You can be forgiven if you didn't recognize that strange object shining on the eastern horizon this morning. Yes, it was the sun, which finally broke through after four days of rain that ended with a record-setting downpour Wednesday.
The National Weather Service said the 2.76 inches of rain that were recorded at Logan International Airport Wednesday shattered a record that was more than 100 years old. The previous record was set in 1901 when 2.09 inches of rain fell the same day.
The storm that began Sunday dumped a total of 4.47 inches on the airport. But other areas of the state recorded much higher totals, including the Blue Hills Observatory, which led all others with 7.54 inches of rain.
Another southern New England record was broken earlier in the week at T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, when the 1.42 inches of rainfall on Sunday beat out the 1908 record of 1.24 inches for that day.
The storm caused minor flooding throughout the area and threw a wet blanket on the Marshfield Fair, the Globe reports this morning.
Forecasters predicted partly sunny skies today in the region, with just a chance of a shower in spots across the region. Highs are expected to rise into the 80s.
After a cold front moves through the region late this afternoon or early in the evening, skies will clear and lows will range from the lower 50s to lower 60s, forecasters said.
Sunny skies are expected through the upcoming weekend and into next week.
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