77
      Wednesday
      92 / 74
      Thursday
      93 / 74
      Friday
      88 / 70

      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!