2008 One of Wettest Years Ever in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's state climatologist says 2008 likely will go into the record books as the wettest ever, eclipsing even the Great Flood year of 1993.

Climatologist Pat Guinan says early indications are that the state will have a year-end average of just over 57 inches of precipitation, which would break the record of 56.9 inches set in 1993.

Storms last weekend dropped between 1 and 2 inches of rain across the state, causing minor flooding and bringing Missouri closer to the record.

While there's still some question about whether 2008 will end up as the state's wettest, St. Louis already has set an all-time high.

Heading into the final day of the year, the city had received 57.96 inches of precipitation, shattering the old mark of 54.97 set in 1982.

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