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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/ 9/2009

Fall 2009: A season of soakers

By Jason Samenow

* Getting colder: Full Forecast | Snow Lover's Crystal Ball *

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Doppler estimated rainfall from last night's and today's storm. Another 1 to 1.5 inches of rain fell.

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.

By Jason Samenow  | December 9, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
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Comments

I hope it's not still raining by the time we wrap up 2010! We'll need to start building an ark well before then. ;)

Posted by: nocando | December 9, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Just finished walking around my backyard picking up branches that had fallen during last night's storm. The backyard is a hill that slopes downward, so it usually doesn't get too saturated. Today, though, it literally felt like I was walking on a sponge. On the bright-side, two pine trees I planted a couple years ago have grown two feet since September.

Posted by: nlcaldwell | December 9, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

2 inches in my backyard rain gauge for last night's rain event (S. arlington). I think DCA picked up 1.5 or so.

As I rode over the 14th st bridge at lunch, the water was overtaking the handrails on both sides of Potomac park.

Thanks for posting this. I was looking at Capital climate to post something like this, but since it's winter the farmers don't care (?).

Posted by: jojo2008 | December 9, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Hello from Middlebury, Vermont! If you wouldn't mind doing a little distance forecasting, I'd like to know what you think of the storm affecting our area in New England. At the moment, the NWS is forecasting an 80 percent chance of a wintry mix for the afternoon, but we seem to be in a dry slot (the horror!) and aren't getting anything at the moment, other than lots of wind. Do you think Middlebury will pick up any additional precipitation? If so, how much?

I'll be back in DC by Saturday evening, hopefully, and with my first semester of college all finished.

NWS page for Middlebury: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Middlebury&state=VT&site=BTV&textField1=44.0077&textField2=-73.1572&e=0

Posted by: KBurchfiel | December 9, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@KBurchfiel

You should be seeing some light precip moving through a we speak. Maybe a couple other periods of mainly light precip through the afternoon but probably some extended breaks, too. Could get a batch of light-to-moderate precip during the evening, then probably not much overnight.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | December 9, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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