Rain, Rain, And More Rain -- Gone Today, But How Much It Left Behind

      What a gray and gloomy day it was yesterday!{ } Rainfall at National totaled{ } 0.51", so no daily record for us.{ } We missed that by about 1.21"{ }(record{ }was 1.72" set back in 1922).{ }{ }It certainly was a{ }soaker, though, with rain falling{ }much of the day.

      Here's{ }a snapshot of the radar late last night.{ } The radar was pretty colorful all day, but some of the heaviest bands moved through towards the end.

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      The storm system responsible for our wet Wednesday was the same system that brought a lot of rain to parts of the Southeast.{ } In fact, Houston, Texas recieved 4.06" of rain on Tuesday!{ } Talk about a wet day in Texas!{ } That was a new daily rainfall record for them.{ } Houston shattered the previous daily record of 2.54" of rain set back in 1955.{ }

      With rain on the brain, I figured I'd take a closer{ }look at{ }rain around the world.{ }{ }Looking to find a spot with a whole lot of wet weather?{ } Well, head{ } to{ }Cherrapunji, India.{ } Their average rainfall is 498 inches.{ } To put that into perspective, that's about 458 inches more than we, in Washington, get a year (we get roughly 39.74 inches average annually).{ }{ }If you want to talk records in Washington, D.C., in 1889 we actually had 61.33".{ } That's a good bit of rain for the D.C. area, but no where near the totals in India.

      Wondering where the highest one minute rainfall total comes from across the world?{ } Believe it or not, it's actually in Maryland.{ } Unionville, MD recieved a whopping 1.23" of rain in{ }one minute!{ } Another world{ }rainfall record comes{ }from the U.S.,{ }in Holt, MO, where they recieved 12 inches of rain in one hour!{ } And if you wanted to know where the highest rainfall record across the world is located, head back to Cherrapunji, India.{ } An unbelievable 1,042 inches of rain fell in one year (from August 1860 -{ }July 1861).{ }{ }{ }

      So if yesterday's clouds and rain made you feel a little gray, maybe all this record rain talk will make you feel a little better.{ } If nothing else, a bit of sunshine today hopefully will!