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BONNIE"S GARDEN--If April Showers Bring May Flowers, What do May Showers Bring?

No, this hasn’t been the rainiest May on record—yet!  As of Friday morning (this does not take into consideration any rain that happened over the weekend), we had 6.64” of rain so far in May. That puts us a tenth of an inch off making the top ten rainiest Mays on record.  I’m sure, this past weekend, we got more than a tenth of an inch of rain so I’d expect we ARE in the top ten by now.

So here are some interesting rain facts:  The most precipitation in a single day in Richmond was 8.79 inches in August of 1955 with Hurricane Connie.  Yes, I know, Downtown Richmond got way than that in August of 2004 with the remnants of Gaston, but that was a very localized band of rain.  The “official” precipitation measurement at the airport, believe it or not, was less than for Hurricane Connie. However, locally approximately 12.6 inches fell.

The most rain ever in a 24 hour period in Virginia was in August 0f 1969 in Nelson County.  Hurricane Camille dropped 27.35 inches of rain. 

The most rain ever in a 24 hour period in the mainland U.S. was an incredible 43 inches of rain in Alvin, Texas in July of 1979—the remnants of Tropical Storm Claudette.  However that isn’t even close to the most rain in 24 hours in the world.  That honor goes to La Reunion island in the Indian ocean where a staggering 71.8 inches of rain fell in 1969—the result of Tropical Cyclone Denise.

The western Maui mountains in Hawaii hold a couple of U. S. records.  The most rain in a one month period was in Puu Kukui, Hawaii, in March of 1947, with 101 inches of rain.   Puu Kukui also holds the records for the most rainfall in a year.  In 1982, they recorded more than 58 FEET of rain!

And, just so you’ll know, our high temperatures this May have averaged about 7 degrees colder than usual.  No surprise there.  I’m still running my heat!  
Posted: 5/23/2016 by Bonnie Pega | with 0 comment(s)
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