Almost two inches of rain fell here yesterday, helping to uphold this spring's reputation for sogginess and qualifying the day for entry into the record books.

The 1.91 inches of rain officially recorded at National Airport as of 10 o'clock last night made Rainy Day Was One for The Record

Almost two inches of rain fell here yesterday, helping to uphold this spring's reputation for sogginess and qualifying the day for entry into the record books.

The 1.91 inches of rain officially recorded at National Airport as of 10 o'clock last night made yesterday by far the wettest May 16 in Washington weather annals. The heaviest rainfall previously measured on the date was 1.32 inches in 1926.

Although it produced puddles, dampened some spirits and drenched unprotected pedestrians, yesterday's rain appeared to have little effect on traffic.

The same storm system caused heavy rains and tornadoes in the Southeast. At least 16 people were injured by tornadoes in southwest Georgia, and Birmingham was deluged by four inches of rain.

Today is expected to be sunny, breezy and cool, with temperatures ranging from 63 to 68 degrees and winds from 10 to 20 miles an hour.