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Rainiest year ever for Canada's capital city

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A strong nor'easter that swept through eastern Canada to start off the week brought extreme rainfall and strong winds to eastern Ontario -- enough to award Canada's capital a not-much-coveted crown.

By the time the rain stopped and the storms moved out Monday, the Ottawa airport had recorded a whopping 103 mm of rain (the city had been under a rainfall warning for several hours).

The city had already broken rainfall records earlier in the year, but this one was most significant, in that it pushed the city's 2017 rainfall total to 1,218 mm (as of October 30), which is officially the city's rainiest year since records began -- well above its annual average precipitation of 943 mm and still with two months left in the year.

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The last round of rain has been par for the course over the past few months for Ottawa, which saw a very rainy spring that brought flooding to parts of the Ottawa River.

This week's round of rain was accompanied by strong winds that knocked out power to numerous of Hydro One customers, while the rain itself prompted localized flooding in lower-lying parts of the city.


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