Rain Lingers Across D.C. Region

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The skies have been cloudy here for a week, the rivers are rising and the District kept its grass athletic fields closed yesterday because of soggy conditions.

NASA said a satellite launch at Wallops Island, Va., was canceled last night because of the weather, and since Thursday, about 1.75 inches of rain has fallen in the Washington region.

Despite the rather monotonous daily dose of moisture, total rainfall here in the first 125 days of the year remains below normal.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, 10.84 inches of precipitation had been recorded at Reagan National Airport. The normal amount, according to National Weather Service figures, is 12.77 inches, making this year's total 15 percent below normal.

This month, more than 1.60 inches of rain has been measured at the airport. Measurable rain fell on five of the past seven days, and a few drops were noted on the other two.

The wettest day of the past seven was Sunday, with 0.83 inches. By 5 p.m. yesterday, the figure for the day was 0.15 inches. More rain is predicted this week.

The weather-delayed launch of an Air Force rocket carrying a TacSat-3 satellite was rescheduled for tomorrow. The rain-swelled Potomac River rose three feet at Little Falls yesterday, reaching eight feet.

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