Should the D.C. in Washington, D.C. now stand for Deluge City or Downpour City?
Reagan National Airport, D.C’s official observing station, picked up 1.12 inches of rain, bringing its July total to 3.34 inches, more than three times the norm (0.99 inches).
Since June 1, Reagan National has logged a remarkable 15.28 inches of rain – which is almost 50 percent more than it receives in an entire summer on average (10.44 inches). This has been the second wettest June 1-July 8 period on record (since 1871), only behind the 16.55 inches of 2006.
For some perspective, consider Los Angeles International Airport has received just 14.51 inches of rain since the start of 2013, or over the last 30 months. Reagan National has that beat in the last 38 days. If only we could ship some over there…
Dulles received 1.6 inches Wednesday and now has observed 3.04 inches of rain in July, more than 2 inches above normal. It has picked up 9.04 inches since the start of June, the third most rain in that time span in records dating back to 1963.
Some of the heaviest rain fell just south of Reston, Va. Capital Weather Gang reader Rick Vaughan said he received 3.73 inches in two hours (2.24 inches between 4 and 5 p.m. and 1.18 inches between 5 and 6 p.m) in Oak Hill. Other reports in the vicinity of Oakton, Reston, Herndon and Vienna came in with 2.5-3 inch totals.
There was a sharp cutoff in the rain north of downtown Washington. The White House weather station only recorded 0.36 inches and BWI Airport, which has received 14.78 inches of rain since June 1, only checked in with a trace.
More rain and storms are possible late this afternoon and evening. Additional information on that forthcoming…
Pictures and video of rain and flooding from Wednesday evening…
@capitalweather heavy downpours in Reston pic.twitter.com/GMh3BaDBzp— Kam (@amiracle19) July 8, 2015
It may not have been raining for long but rates have certainly been high! Bridge to home in Oakton @capitalweather pic.twitter.com/8phaojEGwQ— Stephen Repetski (@srepetsk) July 8, 2015
Southern Arlington @capitalweather pic.twitter.com/otFg9oYoK0— Cory (@CoryRobert) July 9, 2015
More flooding in Arlington at N. 11th and Westover Park @capitalweather pic.twitter.com/YQpG6smSzW— Carla Uriona🏳️🌈 (@uriona) July 8, 2015
Four Mile run looks like raging rapids where it crosses under I-395 in Alexandria @capitalweather pic.twitter.com/iGeVRgT7sR— Julie Courtwright, M. Psy. (@Jubbacca) July 8, 2015
@capitalweather Flooding earlier on Martha Custis Drive in Alexandria. pic.twitter.com/aos0Y3JnCy— Shawn Mullins (@Shawn_Mullins) July 8, 2015