Washington sets rainy-day record

Let it rain -- it's adding to the record

WASHINGTON — Here comes the rain again — and it won’t be stopping for the next several days.

Washington has set and will extend a record for the number of consecutive days with measurable rain of at least 0.01 inches at Reagan National Airport.

“We have seen rain for 13 days, and we have it for the next several days, all the way through Monday,” said Storm Team 4 Meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.

The record stretch began April 27 with showers. For almost two weeks, the area has received more than 3 inches of rain — not a huge amount, but with an unequaled consistency.

May 2 was the rainiest day of the bunch, with more than 1.2 inches.

“The previous record was 10 days, back in 1938, and there was another one set in 1873,” said Ricketts.

Ironically, despite the rainy day record, the region’s total rainfall for the year is slightly below normal.

Keep up-to-date on the record rain with the WTOP Weather page.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a general assignment reporter with WTOP since 1997. He says he looks forward to coming to work every day, even though that means waking up at 3:30 a.m.

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