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Rain makes appearance at McCarran after hiatus

After more than four months with no measurable precipitation, the valley’s official weather station at McCarran International Airport finally recorded a little rain on Tuesday.

That dry spell ties for the sixth-longest on record (take that, 1989). The all-time streak is 150 days without measurable rain, a mark set in 1959.

Here’s a glance at what has happened in the past 137 days:


■ The daily high temperature hit triple digits 75 times.

■ Gov. Jim Gibbons made Nevada history — twice! — by losing in the primary election and getting divorced.

■ "Toy Story 3" made $1 billion at the box office.

■ Seven people were shot dead by police in the Las Vegas Valley.

■ The Pittsburgh Pirates fell 33 games back in the National League Central after trailing the then-division-leading St. Louis Cardinals by just a game and a half on April 22.

■ The Clark County School District did away with year-round schools.

■ The word "rain" has appeared in 58 different stories in the Review-Journal.

■ Oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for 85 days straight.

■ Despite the efforts of Las Vegas soccer phenom Herculez Gomez, the U.S. failed to win the World Cup.

■ Something about a mosque in Manhattan.

■ Adam "Pacman" "Making it Rain" Jones signed a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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