday, on the opening day of the 37th annual Country Concert.
Rain fell up until the concert’s opening ceremony, a performance by The Oak Ridge Boys at 2:45 p.m. The early precipitation did not deter campers, however, as Country Concert president Paul Barhorst said that the concert set a day one attendance record on Thursday, with nearly 20,000 attendees.
Although Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar predicts scattered showers and thunderstorms for Friday afternoon in Fort Loramie, Barhorst is confident that the show will go on.
“We’ll keep monitoring the weather, but in 37 years, they have only had to delay the show once,” Barhorst said. In 2010, the concert was delayed for 30 minutes until a storm passed through.
The concert is prepared for the rain, equipped with a permanent stage and permanent sound systems. Barhorst, who has been running the concert for ten years, said that campers should expect to get their money’s worth regardless of the weather.
“We are the most weatherproof outdoor venue you can have,” Barhorst said. “It’s a rain-or-shine show. We are built to withstand the weather.”
Much like Dayton, Friday will be muggy and hot in Fort Loramie, with highs in the mid-80s. Saturday will bring dry and warm weather, however, for the concert’s final day.
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