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and Hurricanes Katrina, Maria and Irma.
Berks County hasn’t had an extreme precipitation event since we got 24 inches of snow spanning Jan. 22 and Jan. 23 in 2016, second all-time only to the 34-inch avalanche
that dropped on us Jan. 7-9, 1996.
As of this writing, Berks has been spared a major snowstorm this winter. Of course, now that I’ve brought that up, expect the Storm of the Century to bury us with smothering snow at any moment.
An unforgettable extreme weather event I will never forget is the
wicked hailstorm that ripped through Berks on May 22, 2014. The hail chewed up my roof, siding, spouting, garage door and deck, not to mention totaling my car while I was sitting in it.
Needless to say, I’ve had better days. In its wake I found it impossible to free myself from the quicksand of dealing with contractors and insurance
companies. It all left blisters on my heart.
If global warming escalates, and it likely will since we’re not doing enough to address it, I fear that someday we may all wash away under a tsunami of precipitation.
Niagara Falls already has a big waterfall. We don’t need one in Berks County.