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Sunday’s rain: a soaker, but not quite record-setting

Doppler estimated rainfall amounts indicate a fairly uniform 1-1.5” fell across the metro region. (NOAA)

Prior to the weekend’s rain, the annual deficit rainfall deficit at DCA had passed 5” and drought conditions had creeped into the eastern suburbs. The year-to-date rain of 5.75” was just 0.2” above the lowest output on record since 1871. After Sunday, the rainfall deficit stands at an improved but still lacking 3.97”. In other words, we need water to keep coming and, fortunately, it’s in the forecast.

Dulles Airport received 0.96” and BWI 1.33”.

See below for more Sunday rainfall totals...

Surface weather map from around 9:30 p.m. EDT Sunday night shows a wound-up coastal low pressure center just east of the Delmarva peninsula (National Weather Service)

Steady rain ended between 11 p.m. and midnight as the low pulled north of our latitude.

Here are select rainfall totals from around the region...


West Springfield 1.32”
McLean 1.08-1.27”
Vienna 1.05”
Fairfax 0.85”
Warrenton 0.69-0.71”
Woodbridge 1.15-1.26”
Stafford 1.11”
Leesburg 1.20”
Lovettsville 1.36”
Round Hill 1.38”


Pasadena 1.4”
Severn 1.24-1.38”
Waldorf 1.5”
La Plata 1.1”
Frederick: 1.05”
Columbia 1.29-1.32”
Ellicott City 1.19”
Silver Spring 1.33”
Rockville 1.29”
Gaithersburg 1.01-1.19”
Bethesda 1.26”
Laurel 1.42”
Oxon Hill 1.44”
Bowie 1.39”
Hollywood 1.84”
Leonardtown 1.5”

More reports from the National Weather Service

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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