Here an excerpt from the Asheville Citizen-Times article:
In a city known for its weirdness, even the weather is unusual.
A recent national study by National Climatic Data Center on precipitation anomalies shows Asheville’s 2013 rainfall total represents the largest departure from normal out of 180 cities reviewed.
The study focused on rainfall totals from January-July of this year at medium to large metro areas with longterm weather observation stations, with emphasis on the difference in 2013 amounts from historical averages.
“We’ve had the largest departure from average,” said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist with NCDC, which is an Asheville-based branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “It’s unprecedented for us to have this much precipitation at this point in the year.”
Through the end of July, Asheville recorded 51.81 inches of rain, which was a whopping 24.60 inches above normal.