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Posted at 7:06 PM ET, 05/29/2009

Storm Threat Ends, Drier Air to Move In

By Jason Samenow

The majority of the thunderstorm activity has now moved east of the metro area. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch along with the Flood Watch issued earlier have been canceled. After a few widely scattered showers through 8 p.m., skies will gradually clear as the cold front responsible for the earlier inclement weather moves away.

The weekend weather generally looks great. See our Full Forecast from earlier for details...

By Jason Samenow  | May 29, 2009; 7:06 PM ET
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Everybody take a deep breath and be thankfull for the past 40 days of abundant rainfall.

Charlottesville is still 3 inches below normal for the year.

Mother Nature must and will always balance itself both short-term and long-term precip. and temp. wise.

We have had two dry years, now hopefully,
it is time for the balancing act for 09 and 2010.

Posted by: AugustaJim | May 29, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable torrential rain! In such a short period! According to 2 nearby weather stations, we received .5 inches between 4-5 then a lull then another .5 inches. About 1 inch in 2 or so hours. With the ground saturated, I saw lots of city drains getting backed up. I had spread some mulch in my back yard and it ended up being moved to the side of the house that drains into the street. Thinking about getting a rain gauge to see if we got more than our share b/c national airport just shows about .47 inches for the past 6 hours.

Posted by: jojo2008 | May 29, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

AugustaJim, how dare you keep calling for more rain???

We're SATURATED down here in D.C. and wish this DRENCHING would STOP!!! And I'm wondering where your "three-inch shortfall" data at Charlottesville is coming from!!!

The last time I saw so much rain in such a short time, was when I was a college sophomore back in what was then Canal Zone College, now the Florida State University-Panama campus, at La Boca, Panama. Yep, right on the Panama Canal, where "winter" or wet season begins in April and runs through Thanksgiving, and the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone behaves in a manner similar to the persistent stationary frontal boundaries which have plagued us of late!

We certainly DON'T need more of this crud, and, by my calculations, can now go completely dry through mid-to late-July before needing any further rainfall. Around here, MOLD is the big issue, not the need for more rain. Yep, the rain was coming down so heavily this evening, I was actually getting homesick for Panama.

As for dances, I made four out of five last weekend, and this weekend's schedule is reduced. The dance I missed was scheduled on Monday, and my absence was due to the attenuated Memorial Day bus schedule, not to the rain which arrived at about 1 AM Tuesday.

Honestly, if AugustaJim gets his way, mass transit around here will be flooded out and we will need to depend on alternative measures to get around. I wonder how long it would take to get "MetroArk" up & running. As for White's Ferry, they dock the Jubal T. Early whenever the Potomac is running too high. BTW, MARC's Camden Line was out eight hours this evening...there was a fallen tree blocking the rails...this could have impacted Amtrak as well.

Let's go for that forty-day dry spell.

~El Bombo~

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 29, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse


Sometimes the truth can be rather obnoxious. It is often very elusive and not well received or even denied when inconvenient to a mindset.

3 things this morning to both inform and brighten your day.

First: My three inch shortfall data came from WVIR TV Chan.29.

Second: You should just love this reading from the Va. State Climatology office at U.Va.,0,4010594.story

Third: Very carefully study the 180 day precip. percentage of normal map from Augusta Co. to the D.C. area. Lo and Behold!! you will discover much of our region to be below normal regarding precip. for the past 180 days.

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine today, tomorrow and Monday!!! Hopefully, more rain is on the way by mid week!!!

Posted by: AugustaJim | May 30, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

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