On Monday, Angela Ray, a writer and motivational speaker, found herself in Garden City, Kan., where “it was beautiful and sunny.”
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Five wettest years in Atlanta’s history (and what else was going on)
1. 1948 recorded 71.18 inches of rain. Also that year, Bobby Jones played his last round of golf, at the East Lake Country Club.
2. 2009 recorded 69.43 inches of rain. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on “statistically unlikely” improvements in federally mandated tests in Atlanta, launching the “Atlanta cheating scandal.”
3. 1929 recorded 67.71 inches of rain. Martin Luther King Jr. was born. King would go on to win a Nobel Peace Prize and do other really cool stuff.
4. 1936 recorded 66.15 inches of rain. Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind” was published.
5. 1975 recorded 66.00 inches of rain. Ted Turner’s Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), headquartered in Atlanta, went on the air.
So far Atlanta has recorded 50.59 inches of rain this year, well above the yearly average. Experts predict that if patterns hold, 2013 could break the all-time record.