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Posted at 4:30 PM ET, 02/ 2/2008

Yesterday's Record Breaking Rains

By Jason Samenow

Based on the rainfall observed at Reagan National Airport (DCA) yesterday, it was the wettest February day at the airport since the President's Day snowstorm in 2003. 2.06" of rain fell more than doubling the previous daily record of 0.92" in 1985. Dulles and Baltimore Washington International Airports, which received 1.44" and 1.80" respectively, also set new daily records.

In general, about 1.5-2" of rain fell throughout the area -- which was very consistent with what computer models simulated.

To put yesterday's rainfall total of 2.06" at DCA in perspective, these are the monthly February totals for the last four years:
2/07- 2.22"
2/06- 2.46"
2/05- 1.63"
2/04- 2.28"

(Tip of the hat to 'mdclimo' at Eastern US Weather forums for these statistics.)

More storm data (including ice totals) are available from the National Weather Service.

By Jason Samenow  | February 2, 2008; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Local Climate  
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Well... we did need the rain.

But I think we need the snow more. =)

Henry is talking about a storm around the 9th/10th, but I don't know where he keeps coming of with that stuff. It looks pretty much above freezing to me.

Posted by: Period | February 2, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that the storm that we abandoned all hope on all ready yesterday?

Posted by: missy | February 2, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: missy | February 2, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse


I wasn't reading the boards yesterday. But probably.

Posted by: Period | February 2, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't snow here anymore. We have (will)
given it up for Lent.

Posted by: GAD | February 2, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Period | February 2, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

GAD, you must be another subscriber to the "Fat Tuesday/Last Day of Winter" theory! That said, Ash Wednesday is coming awfully early this year. So is this boring springlike thaw! Too much rain for me in this week's forecast. Especially Wednesday, when we could have another round of that breezy, windy crud. Fortunately, the snowdrops haven't shown up yet in my front yard.

Where is the Arctic air when we need it? Seems to be enough of it up in Canada and in Greenland which has temporarily displaced northeast Siberia as the Northern Hemisphere's "cold pole". Why isn't it plunging south??? Perhaps we're onto something and can get ourselves a negative NAO/fifty-fifty low setup.

Posted by: El Bombo | February 4, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

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