Rain in Silver Spring on April 28. (Joe Flood via Flickr)

It has rained a lot lately. That’s clear to anyone living in this soggy, sun-deprived region.

But you might be surprised to learn that the Washington area has never had more consecutive days with rain in its recorded history.

Longest streaks with measurable rain through Sunday, May 8, 2016 when D.C. had recorded its 12th straight day with measurable rain. (NOAA Regional Climate Centers)
Longest streaks with measurable rain through May 8, 2016, when D.C. had recorded its 12th straight day with measurable rain. (NOAA Regional Climate Centers)

Measurable rain (meaning at least 0.01 inches) has fallen in D.C. on a record 13 straight days, spanning April 27 and, today, May 9. This nearly two-week stretch breaks the previous record for the longest rain streak of 10 days from both July 1938 and August 1873. Records date to 1871.


Rainfall amounts in D.C. April 27 through May 8, 2016.

The current run of rainy days may keep going. This week, showers are possible daily through at least Saturday (although the chance of showers mid-week is only in the 30 percent range).


(NWS)

A storm track that has parked itself over the region since late April is responsible for the rainy period, and it’s not showing much sign of changing course.

While the rain keeps coming, overall amounts haven’t been that high. It has mostly come in dribs and drabs rather than big bursts (with the exception of the storms on May 2). Other parts of the country have been as wet, if not wetter.


Doppler estimated rainfall over the last two weeks over the eastern two-thirds of the United States. (National Weather Service)

During the streak, amounts have totaled just 3.55 inches. For perspective, D.C. has received more rain than this in a single day more than 100 times. And despite the steady stream of rain, 2016’s total rainfall is still 0.34 inches below normal (12.59 inches vs. 12.93 inches).