Following overnight downpours that dropped one to three inches of rain on Berkshire County, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Albany, N.Y., has extended the flash flood warning for the region until 12:30 p.m. today.

Hydrologists are keeping a close watch on the Housatonic River in case it reaches flood stage in portions of the county, according to NWS meteorologist Tom Wasula's mid-morning update.

The deluge that began Tuesday evening and was expected to let up by noon today deposited 2.05 inches at Pittsfield Municipal Airport's government observation station and just over 1 inch at Harriman and West Airport in North Adams. Weather observers for Channel 6 in Schenectady, N.Y., reported 2.70 inches in Lanesborough and 1.35 inches in Clarksburg.

Slowly advancing cooler, drier air from the Great Lakes and southern Canada collided with a tropical air mass over New England and eastern New York state, causing the prolonged burst of torrential rain. Thunderstorms also broke out Tuesday night, but they were less severe than predicted and no damage was reported in Berkshire County.

Gradually clearing skies this afternoon will usher in four days of pleasant, dry weather with temperatures somewhat below normal. Heat and humidity, accompanied by showers, return on Sunday and Monday, the NWS forecasters predicted.

For the first half of July, 3.59 inches of rain has been measured at Pittsfield Airport, double the normal amount. For June, 7.


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55 inches topped the average of 4.40 inches.

Temperatures have also been running significantly above normal so far this month, according to records at the airport.

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