DC Enters 14th Day of Rain; When Will It End? - NBC4 Washington

DC Enters 14th Day of Rain; When Will It End?

April flowers have brought May showers



    Afternoon Weather, May 10

    Storm Team4 Meteorologist Veronica Johnson has the forecast for May 10, 2016. (Published Tuesday, May 10, 2016)

    The last time the D.C. area had 14 consecutive days of rain was in 1968 -- before the first moon landing, the first Woodstock festival and before "Sesame Street" went on air.

    Forty-eight years later, the D.C. area could be on track Tuesday evening to tie that record. The all-time record for consecutive days with at least a trace of rain is 17 days; that record was set in 1935. 

    While no rain had fallen at Reagan National Airport as of early Tuesday afternoon, Storm Team4 Meteorologist Veronica Johnson said widespread rain in the evening is likely.

    And it won't end there. Light, misty rain and fog are in the forecast for Wednesday morning. In the afternoon, isolated pockets of moderate rain could fall, but we shouldn't get more than about a 10th of an inch.

    This "hyper-active spring pattern" is resulting in continuous, trickly rain. This rain won't turn into anything too heavy, but it does mean that rain jackets or umbrellas should always be within reach.

    Thunderstorms are possible at the end of the week.

    May has had a three-inch rain surplus in just the first 10 days, and by the end of the week, we could pick up another half inch (or more) of rain. At the start of March, D.C. actually had a deficit in rainfall, resulting from a couple of weeks of dry conditions.

    Things may look a little brighter when the weekend comes around. Just hang in there until then.


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