Fall 2009: A season of soakers
It's hard to believe that back in September, we were talking about drought. Now, the rain will not relent and snow has entered the mix.
The wet pattern all began in October when we had the 15th wettest October on record, including 13 days with rain (the most since 1925). We racked up a 2.5" surplus at Reagan National (DCA).
And the downpours kept coming in November...
The National Weather Service (NWS) monthly climate summary tell us:
NOVEMBER PRECIPITATION WAS 1.40 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL...MAKING IT THE WETTEST NOVEMBER SINCE 2004 ... AND THE 26TH WETTEST OVERALL SINCE 1871.
I counted 16 days in November with at least a trace of rain, and 10 days with at least 0.10".
Taking October and November together, according to NWS:
THE COMBINED TWO MONTH OCT-NOV 2009 RAINFALL OF 10.14 INCHES RANKS 12TH WETTEST ... THE WETTEST OCT-NOV PERIOD WAS 13.83 INCHES MEASURED IN 1932.
The precipitation continues coming at us a furious pace so far in the month of December. Not counting today's rain (but including last night's), we've already picked up close to 2" (this includes melted snow) -- about twice our average to date.
And with storminess forecast for the weekend and possibly again next week, it's a good bet that we'll wrap up 2010 with our third straight wetter than average month.
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