An event every year that begins at 00:00 on day 29 of July, repeating indefinitely
When: July 29
Where: Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, USA
First occurrence: 1874
Caleb Ely was a farmer in Waynesburg born on July 29, 1829. He liked to tell people that he was sure that
he NEVER had a single birthday that was without rain. When Caleb told the local pharmacist William Allison
how every year his birthday was guaranteed to be rainy,
William decided to put this seemingly tall tale to the test.
From 1874 on William Allison recorded the weather
on July 29 in Waynesburg every year
and would make a little ceremony about it
on the Courthouse steps. Many decades later the then rain-recorder John Daily
would add the “hat bet” to this ceremony
because he was so sure it would rain on July 29th
that he would bet his hat on it! In 1979, the Waynesburg Borough Special Events Commission
was created to expand Rain Day to an actual annual street festival.
Since the recording began in 1874,
the first sunny day occurred 47 years later in 1921. Still to the date of 2020,
the rainy days have been 115 out of 147 years. 2018 till 2020 have been 3 sunny days in a row. Will global warming finally dry up Waynesburg? If it does,
it will be recorded each and every year!