It rained more than three times the normal amount during the first four days of June, but the precipitation that drenched the Washington area most of last week set no records, the weather service said yesterday.
"The last two weeks, Mother Nature's been making up for what she deprived us of the three weeks before," said National Weather Service forecaster Jim Travers.
"But if it doesn't rain for a couple of weeks, we could still end up around or below normal for the month."
Except for the months of January and March, precipitation this year remained above normal until May 2. Then, lack of rain kept levels below normal until May 28, when a 1.5-inch downpour ended the dry spell, said Stanley Holland, a meteorologist with the weather service.
Before yesterday's rains dampened scheduled events from the Kemper Open golf tourament to a Middle Eastern folk and food festival, the precipitation count stood at 1.74 inches for the month and 18.28 inches for the year. Normal levels are .48 inches for the first four days of June and 15.42 inches for the year to date.
"Right now, it looks good," said Holland. "We're not in any type of drought situation."
After rainfall on eight of the last 10 days, today's forecast called for partly cloudy weather, followed by fair skies Monday and Tuesday with the chance of thunderstorms Wednesday.
Temperatures throughout were to range from the low-to-mid 60s to the low-to-mid 80s.